Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder

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Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder
Key Features
  • Records up to 2304x1296 Video at 30 fps
  • Wide-Angle 160° Lens
  • Detachable X/Y Condenser Microphone
  • Compatible with Zoom Microphone Capsules
Designed for both music and video creators, the Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder combines HD video recording with Zoom's high-quality audio capture technology. It features a wide-angle 160° lens to capture the entire scene or stage, and records beyond Full HD resolution video up to 2304x1296 at 30 fps. On the audio side, the Q8 records up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio and inherits the interchangeable microphone system of Zoom's H5 and H6 recorders, making it compatible with a variety of optional mic capsules. Included with the Q8 is a 120° X/Y stereo condenser microphone capsule well-suited to capturing live events, concerts, or videos of yourself playing with studio-quality sound. The Q8 also features dual XLR/TRS inputs for inputting professional microphone and line-level sources, giving you up to four simultaneous channels of audio when combined with the X/Y mic capsule.
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Zoom Q8 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Beyond HD Recording
  • 3160° Wide-Angle Lens
  • 4High-Quality Audio Recording
  • 5Detachable Stereo X/Y Condenser Microphone Capsule
  • 6Dual XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
  • 72.7" LCD Touchscreen
  • 8USB Microphone/Webcam
  • 9Scene Presets
  • 10Lighting Settings
  • 11Camera Mounting
  • 12Additional Features

Designed for both music and video creators, the Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder combines HD video recording with Zoom's high-quality audio capture technology. It features a wide-angle 160° lens to capture the entire scene or stage, and records beyond Full HD resolution video up to 2304x1296 at 30 fps. On the audio side, the Q8 records up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio and inherits the interchangeable microphone system of Zoom's H5 and H6 recorders, making it compatible with a variety of optional mic capsules. Included with the Q8 is a 120° X/Y stereo condenser microphone capsule well-suited to capturing live events, concerts, or videos of yourself playing with studio-quality sound. The Q8 also features dual XLR/TRS inputs for inputting professional microphone and line-level sources, giving you up to four simultaneous channels of audio when combined with the X/Y mic capsule.

In addition to 2304x2196 video recording, the Q8 can capture 1080p video at 30 fps and 720p video at 60 or 30 fps to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards up to 128GB in size. It can also record WVGA video at 60 or 30 fps when lower file sizes are needed. Video can be monitored on a flip-out 2.7" touchscreen LCD, which also provides a convenient interface for adjusting video and audio settings. A micro HDMI port allows you to connect the camcorder to your HDTV to watch your footage. When it comes to recording audio, the Q8 provides a lot of options. When highest-quality audio is needed, you can record using 16 or 24-bit uncompressed WAV formats at 96, 48, or 44.1 kHz. When audio quality isn't as important and you want to save space on your SD card, you can choose to record audio using the compressed AAC format with bit rates from 64 to 320 kbps. A headphone/line output jack is provided for monitoring your audio.

By connecting the Q8 to your computer via USB you can use it as a card reader or a USB microphone. You can even use it as a high-quality USB webcam to stream audio and video. The USB port also provides power for charging the included 1700mAh lithium-ion battery. Also included with the Q8 are a foam windscreen, USB cable, and a 1/4"-20 to three-prong adapter for use with GoPro-style mounting accessories.

Beyond HD Recording
The Q8 captures up to 2304x1296 video at 30 fps, which gives you more resolution than Full HD 1080p. The extra resolution is useful when you want to crop or reframe a shot. You can also record in standard 1080p at 30 fps, as well as 720p video at 30 or 60 fps. Additionally, you can choose to record lower resolution WVGA formats when smaller file sizes are needed. Video is recorded in the .MOV format.
160° Wide-Angle Lens
With a wide 160° angle of view, the Q8's lens captures nearly everything in front of it. This lets you get the camera closer to the action to record clearer audio of your subject, while still capturing the entire scene. When an ultra-wide perspective isn't what you're after, a step-zoom feature lets you select from five narrower FOV options for tighter-framed shots.
High-Quality Audio Recording
The Q8 gives you the same high-quality audio formats as Zoom's dedicated audio recorders. You can record in AAC and WAV formats, up to 24-bit/96 kHz. Outboard audio controls and a touchscreen LCD let you quickly adjust and fine-tune your audio settings, including adjusting volume, gain, and low-cut filter. Audio can be recorded along with video or separately, enabling the Q8 to function as a standalone four-channel audio recorder.
Detachable Stereo X/Y Condenser Microphone Capsule
The Q8 comes equipped with a detachable X/Y stereo microphone capsule that features two matched unidirectional condenser microphones set at 120° apart. The microphones feature a maximum sound pressure input of 140 dB SPL and an input gain up to +47 dB. Because the capsule is detachable, the camera is also compatible with other Zoom microphone capsules. This means that if you already own an H5 or H6, you can swap capsules between devices.

