Zoom Debuts HD A/V Pocket Video Cam
By Greg Tarr On Oct 4 2010 - 4:01am
. — Zoom has introduced its
first handheld video recorder capable of capturing
both the ultra-high-quality stereo audio and FullHD
Due to the emphasis on sound fidelity, the Q3HD
Handy Video Recorder ($299 suggested retail) is
being billed as the perfect video recorder for capturing
concerts and musical performances, in addition
to everyday events.
The camera offers the option of selecting 720p
30/60 fps or 1080p/30 fps HD video recording.
Picture fidelity is said to be high through the use of
a new lens and imaging sensor.
Files are recorded using the H.264 video codec
at MOV files, while audio can be captured in a variety
of formats including 96K/24-bit WAV, and DVD,
CD and AAC standards.
The Q3HD uses the same microphone capsules
as its high-quality audio recorder — the H4n Handy
Recorder — with two onboard, studio quality condenser
mics configured in a wide 120 degree X/Y
High, Low and Auto level functions are offered to
set sound levels using an icon-based user interface.
The Q3HD can also be used with the video function
disabled for sound-only recordings.
For video, three light settings are offered including
auto for (indoors and outdoors), concert lighting,
and night (low-light).
The lens includes a large aperture, and 4x digital
A built-in USB cable is offered for easy connection
to PCs, and an HDMI output allows direct connection
to an HDTV.
Additionally, Zoom includes HandyShare software
to edit and upload movies to Web sites like
YouTube and social networks.
Recordings are captured to SD cards, up to
32GB in capacity. A 2GB SD card is included with
the camera, and will hold up to 45 minutes of HD
video at a time.
Also included is HandyShare editing software
and two AA batteries.
Zoom, which is based in Japan, uses Samson
(based here) as its U.S. distribution partner.
Mark Wilder, Samson’s marketing director for
Zoom, said the Q3HD will be available in October
at retailers including Best Buy, Amazon, Sam Ash,
B&H and others.