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Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder

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Perfect video capture device for musicians.

Video can play an important role in helping you reach a wider fan base. It’s a digital world and that means inspiring performances can take the Internet by storm. But you can’t capture your music with just any camera. You need one that records incredible audio. The Zoom Q2n gives you a fast and easy way to create HD videos with high-impact audio. The built-in X/Y microphones capture sound with beautiful stereo imaging and the 160-degree wide-angle lens excels in an array of lighting conditions—whether you’re filming at home, in a rehearsal space or at a club, with the Q2n, you can make videos that sound as great as they look.

High-resolution 24-bit/96 kHz audio delivers studio-quality recording, no matter where you’re filming. And the camera’s built-in X/Y microphones can handle sound pressure levels up to 120 dB SPL, for distortion-free recording. The Q2n can handle high sound pressure levels without distortion or clipping.

Ten Scene presets allow you to record in a wide range of environments, including low-light. The presets range from “Concert Light,” which automatically adjusts for changing lighting conditions to ‘Concert Lo-Lit’ for dimly lit rooms. And there are scene settings tailored specifically for filming in jazz clubs and rehearsal studios, as well as outdoors.

The Q2n features a 160-degree wide-angle lens that captures stunning video. And it records in 720p or 1080p HD resolution, using the same 24 fps or 30 fps frame rate used in film. An F2.0 aperture makes the Q2n perfect for musicians who perform in a wide variety of lighting environments. Capture the full band or focus on an individual performer using five field of view (FOV) settings.

FEATURES
High-quality 160-degree wide-angle lens (F2.0/16.6 mm)
Built-in X/Y stereo microphones capable of handling sound levels up to 120 dB SPL
Standalone audio recorder, with data saved in WAV format, up to 24-bit/96 kHz
Five field of view (FOV) settings
Records to micro SD/SDHC/SDXC cards up to 128 GB for extended recording times
Easy one-button recording
Color LCD
Support for 720p and 1080p
Video bitrates up to 24 Mbps for improved image quality
Frame rates: 1080p/30fps HD, 1080p/24fps HD, 720p/30fps HD, 720p/24fps HD
HDMI video output for connection to HDTVs, selectable between NTSC and PAL
Records video (with audio) in MOV format
Analog-style level control with onscreen level metering, 2-color status LCD on lens
Auto Gain function automatic control over audio input level
Stereo input for use with external devices plus support for plug-in power
Headphone/line-level for fast audio monitoring
Low-cut filter for the elimination of low frequency noise and rumble
USB interface for live streaming and data transfer
Compatible with USTREAM Producer, Flash Live Media Encoder, Skype, and other popular streaming applications
Webcam and USB mic function (with direct monitoring) when used with computers and iOS devices(Apple Camera Connection Kit or Lightning to USB Camera Adapter required for use with iOS devices)
Operates with two AA batteries for approximately two hours
Built-in standard tripod mount
Package does not come with MicroSD card


Excellent in low light. Order today.

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ZoomQ2n Handy Video Recorder
 
4.3

(based on 20 reviews)

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    (10)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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Cons

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Best Uses

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very handy, indeed

I've tested it out at some rock shows, all loud, but with very different lighting conditions, from bright led spotlighting to lamp-in-a-far-corner very dim. Being a Zoom, I expected very good audio...Read complete review

I've tested it out at some rock shows, all loud, but with very different lighting conditions, from bright led spotlighting to lamp-in-a-far-corner very dim. Being a Zoom, I expected very good audio and got it -- you can pretty much use it as is. I was very pleasantly surprised at how good the video was: in normal action-cam wide-angle mode, it handled the dim lighting, although the colors were very muddy; and the "telephoto" modes (which really just remove the fisheye effect) were not nearly as noisy as I expected. I actually used some frames for show pics (after some cleaning up and denoising.) You will need to get some good rechargeable NiMH batteries -- the Q2n ate up the 2 included AA alkaline in one show (Energizer "Recharge Power Plus" NiMHs worked very well, easily outlasting the alkalines, and you get those at Target and such.) Other things: you can use this as a camera mic with a screw mount to hot shoe adapter (I also used an -25 dB attenuation cable); the tiny button are easy to push accidentally; hand-holding it like a tiny camcorder is doable once you get use to the tiny screen, especially when it dims down to save power; and it has a wide enough flat base to position it on any even enough ledge.

