Zoom Q4n Handy Video Recorder Captures Optimal Video and Audio


The latest in its line of compact video recording devices, the Q4n continues Zoom’s commitment to combining quality video with advanced audio-capture technology. The camera is a noticeable step up from the Q4, offering a wider and brighter 160-degree f/2.0 lens, as well as greater-than-HD 2.3K (2304 x 1296) video recording at 30 or 60 fps. Also notable is a completely redesigned pop-up 120-degree microphone that can be configurable for either A/B or X/Y stereo capture that, when paired with ten lighting scene presets, allows you to capture optimal video and audio in a wide range of environments, from live concert events to solo jam sessions.

The Q4n Handy Video Recorder is built with the current generation of content creators in mind, with a clear emphasis on giving vastly improved audio performance. The Q4n supports 24-bit/96 kHz audio from its built-in microphones, which can handle high sound pressure levels up to 140 dB SPL for distortion-free recording, even in loud environments. It accepts an external microphone connected via the 1/8" stereo jack with plug-in power. You can even use the Q4n as a stand-alone audio recorder, saving files in either uncompressed WAV or compressed AAC formats. A flip-out, full-color, rotating 2" LCD touchscreen provides a convenient interface for monitoring your images and audio levels, as well as adjusting settings.

Using its USB interface, the Q4n can be used as a high-quality webcam and microphone for streaming applications. When transmitting data via USB, the camera supports up to 720p resolution and 16-bit/48 kHz audio. The camera is also equally comfortable in the field or on stage, with its compact size making it well suited for attaching to stands and instruments using optional mounts, or to GoPro-compatible mounts using an included adapter. The wide 160-degree lens makes getting those instrument-mounted shots possible, and five fixed digital zoom steps are available when a narrower angle of view is required.