Zoom Q3 Handy Video Camcorder Reviews

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Overview


The Q3 Handy video recorder brings Zoom’s renowned audio technology to the camcorder, making it the best sounding digital video camera you’ve ever heard.

Zoom Q3 camcorders use the same microphone capsules as our industry-leading H4n Handy Recorder and is perfect for recording anything where great audio and video are a must.

From live musical performances and rehearsals, interviews, conferences to video podcasts, journalism, education, recitals, weddings or sports, the Q3 pristine audio quality takes your videos to another level.

Designed with everything you need to make your movies right out of the box, the Q3 includes HandyShare software for editing, and a 2GB SD card for up to 1 hour of video recording time. And the Q3 video camera will also accept up to 32GB SDHC cards for a staggering 16 hours of movie making!

Q3 The video camera puts a little bit of video and a whole lot of audio together in one quick and easy to use camcorder that lets you produce great movies on the go.

Sound makes the movie.
Anyone who’s ever experienced a film with great audio knows how vital sound is to the movie. The Q3 video recorder Handy Video Recorder brings our renowned audio technology to the camcorder, making it the best sounding video camcorder you’ve ever heard.

Brilliant Stereo Recording
The Q3 video recorder uses the same microphone capsules as our industry-leading H4n Handy Recorder and is perfect for recording anything where great audio and video are a must. From live musical performances and rehearsals, interviews, conferences to video podcasts, journalism, education, recitals, weddings or sports, the Q3 pristine audio quality takes your videos to another level.

Designed with everything you need to make your movies right out of the box, the Q3 digital video camera includes HandyShare software for editing, and a 2GB SD card for up to 1 hour of video recording time. And the Q3 digital video camera will also accept up to 32GB SDHC cards for a staggering 16 hours of moviemaking!

You can use HandyShare to cut your movie before you share it with the world
Cutting room and distribution included…

When your shoot is complete, the Q3 digital video camera cleverly designed USB cable lets you upload your movies to your computer. Then use HandyShare to edit and share them on your favorite websites including YouTube, Facebook and MySpace. Or, plug in the included TV cable and watch your videos on television.

With its high-quality, MPEG-4 SP video format at 30 frames per second, the Q3  camcorders render crystal-clear video at 640 x 480 resolution. And the Q3′s large, 2.4-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 320 x 240 makes viewing easy on the go. Its display also includes audio meters so you can quickly set and monitor your levels as you shoot.

The Q3′s X/Y microphones are directional, so you can “focus” the mics on your sound.

True Stereo Sound
The Q3 digital video camera has two condenser mics on-board, engineered in the same X/Y pattern that gives recording pros the best stereo recording possible. Arranged with the right and left mics on the same axis, this design ensures that the mics are always an equal distance from the sound source for perfect localization without phase shifting. Camcorder Reviews found the the result is a great sounding recording with natural depth and highly accurate stereo imaging every time… all at the touch of a button.

Get Closer to the Action
The Q3′s X/Y microphones are directional, so you can “focus” the mics on your sound source like an “audio zoom” function. Use the onboard audio meters to set the gain to Low, High or Auto so you can record in very loud or very soft environments. Or use the Q3′s Auto Record Level function to automatically set the appropriate recording levels for the situation! Shoot your video with the confidence that the Q3 camcorders are capturing great audio at the absolute best level possible.

Sound Matters on YouTube
With the Q3 HD camcorders, all your videos will sound like they were recorded in a professional studio. Ideal for shooting any kind of musical performance from jazz to classical to metal, solo to orchestral, the Q3 will make it fun and easy to shoot your music videos anywhere, anytime.

The Q3 camcorders also make it easy to share your videos with your friends on YouTube. Simply plug the Q3 into your computer, launch the onboard HandyShare software and select the videos you want to put on the web. And if your vision needs a few edits, you can use HandyShare to cut your movie before you share it with the world.

Reduce the Learning Curve
Great sounding recording with natural depth and highly accurate stereo.
To play music better, seeing your performance can be almost as important as hearing yourself. With the Q3, you get both capabilities.

Music educators and students alike will find a plethora of applications for the Q3 from the classroom to the practice room. Ideal for recording auditions or making video lessons available to students, the Q3′s amazing stereo recording will capture every nuance while the video rolls.

Dress Up Your Videography
Camcorder Reviews found the Zoom Q3 makes an excellent accessory for anyone who does videography as a full-time occupation or as a hobby. Imagine being able to use the Zoom Q3 for individualized video shoots of the bride and groom before a wedding.

