Zoom - Q8 HD Camcorder - Black

Capture HD video and crisp, clear audio with this Zoom Q8 camcorder, which features a CMOS sensor for sharp images and a 4-track audio recorder with interchangeable microphone capsules. The 3" rotating LCD touch screen simplifies navigation.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Q8 HD Camcorder
  • Rechargeable lithium battery
  • USB cable
  • Lens cover, lens hood, mount adapter, wrist strap, windscreen
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
86% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 7)

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Features


1x - 4x digital zoom

Allows you to capture an up-close view of the action.

3" LCD touch-screen monitor

Rotating design provides a clear view of your footage.

CMOS image sensor

For crisp, detailed videos.

Autofocus technology

Brings images into view.

HD video recording

3M HD (2304 x 1296 pixels) at 30 fps, HD (1080 pixels) at 30 fps, HD (720 pixels) at 60 fps or 30 fps, WVGA at 60 fps and WVGA at 30 fps.

4-track audio recorder

With an interchangeable microphone capsule system captures 24-bit/96k audio. A windscreen minimizes interference.

Media card slot

Supports an SD card up to 128GB.

Rechargeable lithium battery

Provides hours of power.

USB 2.0 interface and a micro HDMI output

For easy media transfers. USB cable included.


Overall customer rating

4.6
86%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for shooting music videos.

    Posted
    12stringer
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This has so many pluses, I don't know where to begin. First off, it has the ability to shoot in multiple formats. In video quality, this ranges from an ultra-hi-def 3M HD30 @ 24Mbps to a low-def WVGA/3 @ 5Mbps. I record video at a medium HD 1080/30 @ 16Mbps, which is the best compromise between high def quality and trying to keep the file size small. Secondly, the audio can be recorded using WAV 96kHz/24-bit resolution all the way down to an .mp3 (AAC) 64Bps resolution, with 9 settings in between. I use a CD-quality WAV 48kHz/16-bit resolution. When recording audio, the Zoom is very flexible. Unlike other camcorders in this price range, the mics on this are interchangeable, and Zoom offers several different mics which can be used with this camera--including a shotgun mic which can be indispensable if one is wishing to record sporting events from the sidelines. In addition, the unit features two combo [XLR and 1/4"] inputs for hooking up external microphones or doing a direct input with an instrument. It also contains a built in four channel mixer for mixing the sound levels of the four mics or one can disable the attached mics to only use outboard mics. GoPro certainly won't give you this much flexibility or the sound quality this offers. Finally, it is very easy to use. Within 45 minutes of opening the box, I had recorded two short music videos. It accepts SDHC cards up to 128GB in capacity. Although no documentation is available to show how much recording time one can expect, Zoom anticipated this and explained that in the display, the camera will tell the user how much recording time is available based on the video and audio quality selected. I use a 64 GB card in mine and based on the settings, can expect to get about 7-1/2 hours of recording time on one card. The only drawback I can see to this unit is that it does not offer a remote control. I contacted Zoom about this and was informed that their engineers were already looking into it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound features and options

    Posted
    OzarkSoundSmith
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    We were looking for a camera that could record good quality sound for music videos. The Q8 truly fills this "need". Being able to hook up microphones directly into the back of the video camera makes getting great sound very easy. This is a wonderful product!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Crispy audio record

    Posted
    citrusmastack

    I am impressed by its audio record quality, it is way better than my Panasonic recorder. I am loving it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound, but bad video

    Posted
    Patrick
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    It absolutely records best sound, but picture is very bad so I had to return the camcorder.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sweet piece of Tech

    Posted
    EnjoyTheJourney
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Haven’t explored all the features yet but very happy with functionality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sweet.

    Posted
    cdog
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Does exactly what you would expect. Good video, great audio.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome camera

    Posted
    Apersonnotrobot
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    It does what I need it to and more, glad I got it.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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