Samson Announces Zoom Q3HD Digital A/V Recorder
Zoom has announced the new Q3HD Handy Video Recorder, the only handheld to record both HD video and HD audio (24-bit/96kHz) and feature high-performance sound in a micro video recorder. The Q3HD takes Zoom’s audio technology and combines it with 1080p video giving sound designers and musician what could be the best A/V solution on the market.
This point-and-shoot features both full HD 1080p at 30 fps and 720p at 30 or 60 fps. A 4x digital zoom and a larger, redesigned aperture is paired with three lighting settings ensuring the perfect amount of light in every shot. Zoom’s exclusive “Concert Lighting” setting allows the camera to capture clear, detailed videos even in light intensive environments that would cause most camcorders to wash out.
The Q3HD uses the same microphone capsules as Zoom’s solid H4n recorder, configured in a wide 120° X/Y pattern, for stereo recordings of unsurpassed quality and depth. Setting audio levels is easy using the onboard level meters and mic gain switch with auto gain control.
A new, icon-based user interface makes the Q3HD easy and intuitive. Turn it on its side to watch videos in 16:9 format on its color LCD screen. Or, use the built-in HDMI port to view on your HDTV. The Q3HD also has a built-in USB 2.0 cable to transfer, view and edit your movies on your PC or Mac. The Q3HD comes with a 2GB SD card that gives you up to 45 minutes of HD video and accepts up to a 32GB SDHC card for up to 7 hours of HD video. Zoom also includes HandyShare editing software and two AA batteries. A Q3HD accessory package (APQ-3HD), that includes a soft shell case, windscreen, AC adapter, HDMI cable, AV cable and tripod, will be sold separately.
We have been impressed with Zoom’s hand-held and economical audio recorders in the past, but the addition of video adds a whole new component to their feature set and easy-on-the-wallet price point. The question is does the package deliver on its promise…
The Zoom Q3HD will go on sale this Fall. No pricing has been announced. More information on the new Zoom Q3HD.