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Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder

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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
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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
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    ZoomQ2HD Handy Video Recorder
     
    4.3

    (based on 45 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (30)
    • Great sound (30)
    • Great picture quality (19)
    • Good in low light (10)
    • Zoom range/performance (9)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (9)
    • Limited zoom (8)
    • No external mic input (5)
    • Poor image quality (5)
    • No image stabilization (4)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (13)
    • Travel (12)
    • HD shooting (10)
    • Movies/short films (8)
    • Documentaries (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (19), Semi-pro (7), Enthusiast (6), Pro videographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (34)

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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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    5.0

    Great for recording live performances!!

    By Groovemachine

    from Cape Coral, FL

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

      I purchased this so I could record live performances of my blues band. I was very impressed with the quality both sound and video of this unit. My only negative is it eats batteries. I solved this by purchasing the accessory kit which includes a AC adaptor. Great buy for under $!!

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      5.0

      Q2HD Handy Video

      By tubeamps

      from Mancos Colorado

      About Me Semi-pro Videographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound

      Cons

      • Not Good Editing Software

      Best Uses

      • Band Practice And Shows

      Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

      Great little recorder. sound is great and video is good. For $[$]you can't beat it. thanks

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      5.0

      Great! Exactly what I wanted

      By Janis

      from Chicago

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

          Q2HD is very easy to use and has great video and sound.

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          4.0

          Be careful when formatting the SD card!

          By Pedertone

          from Denver, CO

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                I formatted my new 64GB SD card as per the instructions and a note popped up saying it had been formatted. I tried to edit some video with Handy Share my computer shows that the SD card needs to be formatted still. Not a problem if I hadn't already recorded a gig with it which I will lose when I format the card. I can still watch the video, just can't export and edit it. I thought it may have something to do with the fact that I upgraded the software to a later version (4.0.2?)but I uninstalled it and re-installed the older version and it didn't help.

                I also tried to edit some video that I recorded on the SD card that came with it that I copied to my desktop. I could not find a way to access this video through the Handy Share software other than to pull it directly from the recorder itself.

                Overall, I think it works well though. I like the audio quality. I don't have much experience with video recorders but it is fairly simple to use.

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                5.0

                Love it!

                By Five Forms Guitar Method

                from Tampa, FL

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video Guitar Lessons And

                  Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                  Use it as a web cam with the laptop and Rodes NT condenser mic for making videos, as a web cam and stand alone video and audio.

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                  5.0

                  Great Product Great Price

                  By TECH

                  from Vancouver, BC

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                      I purchased 2 for UBC and they work great!! Small. Good quality. Comes with a great accessory pack too.

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                      5.0

                      Love it!

                      By Xendza

                      from Miami, FL

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                        I am a musician who records herself daily, to be able to watch myself and keep track of progress. Both the video and audio quality are very good (I play percussion, and it does not distort the sound, unless positioned extremely close to the instrument.)

                        It is definitely worth the investment.

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                        5.0

                        Just what I needed

                        By Constantin

                        from Vancouver, BC, Canada

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good picture quality
                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                        • Light Duty Construction

                        Best Uses

                        • Band Live Performances
                        • Band rehearsals

                        Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                        We use this to record band rehearsals and performances. I also have an older Zoom sound-only recorder (no video) that we had been using for the same purpose, but in this visual YouTube era, the video accompanying the sound is pretty much a requirement. The sound quality is amazing, and the video is fine -- certainly good enough for any web purpose. Nice wide view, and fixed focus means no fiddling around to get things set up. The unit seems a bit light duty (plastic construction), but I assume it will hold up so long as we don't abuse it.

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                        5.0

                        Great Audio and Decent Video

                        By TAC

                        from Berkshires of MA

                        Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                        The ZOOM Q2HD was long awaited, not because of any shipping or delivery problem, in fact B&H delivered as promised and quickly. The product and accessory package is great. Have had no problems and would buy two more of the same if I could for three different camera locations when making live videos of my shows. Thanks B&H! By the way B&H was only place I could still find the Q2HD.

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                        4.0

                        Good value

                        By Mike

                        from Mpls,Mn

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good video
                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                        • No Still Images
                        • Poor Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Movies/Short Films
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                        The camera is easy to use.great sound.compact and very good value for the price paid.

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                        5.0

                        For the money how can you beat it?

                        By sboyd177

                        from King NC

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • HD Shooting
                          • Home Movies
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                          I use it right now to record band practice with great results. the sound quality really impressed me and the video was better than expected for such a small unit. Great job Zoom. The buttons are a little touchy but other than that no complaints. Buy rechargeable batteries for sure.

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                          • Yes

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                          4.0

                          Great audio for many purposes

                          By Doubleroll

                          from Mahopac, NY

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Great Sound

                          Cons

                          • Limited Zoom

                          Best Uses

                          • Documentaries
                          • HD Shooting
                          • Home Movies
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Music Videos
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                          The Zoom Q2HD has excellent audio and acceptable video for most applications. Works great for you tube videos, web cam support, etc. I use it to record drums and it delivered quite well. No distortion and clear dynamic sound. Should come with rechargeable batteries as this thing goes through them quite fast. Other than that it is awesome.

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                          4.0

                          Great sound, OK video

                          By FLSailinGirl

                          from Stuart, FL

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Aa Batteries Are A Lot Ch
                          • Great Sound
                          • The Audio Is A Huge Impro

                          Cons

                          • No image stabilization
                          • Poor In Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Music performances
                          • Music Rehearsals
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                          I bought this camera to replace an older Kodak PlaySport. The PlaySport takes really nice videos, but the audio was lacking. I use the camera mostly to record my son's gigs (typically just him with a mic and guitar plugged into amp at local restaurant/tiki bar type venues with a lot of background noise from patrons)so I wanted to upgrade to a camera with better audio.

