Zoom Q8 Video Recorder Single-Person Rig with Stereo Audio Recording Kit

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Zoom Q8 Video Recorder Single-Person Rig with Stereo Audio Recording Kit
Key Features
  • Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder
  • 2 x Small-Diaphragm Condenser Mics
  • 3/8" and 1/2" to 5/8"-27 Thread Adapter
  • Camera/Microphone Stand Adapter
Bundled together by B&H for your convenience, this Zoom Q8 Video Recorder Kit is a single-person rig that packages many useful items for recording high-quality video without skimping on the sound. In addition to the Zoom Q8—which combines HD video capture with Zoom-quality audio recording—you get a matched pair of small-diaphragm condenser microphones. Also included are a microphone bar (to mount the mics), a thread adapter, a camera/microphone stand adapter, a microphone pistol grip, and XLR cables for plugging the mics into the Q8. The Q8 can supply phantom power, so you can use these microphones with this camera to record in stereo.
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Zoom Q8 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder
  • 3Rode M5 Compact 1/2" Condenser Microphone (Matched Pair)
  • 4K&M 23510 Microphone Bar (Black)
  • 5Auray 5/8" Male to 3/8" & 1/4"-20 Female Combo Reversible Thread Adapter (Steel)
  • 6On-Stage CM01 - 5/8" 27-thread to 1/4" Camera and Microphone Stand Adapter
  • 7Auray Universal Microphone Pistol Grip
  • 8Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series Neutrik XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable (1', Black)

Bundled together by B&H for your convenience, this Zoom Q8 Video Recorder Kit is a single-person rig that packages many useful items for recording high-quality video without skimping on the sound. In addition to the Zoom Q8—which combines HD video capture with Zoom-quality audio recording—you get a matched pair of small-diaphragm condenser microphones. Also included are a microphone bar (to mount the mics), a thread adapter, a camera/microphone stand adapter, a microphone pistol grip, and XLR cables for plugging the mics into the Q8. The Q8 can supply phantom power, so you can use these microphones with this camera to record in stereo.

Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder

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

Rode M5 Compact 1/2" Condenser Microphone (Matched Pair)

Each of this matched pair of M5 Compact 1/2" Condenser Microphones from Rode features a cardioid polar pattern, an all-metal body, active electronics, and a 20 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response. This permanently polarized condenser mic can be used in several environments including stage, theater, studio, and home applications. It is well-suited for instruments, choirs, or anywhere you would employ a small-diaphragm condenser microphone.

The matched pair has been carefully selected to ensure a variation of no more than 1 dB sensitivity between the microphones. The M5 is finished with Rode's ceramic coating, which offers a sleek matte-black finish. WS5 windshields and RM5 stand mounts are included.

This matched pair has been carefully selected to ensure a variation of no more than 1 dB sensitivity between the microphones
Ceramic coating with matte-black finish
1/2" capsule with gold-plated membrane
Cardioid polar pattern
All-metal body
Ultra-low noise
UPC: 698813003143

K&M 23510 Microphone Bar (Black)

The black K&M 23510 Microphone Bar is a rugged steel microphone bar that connects to the top of a microphone stand via its 5/8" thread. Use the 5/8" threaded captive knurled screws to attach two microphones or booms (available separately) to the moveable bars.

Auray 5/8" Male to 3/8" & 1/4"-20 Female Combo Reversible Thread Adapter (Steel)

The steel 5/8" Male to 3/8" & 1/4"-20 Female Combo Reversible Thread Adapter from Auray can be used to connect a wide variety of audio, video, and lighting equipment with ease. Convert any 5/8" female connector to either 3/8" female or 1/4"-20 female simply by reversing the adapter to the size that fits your needs. No more fumbling for different size adapters. Ideal for connecting mounts with a 5/8" female thread onto lighting stands or camera tripods that support either a 1/4"-20 or 3/8" threaded male stud. The adapter has a 5/8" male connector with a 3/8" female connector on one side and a 1/4"-20 female connector on the other side.

