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Zoom Q4 Camcorder

3MP 1/3 167g CMOS Nov 2014
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The Zoom Q4 is all about bringing a new dimension to your music. It combines high-definition video with high-resolution audio, providing everything you need to shoot amazing videos with incredible... More
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15 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

This small sensor size camcorder received a score of 80% from expert review site CNET.de. That puts this Zoom camcorder in the bottom 83% of all the video cameras of this age and spec.

Owner Reviews Are Good

People who bought this video camera rated this video camera 80% on average.

Very Fast Maximum Frame Rate

Video cameras of a comparable age and type to the Q4 have maximum frame rates of between 25fps and 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 38fps. When compared to other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Q4, the Zoom Q4's maximum frame rate of 60 frames per second is one of the fastest.

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Good Brand

Zoom has good average reviews for its small sensor size camcorders as well as across its entire camcorder range compared to other manufacturers.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of this age and type.

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Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The maximum memory card size of the Zoom Q4 of 128 gigabytes is one of the largest amongst camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Q4 the maximum memory card sizes range from 8GB to 130GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 67GB.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to the Q4, the Zoom Q4 has an HDMI port.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have an HDMI port including the Legria HF R56[pl_2114213_price], or the Legria HF R56[pl_3765089_price] both from Canon.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The Zoom Q4 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/5.8". 4.80 x 3.60mm.

A 1/3" optical sensor size is actually the best optical sensor size amongst all video cameras of this age and type.

The worst optical sensor size amongst comparable types of video camera is 1/8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Zoom Q4 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most small sensor size camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. Most video cameras of this age and spec support an SD memory card. This video camera also supports an SDHC memory card. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Q4.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of camcorder is MicroSD (Transflash).

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Lithium Battery

This camcorder has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery, which is typical of many camcorders of a similar age and spec to it.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Zoom Q4 has a built-in display, as do most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

Alternative camcorders which also have a built-in display that you might want to look at include the Legria HF R56[pl_2114213_price], or the Legria HF R56[pl_3765089_price] both from Canon or the JVC GZ-RX110[plb_2635661_price].

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1080p Video Mode

This camcorder has a 720p|1080p video mode, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Very Light

Camcorders of a similar age and spec to the Q4 have weights of between 57g and 3.9kg, and the average weight is 500g. With a weight of only 167 grams, the Zoom Q4 is one of the lighter small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Q4 amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

If you would consider a camcorder with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Panasonic AG-HCK10[plb_1974555_price] (275g) which is also cheaper.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolution of 848 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Small

The Zoom Q4 is one of the smaller small sensor size camcorders that have been available for more than two years (only 30.4 millimeters) amongst video cameras of this age. The smallest comparable spec video camera that is a similar age to the Q4 is 27mm deep and the biggest is 1,200mm.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most of the other camcorders of this spec and age have an image stabiliser, however the Zoom Q4 does not have an image stabiliser.

We think you might also be interested in alternative video cameras which also have an image stabiliser including the Panasonic AG-HCK10[plb_1974555_price] which is also cheaper.

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Not Full HD

Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Q4 are Full HD, however the Zoom Q4 is not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might be worth considering include the Panasonic AG-HCK10[plb_1974555_price] which is also cheaper.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Zoom Q4 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Q4 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Screen Size

The screen sizes of camcorders of a similar type and age to the Q4 range from 1.4" to 4.3", and the average screen size is 2.9". At only 2 inches, the Zoom Q4 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

If this small sensor size camcorder screen size is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_3765089_price] (3").

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of small sensor size camcorders that have been around for more than two years is 1,100mm, and the maximum focal lengths range from 22mm to 2,700mm. When compared to other video cameras of this age and type that we have checked, the maximum focal length of the Zoom Q4 of only 22 millimeters is one of the shortest.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the Q4, the Zoom Q4 does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Zoom Q4 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of this age and type are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most comparable spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago do not have a built-in projector. The Zoom Q4 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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Not Waterproof

Most video cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Q4 are not waterproof. The Zoom Q4 is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only Has One Cable Included

The Zoom Q4 has a greater number of included cables than most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to it. This Zoom video camera has a USB cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included found on camcorders of this age and type.

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Very High Minimum Aperture

The lowest minimum aperture of small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Q4 is 1.5, the highest is 3.1, and the average minimum aperture is 1.8. With a minimum aperture of 2.8, the Zoom Q4's minimum aperture is one of the highest amongst camcorders of a similar type and age to the Q4.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Zoom Q4

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this video camera was released.

Average Battery Life

At 3 hours, the Zoom Q4 has a relatively typical battery life compared to most of the other video cameras of this type and age.

If this small sensor size camcorder battery life is too short for you then you might also want to look at the Canon Legria HF R56[plb_3765089_price] (145h).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Aperture
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Storage Media Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Scene Mode
Display
Screen Size
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
Colour
Video
HD Type
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Audio
Audio Format
Ports & Interfaces
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Type
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Battery Recharge Time
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Technical Details
User Guide
Sample Frequencies

Expert Reviews

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Kompakte Abmessungen, gute Tonqualitt, lange Akkulaufzeit
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29 July 2014

Der Zoom Q4 ist ein zweckmäßiger und kompakter Audio-Video-Recorder. Er überzeugt durch gute Aufnahmequalität in Ton und Bild und einfache Bedienung...

User Reviews

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Reviewed 9 March 2014 by Fred Ginsburg CAS PhD
Fred Ginsburg CAS PhD would recommend the Zoom Q4

The new product that had everybody excited at the 2014 Winter NAMM tradeshow in Anaheim was the Zoom Q4 camcorder, intended to compete in the "head-cam, personal POV, miniature camera" market. The... Read more…

Reviewed 4 March 2014 by Jeffonbass
Jeffonbass would recommend the Zoom Q4 (Verified Purchase)

I recently got a zoom q4 camera so i could record my band's live shows, practices, etc. I've only used it a couple times but here is what i think so far- - video is decent and excellent at the... Read more…

Reviewed 3 August 2014 by Goat
Goat would recommend the Zoom Q4 (Verified Purchase)

Q3HD vs. Q4 => Q3HD wins, unless you need a webcam. Essentially they are the same. However, the Q4 lacks variable zoom. Add that and you have a winner. The Q3HD fits easily in my hip pocket or... Read more…

Reviewed 30 May 2014 by Alex
Alex would recommend the Zoom Q4 (Verified Purchase)

The image quality is OK. was expecting better but it's ok. Zoom is known for the microphones, not the cameras. The sound is of excellent quality. However, here are some annoying facts: - if you... Read more…

Reviewed 12 April 2014 by Ahconway
Ahconway would recommend the Zoom Q4 (Verified Purchase)

I got the Q4 primarily for recording live music, and it's great for that. Sound quality is easily as good as my Zoom H2N, and the auto levels are working well. I really like the no-nonsense... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers zoom zq4, zoom zq4n
Barcodes 00600599647824, 00884354012830, 00884354015732, 04515260012824, 04515260012848, 04515260012855, 04515260012862, 04515260012879, 04515260013784

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