Overview: The Zoom Q4 Handy Video Recorder is a high-definition video
and high-resolution audio recorder, designed with musicians in mind. This tiny
device can record Full HD 1080p video, with hi-res audio up to 24-bit/96kHz PCM.
It has a removable LCD screen, and a built-in X/Y microphone system.
Video Recording: The Q4 is equipped with a wide-angle lens with a 130°
field of view. You can record high-definition and standard-definition video in
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV) format in several different settings:
|Recording Setting |
|Frame Rate ||Best Application |
|HD 1920 x 1080 ||30 fps ||Playback on HDTVs |
|HD 1280 x 720 ||60 fps ||Recording fast movement in HD |
|HD 1280 x 720 ||30 fps ||Playback on HDTVs and computers |
|WVGA 848 x 480 ||60 fps ||Saving SD card space and recording fast movement. |
|WVGA 848 x 480 ||30 fps ||Saving SD card space |
Audio Recording: Audio can be recorded in uncompressed WAV format or
AAC compression. WAV format should be used for recording the best possible audio
quality, and if you are not concerned about the file size. If memory card space
is limited, you should record in AAC format. The following audio settings can be
- WAV: 96kHz/24-bit, 96kHz/16-bit, 48kHz/24-bit,
48kHz/16-bit, 44.1kHz/24-bit, 44.1kHz/16-bit
- AAC: 320 kbps, 256 kbps, 192 kbps, 128 kbps, 64 kbps
SD Card Slot: Video and audio are recorded onto SD, SDHC,
and SDXC memory cards up to 128 GB. An LED indicator is provided to show the
amount of memory remaining in the inserted SD card. You should use SD cards with
a Class 4 speed rating or higher, as well as format the card in the unit, for
best results. A list of tested and confirmed SD cards is available on the
Lens/Image Sensor: The Q4 features a 22mm fixed focal length
lens (35mm equivalent) with an aperture of F2.8. It can provide clear images
from 21.6" to infinity. The Q4 also has a 1/3" 3 Megapixel CMOS sensor for
producing the high-definition video images. The Q4 does not take still images.
Scene: In the menu, you can change the Scene setting
depending upon the lighting conditions.
- Auto: camera adjusts to lighting conditions
- Concert Lighting: best setting for live shows,
concerts, and other situations with bright lights
- Night: best setting for night and other dark situations
Upside Down: The Q4 can be mounted to a standard tripod, or
a 3-pronged action camera mount, to give you a wide variety of interesting
angles and perspectives. It can even be mounted upside down. When video is
recorded while the unit is upside down, you can invert the video 180° by
selecting "Upside Down" in the menu.
X/Y Microphone: The Q4 Handy Video Recorder has two matched
unidirectional microphones mounted in an X/Y stereo configuration on a pop-up
boom. This format provides a wide 120° pickup pattern while clearly capturing
sound sources in the center. A "hairy" windscreen is included to significantly
reduce wind noise when the recorder is used outside. You can engage a low-cut
filter to eliminate low-frequency noise, if needed.
Auto Gain Settings: You can choose one of three levels for
the automatic gain:
- Concert: for band performances, concerts, and other
- Solo: for solo performances, and other quiet sounds
- Meeting: for meetings and field recordings
Removable LCD Screen: The recorder has a flip-out, 2" LCD
screen for framing your subjects during recording, and to play back your videos.
The screen can flip out 90° and rotate 270°, allowing you to view yourself
during self-recordings. The entire LCD screen can be removed, if desired, making
the camera more portable, or to save battery life. Before removing the LCD
during operation, you should select "Remove LCD" in the menu to avoid damaging
Battery: The Q4 is powered by the BT-02 Lithium-Ion
rechargeable battery (3.7V 1050mAh 3.89Wh). The battery can charged in the Q4
when it is connected to a computer via USB (charging time: about 3 hours), or
when connected to the optional Zoom AD-17 AC adapter (charging time: about 2
hours 15 minutes). Estimated battery life is about 3 hours (recording 720p/30fps
video with LCD unit detached). Two battery LEDs are provided to indicate the
remaining battery life and the charging status.
Controls/Indicators: The top and right side panels of the Q4
contain several controls and indicators:
- Power: Top-mounted power button
- Record: Top-mounted recording button
- Input Level LED: Glows red during peaks
- Headphone Volume: + and - buttons
- Gain Control Switch: Auto/Manual (Hi/Med/Lo switch for
- Low-cut Filter Switch: On/Off
- SD card Memory LED: Green: 50% or more, Orange: 20-50%,
Red: 20% or less, Blinking Red: 0%
- Remaining Battery LED: Green: 50% or more remaining
battery charge, Orange: 20-50%, Red: 20% or less, Blinking Red: 0%
- Battery Charging Status LED: Red: charging, Unlit:
Inputs and Outputs: The rear panel contains connections for
- HDMI Output: A Micro HDMI (Type D) connection is
provided for connecting the Q4 to an HDTV. In the menu, you can set the
output format to NTSC or PAL.
- USB: A Mini-B USB 2.0 port is provided for connecting
the unit to a computer to charge the battery and to download recordings.
Through this connection, the Q4 can be used as a memory card reader, a USB
microphone, or a web camera for live video streaming.
- Microphone Input: You can connect an external
microphone to the unit via a 3.5mm mini jack. When an external mic is
connected, the built-in X/Y mic is disabled. In the menu, you can turn on
Plug-In Power for those mics that require it.
- Headphone Output: A 3.5mm stereo headphone output is
provided for connecting headphones or other audio equipment for monitoring
Optional Mounts: Because of the versatility of the Q4,
unique mounts have been made available. The GHM-1 Guitar Headstock Mount lets
you clamp the camera to the head of a guitar to give you an "on stage"
experience. The MS-1 Mic Stand mount lets you mount the Q4 to a microphone stand
for recording live performances on stage or in the studio. The RJQ-4 Rain Jacket
is a water-resistant silicon case and a water-resistant hair windscreen that
lets you record in rain, snow, or water spray. It has an IPX3 water-resistance
rating, meaning it protects against spraying water, but not total submersion.
These optional mounts are available directly from the manufacturer.