Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder (4 Tracks Audio/HD Video)


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  • The Q8 marries high-definition video with high-resolution audio, making it the perfect camera for music and video creators everywhere. Its 160 degree wide-angle lens and digital zoom ensure that you'll always capture the complete picture. Combine that with ZOOM's groundbreaking interchangeable mic capsule system and two XLR/TRS combo inputs for a world of options.


    • Records directly to SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards, up to 128GB
    • High-quality 160° wide-angle lens with selectable viewing angles (F2.0/16.6mm)
    • Uses a system of interchangeable microphone capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera
    • Supplied detachable stereo X/Y microphone (XYQ-8)
    • Compatible with most Zoom microphone capsules (sold separately); not compatible with EXH-6 TRS/XLR Combo Input Capsule
    • Full-color rotating LCD touchscreen
    • Support for five HD video modes, up to 2304 x 1296 pixels (3M HD), as well as two WVGA modes
    • Frame rates of up to 60fps for capturing fast action video and slow motion playback
    • Three imaging sense options (AUTO/CONCERT/NIGHT) for use in all lighting environments
    • Self-timer
    • 4x digital zoom
    • Records video in MOV format (with or without audio)
    • Records audio in AAC and WAV formats, up to 24-bit/96k
    • Up to four tracks of simultaneous audio recording
    • Two mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors, each with selectable phantom power and -20dB pad
    • Analog-style gain controls for each input
    • Built-in audio mixer
    • Stereo link function
    • Auto-Gain control, plus built-in compressor and limiter
    • Supplied foam windscreen and low-cut filter for the elimination of low-frequency noise and rumble
    • Dedicated Headphone output/Line out
    • Built-in speaker for fast monitoring
    • HDMI video output for connection to HDTVs, selectable between NTSC and PAL
    • USB interface for live streaming and data transfer to and from computer editing software
    • Webcam and USB mic function for use with external devices such as computers and iPads (Apple Camera Connection Kit required)
    • Direct monitoring for zero latency during use as a USB mic
    • Compatible with USTREAM Producer, Flash Live Media Encorder, Skype, and other popular streaming applications
    • SD card reader function
    • Rechargeable Li-ion battery (chargeable via USB or optional AC adapter)
    • Battery life of more than 2 hours
    • Built-in standard tripod mount
    • Includes tripod-to-three-prong converter for compatibility with all action camera mounts

    Full range, crystal clarity.
    The Q8 delivers that same great Zoom sound quality you'll find in all of our products, with support for high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz audio. It comes with a high-quality detachable X/Y microphone or you can connect different Zoom mic capsules.

    A low-cut filter and foam windscreen allow you to eliminate low-frequency noise and rumble, and there are three Auto Gain settings, as well as a built-in compressor and limiter. Audio can be recorded along with video, or the Q8 can be used as a standalone stereo or four-channel audio-only recorder.

    Go beyond High Definition.
    The Q8 goes beyond standard HD, offering 3M HD (2304 x 1296 pixels @ 30fps /24mbps) as well as two kinds of HD (24mbps and 16mbps for increased storage capability) at frame rates of up to 60 fps at 720p for capturing fast action video.

    Its F2.0 aperture / 160 deg. wide-angle lens ensures that you'll capture every moment with full realism and sharp definition. Three "Scene" presets allow you to use the Q8 in a variety of different lighting conditions. And support for both standard and HD video file formats assures that you'll have plenty of options when it comes to storage and streaming.

    Change your point of view.
    Need a different POV? The Q8's got you covered. Not only can it be attached to any standard tripod, it comes with a tripod-to-three-prong converter, so you can use it with every kind of action camera mount, too.

    Take your Q8 onstage and mount it to your mic stand, amp, or drum kit. Shoot video from front row center and use the supplied stereo X/Y microphone to capture the audience experience. Or use the Q8 at the mixing position and record the feed from the board, as well as the sound of the room. Use multiple Q8s for a dramatic mix of different angles - the full-color touchscreen LCD is fully rotatable so you can always view your image regardless of camera positioning.

    Connectivity, power to spare, and selectable file formats.
    A built-in USB port enables live streaming and allows the Q8 to be used as a webcam or USB microphone. It also allows connection with other equipment and computer software - even an iPad* - for post-production capability.

