Zoom Q3HD Overview

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Zoom’s Q3HD is the highly speculated and much anticipated successor to the company’s first handheld, point-and-shoot camcorder, providing 1080p and 720p HD video to go with the Zoom’s remarkable audio capture technology. Designed with musicians in mind, the Q3HD lets you record future-friendly video to go along with a studio-sound courtesy the two condenser mics – the same mics that are found in the company’s popular H4n professional field recorder.

The high def video recording of the Q3HD allows you to capture up to 7 hours of 720/30p video on a 32GB card – providing you enough recording space for extremely long events. Play that stunning video back on the 2.4″ display, on your analog or HDTV, or on your Mac or PC – and edit with ease using the built-in USB cable and the HandyShare editing software. When you’re ready to share with the world, the included YouTube Uploader software helps you do just that quickly and easily.

Other highlights of the Q3HD include 4x digital zoom, audio level controls, and the convenience ‘AA’ or NiMH battery power. An optional windscreen, along with several additional accessories are available as well. Capture awesome audio and incredible point-and-shoot video with the Q3HD.

It’s an HD World

Select 720p or 1080p with the Q3HD for amazing clarity and detail no matter where or what you’re shooting. In addition, the Q3HD also includes two standard definition (SD) formats for those times when a smaller file size is neededThe Q3HD captures exceptionally clean video that is compressed with the high quality H.264 video codec. It also has a larger aperture, which lets more light into your movies. And with its 4x digital zoom, the Q3HD gets you closer to the action

Turn it Sideways
Simply turn the camera on its side and press play. Watch your videos anywhere with its 2.4″ widescreen color LCD screen and built-in reference speaker
Bring Up the Lights
With the Q3HD, you can choose among three different lighting settings. This makes shooting video in challenging lighting conditions easy. For most situations, choosing “Auto” will give you the best, clearest results. You can also select “Concert Lighting”, which will automatically adjust for rapid changes in stage lights and compensate when the stage goes dark. Choose “Night” for maximizing any available light in the lowest light conditions
Sound Makes the Movie

The Q3HD uses the same microphone capsules as Zoom’s industry-leading H4n Handy Recorder. From live musical performances, rehearsals and recitals to journalism, education, sports or travel, the Q3HD’s pristine audio is so realistic your movies will transport you back to the moment, to relive over and over againWith two on-board, studio-quality condenser mics configured in a wide 120° X/Y pattern, the Q3HD gives you true depth and stereo imaging, making your movies sound as if they were recorded on a Hollywood soundstage

The Q3HD also displays audio meters, allowing you to quickly monitor and set your levels. Set the gain to High or Low to record in soft or loud environments. Or use the Q3HD’s Auto Level to automatically set the right recording level for any given situation. And now with two settings for Auto Level Gain Control, it’s easy to get great sound no matter what you’re shooting. For outdoor shoots, it’s highly recommended to use an optional windscreen over the mics

Get Intuitive
The Q3HD sports a new icon-based user interface that makes navigating through all its functions easy and intuitive. Play your movies, select video and audio formats and a host of other functions, or delete unwanted files with ease
Share Your Vision

When your shoot is complete, the Q3HD’s built-in USB cable lets you download your movies to your computer for editing and sharing. In addition, the Q3HD’s new file divide function lets you edit your video right on the unit and save time by transferring only what you needUse the included HandyShare software to edit your movies. And you can now add effects like reverb and normalize the audio for consistent levels, making your movies sound even better. Or, bring them into more sophisticated editing software like iMovie or Final Cut for more extensive edits, effects and titles

HandyShare can also be used to upload your videos to YouTube. And because the Q3HD includes an HDMI output, you can watch your movies at home on your HDTV. And the Q3HD’s incredible audio will sound amazing on your home theater setup

HD Matters to YouTube Musicians
With the Q3HD, there’s never been an easier way to promote your music. Now, all your videos will look amazing and sound like they were recorded in a professional studio. Classical to metal, solo to full orchestra, the Q3HD is ideal for shooting any kind of musical performance and sharing it with the world
Accelerate the Learning Curve
Music educators and students alike know that seeing and hearing your performance helps you play better. And because the Q3HD is so small, you can place it anywhere to focus on something specific, like a fingering or bowing technique. From the classroom to the practice room, educators and students will find the Q3HD is ideal for recording auditions or making video lessons
Get Personal
The Q3HD boasts great audio. For videographers, this means there’s an amazing array of options for incorporating Q3HDs into your setup. Imagine using a Q3HD to capture unique moments that are unscripted. This footage, with outstanding video and audio quality, will make any wedding video even more personal and intimate
Sports in HD
Stay close to all the sports action with videos that look and sound amazing. Capture all the details with incredible depth and sound that will make you want to relive every touchdown, home run or slam-dunk again and again
Live, from Your HD World
Journalists and bloggers will love the Q3HD for its ability to gather both pristine video and audio in the field. On-the-scene video, interviews, events – just about anything can be effortlessly shot, edited and uploaded with broadcast-ready video and audio. And because the Q3HD has a standard tripod mount, you can use common video accessories with ease
HD Movies from Day One
The Q3HD is packaged with everything you need to make your movies right from day one. It includes a 2GB SD card, HandyShare editing software and two ‘AA’ batteries. With a 2GB SD card, you can record up to 45 minutes of HD video. The Q3HD will also accept SDHC cards of up to 32GB for a staggering 7 hours of HD movie-making
Optional Accessories
To further enhance its versatility, an optional Q3HD accessory package, including a soft shell case, windscreen, AC adapter, HDMI cable, AV cable and tripod, is available separately


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