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Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder

Price: $239.99
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Product Highlights
  • Capture Full HD 1920 x 1080p Video
  • Record 24-bit / 96 kHz Linear PCM Audio
  • Supports USTREAM Live Video Streaming
  • Integrated Mid-Side Stereo Microphone
  • Built-In Reference Speaker
  • Mini HDMI Output & Mini USB 2.0 Port
  • Doubles as a Mid-Side USB Microphone
  • Low-Cut Filter & Analog Mic Gain Control
  • Light Selection Option & 4x Digital Zoom
  • Supports SD/SDHC/SDXC Cards Up to 64GB

The portable and compact Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder is feature-packed and versatile. You can use it to record both Full HD 1080p video and/or linear PCM audio. For video, it's equipped with a 1/3.2" five-megapixel CMOS image sensor and an F3.2 fixed focus lens with a four-foot to infinity focus range. It can capture MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Full HD 1920 x 1080p video at 30 fps, 1280 x 720p video at 60 or 30 fps and WVGA 800 x 480 video at 60 or 30 fps. It features a 4x digital zoom, lighting selection function, USTREAM compatibility and mini HDMI output. You can even edit videos right on the two-inch LCD display.

For recording audio, the Q2HD features a Mid-Side stereo microphone setup. The Mid-Side mic can also double as a USB microphone for using with your computer, iPad 2 or iPad 3. The device records up to 24-bit / 96 kHz linear PCM audio. Plus, you can record in AAC format as well. There's an analog mic gain control for getting levels just right, as well as a low-cut filter function. Plus, there's a built-in reference speaker for instant playback of recordings or video.

The device runs on two AA batteries and stores your files using an SD/SDHC/SDXC card up to 64GB. It features a user-friendly interface that allows quick navigation between functions and features. Plus, for added convenience, the Q2HD comes bundled with HandyShare software. You can use the software to upload footage to the Web or to edit videos and improve audio quality.

Main Features

Live Streaming Video in Real-Time
With the Q2HD, you can stream your videos through your computer directly to the Web. Simply connect your Q2HD to your computer via USB cable (included in the optional APQ-2HD accessory package) and start streaming like the pros. The Q2HD's streaming function is compatible with Ustream Producer, Flash Media Live Encoder, Skype and other popular streaming applications. And it works wonders with premium programs such as Ustream Producer Pro or Studio. It's never been easier to broadcast your movies on the web in real-time
Mid-Side Stereo Audio Recording
The Q2HD offers Mid-Side stereo recording. Mid-Side recording, originally offered by Zoom on the H2n Handy Recorder, is a technique that's been used for many years in film and broadcast, where ambiance is crucial. Mid-Side recording combines a unidirectional Mid mic that captures sound directly in front of you and a bidirectional Side mic that captures sound from your left and right. By increasing or decreasing the level of the Side mic, you can control the width of the stereo field, which gives you incredible flexibility over your recordings. With its condenser microphones in 30 - 150° Mid-Side stereo configuration, the Q2HD gives you natural depth and accurate imaging. From live musical performances, rehearsals and recitals to journalism, education, sports and travel, the Q2HD's pristine audio is so realistic your movies will let you relive the moment over and over again
Capture Full HD 1920 x 1080 Video
Your HD videos are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, which can be played on a computer using QuickTime player. The Q2HD can record video in Full HD at 1920 x 1080 resolution, allowing you to enjoy your finely-detailed audio and video on your large HDTV. You can also select 720p HD for longer recordings, as well as SD formats when smaller file sizes are needed
Lighting Selection Function
The Q2HD has a lighting selection function that allows you to record using the best setting for any given lighting condition. The modes that can be used include "Auto," which automatically adjusts brightness and color, "Concert Lighting," which suppresses oversaturation from strong lighting and "Night," which is ideal for filming in dark situations
4x Digital Zoom
The 4x digital zoom allows you to shoot both distant landscapes and close-ups of people. You can capture your main subjects even when they're far away
Edit Videos Right on the Device
Divide or trim your movies internally with the Q2HD, as the unit allows you to cut footage and better feature the important scenes without a computer. By erasing unnecessary data from the SD card, you will increase your remaining recording time
Mini HDMI Output
The Q2HD has a mini HDMI connector that allows you to digitally output your videos in up to Full HD resolution. Connect the Q2HD to an HDTV by using an HDMI cable (sold separately) and enjoy your movies with your family and friends. And the Q2HD's audio will sound incredible on your home theater's audio system as well

