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SKU
50798
MPN
ZQ8
UPC
884354014759

Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder

Questions about this product?
  • 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

The Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder is super-portable handheld HD video and audio recorder combines high-definition video with high-resolution audio. You'll always capture the full picture, thanks to the Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder's 160-degree wide-angle lens and digital zoom. Add to that pristine 24-bit/96k audio capture and a remarkably versatile system of interchangeable mic capsules, and you have all the audio-visual options that you could ever want in a handheld HD video and audio recorder. Additionally, you can also connect your own microphones to the Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder's built-in combo XLR/TRS inputs.

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
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
More Information
SKU 50798
Brands Zoom
MPN ZQ8
UPC 884354014759
Specifications

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"
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