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Needs some upgrades

the camera takes great video and audio and is easy to use. The battery life however is horrible and finding an sd card (even on their list is not easy) Even with a...Read complete review

the camera takes great video and audio and is easy to use. The battery life however is horrible and finding an sd card (even on their list is not easy) Even with a high end card the unit wants to shut off occasionally.

An ac adapter, a lens cover and a compatible lens card needs to be included without buying an overpriced accessories package that doesn't even include the adapter. considering a return Too bad Great camera on its own

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Needs some upgrades

By BD Young

from Easton PA

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Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

the camera takes great video and audio and is easy to use. The battery life however is horrible and finding an sd card (even on their list is not easy) Even with a high end card the unit wants to shut off occasionally.

An ac adapter, a lens cover and a compatible lens card needs to be included without buying an overpriced accessories package that doesn't even include the adapter. considering a return Too bad Great camera on its own

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  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very handy, indeed

By BC

from Boston

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Very compact, great sound, good in low light

Cons

  • Tiny screen, buttons easily accidentally pushed

Best Uses

  • Recording club shows and band practice

Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

I've tested it out at some rock shows, all loud, but with very different lighting conditions, from bright led spotlighting to lamp-in-a-far-corner very dim. Being a Zoom, I expected very good audio and got it -- you can pretty much use it as is. I was very pleasantly surprised at how good the video was: in normal action-cam wide-angle mode, it handled the dim lighting, although the colors were very muddy; and the "telephoto" modes (which really just remove the fisheye effect) were not nearly as noisy as I expected. I actually used some frames for show pics (after some cleaning up and denoising.) You will need to get some good rechargeable NiMH batteries -- the Q2n ate up the 2 included AA alkaline in one show (Energizer "Recharge Power Plus" NiMHs worked very well, easily outlasting the alkalines, and you get those at Target and such.) Other things: you can use this as a camera mic with a screw mount to hot shoe adapter (I also used an -25 dB attenuation cable); the tiny button are easy to push accidentally; hand-holding it like a tiny camcorder is doable once you get use to the tiny screen, especially when it dims down to save power; and it has a wide enough flat base to position it on any even enough ledge.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not bad....

By 69Lespaul

from PDX

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Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

I heard all the mixed reviews, and mine will be mixed as well. The sound quality is pretty darn good for a device this small. You will read about the limited "scene" options in other reviews. IT MUST BE ON A TRIPOD or it the video is shaky as all get out.
My bottom line... I bought this specifically to record rehearsals so the band can go over it's performance of material. It works great for that and I do not regret the purchase. Two members have Zoom portable audio recorders that are much harder to use. This device keeps it simple.

The cons that bug me the most, it runs for a while and it will shut off mid song. I have to keep an eye on the light to make sure it's running. I have just begun to turn it off after a song and start it again to deal with that issue.
The picture quality and the "scenes" settings could be better. But again I am more interested in the audio quality.

There are some informative You Tube videos on using this product. make sure to seek those out.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome little unit~!

By MKit-man

from Philly 'burbs.

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Small, lightweight, unobtrusive, auto levels

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

      I find this perfect or our open mics- everyone loves being able to go online & see (& critique) their own performances. Super easy to carry & set up with a minimum of gear. Small & unobtrusive in the room. The automatic settings (sound levels) make it easy to record with. I love this camera!

