Zoom Q8 HD Video / Four Track Audio Recorder

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Main Features
  • Frame rates of up to 60fps for capturing fast action video and slow motion playback
  • Records directly to SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards, up to 128GB
  • Detachable X/Y Condenser Microphone
  • Two mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors, each with selectable phantom power and -20dB pad
  • Record up to 24-Bit / 96 kHz Audio
  • Doubles as USB Webcam & Audio Interface
  • Upto 2304 x 1296 pixels @ 30fps /24mbps
  • Compatible with USTREAM Producer, Flash Live Media Encorder, Skype, and other popular streaming applications
  • High-quality 160° wide-angle lens with selectable viewing angles (F2.0/16.6mm)
  • Compatible with Zoom Microphone Capsules
  • Records up to Four Simultaneous Channels
  • 2.7" LCD Touchscreen
  • 1/4"-20 to 3-Prong Adapter Included

The Q8 marries high-definition video with high-resolution audio, making it the perfect camera for music and video creators everywhere. Its 160 degree wide-angle lens and digital zoom ensure that you’ll always capture the complete picture. Combine that with ZOOM’s groundbreaking interchangeable mic capsule system and two XLR/TRS combo inputs for a world of options.

Full range, crystal clarity.
The Q8 delivers that same great Zoom sound quality you’ll find in all of our products, with support for high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz audio. It comes with a high-quality detachable X/Y microphone or you can connect different Zoom mic capsules.

A low-cut filter and foam windscreen allow you to eliminate low-frequency noise and rumble, and there are three Auto Gain settings, as well as a built-in compressor and limiter. Audio can be recorded along with video, or the Q8 can be used as a standalone stereo or four-channel audio-only recorder.


Go beyond High Definition.
The Q8 goes beyond standard HD, offering 3M HD (2304 x 1296 pixels @ 30fps /24mbps) as well as two kinds of HD (24mbps and 16mbps for increased storage capability) at frame rates of up to 60 fps at 720p for capturing fast action video.

Its F2.0 aperture / 160˚ wide-angle lens ensures that you’ll capture every moment with full realism and sharp definition. Three “Scene” presets allow you to use the Q8 in a variety of different lighting conditions. And support for both standard and HD video file formats assures that you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to storage and streaming.

Change your point of view.
Need a different POV? The Q8’s got you covered. Not only can it be attached to any standard tripod, it comes with a tripod-to-three-prong converter, so you can use it with every kind of action camera mount, too.

Take your Q8 onstage and mount it to your mic stand, amp, or drum kit. Shoot video from front row center and use the supplied stereo X/Y microphone to capture the audience experience. Or use the Q8 at the mixing position and record the feed from the board, as well as the sound of the room. Use multiple Q8s for a dramatic mix of different angles — the full-color touchscreen LCD is fully rotatable so you can always view your image regardless of camera positioning.

Connectivity, power to spare, and selectable file formats.
A built-in USB port enables live streaming and allows the Q8 to be used as a webcam or USB microphone. It also allows connection with other equipment and computer software — even an iPad* — for post-production capability.

*Apple Camera Connection Kit required.

The supplied lithium-ion battery that powers the Q8 can be recharged easily in the studio or in the field, using either an optional AC adapter or via USB. Battery life is more than two hours when shooting at 720p/30fps. In audio recording-only mode, battery life is extended further still.

Recording Media
The Q8 records directly to SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards, up to 128GB. Video is stored in MOV file format, with various HD settings for maximum video quality, or you can shoot in standard definition (SVGA) when space or streaming bandwidth is at a premium. Recorded audio can be integrated directly into the MOV file, or audio can be saved separately from the video data.


Main Features

    Records directly to SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards, up to 128GB
    High-quality 160° wide-angle lens with selectable viewing angles (F2.0/16.6mm)
    Uses a system of interchangeable microphone capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera
    Supplied detachable stereo X/Y microphone (XYQ-8)
    Compatible with most Zoom microphone capsules (sold separately); not compatible with EXH-6 TRS/XLR Combo Input Capsule
    Full-color rotating LCD touchscreen
    Support for five HD video modes, up to 2304 x 1296 pixels (3M HD), as well as two WVGA modes
    Frame rates of up to 60fps for capturing fast action video and slow motion playback
    Three imaging sense options (AUTO/CONCERT/NIGHT) for use in all lighting environments
    Self-timer
    4x digital zoom
    Records video in MOV format (with or without audio)
    Records audio in AAC and WAV formats, up to 24-bit/96k
    Up to four tracks of simultaneous audio recording
    Two mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors, each with selectable phantom power and -20dB pad
    Analog-style gain controls for each input
    Built-in audio mixer
    Stereo link function
    Auto-Gain control, plus built-in compressor and limiter
    Supplied foam windscreen and low-cut filter for the elimination of low-frequency noise and rumble
    Dedicated Headphone output/Line out
    Built-in speaker for fast monitoring
    HDMI video output for connection to HDTVs, selectable between NTSC and PAL
    USB interface for live streaming and data transfer to and from computer editing software
    Webcam and USB mic function for use with external devices such as computers and iPads (Apple Camera Connection Kit required)
    Direct monitoring for zero latency during use as a USB mic
    Compatible with USTREAM Producer, Flash Live Media Encorder, Skype, and other popular streaming applications
    SD card reader function
    Rechargeable Li-ion battery (chargeable via USB or optional AC adapter)
    Battery life of more than 2 hours
    Built-in standard tripod mount
    Includes tripod-to-three-prong converter for compatibility with all action camera mounts

