Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder

Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder

Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • Records up to 2304x1296 Video at 30 fps
  • Wide-Angle 160° Lens
  • Detachable X/Y Condenser Microphone
  • Compatible with Zoom Microphone Capsules
  • Dual XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
  • Records up to Four Simultaneous Channels
  • Record up to 24-Bit / 96 kHz Audio
  • 2.7" LCD Touchscreen
  • Doubles as USB Webcam & Audio Interface
  • 1/4"-20 to Three-Prong Adapter Included
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Zoom Q8 overview

  • 1Description

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
In the Box
Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder
  • Detachable Stereo X/Y Microphone Capsule
  • Foam Windscreen
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Attachment Screw for Hairy Windscreen
  • USB Cable (3.3')
  • 1/4"-20 to Three-Prong Action Camera Mount Adapter
  • Lens Cover
  • Lens Hood
  • Strap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Zoom Q8 specs

    Camera
    Sensor 1-Chip 1/3" CMOS
    Sensor Resolution 3 MP
    Optics
    35mm-Equivalent Focal Length 16.6 
    Maximum Aperture f/2
    Minimum Focusing Distance 14.2" / 36.0 cm
    Fixed Focus Yes
    Angle of View  160°
    Zoom Digital
    Recording
    System NTSC
    Recording Media x SD/SDHC/SDXC (128 GB Maximum)
    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)
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    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
    Display
    Display Type LCD
    Touchscreen Yes
    Screen Size 2.7"
    Exposure Control
    Self-Timer 3, 5, 10 Sec
    Features
    Scene Modes Preset: Yes
    Built-In Mic Yes
    Built-In Speaker Yes
    Accessory Shoe None
    Tripod Mount 1/4" - 20
    Input/Output Connectors
    Inputs 2 x XLR / TRS combo jacks
    Outputs 1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Mini Jack combined line/headphone
    1 x Micro-HDMI (Type D)
    1 x USB Mini-B USB 2.0
    Microphone Input Yes
    Headphone Jack Yes
    General
    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7-4.2 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 Mic lowered
    6.2 x 1.9 x 4.7" / 15.8 x 4.8 x 11.9 cm Mic raised
    2.0 x 1.5 x 1.3" / 5.0 x 3.7 x 3.2 cm X/Y mic capsule
    Weight 10.58 oz / 300 g Recorder
    1.41 oz / 40 g X/Y mic capsule
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.9 x 8.2 x 3.0"

    Zoom Q8 reviews

    Q8 Handy Video Recorder is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 28.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Little product Our video team was looking for a high quality mic/audio recorder and we definitely found that in the Zoom Q8. The 2 mic/line XLR inputs gives nice extra connections to make this a really versatile tool for shoots. The added bonus of the video camera is a nice feature with HD quality video too. The video camera is not fantastic but gives a nice 160-degree wide view of your event, etc. So while not ideal for low-light filming it gives you another view and tool to capture. But you're buying this for the audio recording anyway, and for that this product really shines. Great product for the price, a nice tool for any video producer's kit.
    Date published: 2016-12-11
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good audio but JUNK VIDEO! It is a great little audio recorder but the video quality is bad! If you have anything better than a cell phone to record video it will do better than this. I us an Samsung NX1 and 2 Sony action cams(FDR-X1000V). The Zoom does a better job with audio. So I use Premiere to merge the video clips with the Zoom audio. I just can't express how dissapointed in the video quality I am. The image is soft and not a lot of color. No dynamic range. It also lacks any image stabilization so its limited to a tripod for me if I do try to get ANY b roll from it.
    Date published: 2015-07-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Podcaster's dream. Great audio - Good video I've used a Zoom H4 audio recorder for years (have a couple of them). It's durable, dependable and most importantly is one of the few portable digital recorders that offers XLR inputs for better quality mics. It's that reason I was so excited about the Q8. Great audio and the ability to mix the built in mic with your XLR inputs is fabulous. AND you can output the audio separate from the video, including separate audio channels for the built in and external mics for more options in post. Don't even think of using the video at anything less than 1080 because the quality drops significantly...and be cautious of the selectable lens positions, stay as far from zooming in as possible. My one complaint for both the Q8 and the H4 is that as a handheld mic, there's a lot of plastic noise that gets picked up when moving around. If at all possible, put it on a tripod or even a robust selfie stick to avoid that noise in your recordings.
    Date published: 2015-07-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice for vlogging, not much else I got it to upgrade my vlog from a point and shoot still camera that only shot VGA video. So this is definitely a step up from that, but I definitely wouldn't use the camera for anything else. The zoom is digital and goes in several stages. The auto exposure can sometimes have a hard time adjusting if you're going from outdoors to indoors. Great for casual vlogging, but, again, I wouldn't even really want to use this as a BTS camera for a movie production. All that said, however, the sound is awesome! I haven't had a chance to use it as a field or VO recorder, but the on-board mics it comes with capture sound really well, as you would expect from Zoom.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stops recording randomly We use this camcorder to record our weekly worship and almost every week we have issues with it. We put a 64 GB SD into it and it stops recording before it even gets to 1gb of video content. Some weeks it just chops the videos up into multiple videos even though it's consecutively recording. Not to mention the awful video quality. We've tried every video setting and it looks awful every week. The camera does awfully in low-light and it's supposed to be a concert camera. The sound quality is good but it picks up too much surrounding noise (i.e crowd noise behind the camera.) Do not spend your money on this camera. I can't tell you how many weeks of recordings have been lost because of it.
    Date published: 2017-03-30
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very poor video This is basically a good mike with video for reference. For the price it should have a much better lens and image processing. It is atrocious in low light and the lens is a wide angle with huge distortions on the edges. Very disappointed.
    Date published: 2016-01-25
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good Audio Terrible Video The stereo microphones work really well and can handle high DB SPL. The video however is not even useable. The compression is just awful. I assume a firmware should be able to fix this. The video is that of a 2007 cell phone quality
    Date published: 2015-04-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of useful features in a compact package. I picked this up to use for several purposes, the first of which was shooting videos at a busy (and loud) music industry trade show. The two extra mic preamps were invaluable, as I was able to record using a directional handheld mic. It also worked great using the X/Y mics for recording live music performances. The audio quality is exceptional, and the ability to use 128GB SD cards allow for plenty of capacity. Battery life was better than expected, to boot. I do wish that there was an ability to zoom in/out more easily while shooting, but all in all, I'm very happy with it.
    Date published: 2017-01-24
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