    *Apple Camera Connection Kit required.

    The supplied lithium-ion battery that powers the Q8 can be recharged easily in the studio or in the field, using either an optional AC adapter or via USB. Battery life is more than two hours when shooting at 720p/30fps. In audio recording-only mode, battery life is extended further still.

    The Q8 records directly to SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards, up to 128GB. Video is stored in MOV file format, with various HD settings for maximum video quality, or you can shoot in standard definition (SVGA) when space or streaming bandwidth is at a premium. Recorded audio can be integrated directly into the MOV file, or audio can be saved separately from the video data.

    Here's what comes included with the Q8:

    • Detachable stereo X/Y microphone capsule (XYQ-8)
    • Foam windscreen
    • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
    • USB cable (50 cm)
    • Tripod to three-prong action camera mount adapter
    • Lens cover
    • Lens hood
    • Strap
    • Operation manual

    Optional Q8 Accessories:

    • XYH-5 X/Y mic capsule
    • XYH-6 X/Y mic capsule
    • MSH-6 Mid-Side mic capsule
    • SGH-6 Shotgun mic capsule
    • SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun mic capsule
  • Recording media: SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (up to 128GB)
    Image sensor: 1/3-inch 3-megapixel CMOS sensor
    Lens: Fixed focus (36cm - ) F2.0, focal distance approx. 16.6 mm (35mm equivalent)
    Video format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV)
    Video resolutions: 3M HD (2304 x 1296 pixels) 30fps
    HD (1080 pixels) 30fps
    HD (720 pixels) 60fps
    HD (720 pixels) 30fps
    WVGA 60fps
    WVGA 30fps
    Audio formats: WAV (16/24-bit quantization, 44.1/48/96kHz sampling frequency)
    AAC (64-320kbps bit rate, 48kHz sampling
    Audio functions: Low-cut filter, Auto Gain (Concert/Solo/Meeting), compressor, limiter
    Image functions: Digital zoom (1.0x-4.0x)
    Scene selection (Auto/Concert Lighting/Night)
    Self timer (Off, 3 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds)
    Display: 2.7 full-color LCD touchscreen
    Built-in speaker: 400mW 8 mono speaker
    L/R inputs:
    X/Y mic (XYQ-8): 120° X/Y stereo format
    Maximum sound pressure input: 140 dB SPL
    Input gain: to +52 dB
    Equivalent input noise: 120 dBu or less
    INPUT 1/2 Input connectors: TRS/XLR combo jacks
    Input gain (PAD OFF): to 55 dB
    Input gain (PAD ON): to 35 dB
    Input impedance: 1.8 k or more
    Maximum input level: +22 dBu (PAD ON)
    Phantom power: +12/+24/+48V (Global for INPUT 1 and 2)
    Equivalent input noise: 120 dBu or less
    Output connectors: Combined line/headphones stereo mini-jack
    Type D micro HDMI
    Connector: USB Mini B type
    Operation as mass storage: Class: USB 2.0 High Speed
    Operation as audio interface: Class: USB 1.0 Full Speed
    Operation as webcam: WVGA/720p video size, 48kHz 16-bit audio
    Note: Operation as audio interface and mass storage supported with iPad (Apple Camera Connection Kit required)
    Note: USB bus power supported
    Power supply: Lithium ion battery
    DC 4.2V maximum voltage,
    DC 3.7V nominal voltage,
    1700mAh capacity
    Battery recharging times:
    USB: 4 hours, 30 minutes (approximate)
    AC adapter: 2 hours, 45 minutes (approximate)
    Battery operation time: More than 2 hours (when recording 720p/30fps)
    AC adapter: ZOOM AD-17, sold separately: DC 5V/1A
    Dimensions: Mic lowered: 158mm (L) x 48mm (W) x 69mm (H)
    Mic raised: 158mm (L) x 48mm (W) x 119mm (H)
    X/Y mic (XYQ-8): 50mm (L) x 37mm (W) x 32mm (H)
    Weight: Recorder: 260g / 9.2oz (without battery, capsule)
    XYQ-8 Mic Capsule: 40g / 1.4oz
    Battery: 40g / 1.4oz
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