Or give a Zoom Q3 to everyone in the wedding party for personalized video clips. Capture the wedding music with ease. The possibilities are truly endless. And with pristine, focused audio, you’ll never miss a moment, even in a noisy environment.

Make Your Own Sports Center
Capture the sights and sounds of the game from the little leagues to the big leagues.
Have great seats? Every crack of the bat, swing of the club or bone-crunching tackle can be captured with amazing clarity… especially when you’re close to the action. Capture the sights and sounds of the game from the little leagues to the big leagues.

Go Blogging Heads
Camcorder Reviews felt it’s never been more important for journalists and bloggers to be versatile in the field. Shoot “on the scene” video, edit and upload with ease, all with broadcast-ready audio. And because the Zoom Q3 has a standard tripod mount, you can put it just about anywhere for the perfect shot in any environment.

The Zoom Q3 puts a little bit of video and a whole lot of audio together in one quick and easy to use camcorder that lets you produce great movies on the go!

Features:
* Built-in stereo condenser microphones with X/Y configuration for true stereo imaging
* Get up to 1 hour of video with bundled 2GB SD card
* Accepts up to a 32GB SDHC card for 16 hours of recording time
* Large 2.4-inch LCD display with a resolution of 320 x 240
* Video resolution of 640 x 480 at 30 frames/sec
* Video Format: MPEG-4 SP
* NTSC / PAL TV output
* Optics Lens Type: Fixed Focus (0.8m to infinity) with 2x digital zoom
* Audio formats with video include 44.1/48kHz 16/24-bit Linear PCM WAV or MP3 up to 320kbps
* Audio only formats include 96kHz 16/24-bit Linear PCM WAV
* Auto Record Level automatically adjusts audio levels during recordings
* Uses two standard AA batteries or NiMH rechargeable batteries
* USB 2.0 with built-in cable
* Windows and Mac OS compatible
* Built-in speaker and tripod mount
* Includes on-board editing software, YouTube uploader software, Apple Quicktime, TV cable, softcase, windscreen, 2GB SD card, two AA Batteries

Technical Details
* Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder
* Windscreen
* Carry Pouch
* 2GB SD Card
* AV cable
* Two AA Batteries.

In the Box:
Zoom Q3 Handy Video Camcorder,
Windscreen,
Carry Pouch,
2GB SD Card,
AV cable
Two AA Batteries.

Recent Customer Camcorder Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars Works Great for recording Opera Singing Lessions
We tried many ways of recording Opera singing lessons for students. The Zoom Q3 is by far the easiest solution the problem. Read more
Published 19 days ago by J. Mel Harris

4.0 out of 5 stars Does a simple job well.
I’m very impressed with this device. It’s very easy to use and the quality of the sound is really good. The only downside is that you can’t connect an external microphone.
Published 1 month ago by Reader/Viewer

3.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Leeway To Set Audio Levels
This thing has three gain settings: auto (which pumps during a dynamic music performance), low (which is way too low to capture music in a club at a level that’s acceptable for a… Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Gildart

5.0 out of 5 stars The Zoom Q3 is a Must for Musicians
This recording device is wonderful. You get great, clean sounds right out of the box. Even the most casual approach to recording makes my drums sound like they’ve been… Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Jones

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Value.
This is a very basic video camera. The audio quality is top notch. The video is good in bright light but a little dim and grainy in low light. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David B. Burch

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Live Shows
I bought this back in January and I’m fairly satisfied with this recorder. I bought it specifically for recording live shows. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Beau J. Manley

5.0 out of 5 stars If you don’t think this is a 5 star you are a Jackass
This is for musicians. It’s a couple hundred bucks. The videos look OK, the sound is great. You can create videos that are good enough to show the world. Read more
Published 3 months ago by vsimmons

3.0 out of 5 stars I’d love it even more if…
Sure, it’s great to be recording within seconds of getting it out of its little leather bag, no hassle with power cords, mike cables, or having to mount a recorder unit as far… Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alan Waller

4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended for Live Music
I just bought the Q3 last week and used it for a dinner music gig with a jazz quartet. It does exactly what it says on the box…”a little bit of video, a whole lot of audio. Read more
Published 5 months ago by T. Godfrey

3.0 out of 5 stars good audio in video recorders, not as good as zoom h2, terrible battery life
audio quality poorer than zoom h2 which i had before, less bass response, EATS batteries, many times i got stuck with recording just 1 hr tops using 2 pairs of new alkaline… Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Saha

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Product Specifications

Brand:Zoom
Model : Q3
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Windscreen

Carry Pouch

2GB SD Card

AV cable

Two AA Batteries

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