Mobile Audio/ Video Recorder

  • HD Video recording up to 3M HD (2304 x 1296) 30fps, HD1080p 30fps, HD720p 60fps, HD720p 30fps, WVGA 60fps, WVGA 30fps
  • Video format: MPEG-4 AVC/ H.264 MOV
  • 3 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 160 Degree wide angle lens
  • Fixed focus: 36 cm to infinity
  • F2.0 with 16.6 mm focal length (Crop factor corresponds to 35 mm)
  • Digital zoom 1-4x
  • Timer with 3, 5 or 10 seconds
  • 2.7" Colour LCD touch screen
  • Presets for light conditions: Auto, concert and night
  • Live HD video streaming function
  • Audio recording up to 24 bit/ 96 kHz PCM
  • Including X/Y microphone XYQ-8 - foldable
  • Audio features: Low cut filter and auto gain (concer/ solo/ meeting presets)
  • Peak SPL: 140 dB
  • 2 Jack/ XLR combined line/ microphone inputs with switchable phantom power
  • Line/ headphone output
  • Integrated speaker
  • Can be used as a USB microphone on the PC (on Mac and iPad with optional camera connection kit, not included)
  • Supported cards: SD/ SDHC/ SDXC up to 128 GB
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 158 x 48 x 69 mm
  • Weight: 300g with battery
  • Microphone capsule: 40 g
  • Incl. foam windscreen, li-ion battery (up to 3 hours operating time), USB cable, tripod to "three-prong action camera mount" adapter, lens cover, lens cap, strap
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  • Acousticband
  • Ambience
  • Drumset
  • Nature

Further Information

Integrated Stereo Microhone Yes
Recording Tracks 2
Microphone Inputs 2
48 V Phantom power Yes
Line Inputs 1
Storage Medium SD/SDHC Card
Headphone connection Yes
Integrated Speaker Yes
Resolution max. 24 bit
Max. Sample Rate 96 kHz
Limiter No

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Basically a great recording suite with a lense
String Ninjas #1, 05.04.2021
This camera has a lot of features that I like and some that I dislike. The audio recording capabilities are absolutely fantastic, the on board mics are crisp and clear and the option of having another two audio input sources has proved invaluable. This coupled with the ability to record all tracks separately (need an extremely fast, high grade memory card to do this) makes post production that much easier. I will however say that the overall video recording quality is a touch lack luster. On wider shots the 160 lense can, as expected, cause warping in the video. Also I found that the zoom function is not worth using as when engaged the video quickly becomes pixilated. Unfortunately the 160 lense is not detachable and there are no settings within the camera itself to get round it. That all being said this is still a nifty piece of kit and would definitely reccomend it to anyone starting off making their own videos. The cameras ability to automatically sync up reasonable quality video with high quality audio combined with the option to export in various file types makes making and uploading videos very easy however if you are wanting to do a lot of post production on the video (close ups, ken burns etc) you may find the video quality can hinder somewhat.
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Very good camera with OK video
AlexTello, 06.11.2020
This is an excellent option for musicians, drummer in my case, that want a good solution for their live recording needs.
The sound quality is top of the line, specially in very noisy scenarios. I can mount it next to the hi-hat! and still does not clip, provided you set up correctly.
The video is OK, nothing spectacular, but is good and the lens is pretty wide.
The battery life is around 4 hours of continuous recording and the X-Y microphones are just a beauty.
Its small and super portable.
Little bit pricey but I think it pays for itself in terms of usability, portability and quality.
Recommend it fully with all my heart.
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Perfect device if you know what you want
15.03.2016
I am using Zoom Q8 already some month and I have used it for recording dialogues from distance of 3-4 meters, but also lectures from 10+ meters. I am always using a shotgun mic SGH6 (optional, sold separately) and I am very satisfied with the part of the recording that is most important in my context - sound. Gain is adjustable, there is possibility to monitor sound input, also use low pass and some other filters. Very good option is also a possibility to add different exteranl mics and adjust them separately.
Sony cams what I was using earlier Sony HDR PJ810 gave perfect video quality but sound was always poor. Here are some issues with video, but no messing with sound.
Cons:
Video zoom is adjustable in 5 steps,
If you want really good video quality, you have to use at least 1080/30 24 Mbps then have large memory card really well (max capacity accepted by cam is 128GB)
If you record backlit profile 1080/30 16Mbps then sometimes half your nose or lips will disappear:)
Since lens are really wide, then even with smallest zoom level there is remarkable distortion at edges
But if you need good sound quality, and you are not so demanding about video, then Zoom Q8 is the best choice!
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Outstanding little camera
NXP Bass, 13.07.2020
This is a great camera, super practical and easy to use.
I have loads of samples here if anyone is interested: small pieces of criticism:
- I record via XLR DI and it's sometimes hard to control peaks without loosing recording volume
- A remote control would be great
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