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Zoom Debuts The Q3 Handy Video Recorder

Published: Tue September 29, 2009  News Feed

Bringing Brilliant Stereo Recording to the Portable Camcorder

The Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder features professional audio recording, USB connectivity and file sharing versatility in one complete portable video solution

Zoom, makers of award-winning professional audio recording devices including the H4n Handy Recorder, are pleased to announce the launch of the Q3 Handy Video Recorder. Bringing professional audio to portable video recordings for musicians, videographers, educators, live music fans… the Q3 is ideal for anyone looking for great audio on their videos. The Q3 also includes HandyShare software for editing and uploading videos to YouTube.

Portable camcorders are very popular today, however, one significant feature that’s been missing is professional audio quality. With Zoom’s outstanding audio technology and studio-quality microphones onboard, the Q3 is the best sounding video camcorder you’ve ever heard.

With two condenser microphones on-board, the Q3 uses the same X/Y pattern that gives recording pros the best stereo recording possible. You can record audio at 24- bit/48 kHz for “high-definition” quality audio on your video. And with the Q3’s directional microphones, you can “focus” the mics on your sound source similar to an “audio zoom” function.

The Q3 also features a 2.4-inch LCD display that includes audio level meters, battery indicator, time elapsed and video display. It accepts up to a 32 GB SDHC card delivering up to 16 hours of movie making! Users can upload videos to their computer with the ingeniously designed USB cable for immediate editing and sharing. Powered by 2 AA batteries, the Q3 will record for up to two hours in brilliant stereo and true 640 x 480 resolution refreshed at 30 frames per second.

Anyone who’s ever experienced a film with great audio knows how vital sound is to the movie. With the Q3 Handy Video Recorder, Zoom has made it remarkably easy to get great audio on your videos, making the Q3 perfect for musicians, educators, bloggers, journalists, videographers, social media fanatics … anyone who cares about great sound.


  • Recording Time – Up to 16 hours with a 32GB SD Card
  • Built-in Stereo Microphones – Same X/Y stereo condenser microphones as the award-winning H4n
  • Audio Format with Video – 44.1/48kHz 16/24-bit Linear PCM or MP3 audio up to 320kbps
  • Audio Only – 96kHz 16/24-bit Linear PCM
  • LCD Screen Size – 2.4 Inches, 320 x 240 Resolution
  • Video Recording Quality – 640 x 480 Resolution
  • Frame Rate – 30 frames per second
  • Video Format – MPEG-4 SP
  • Optics Lens Type – Fixed Focus (0.8m to infinity)
  • Battery Type – Two AA batteries provide up to 2 hours of life. Alkaline or Ni-MH rechargeable compatible
  • Computer Connectivity – USB 2.0 with cable built-in
  • Built-in Speaker – Designed for immediate playback
  • TV Output – NTSC / PAL
  • Tripod Mount – Built-in
  • Included Software – HandyShare built-in editing and YouTube uploading software & Apple Quicktime
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