Audio Features

24-bit / 96 kHz Linear PCM Recording
The rich stereo sound captured by the Mid-Side mics can be recorded to linear PCM WAV files. When taking full high-definition 1080p video, high-quality sound with resolution of up to 24-bit / 96 kHz can also be recorded. You can also record PCM at 44.1 or 48 kHz
AAC Recording
You can record using the AAC audio format. AAC supports a bit rate from 64 to 320 kbps and a sampling rate of 48 kHz
Analog Mic Gain for Precision Volume Control
Using the analog-type MIC GAIN wheel allows you to dial-in the perfect amount of gain for any recording application. Or choose one of three presets (Concert / Solo / Meeting) to automatically set the recording level for any given situation
Low-Cut Filter Functions
The unit's low-cut filter reduces unwanted background noise by cutting the low-frequency range. Attach a windscreen (sold separately), to reduce wind noise so you can get clear audio even when filming outside
Use It as an Audio Recorder
The Q2HD can also be used as an audio recorder to record just sound. In addition to being able to record 24-bit/96 kHz PCM files that far exceed CD-quality, the unit can also record AAC (m4a format) files that have smaller sizes. The Q2HD also features an internal reference speaker so you can check recordings without earphones
USB Mid-Side Microphone Function
Expanding its versatility, the Q2HD also functions as a USB microphone with Mid-Side miking capabilities. Simply choose USB Mic in the units MENU and connect your Q2HD to a computer or iPad 2 or 3 (using Apple's USB camera connector) to begin recording. The built-in mic supports a 1 to 39 dB input gain and a maximum sound pressure level of 120 dB

Other Features

View Your Videos While On-the-Go
Zoom made on-the-go viewing better than ever with the Q2HD. You can easily switch between portrait or landscape playback by pressing and holding the PLAY key. Watch your videos anywhere on its color LCD screen and built-in reference speaker
Navigate with Ease
The Q2HD features an icon-based user interface that makes navigating through all its functions easy and intuitive. Play, edit or delete movies, select video and audio formats and a host of other functions with ease
Built-In Reference Speaker
The Q2HD even has a built-in reference speaker to let you check recordings without earphones. It is also handy preview playback function when selecting recorded files
Runs on Readily-Available AA Batteries
The Q2HD is powered by two standard AA batteries, resulting in about two hours of continuous recording. The unit is also compatible with NiMH batteries, which can be recharged using a commercially-available charger
Bundled Software
The Q2HD's bundled HandyShare editing and uploading software lets you manage and edit your videos easily, as well as upload them to social networking sites. From live musical performances, rehearsals and recitals to journalism, education and sports, you can easily share your movies with everyone on websites like YouTube or Vimeo. Moreover, effect functions in the software allow you to bring the sound of video recordings up to the level of a finished product. You can normalize a recording for a consistent volume level or add reverb to give rich reflections to the sounds of instruments and voices. Plus, you can even use a mastering effect to enhance the impact of a performance with compression. Just select a preset
Compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC Cards Up to 64GB
The Q2HD utilizes SD/SDHC/SDXC as an affordable way to increase recording capacity. The included 2GB SD card can record about 40 minutes of HD video, while a 64GB SDXC card allows for about 15 hours of HD video recording time
Camera
Sensor 5 Megapixel 1/3.2"  CMOS
Optics
Lens Fixed Focus
f/3.2
Focusing Distance 48.0" / 121.9 cm - Infinity
Zoom Digital: 4x
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media SD/SDHC/SDXC Up To 64GB 
Video Format High Definition
MPEG AVC/H.264
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps
High Definition
MPEG AVC/H.264
1280 x 720p / 60 fps / 30 fps
Standard Definition
MPEG AVC/H.264
800 x 480 / 60 fps / 30 fps
Still Image Resolution Not Specified By Manufacturer
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Audio Format AAC
LPCM
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen No
Screen Size 2.0"
Resolution 320 x 240
Features
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - No
Tripod Mount Not Specified By Manufacturer
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x HDMI C (Mini)
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Output (Jack) Phones / Line Out
1x USB Mini-B USB 2.0 - Video / USB 2.0 - Audio
Microphone Input No
Headphone Jack Yes
General
System Requirements Windows
  • XP (SP2)
    XP (SP3)
    Vista (SP1)
    Vista (SP2)
    7
  • Pentium 4 1.4GHz Processor or greater
  • 512MB RAM
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • 1024 x 600 Pixel Resolution

