Zoom Q4 Handy Video Recorder
- Interesting, worth a look
- Worth the high price tag
The Zoom Q4 is all about bringing a new dimension to your music. It combines high-definition video with high-resolution audio, providing everything you need to shoot amazing videos with incredible sound.
High-Resolution Audio meets High-Definition Video
Its unique blend of high-resolution 24-bit/96k audio with high-definition 1080p video means never having to compromise on quality.
X/Y Stereo Recording
The Q4's wide angle X/Y microphone incorporates two matched unidirectional elements—mics that are especially sensitive to signal coming from directly in front, and less sensitive to signal coming from behind or from the sides. The convenient placement of the mic enables the supplied windscreen to be easily attached, allowing you to use the Q4 even on difficult outdoor shoots. In addition, a built-in low-cut filter can be used to reduce low-frequency noise, allowing you to capture great sound both indoors and outdoors.
The Q4’s versatile and flexible design challenges video creators to push themselves to the limit. Compact yet compatible with standard tripod and three prong action camera mounts, the Q4 can go anywhere. Its wide-angle lens and choice of video formats and frame rates allow the Q4 to record sharp, detailed images in any situation, and its full-color rotating LCD—which can be detached during shooting for portability and extended battery life—provides a clear preview of each moment you capture.
The Q4's LCD and built-in speaker allows instant monitoring of your recordings, but it also offers additional flexibility through its various connectors: a stereo 1/8" Mic/Line In jack, a stereo 1/8" Line In/Headphone jack, a micro-HDMI video output, and a USB port. Make use of a wide range of devices to boost your production capabilities: connect, stream, and share.
All you need to power the Q4 is the single supplied lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery, which can be recharged with the use of an optional AC adapter or by connecting the Q4 to your computer via USB. Battery life is approximately three hours when shooting video at 720p/30fps, or two hours when shooting high-definition 1080/30fps video, giving you the freedom to leave the studio behind and explore the world around you.
The Q4 records directly to SDXC cards up to 128GB in a variety of video and audio file formats, making it fully adaptable for your needs. The three HD settings provide maximum video quality while the two WVGA options can be used to conserve SD card space. The Q4 supports two audio file formats: WAV, up to 24-bit/96kHz, for uncompressed full fidelity sound, or AAC to conserve space.
Q4 Features at a glance:
■ HD video resolutions up to 1080p (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
■ Capture more with the 130-degree wide angle lens
■ “Vari-angle” LCD flips to lens side for easier self-shooting
■ Three lighting presets (Auto / Concert Lighting / Night)
■ Live-streaming function with HD video
■ Up to 24-bit/96 kHz P.C.M. audio
■ Built in, professional quality stereo X/Y microphone
■ Auto Gain and Low-Cut filter functions
■ USB microphone function
■ Includes Hairy Windscreen for field recording
■ Removable LCD
■ Rechargeable Li-ion battery. Up to three hours battery life
■ HDMI out, headphone out, external mic/line in
■ Accepts SDXC cards up to 128GB
■ USB cable for charging and data transfer
Item DetailsManufacturer: Zoom
Model number: Q4
Category: Specialist Recording Equipment
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