UPC: 847628585942

On-Stage CM01 - 5/8" 27-thread to 1/4" Camera and Microphone Stand Adapter

The On-Stage CM01 Camera and Recorder Mount enables lightweight video cameras, point-and-shoot cameras and recording devices to be mounted onto standard microphone stands. The CM01 features a fully adjustable neck and ball joint for easy positioning and control.

UPC: 659814490899

Auray Universal Microphone Pistol Grip

The Auray Universal Microphone Pistol Grip is a handheld grip that features an ergonomic cushioned handle. This grip is great in "run & gun" situations in which a boom pole would be cumbersome, and in video scenarios in which the cameraman is also responsible for audio recording. The grip can be held with one hand, as opposed to a boom pole which requires two. It also provides the option of being able to record audio from a different direction than the camera is pointing, an advantage over camera mounting the mic. Furthermore, having the mic mounted off the camera prevents it from picking up motor noise from the lens focusing.

In addition, the grip features standard 3/8" threads on both ends. This allows you to attach your shotgun mic (with shockmount) to one end of the grip and mount the other end to a boom pole. This gives you the flexibility of being able to quickly detach the pistol grip and the attached shotgun mic from the boom, an option that can come in handy for entering areas that are too small for a boom pole.

UPC: 847628562738

Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series Neutrik XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable (1', Black)

The black Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable (1') is designed to be an extremely quiet and flexible cable that is ideal for the most demanding live sound and performance applications. The cable is engineered to be durable and provide protection against EMI, RFI, and static noise. While the cable's color-coding affords the ability to quickly differentiate between multiple connections on stage, it provides a pleasant aesthetic quality at the same time.

Premium Performance 3000 Series cables are made from 24-AWG OFC copper wire that's wrapped with PE insulation and a conductive PVC inner shield. A cotton-yarn inner layer helps reduce electrostatic and microphonic noise. The 95% dual-spiral shielding makes the cable resistant to EMI and RFI noise. The Neutrik XX silver connectors provide a high level of connectivity, and all the solder connections are shrink-wrapped for protection.

95% dual-spiral shielding offers protection from EMI and RFI noise
Twin conductive PVC inner shielding provides 100% coverage of the core conductor. It helps keep the cable's signal from radiating and affecting nearby cables and helps prevents external EMI from penetrating to the cable's core
24-AWG oxygen-free stranded copper inner core provides the best possible conductivity
Cotton yarn reduces electrostatic and microphonic noise
All solder points shrink-wrapped for protection
Neutrik XX silver connectors offer high conductivity
Caged type contact and improved ground contact
UPC: 847628558205

Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder Specs

Camera
Sensor Type1/3"-Type CMOS Sensor
Sensor ResolutionEffective: 3 Megapixel
Optics
35mm-Equivalent Focal Length16.6mm 
Maximum Aperturef/2
Minimum Focus Distance14.2" / 36.0 cm
Fixed FocusYes
Angle of View 160°
ZoomDigital
Recording
SystemNTSC
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Video Format2304 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 Angle120°
ChannelsStereo
Audio FormatAAC
WAV
Sampling FrequencyAAC: 48.0 kHz
WAV: 96.0 kHz
WAV: 48.0 kHz
WAV: 44.1 kHz
Bit RateAAC: 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
Exposure Control
Self-Timer3, 5, 10 Sec
Features
Scene ModesPreset: Yes
Built-In MicYes
Built-In SpeakerYes
Accessory ShoeNone
Tripod Mounting Thread1/4"-20 Female
Input/Output Connectors
Video I/O1 x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone/Line Output
2 x XLR / 1/4" TRS Combo Input
Other I/O1 x USB Mini-B (USB 2.0) Output
WirelessNone
General
BatteryRechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7-4.2 VDC, 1700 mAh
Max Runtime: 2 Hours per Charge
Charging MethodUSB
Charging Time4.5 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
Weight10.58 oz / 300 g (Body Only)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.9 x 8.2 x 3"