Recording media: SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (up to 128GB)

Image sensor: 1/3-inch 3-megapixel CMOS sensor

Lens: Fixed focus (36cm - ∞) F2.0, focal distance approx. 16.6 mm (35mm equivalent)

Video format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV)

Video resolutions:
3M HD (2304 x 1296 pixels) 30fps
HD (1080 pixels) 30fps
HD (720 pixels) 60fps
HD (720 pixels) 30fps
WVGA 60fps
WVGA 30fps

Audio formats:
WAV (16/24-bit quantization, 44.1/48/96kHz sampling frequency)
AAC (64-320kbps bit rate, 48kHz sampling

Audio functions: Low-cut filter, Auto Gain (Concert/Solo/Meeting), compressor, limiter

Image functions:  Digital zoom (1.0x-4.0x)

Scene selection (Auto/Concert Lighting/Night)

Self timer (Off, 3 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds)

Display: 2.7" full-color LCD touchscreen

Built-in speaker: 400mW 8 Ω mono speaker

L/R inputs:
X/Y mic (XYQ-8): 120 X/Y stereo format
Maximum sound pressure input: 140 dB SPL
Input gain: ∞ to +52 dB
Equivalent input noise: − 120 dBu or less

INPUT 1/2 Input connectors: TRS/XLR combo jacks
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Input gain (PAD OFF): −∞ to 55 dB
Input gain (PAD ON): −∞ to 35 dB
Input impedance: 1.8 k Ω or more
Maximum input level:  +22 dBu (PAD ON)
Phantom power: +12/+24/+48V (Global for INPUT 1 and 2)
Equivalent input noise: − 120 dBu or less

Output connectors:
Combined line/headphones stereo mini-jack
Type D micro HDMI

USB:

Connector: USB Mini B type
Operation as mass storage: Class: USB 2.0 High Speed
Operation as audio interface:Class: USB 1.0 Full Speed
Operation as webcam: WVGA/720p video size, 48kHz 16-bit audio
Note: Operation as audio interface and mass storage supported with iPad (Apple Camera Connection Kit required)
Note: USB bus power supported

Power supply:
Lithium ion battery
DC 4.2V maximum voltage,
DC 3.7V nominal voltage,
1700mAh capacity

Battery recharging times:?
USB: 4 hours, 30 minutes (approximate)

AC adapter: 2 hours, 45 minutes (approximate)

Battery operation time: More than 2 hours (when recording 720p/30fps)

AC adapter:  ZOOM AD-17, sold separately: DC 5V/1A

Dimensions:  Mic lowered: 158mm (L) x 48mm (W) x 69mm (H)

Mic raised: 158mm (L) x 48mm (W) x 119mm (H)
X/Y mic (XYQ-8): 50mm (L) x 37mm (W) x 32mm (H)

Weight: Recorder: 260g / 9.2oz (without battery, capsule)
XYQ-8 Mic Capsule: 40g / 1.4oz

Battery: 40g / 1.4oz

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Zoom Q8 HD Video / Four Track Audio Recorder
 
4.4

(based on 5 reviews)

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5.0

Try these guys

By Tony

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom Q8 HD Video / Four Track Audio Recorder:

Great unit
Great service

 
5.0

Great Product, lives up to all expectations

By David

from Highett Victoria 3190

Verified Buyer

Comments about Zoom Q8 HD Video / Four Track Audio Recorder:

Lightweight, compact, easy to use, Professional Sound Quality for my use

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4.0

Q8 Review

By Kevin Gleeson

from Hobart, Tasmania

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Audio Qualityflexibility
  • Low Light Level Ability

Cons

  • Fixed Zoom Steps
  • Too Small For Stability

Best Uses

  • Great Live Backup Camera

Comments about Zoom Q8 HD Video / Four Track Audio Recorder:

I bought three of these to place around in live venues for band live sound recording and pics. Couple with mobile cameras with variable zoom they provide a great bonus for dropping in extra tucked away tucked away on small octopods. Great picture quality for very small lenses, but do suffer from the normal downfalls of lenses that small. But at the price are a great addition to the toolkit.

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4.0

Great Sound, Good Video, Easy To Use, but....

By Chris Harrison

from Perth

Pros

  • Easy Computer Connect
  • High quality sound
  • Simple to use
  • Surprisingl Good Video
  • Surprisingly good video

Cons

  • Can't Use Web Cam And Mic
  • No 4 Track Comp Connect

Best Uses

  • 4 Track Infield Recording
  • Concert recording
  • Vlogging

Comments about Zoom Q8 HD Video / Four Track Audio Recorder:

I bought the Zoom Q8 to use for my vlogging and video production for my lectures. I wanted a low cost, great audio quality video camera to keep my videos consistent. The Zoom Q8 has worked out great so far, however, as you can tell my by 4 out of 5 score, it is not a perfect product.