Mac
  • OS X 10.4.6 or later / 10.5 / 10.6 / 10.7
  • Core 2 Duo 1.66GHz Processor or greater
  • 512MB RAM
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • 1024 x 600 Pixel Resolution
Battery 2x AA Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.0 x 5.0 x 1.4" / 5.1 x 12.7 x 3.5 cm
Weight 3.01 oz / 85.4 g without batteries
Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder
  • 2GB SD Card
  • 2 x AA/LR6 Batteries
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    ZoomQ2HD Handy Video Recorder
     
    3.9

    (based on 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    81%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (17)
    • Great sound (16)
    • Great picture quality (12)
    • Good in low light (6)
    • Zoom range/performance (5)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (8)
    • Limited zoom (5)
    • No external mic input (5)
    • Poor image quality (5)
    • No image stabilization (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (7)
    • Documentaries (6)
    • Movies/short films (6)
    • Travel (6)
    • HD shooting (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (9), Enthusiast (4), Semi-pro (4), Pro videographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Decent camera with great audio!

    This camera set at 1080 produces a really decent video, & the audio is fantastic! Considering the closeout price point, & how well it works, it's really worth the new lower...Read complete review

    This camera set at 1080 produces a really decent video, & the audio is fantastic! Considering the closeout price point, & how well it works, it's really worth the new lower price. I set this camera up next to my Sony CX110 for comparison, & it's not that far off. The digital zoom can't begin to match the Sony, but the overall pic quality is better than I expected. Also, the Q2HD didn't cost $[*]. I'm using 2 of these with my Sony to create multi camera music video's. The only real problem I've run into is importing the ".mov" files into my Sony Vegas movie software. It throws the audio out of sync big time. But it works well with Nero 11, so I import it there first, & render clips to "mpeg2", then into Sony Vegas, then the clips work fine.Other than that one main issue, it eats batteries fast, so get the accessories kit with the a/c adapter. The only thing they left out of the kit was the mic clip adapter, like comes in the Zoom H1 kit. That would have made it perfect! Since the camera doesn't have a lens cover, the case in the kit is a must have to keep it clean & scratch free. A good camera & accessories kit! I own 2 now!

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    Battery Life!

    Wonderful video and audio quality, but VERY short battery life. Better have a plug-in for anything longer than about 20 minutes.

    Wonderful video and audio quality, but VERY short battery life. Better have a plug-in for anything longer than about 20 minutes.

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    2.0

    One Man's HD May not be Yours

    By Jeff

    from Ohio

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

          At the reduced price, I jumped at this deal, but was disappointed in video quality and audio recording. Although spec'd at 1080p, I found the HD'ness poor; I'd say closer to 720 or less. I'm still messing with the audio recording settings, of which there are 3 pre-sets, but "Concert" setting - which is what I was primarily interested in - was, again, a disappointment.

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          5.0

          Great Camera for Video Podcast!

          By Tech1206

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Pro Videographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound

          Cons

          • No External Mic Input

          Best Uses

          • Live Music Events
          • Webcam

          Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

          I bought this during the black Friday sale and but would have paid full price after using it. I'm using it for a video podcast and the picture and audio quality are great.

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          5.0

          Awesome device!

          By TheNotoriousRPG

          from Orlando, FL

          Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

          This camera has great sound and video quality! I bought mine, because my good friend had one and I used it several times. I like how compact it is with true HD and great sound. A definite must have!

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          4.0

          Great sound, average video, good value

          By Mistercarguy

          from Lost in New Jersey

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Build quality
          • Easy to Use
          • Great Sound
          • Price
          • Value

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Blogging
            • Documentaries
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Travel

            Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

            Zoom products (I have a couple) are wonderful audio recorders. The sound is near CD quality using their built-in microphones. With a high quality microphone, the sound is even better. This little unit appealed to me because it combines medium-quality video in an amazingly low price (it was $ in a flash sale). PREtty inexpensive. I didn't need another recorder but I could always use a video to add visuals to my automotive blog posts on -------------. The video works as I expected based on other reviews so I have no complaints. Overall, I would recommend this to any reporter / blogger who wants to record sound and the occasional video. If you, however need HD video, keep looking.

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            5.0

            Q2HD Video Recorder

            By DK

            from Jackson, MS

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                I use this video recorder to capture my playing on guitar. It is very easy to use and the sound and video quality is pretty amazing. The download function is very easy too. Easy to operate, great quality. Excellent!

