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Zoom Q8 Handy Video and Audio Recorder: Click for more info


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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.

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

  • 10 “Scene” options for use in different lighting environments, plus five steps of digital zoom

  • 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 softwaree

  • 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

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Additional Info

Full Specs 

  • 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
  • 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


  • 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