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Zoom Q3HD


Q3HD RearThe ZOOM Q3HD is a revolutionary “Shoot and Share” video recorder that combines high definition 1080p video with high fidelity digital audio. The ZOOM Q3HD enables you to record 1080p high def video at 30fps and 720p high def video at up to 60fps. With the included 2GB SD card you can record up to 45 minutes of HD video in 720p although you can use up to a 32GB SD card for 7 hours of HD video. There is an HDMI port built right into the recorder for instant playback on a high definition television, or stream video right into another digital device.

Q3HD FrontWhat makes the Q3SD so special is its ability to simultaneously record high fidelity digital audio as well as video. This is made possible by built in stereo condenser microphones. They are the exact same microphones that can be found on the industry standard ZOOM H4n field audio recorder. The H4n is trusted by a great number of audio professionals for video production and broadcasting the world over and the Q3HD sports the exact same stereo condenser microphones. Configured in a 120° coincident X/Y pattern the Q3HD’s mics perfectly capture stereo a stereo image for remarkably realistic audio playback. With up to 24/96kHz resolution better than CD quality audio recordings can be made at the push of a button.

Q3HD SyncUploading your videos to the Youtube or Facebook is a breeze with the Q3HD’s built in USB cable. The video formats are MPEG-4 or .MOV format and can be important into any video editing software very simply or you can use the included HandyShare editing software to be making and sharing your own videos in no time.

The ZOOM Q3HD features an insanely high max SPL level of 130dB. That means that you can use the Q3HD in incredibly loud environments such as a rock concert or right on a drum set without clipping out making the Q3HD perfect for taping shows. To replicate the Q3HD’s performance you would need a comparable video recorder as well an addition audio recorder and the ability to sync them both up. This handy recorder is truly a unique device with the ability to go anywhere while running on AA batteries meaning you’ll never have to put your video production on hold while you charge an internal battery.


The Zoom H4n and Your DSLR

Zoom H4n

The Zoom H4n handy recorder is the most popular field audio recorder on the market. This handy little device is revolutionizing the way we look at the deployment of field audio recording for DSLR video as well as the recording of live music, podcasting, post production sound effects, and many broadcast applications.
H4n on a DSLR

With the onset popularity of the new go anywhere portability of DSLR cameras in professional production it is imperative to equip comparably portable peripheral equipment. The Zoom H4n is perfect for these applications. Typically in order for a production to have the best audio possible there is a technician present on set with his or her own kit of dedicated gear. This kit includes a slew of audio equipment including very complex field audio recorders, mixers, wireless lav mics, transmitters, receivers, boom poles, blimps, shotgun mics, and a coffin case full of cables and connectors, as well as all the necessary equipment to sync up with the cameras. This poses a problem for videographers working on smaller productions or documentary pieces with limited budgets. In the best case scenario the more responsibility that can be placed in the hands of capable professionals the better your results will be; however, in some cases videographers simply cannot afford to hire a technician to operate all of the conventional audio equipment needed for great sound. The Zoom H4n is the perfect solution for such applications. In today’s “run and gun” video production industry indie film makers wear many hats including the sound guy.

The Zoom H4n is equipped with a coincident pair of condenser microphones set in an x/y pattern for binaural stereo imaging at either 90° or 120°. In addition to the onboard mics the H4n sports two XLR ¼ combo connectors with a phantom power supply and the ability to record all four tracks at once. This means that you can have a boom mic and lavaliere on your talent  or you can record ambient sound with the onboard stereo mics all to discrete tracks on the H4n. As you can imagine that makes the H4n a very powerful recording tool for taping live shows or record anywhere it isn’t practical to bring more complex recording equipment.

There RC4 for H4nis also an available remote control (RC-4) with standard transport controls and track arming, a very handy feature since the H4n has a ¼ 20 tripod mount as well as a mic stand adaptor. Just a bit larger than an iPhone and weighing just over 2lbs, the H4n has no trouble being mounted to a fish pole or camera shoe.

Zoom really hit the nail on the head with this device and now they are introducing the Q3HD which incorporates the same x/y stereo mics, preamps, and encoders as the H4n with a 1080i digital camera, comparable to the popular Flip cams. This sort of professional quality equipment designed for ease of use and the quick turnaround of production makes me very excited to see what’s next from Zoom.