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                4.0

                Great audio, weak video

                By Brian the Music Videographer

                from New York, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                • No External Mic Input
                • No image stabilization
                • Poor Image Quality
                • Poor In Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Travel

                Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                The first thing Zoom says about their handy video recorders is that they come with "A whole lot of audio & a little bit of video". With that in mind, the Q2HD makes a fantastic entry-level product when compared to the more expensive Q4 model.I use the Q2HD to record live concerts which are often poorly lit, and as a reference camera with great backup audio for filming interviews. Don't be fooled by the 'HD' moniker - the built in pinhole camera is on par with your average dash cam and in low light settings takes a lot of forgiving and post-processing to come up with something useable. Video-wise, it records H.264 at 540p, 720p and 1080p with a 60FPS option on the first two. There are no settings for bitrate, white balance, iris, etc with the exception of a toggle-able 'night mode' that doesn't seem to make much of a difference. Overall the video quality is comparable to an iPhone 4 with a bit more noise in low light.However, the audio on this thing sounds great. The mics are well protected and allow for mid-side recording with great clarity and lots of overhead for high SPLs. You can record in AAC format to save space on your card (a 2GB starter is included, plus batteries which is nice!) or up to 24bit/96kHz WAV files if you so please. There is no input jack for an external microphone and the recording interface is simpler than the H2n or H4n, but the audio quality is quite good. There is a line out and an HDMI out as well for live monitoring.Build-wise, the unit is smaller than you would expect. It is completely plastic and feels like it in every way, but I'll stop short of calling it 'cheap' feeling. The menu layout is simple and optimized for beginners / fast operation, but some of the buttons are too small for my fingers and require careful attention to ensure you're pressing the button you want to. I screw the Zoom Q2HD onto my hot shoe mount on my camcorder and feel comfortable knowing I have good backup audio and decent reference video should something go wrong with my main setup. Pros are going to want something better out of a field recorder / action cam, but for a backup unit or a hobbyist these are just great - ESPECIALLY when they're on sale as has been the trend lately.

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                5.0

                A Really Handy Recorder

                By Rob From Jersey

                from Jobstown, NJ

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                This is a great little video recorder with many features. Settings allow high quality picture & sound in a variety of situations. Plus the device is powered by two AA batteries for long use.

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                5.0

                Very Handy Q2HD

                By Jim in Spring

                from Spring, TX

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom

                Best Uses

                • Up Close Active Shots

                Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                Very Convenient and does exactly what I needed the way I needed it to be done. I wanted a light weight camera that uses AA and SD Cards. Found it! The video is great and the sound is awesome and I am able to control it. Sound quality just like I find on the Zoom H4N. Overall, Very Pleased. Already bragging on it at the Swim Meet this past weekend, when people stopped me and asked what kind of camera this was. And I told them that I got it from B&H Photo, who has great service too.

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                3.0

                Great audio, not great video

                By Obsessive about photo equipment

                from Washington, DC

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Sound

                Cons

                • Poor Image Quality
                • Poor In Low Light

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                  The audio, set to the highest quality, is stunningly good. The video is not. I suspect that the best use for this recorder would be either purely as an audio recorder or to record audio to dub into a higher-quality video recording with weak audio capability. I already have a good Zoom audio recorder and really wanted something for video (with good audio). I get better video on my iPhone, so I returned this recorder and will have to dub or find another solution.

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                  1.0

                  Not A Good Value

                  By Gumshoe009

                  from Washington State

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Cannot Use Rechargeable B

                  Cons

                  • Poor Image Quality
                  • Poor In Low Light
                  • Won't Work Wnimh Batteri

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                    In addition to this being poorly constructed, the main reason that this product was sent back for refund was that although the instructions indicate that this unit will work with NiMH batteries, I could not get it to even turn on with several sets of high powered fully charged NiMH batteries (2900 mAh. This camera burned through a set of alkaline batteries like a California brush fire fueled by Santa Ana winds. The resolution was poor as well. This is an inferior product.

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                    4.0

                    nice product for on the move work

                    By tcity

                    from memphis,tn

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                    • Poor Image Quality
                    • Poor In Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Audio

                    Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                    i use this recorder at church to get audio. its small and not big and bulky, so its easy pull out and record. the cam. is not that great but i don't use it for video. overall a nice piece of equipment.

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                    4.0

                    Nice camera for the price

                    By Fish Report LIVE!

                    from Russia, OH

                    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound

                    Cons

                    • No External Mic Input

                    Best Uses

                    • Interviews

                    Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                    Bought as a backup for my Olympus LS 20M. Good camera for the price. No external mic input like my Olympus is the main drawback for me. I use to record interviews after sporting events. Works well for close-up shots. Reminds me of the old Flips, but audio quality is better.