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      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Pretty handy recorder

      By DRBBSLIDER

      from Richland, WA

      About Me semi-professional musician for over 30 years

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      Pros

      • Records video/audio superbly

      Cons

      • chanages files after 38 minutes

      Best Uses

      • band practice

      Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

      This little video/audio recorder is does just what the people at Zoom say it does. Used it at band practice and was impressed with the sound and video both. The only con on this is that after around 38 minutes it switches to another file when continuously recording. This means that sometimes a song will be split. You need a decent video editor to fix this. Otherwise, I really love the ease of use and the quality. Remember to check the light conditions to keep from getting too dark videos too.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Fantastic Camera!

      By RyRo

      from Cedar Rapids IA

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      Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

      Our band had no video footage, which you really need for promotion purposes. I looked at camcorders and compared it with camera phones. Everything out there seemed to clip due to loud volume or was very grainy in dark bars. I looked at this camera and was very interested. I searched youtube for bands that recorded with the Q2N and everything looked great. So I bought it and it came the day of our rehearsal. I didn't even have a chance to play with it. I had already purchased a memory card and took it to rehearsal and found an auto setting that sounded right and let it roll. I checked it the next morning and was surprised how good it turned out with out having to dive deep into the manuals. I have also purchased the mic stand adapter so I can hook this up to a normal mic stand (not a big clunky tripod). I purchased a 10ft micro USB cable and a 1 amp USB power supply (cost me less than half of what the Zoom AD-17 power supply) and it works just fine with out batteries. The files are pretty massive, I would recommend a 64gb card if you are recording longer shows.

      The down side to this unit is that there is no editing software included. If you look around there are some free and some inexpensive video editing software out there, but there is going to be a lot of trial and error finding the settings that will work for you. However if they did build their own editing software, this would have surely jacked the price up and most people would prefer using something they are familiar with anyways. If you have a smart TV you can plug it directly in and play back files.

      The Q2N breaks down your clips into multiple segments. So when recording a 70 minute set, it will break them into 2 or 3 files (depending on the camera settings). I was able to splice the end of one file and the beginning of the next, and you can't tell there was a splice. This is now a great tool for watching our performances to see where we need to fix mistakes as well as promoting our band.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good, interesting, but broke

      By Kaz

      from Fairfax VA

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      Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

      The product is small and useful. Nice sound and good images. I bought it about 9 months ago and it stopped working one day. I didn't use it much, maybe all together 2 hours. I didn't register the product at the manufacturer's page within the first month of purchase. I highly recommend your doing so as any products can be defective just by a statistical chance.

      In retrospect I didn't use this product much since unlike smartphones (e.g., Samsung, iphone), this product doesn't show you how you are appearing in the captured image while filing. Using this selfiy way requires that you literally go behind the camera, imagine how you would be appearing in it, and come back. But again when I did use it for a short amount of time, it was fun and the sound and images were great.

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      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Q2n Zoom Camera

      By kaazis

      from La Costa

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Hard to update software
        • No Accessories
        • Poor battery life

        Best Uses

        • Guitar songs record
        • Home video

        Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

        The camera takes good video and audio quality is good. Very easy to use. But screen so small and LCD quality very poor, also some downside about this camera it eats battery very fast, that's horrible. And it doesn't come with simple lense cover even, power supply and at least a small SD-Card.
        The software Zoom posted on website very poor and I tried few times download update and follow instruction but was not able update it

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        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great product, but don't forget to order the accessories

        By Railrunner

        from Putnam County, NY

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

        Excellent video capabilities, and lots of available adjustments for tweaking the audio and video modes. Once up and running, a great product. However, without the accessories that need to be ordered separately, you may have trouble getting where you would like to be. Getting the micro SD card was not an easy task, and I was not able to find one on the approved performance list provided by the manufacturer. Biggest problem was getting audio playback on my desktop after transferring files from the Q2n. Eventually discovered that the audio mode had to be set at the lowest performance level on the device to get the necessary playback (44.1k, 16bit). That seems to defeat the purpose of buying a device with potentially excellent audio capabilities. The Q2n accessory kit has the necessary download cable and other handy items that you may need.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing!!