Rode M5 Compact 1/2" Condenser Microphone (Matched Pair) Specs

Microphone
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
CapsuleCondenser
Diaphragm0.5" / 12.70 mm
Polar PatternCardioid
Performance
Frequency Range20 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL140 dB SPL Peak
Impedance200 Ohms
Sensitivity-34 dB at 1 kHz
Equivalent Noise Level19 dB A-Weighted
Connectivity
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin
Power
Operating Voltage24 V
48 V
Physical
Dimensionsø: 0.79 x L: 3.94" / ø: 20 x L: 100 mm
Weight2.82 oz / 80 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.34 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.55 x 6.35 x 3.35"

K&M 23510 Microphone Bar (Black) Specs

Construction MaterialSteel
Thread Size5/8"
Length8.5" / 21.7 cm
Weight0.6 lb / 0.3 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.385 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.4 x 3.25 x 1.95"

Auray 5/8" Male to 3/8" & 1/4"-20 Female Combo Reversible Thread Adapter (Steel) Specs

ThreadThread 1: 5/8" Male
Thread 2: 3/8 or 1/4"-20 Female (Reversible)
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.04 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)3.15 x 2.15 x 0.65"

On-Stage CM01 - 5/8" 27-thread to 1/4" Camera and Microphone Stand Adapter Specs

Thread5/8" 27-thread to 1/4" Adapter
TiltPan/Tilt Ball-head: 180°
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.295 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.95 x 4.75 x 1"

Auray Universal Microphone Pistol Grip Specs

Packaging Info
Package Weight0.24 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.75 x 3.1 x 1.65"

Kopul Premium Performance 3000 Series Neutrik XLR Male to XLR Female Microphone Cable (1', Black) Specs

Cable Length1' / 0.3 m
Shielding95% Spiral
Wire Gauge24 AWG
Contact PlatingSilver
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.95 x 9.6 x 0.95"

Zoom Q8 Reviews

amazing recording abilities

By Jon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-07

If you know how to work around the 160 degree lens it works great! I was able to record a winter percussion with great audio quality.

Still trying to hook up

By John
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-17

Still trying to figure out how to install. Manual left out website , etc Still working on it

a perfect match

By Rob
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-12

I bought the Zoom Q8 to use as a classroom tool, recording my lectures. It is working out perfectly, both video and audio. Simple to use and reliable results. I mount it on a short, adjustable tripod, but it is small enough that it is not distracting to anyone. I also like the fact that its .MOV files are so easily convertible to a wide variety of other formats. R.A.

Versatile and great quality

By Aidan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-21

In the new normal of live-streaming and video presentation for musicians, this camera is perfectly powerful with features that seem designed for how we have been forced to tweak our business.

Excellent Camera

By Greg
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-17

The Q8 Handy Video Recorder is providing wonderful on site videos of our Lessons from the Garden children's program we stream on FB and YT! What an awesome, versatile, rugged camera the Q8 is, much more than most camcorders. Audio is superb. Video is pretty good. Maybe in your next version y'all could include HD? But it's still a great camera as is.

Excellent Camera

By Greg
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-17

The Q8 Handy Video Recorder is providing wonderful on site videos of our Lessons from the Garden children's program we stream on FB and YT! What an awesome, versatile, rugged camera the Q8 is, much more than most camcorders. Audio is superb. Video is pretty good. Maybe in your next version y'all could include HD? But it's still a great camera as is.

Another Great ZOOM Product

By Spencer
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-24

Simple, or more complex if you need to, this is a solid product, with options available for customization. Ive owned Zoom Gear since 2005, and never regretted any of my purchases.

Great for what I use it for.

By Jonathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-10

I use this camera for my YouTube Channel, which is a bit of a video blog. It has a great picture for that, the sound is great, as I connect a mic to it. It suits my needs.

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question

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