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                    5.0

                    "Don't judge a book by its cover"

                    By Tex

                    from Massena, New York

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Great Zoom

                    Cons

                    • No image stabilization
                    • Start Button Too Small

                    Best Uses

                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Movies/Short Films

                    Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                    Initially bought for son to do video and audio for his college applications. I then used it at a concert and the quality was so good I could make him out in the band. The other Items I was using were blurry with the backlight and with this item they have that setting and the quality of audio and video is great. I recommend you buy a tripod as if you zoom in at all the video is shaky. I had the settings on the best for all and it did use a lot of memory but the quality was great. I will definitely buy another one when this one dies, or my son brings it to college with him.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Quality Sound & Video

                    By RMSDM

                    from Orlando, Fl

                    About Me Pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Documentaries
                      • Home Movies
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Movies/Short Films
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                      Used for school based projects or video to be uploaded online. This video camera performs greater than you would expect. Sound quality is excellent which is what's expected from Zoom. I always say that great video with not so great sound is horrible video. The video quality was surprisingly greater than expected. It says Full HD, but there is no way you can get "FULL HD" from that size camera chip lens. The quality of the video is EXCELLENT for internet based HD quality.
                      Downside: I wish it had a mic input. Camera shots can be a little shaky because of its size. I would recommend using on a tripod if your hand is not stable.

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                      3.0

                      Good mic

                      By W

                      from Ohio

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                      Like others said, average video quality but good sound especially for the price.

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                      1.0

                      Not even close to the quality of the q3

                      By Artenen

                      from Sheboygan, WI

                      About Me Video Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                      • Poor Image Quality
                      • Poor In Low Light
                      • Poor Sound

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                        I use the zoom products for everyone from band recordings to karaoke, live filming at Live Action Roleplay events, ATVing, everything... even podcasting.

                        When the q2 came out, I had to get it and MAN was a disappointed! The battery life is 20 minutes, audio is not near what the Q3 is and the case just feels cheaper.

                        Never again will I buy a Zoom product.

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                        4.0

                        Decent camera with great audio!

                        By James

                        from Mason, OH

                        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Sound
                        • Very portable

                        Cons

                        • Eats Batteries Fast
                        • Limited Zoom
                        • No External Mic Input
                        • No image stabilization
                        • Poor In Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Documentaries
                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Movies/Short Films
                        • Music Videos
                        • When Audio Matters

                        Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                        This camera set at 1080 produces a really decent video, & the audio is fantastic! Considering the closeout price point, & how well it works, it's really worth the new lower price. I set this camera up next to my Sony CX110 for comparison, & it's not that far off. The digital zoom can't begin to match the Sony, but the overall pic quality is better than I expected. Also, the Q2HD didn't cost $[*]. I'm using 2 of these with my Sony to create multi camera music video's. The only real problem I've run into is importing the ".mov" files into my Sony Vegas movie software. It throws the audio out of sync big time. But it works well with Nero 11, so I import it there first, & render clips to "mpeg2", then into Sony Vegas, then the clips work fine.Other than that one main issue, it eats batteries fast, so get the accessories kit with the a/c adapter. The only thing they left out of the kit was the mic clip adapter, like comes in the Zoom H1 kit. That would have made it perfect! Since the camera doesn't have a lens cover, the case in the kit is a must have to keep it clean & scratch free. A good camera & accessories kit! I own 2 now!

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                        4.0

                        Nice!

                        By David

                        from Boston

                        Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                        It's a very nice camera with cool features!! And THE MICROPHONE ON THIS THING IS GREAT!!!! The only negative thing that i would have to say about this product is.... If im going to pay $[$]for a camcorder, then i atleast want it to look like the price i paid for. It's made with plastic(like a toy camera), and the icons on the menu screen look cheesy (like a toy camera). But besides that... It's a great buy. Especially for people like me who LOVES to hear high quality audio when watching videos on Youtube!!

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                        4.0

                        Zoom Q2

                        By Brooklyn D

                        from Brooklyn

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                        • Limited Zoom

                        Best Uses

                        • Music Recording With Vid

                        Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                        I recorded a Video of someone singing and the audio quality was very good. The focusable stereo mic was the best feature.Video was also good.
                        Lightweight not good for hand held shots. work well on a tripod.

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                        4.0

                        Q2HD Ehh Zoom could have done better...

                        By Bert the bassist

                        from Mobile AL

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Sound
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • No External Mic Input

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                          Dissapointed there isn't any audio input...
                          Microphone, and video is good.

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