                          Pros:
                          The audio is a huge improvement, which was my most important criteria in choosing this camera.

                          AA batteries are a lot cheaper/easier to use than proprietary batteries used by Kodak.

                          More settings/features to adjust the audio and video exactly how you want it.

                          Cons:
                          The video quality is not as good the Kodak PlaySport, especially in low light settings.

                          It lacks the Electronic Image Stabilization and solid, rugged construction that the PlaySport has. The Q2HD is made of very flimsy "cheap" feeling plastic which makes me concerned about how long it is actually going to last.

                          All in all, it measures up to my expectations for this type of product/price point. For my purposes, it is far better to have so so video quality and great audio than great video with bad audio, so this camera will fit the bill. However, I'll still keep my PlaySport for use when audio isn't as critical and may even experiment with using it for video and just using the Q2HD for audio.

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                          5.0

                          Awesome Value

                          By Luke

                          from GLOUCESTER. MA

                          Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                          I got this with the bundled accessory pack and all I can say is that I got a value and a half for what I got!!!! For $ AND an accessory pack can not be beat. What I can say is that this product more than met my expectations and is satisfactory with my purchase. Thank You.

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                          4.0

                          Quality ok, but eats batteries

                          By Tubamark

                          from Cleveland, Ohio

                          Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                          Videa and audio quality are very good for the price paid. Very easy to use. Only complaint so far is that Battery life seems to be poor, maybe a couple hours usage at best from a fresh pair of Energizer alkaline batteries. I suppose it's a reasonable trade-off for the price paid, but I've had better battery life on other recorders owned in the past (Ederol). Don't plan on recording a long event without interruption, unless you can plug-in somewhere.

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                          4.0

                          This a fun product!

                          By Shakey

                          from Queens, NY

                          About Me Casual User

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Small LCD screen

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Movies
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                          I bought the Zoom Q2HD for my young daughter, who took it right out of the box and started making a film with her friend. It can be set as a video camera or an audio only recorder. After a few basic menu settings are adjusted (for some reason you have to go in and turn the headphone monitor "on.") the unit is ready to go. The sound quality is very good, thanks to the stereo microphones on the top of the Q2HD. The video quality is great, and you can watch your footage on your TV monitor if you get an HDMI cable. All in all, I was surprised by what you get from this product for the price!

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                          5.0

                          Great value!

                          By ZD

                          from San Jose, CA

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Great Sound

                          Cons

                          • Limited Zoom

                          Best Uses

                          • Live Band Performances
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                          First of all I have to address the negative reviews about battery life. When I first received the Q2HD, I used the enclosed pair of alkaline batteries and was only able to record for 40 minutes before the batteries ran out.I then put in my old Eneloop batteries and was able to record for about 2 hours. (Note - you have to switch battery type in Settings to NiMH when using rechargeables)Next I went to my local electronics store and bought a set of Lenmar NoMem 2700 mAh NiMH batteries. With these batteries I am able to max out my 16GB SDHC card at more than 4 hours of continuous recording at 720p,30fps! I highly recommend getting some high capacity rechargeable NiMH batteries for this recorder.At its current discounted price, the Q2HD is the best bang for buck you can get, if you are looking for a camera to record live band performances, say at a bar or in a rehearsal space.You can also use it as a USB mic for your computer. Although you can also use it as a webcam for your computer, I wouldn't recommend it as its lens does not have a wide angle, hence it will probably be too 'zoomed in' for capturing a person sitting in front of the computer.It is very important for the operator to manually adjust the Mic Gain to a relevant level for the environment. There is volume meter on the display screen, so it is not difficult to adjust to avoid overloading on the volume. Leaving the Mic Gain dial at the minimum setting results in audio that is very clear but very low on volume, even when recording from a loud music source.These are the following Cons about the product that I think are the most significant:1. The Mic Gain knob can easily be moved with your finger, so the operator needs to be careful not to inadvertently move it during recording.2. The Rec button is quite recessed in the middle of the click-wheel, and the operator really needs to press it carefully with the thumb-tip to avoid also pressing the click wheel around it, causing inadvertent digital zooming of the video.3. The camera is really narrow in angle, i.e. the image is very zoomed in compared to other cameras that you may have. This is not a good camera to use for close-ups. You probably have to stand 4 yards or more away from the stage to capture the full band. Which like I said, is perfect for its intended use of recording live music in a larger, open space, but not as a webcam or use in a confined room.

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                          4.0

                          value for the money.

                          By Baycity bill

                          from bay city mi.

                          Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                          The Zoom Q2hd functions as described and filled the purpose for the task used for. I will say I was a bit disappointed in the audio.

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                          5.0

                          Well done, B&H!

                          By Luke the Musician

                          from Gloucester, MA

                          Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                          I ordered this product today from this here website and everything about the experience was superb. When searching for this product, I was expecting somewhere around $140 for the package like it was at Guitar Center. But not here! I found it a no-brainer for this Zoom recorder AND a $40 worth accessory kit to be $[*] altogether! And free expedited shipping and no sales tax! I will definitely be shopping this website again and thanks again or such an amazing deal B&H!

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                          5.0

                          Awesome!!!!

                          By James 12 Erby

                          from Riverside,CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Great Sound
                          • Great Zoom

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • HD Shooting
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Movies/Short Films

                            Comments about Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder:

                            Quality 5 stars, value 5 stars, display look's and ease of use 5 stars again!!!!

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