Note: EXH-6 TRS/XLR Combo Capsule is not compatible with the Q8.
Dual XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
Dual XLR/TRS combo jacks let you input audio from external microphones and line-level sources. Each input has selectable phantom power and -20 dB pads.

Input Gain (PAD off): -∞ to 55 dB
Input Gain (PAD on): -∞ to 35 dB
Input Impedance: 1.8 kOhms or more
Maximum Input Level: +22 dBu (PAD on)
Phantom Power: +12 / +24 / +48V
Equivalent Input Noise: -120 dBu or less
2.7" LCD Touchscreen
The 2.7" LCD touchscreen can be rotated to be viewed from a variety of angles. When the screen is positioned to face the front of the camera, the image rotates so it is right side up. This is useful when recording videos of yourself playing. The touchscreen interface makes it easy to adjust video and audio settings.
USB Microphone/Webcam
By connecting to a computer using a USB cable, you can use this recorder as a card reader or USB mic, as well as a web camera to stream audio and video. You can also connect it to an iPad using the optional Apple Camera Connection Kit. The camera is compatible with Ustream Producer, Flash Live Media Encoder, Skype, and other popular streaming applications.

Operation as Mass Storage: USB 2.0 High Speed
Operation as Audio Interface: Class: USB 2.0 Full Speed, 16-bit/44.1 kHz
Operation as Webcam: WVGA/720p video size, 16-bit/48 kHz audio
Scene Presets
Choose among three different lighting settings. For most situations, choosing "Auto" will give you the best results, as it adjusts lighting conditions automatically. You can also select "Concert Lighting", which is better suited for live shows, concerts, and other situations with bright lights, or "Night" for maximizing results when recording at night or in dark environments.
Lighting Settings
Choose among three different lighting settings. For most situations, choosing "Auto" will give you the best, clearest results, as it adjusts lighting conditions automatically. You can also select "Concert Lighting", which is better suited for live shows, concerts, and other situations with bright lights. Choose "Night" for maximizing results when recording at night or in dark environments.
Camera Mounting
In addition to a 1/4"-20 threaded hole, the Zoom Q8 can be used with GoPro-compatible mounts using the included 1/4"-20 to three-prong adapter. This makes it easy to attach the camera to a mic stand, clamp it to a guitar, or place it anywhere onstage or rehearsal room.
Additional Features
  • Records to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards up to 128GB
  • Built-in audio mixer
  • Stereo link function
  • MS Matrix function converts Mid-Side signal from external mics to standard stereo
  • Low-cut filter (80 Hz, 120 Hz, 160 Hz)
  • Dynamics control (Limiter, Compressor, Leveler)
  • Combo headphones/line output jack for audio monitoring
  • Built-in 400MW monaural speaker
  • HDMI output for connection to HDTVs; selectable between NTSC and PAL
  • 1700mAh Lithium-ion battery provides more than two hours when shooting at 720p 30 fps (longer in audio-only recording)
  • Foam windscreen included
UPC: 884354014759

