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Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder

Portable HD Video and Audio Recorder

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Regular Price: $349.99

Special Price: $329.99

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Product Description for the Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder

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.

The Q8 comes with its own specially designed detachable X/Y microphone, yet it’s compatible with most Zoom microphone capsules. If you already use an H5 or H6, you can swap their capsules with the Q8 too.

The Q8 offers a large full-color LCD touchscreen for ease of use, along with a wealth of advanced features. Dual combo XLR/TRS inputs allow the connection of external microphones and line-level sources, and a built-in speaker and stereo Headphone/Line Out jack provide audio monitoring; there’s even an HDMI output for video monitoring.

Its high-quality 160-degree wide-angle lens and flexible mounting options mean that you can shoot high-def video anywhere you go. Plus there’s a USB output that allows the Q8 to be interconnected with your computer so you can use it with your favorite streaming or editing software.

Capture the total experience.

Great performances can be elusive … but with the Q8, they can live forever. Capture the total experience — not just the sights but the sounds, too. Shoot video from the audience and use the supplied wide-angle X/Y mic to capture immersive sound. Take your Q8 onstage to get close and provide the musician’s perspective. Or use it at the mixing position to combine sharp high-def video and stereo room sound with the crisp, clean audio signal coming straight from the board.

Run and gun.

The compact size of the Q8 and its compatibility with both tripod mounts and three-prong action camera mounts mean you can shoot footage anywhere, from perspectives other cameras simply cannot capture. Take it to remote locations. Indoors or outdoors, wherever you go, you can count on your Q8 to deliver crisp video with superior audio.

Unique perspective, pro quality.

Get creative and do it right. By bringing together high-definition video and high-resolution 24-bit/96k audio, the Q8 allows you to take your YouTube creations and podcasts to a whole new level. Use your Q8 to educate and entertain, turn viewers into subscribers, and let advertisers know that you’re the real deal.

Make a statement.

Don’t let anything get in the way of the story. The Q8 is perfect for electronic newsgathering, for conducting interviews, and for creating personal video blogs and podcasts. Capture video and audio to an SD card for later editing with your favorite software or stream it live; you can even use the Q8 as a web camera or USB microphone.

Spread the word.

With its high-quality sound and crisp, sharp video, the Q8 is the perfect teaching tool, ideal for creating detailed video lessons and demonstrating fingerings, bowings, and other playing skills. Use it to capture students’ rehearsals and performances so they can review and perfect both form and technique, documenting and enabling their musical growth.

Features that matter.

With single-button recording, self-timer, high quality wide-angle lens, and sensing options that automatically adapt to various lighting situations, the Q8 is the ideal tool for creating professional-quality videos with pristine audio.

Transfer the files to your favorite editing software via USB and turn your raw footage into high-quality productions. The Q8’s compact size makes it the perfect B-roll camera too, allowing you to go where your big rig can’t and capture video from unusual angles. You can even use the Q8 as a standalone audio field recorder.


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 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


  • 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


  • 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
Brand Zoom
Weight 1.6000
Dimensions (WxHxD) No


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