Unveiled: The New Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder for Musicians


Zoom has announced its new Q2n Handy Video Recorder, a highly transformed follow-up to the Q4 Handy Video Recorder. Where the previous model looked more like a consumer camcorder, this new one looks like a professional microphone with an integrated camera.

The Q2n is designed as a camera for musicians. With musicians now, more than ever, relying on reaching audiences via video, the Zoom Q2n is built to record high-resolution audio, in contrast to the subpar audio capture capability of most camcorders. It records up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio and your choice of Full HD 1080p or 720p video, perfect for YouTube, Vimeo, and other social media venues. Video can be recorded in real-time 30 fps or cinematic-quality 24 fps. The Q2n also gives you the choice of turning the camera function off, and being used as just a microphone.

The Q2n features X/Y microphones that can handle sound pressure levels up to 120 dB SPL, ensuring that you can record on stage even with all the amps and drums there. Furthermore, you can select from five different angles of view up to ultra-wide 160 degrees, so you can focus the camera on a single performer or get everyone and everything into the shot, as well as everything in between. Everything is recorded directly to microSD cards up to 128GB (sold separately) in Web-ready MP4 video and WAV audio formats.

Built to be convenient to use, the Q2n offers ten lighting presets for different environments, plus an “auto” setting for automatically adjusting to lighting conditions. It also features an LCD on the rear for setup, level-metering, monitoring, and playing back your recordings. There’s also a headphone jack for monitoring.

Very compact, the Q2n can be held in the palm of your hand, or, via a 1/4"-20 threaded mounting hole on the bottom, attached to various support accessories, such as a handgrip, tripod, or Zoom MSM-1 Mic Stand Mount. The Q2n operates on two AA batteries, which allow for approximately two hours of recording in 1080p and three hours in 720p. If you’re a musician focused on social media, the ultra-portable Zoom Q2n Handy Video Recorder might be just the tool for you.