Zoom Q8 Specs

Key Specs
Image Sensor
1/3"-Type CMOS
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 3 Megapixel
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Digital
Built-In Mic
Yes
Built-In Speaker
Yes
Audio I/O
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone/Line Output
2x XLR / 1/4" TRS Combo Input
Wireless
No
Battery
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7 to 4.2 VDC, 1700 mAh
Max Runtime: 2 Hours per Charge
Imaging
Image Sensor
1/3"-Type CMOS
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 3 Megapixel
Exposure Control
Self-Timer
3, 5, 10 Sec
Lens
35mm-Equivalent Focal Length
16.6mm
Maximum Aperture
f/2
Minimum Focus Distance
14.2" / 36.0 cm
Fixed Focus
Yes
Angle of View
160°
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Digital
Recording
System
NTSC
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Internal Recording Modes
AVCHD/H.264
2304 x 1296 at 29.97 fps [24 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 29.97 fps
1280 x 720 at 29.97/59.94 fps
800 x 480 at 29.97/59.94 fps
Video Format
2304 x 1296p at 30 fps (24 Mb/s H.264/AVC)
1920 x 1080p at 30 fps (H.264/AVC)
1280 x 720p at 30/60 fps (H.264/AVC)
800 x 480 at 30/60 fps (H.264/AVC)
Microphone Recording Angle
120°
Channels
Stereo
Audio Format
AAC
WAV
Sampling Frequency
AAC: 48.0 kHz
WAV: 96.0 kHz
WAV: 48.0 kHz
WAV: 44.1 kHz
Bit Rate
AAC: 320.0 Kb/s
AAC: 256.0 Kb/s
AAC: 192.0 Kb/s
AAC: 128.0 Kb/s
AAC: 64.0 Kb/s
WAV: 24.0-Bit
WAV: 16.0-Bit
Features
Scene Modes
Preset: Yes
Built-In Mic
Yes
Built-In Speaker
Yes
Accessory Shoe
No
Tripod Mounting Thread
1/4"-20 Female
Input/Output Connectors
Video I/O
1x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/O
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone/Line Output
2x XLR / 1/4" TRS Combo Input
Other I/O
1x Mini-USB (USB 2.0) Output
Wireless
No
General
Battery
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7 to 4.2 VDC, 1700 mAh
Max Runtime: 2 Hours per Charge
Charging Method
USB
Charging Time
4.5 Hours
Dimensions (W x H x D)
6.2 x 1.9 x 2.7" / 15.8 x 4.8 x 6.9 cm (With Lowered Mic Arm)
6.2 x 1.9 x 4.7" / 15.8 x 4.8 x 11.9 cm (With Raised Mic Arm)
Weight
10.58 oz / 300 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.9 x 8.2 x 3"

Zoom Q8 Reviews

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question

can i use the Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Microphone?
Asked by: Oliver
Yes you can use basic Lavalier Condesner microphones and to use the Rode SmartLAV+ you will need to use the Rode SC3 3.5mm TRRS to TRS Adaptor for smartLav.
Answered by: Whitney H.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Can Q8 output video and audio through ATEM Mini?

Can Q8 output video and audio through ATEM Mini?
Asked by: Scott
Yes. The Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder will send a clean HDMI output (both audio & video - 1080i)
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2021-11-04

CAN THIS CAMERA WORK ON PAL VIDEO SISTEM?

CAN THIS CAMERA WORK ON PAL VIDEO SISTEM?
Asked by: gilad
The recoring system of the Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder is NTSC.
Answered by: Whitney H
Date published: 2021-12-20

question

does it 25p recording ?
Asked by: Ngan
This camera does not offer 25p recording:Video Format:2304 x 1296p at 30 fps (24 Mb/s H.264)1920 x 1080p at 30 fps (H.264)1280 x 720p at 30/60 fps (H.264)800 x 480 at 30/60 fps (H.264)
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

I WANT TO KNOW IF COULD BE USED WITH ELECTRICITY AND BATTERY?
Asked by: Anonymous
The Q8 can be powered using either the internal rechargeable battery, or via USB. To power via USB, you can either use USB bus power from a computer or a Zoom AD-17 power adapter (sold separately) to connect to a wall outlet.
Answered by: Zoom Customer Support
Date published: 2023-09-13

Does it have cold shoe mounts?

Does it have cold shoe mounts?
Asked by: James
No. Unfortunately, it does not.
Answered by: Jabari
Date published: 2021-02-08

Is there a date/time stamp record setting?

Is there a date/time stamp record setting?
Asked by: Couirey
No, that we are aware of, no date/time stamp record settings are available on this product.
Answered by: Bruno
Date published: 2021-12-10

question

What are the audio input impedances and levels? Are they hardware or software switched? Can you provide audio specs?
Asked by: Anonymous
These audio specifications are not published. All camera controls are accessed from the camera's MENU. Here are the available details:Microphone Recording Angle: 120Channels: StereoAudio Format: AAC and WAVSampling Frequency:AAC: 48.0 kHzWAV: 96.0 kHzWAV: 48.0 kHzWAV: 44.1 kHzBit Rate: AAC: 320.0 kbpsAAC: 256.0 kbpsAAC: 192.0 kbpsAAC: 128.0 kbpsAAC: 64.0 kbpsWAV:24.0-bitWAV:16.0-bit Owner's Guide:<a href= http://static.bhphotovideo.com/lit_files/106913.pdf target= _blank >http://static.bhphotovideo.com/lit_files/106913.pdf</a>
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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