        By Whiskey Earl

        from Colorado

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear video and sound
        • Simple functions
        • Small size

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home use
          • Indoor/outdoor
          • Live ahows

          Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

          I purchased the zoom Q2n about two weeks ago and it's been nothing but amazing the video the sound are both surprisingly good for the size of this thing.the only downside is the battery life but honestly that's the only thing I have found wrong with this little guy. The ability to turn it up for recording in my house and turning it down for live shows is great and also being able to change lighting conditions is a perfect feature for those darker bum bar gigs or those sunny outdoor shows.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          5 stars for a great entry level camera and sound

          By Lucho Punk Rocker

          from Sarasota, FL

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          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

          Reproduces great video and sound for the price. Excellent for amateur recording, Perfect for Music videos of your band, or to get different angles of your drum set video recordings with great sound if you use a few of these cameras. Videos look and sound great in YouTube and social media platforms.

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          5.0

          Great sounding Recorder

          By mxw

          from earth

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          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

          I've only used this recorder a few times. The audio at 44.1 is surprisingly good. I was impressed that the low frequencies were accurate. I need to experiment with lighting to improve the video.

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          3.0

          Adequate but it really depends on what you want

          By Alex

          from Virginia

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          Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

          Use this to record mostly stationary stuff, with adequate lighting, and surprisingly the picture quality is not as good as my older Olympus LS20. I don't think the sound quality is as good either. To be honest this thing isn't great, and it isn't horrible. User interface is decent enough, but the fact you have to buy the power supply and the battery life isn't that great, and the picture quality is so-so...well, it's just a so-so camera with a decent price. It is small and easier to use than my Olympus LS20, but if I want better picture quality, I go to the Olympus or my iPhone.

           
          5.0

          Simple to use, audio is awesome!

          By Slickrick

          from Indiana

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          Pros

          • Very simple - just push the red, record button.

          Cons

          • Needs micro SD card - not included.

          Best Uses

          • Making music videos.

          Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

          I got this to record myself singing and playing acoustic guitar. I used the built-in microphones and the sound was of very high quality.

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          • No
           
          4.0

          Nice compact video camera for band review.

          By LewyDean

          from Lancaster, Pa

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          Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

          Recording video and audio of my perfomances.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          nice camera

          By Archie

          from Swansea.sc

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          Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

          Pretty easy to use once it's set up

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Excellent product

          By jcmusic226

          from Johnstown, PA

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

          I highly recommend the Zoom q2n for live audio/video recording. It's easy to setup and the sound quality is exceptional. There's a gain knob on the outside to easily adjust signal strength and a light under the camera that blinks if you're clipping. Also Zoom's Handyshare software is a good basic editing tool to get your performances to the social media platform of your choosing quickly and efficiently.

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          • No
           
          4.0

          Great tool as long as it's not the only one in the box.

          By NightSerf

          from Knoxville, TN

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          Pros

          • Great video and sound in a variety of conditions

          Cons

          • Zoom could be improved

          Best Uses

          • Music videos

          Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

          I've use the camera only a few times, but am quite happy with the quality of the images and the sound. The step-zoom is a little jarring if no used judiciously. A friend and I combined several cameras with the sound from the Q2n with lovely results.

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          • No
           
          4.0

          Handy as a pocket on a shirt

          By Low Note

          from Planet Earth

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          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

          So far I'm happy with the zoom Q2n's quality and performance
          Down side is your good for one hour
          Before you need to change batteries

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          I love it!

          By J Dee

          from Hawaii via London

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder:

          I purchased it for vlogs. I'm a longterm Zoom product user and use my 'Zooms' for professional projects. I love the audio quality and thought the Q2n would be a low cost way to test out some music vlogs and to possibly compliment another camera (with not as good audio) while filming. It is tiny, which was a surprise! I did a trial post on Instagram playing acoustic guitar and singing - mic free - and it has gone down really well! The sound quality is good and it is so easy to use. Looking forward to using it more.

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