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Zoom Q4

Video recorder with stereo microphone

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  • Zoom Q4

    Front

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    Back

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    Front with screen open and microphone deployed

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    Front, with included hairy windscreen

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    Plenty of external connections

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    Right side view with control panel and microphone deployed

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    Side-panel switches offer pro-level control

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    Tilting viewscreen is also removable

 

Our take on the Zoom Q4

by Eric Angevine
Zoom

Shoot videos for posterity — or posting online

From birthday parties to YouTube™ antics, camcorders let you capture moments you can share with friends and family, or the world at large. Most newer camcorders save your videos to built-in digital memory or a removable memory card. Some models come with a built-in hard disk drive that gives you much more storage. For maximum portability, check out our smaller cams that fit into a pocket or purse. For high-def videos that look awesome on your HDTV, go for a slightly larger model with a better lens and image sensor.

Zoom Q4

The Zoom Q4 combines high-definition video and audio in one camera.

Sound as good as you look

For everyday applications, built-in condenser microphones — the type most commonly found in camcorders — will get the job done. When you're recording a musical performance, however, you're likely to want better sound options. The Zoom Q4 is designed to give you plenty of creative tools, so you can shoot concert footage with high-definition video and audio. If you don't need to see yourself during the show, the 2" video screen can be detached to extend battery life. The retractable X/Y stereo pair records professional-quality sound to an optional SDXC memory card, so you and your bandmates can sound as good as you look when you record a live gig.

Controls

A gain switch on the right side of the Q4 allows you to choose Auto — where the camera takes control — or Manual gain mode. In Manual mode, you can choose whether you need low-, medium- or high-gain boost based on what you can hear in the room. Getting a little low-end rumble? The low-cut switch is your first line of defense, and the included windscreen can be called into action to limit noise when needed.

Lights, camera, action!

A lot of variables can pop up during a live recording. If you're not an experienced videographer, you may not know how to compensate for the lighting conditions at your show. The Q4 provides three lighting modes: "Concert" for situations with bright stage lights, "Night" for dark clubs and other low-light setups, or "Auto" for those times when you aren't quite sure what might come up.

There's a built-in speaker and a headphone output with adjustable volume control for live monitoring. Transfer video to your computer or large screen TV via mini USB, HDMI or directly from the memory card, so you can edit, upload or just watch and enjoy after the show is over.

Highlights:

  • built-in stereo X/Y microphone
  • removable 2" full-color tilting LCD screen
  • records directly to optional SDXC cards
  • f/2.8 wide-angle lens lets you select viewing angles
  • included hairy windscreen helps reduce low-frequency noise
Video Features:
  • supports WVGA and HD video formats up to 1920 x 1080 pixels, with frame rates up to 60 fps
  • three imaging preset options (Auto/Concert/Night) for use in all lighting environments
  • compatible with Skype® and other live-streaming applications
Audio Features:
  • supports AAC and WAV audio formats up to 24-bit/96k
  • three-position mic gain switch with Auto-Gain control (Concert/Meeting/Solo) and Peak LED
  • low-cut filter for the elimination of low-frequency noise and rumble
Connections:
  • 1/8" mic/line-level input for connection to external microphones, portable recorders and personal music players
  • 1/8" line-level/headphone output with dedicated volume control
  • mini-HDMI output for connection to HDTVs, selectable between NTSC and PAL
  • mini-USB for live streaming and data transfer to and from computer editing software (cable included)
Specifications:
  • Recorder (microphone closed): 1-1/4"W x 2-1/4"H x 4-1/8"D
    • weight: 5.9 oz.
  • LCD screen (detached): 1-5/8"W x 1-15/16"H x 3-7/16"D
    • weight: 1.8 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year parts and labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Preliminary info from the manufacturer
Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size (inches)
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2.0
Viewfinder
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None
Total Pixel Count
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3,000
Effective Pixel Count for Video
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High-Definition
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Aspect Ratio
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Not given
Manual Focusing
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No
Filter Diameter
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Optical Zoom
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Digital Zoom
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Night Imaging
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Image Stabilization
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No
Built-in Video Light
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Built-in Memory
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None
Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery
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Digital Still Camera Features
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Built-in Photo Flash
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Inputs and Outputs
USB Port
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HDMI Output
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Micro
Mic Input
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3.5mm
Dimensions
Weight With Battery (ounces)
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5.9
Width (inches)
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1-1/4
Height (inches)
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2-1/4
Depth (inches)
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4-1/4
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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1 year
Labor Warranty
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1 year
Image Sensor Warranty
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Small Camera - Big Features

Written By HScruggs, Palmyra, VA on Saturday, March 22, 2014
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I was looking for a small camera that would be a "step-up" from Zoom's Q3 - which I already own. The Q4 was just what I was looking for. It has better mics and the foldout view screen is nice for getting shots at different angles.
Pros:
Great sound and pictures at a reasonable price.
Cons:
No "true" zooming capabilities.
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1 question already asked

I can't get video from the q4 into my computer any suggestions? [ Harold Golden  Apr 21, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Staff  Apr 22, 2014 ]

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