I was originally using my Canon T2i with aftermarket mic to do my vlogging and lecture videos. The sound quality was inconsistent as I couldn't quite match the video sound quality with my voice overs. Since it was an aftermarket mic, I had to always ensure it was on prior to filming, which was just a frustrating extra step which I missed on more than one occasion. The Canon's video quality was good, but it was a pain to setup with computer connection, and would overheat (a common problem with that model) after 10+ minutes of use.

Enter the Zoom Q8.

As a musician, I have enjoyed several Zoom products over the years. I currently own a Zoom G5 guitar processor and a Zoom R16 recording control unit. Zoom products have a great balance between cost and quality. Zoom's are never top of the line, but make up for this being feature rich and innovative. The Zoom Q8 is feature rich, has some good innovation, but… isn't quite perfect, which is expected for the low price.

I was able to set up my Zoom Q8 easily for my vlogging and lecture recording and the sound quality did not disappoint. I have made videos with consistent voice overs which is great. The video quality is good, and works way better in low light conditions than my Canon T2i. I have used the extra XLR ports for test recordings and impressed with the results. For the price, I am quite happy with the Zoom Q8… but here comes the negatives, which I could for see being fixed with a firmware update.

I am disappointed that the Zoom Q8 currently (May 2015) cannot be used as both a Webcam and a Mic. The options are USB Mic, which I use for my voice over recordings for consistency with my vlog and lectures, which is great, and webcam… but not both. This to me is a very odd feature not to have. Perhaps a future firmware update will change this, but this is a major reason why I currently cannot give the Zoom Q8 a perfect score.

Also, as a musician, I was hoping that the Zoom Q8 could act as a 4 track input for my computer similar to my Zoom R16. The Zoom Q8 does act as a standalone 4 track recorder just fine. The Mic volume is easily controlled and clipping can be seen on the volume indictors on screen for all 4 mic inputs. Just a little disappointed with no computer connection (as of May 2015), but not the end of the world.

You should also remember there is no "zoom" like other video cameras. You can zoom in and out using on screen push buttons, but the Zoom is best used for static shots. You should know this ahead of time if you have done your homework to research the Zoom Q8.

If you want a low cost, high sound quality, good video quality camera, the Zoom Q8 is for you. It will be near perfect for my needs a firmware update allows for it to be used as both a webcam and mic.

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4.0

Zoom q8, Pick up and Go

By Gus Zone

from NSW, Australia

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Sound Light Weight
  • Light Weight
  • Quality sound

Cons

  • Fish Eye Only

Best Uses

  • Capturing Sounds
  • Filming Casual Events
  • Home videos
  • Make Online Videos Fast
  • Sound Pairing

Comments about Zoom Q8 HD Video / Four Track Audio Recorder:

This product is handy.
I've used it many times already and it's only been a month. I've used it for filming events, online videos, short films and a documentary.
This is a pick up and go camera. It's lightweight and sounds great.

Unfortullently the fish eye effect ruins this camera's potential as a primary camera for professional usage, instead the video function is only used for pairing audio with primary video in professional and prosumer productions.
But for productions where fisheye doesn't matter. Like home and online videos, this camera is ideal. (lost one star for compulsory fish eye)

For the pro this is a great sound camera and a lightweight companion. For the consumer this camera is an easy to use, pick up and go, with professional sound quality built in, at approximately the same price as a GoPro, this camera is an easy winner.

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    Is the sound quality much better than the Q4?
    Asked on 30/9/2017 by Sandy from undisclosed

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      Answered on 2/10/2017 by Sales Team from Videoguys
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      We believe audio is similar. Biggest difference the Q8 you can connect different Zoom mic capsules.

      Answered on 1/10/2017 by Sales Team from Videoguys
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    Could I use Zoom Q8 to take still pictures?
    Asked on 14/10/2015 by Colin from Glen Waverley

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      It doesn't have a dedicated stills mode. You would have to take video footage & then take a still frame out of that.

      Answered on 14/10/2015 by Sales Team from Videoguys
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    I would also like to buy an extra battery or two if I buy a Zoom Q8, but because you have to order online, I'm not sure how to do this.
    Also I would like to buy a 128 gig card. Do you have these?
    Asked on 12/8/2015 by Mary

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      Hi Mary, Please give us a call.. we can help you through it.

      Answered on 19/8/2015 by Michael from Videoguys
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UPC: 884354014759
Zoom Q8 HD Video / Four Track Audio Recorder
  • Detachable stereo X/Y microphone capsule (XYQ-8)
  • Foam windscreen
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • USB cable (50 cm)
  • Tripod to three-prong action camera mount adapter
  • Lens cover
  • Lens hood
  • Strap
  • Operation manual

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What's in the box
Zoom Q8 HD Video / Four Track Audio Recorder
  • Detachable stereo X/Y microphone capsule (XYQ-8)
  • Foam windscreen
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • USB cable (50 cm)
  • Tripod to three-prong action camera mount adapter
  • Lens cover
  • Lens hood
  • Strap
  • Operation manual
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