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Zoom Q4n Camcorder

3MP 1/3 178.6g CMOS Feb 2016
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With its 10 advanced lighting presets, the Q4n captures our highest-quality video ever from bright daylight to a low-lit club to striking sunset. And with Zoom's superb audio quality, the Q4n... More
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11 Reasons For

Very Fast Maximum Frame Rate

The slowest maximum frame rate of small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Q4n is 35fps, the fastest is 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 47fps. The maximum frame rate of the Zoom Q4n of 60 frames per second is one of the fastest amongst comparable spec camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Q4n.

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Zoom Has Good Video Camera Reviews

Small sensor size camcorders manufactured by Zoom have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just small sensor size camcorders) and found that Zoom also has good reviews across its entire range.

Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

When compared to other video cameras that came out around the same time as the Q4n that we have assessed the maximum memory card size of, the Zoom Q4n's maximum memory card size of 128 gigabytes is one of the largest. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that are a comparable age to the Q4n the maximum memory card sizes range from 64GB to 130GB.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for the last year, the Zoom Q4n has an HDMI port.

We compared all the other camcorders with an HDMI port to this camcorder and we think a cheaper video camera such as the Panasonic HC-V180[plb_3191135_price], and the Canon Legria HF R706[plb_3903750_price] or you might consider a better rated video camera such as the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] are also worth considering.

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The Zoom Q4n has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". 4.80 x 3.60mm.

This video camera's optical sensor size (1/3") is actually the best optical sensor size amongst all small sensor size camcorders that came out in the last year.

Amongst comparable types of video camera the worst optical sensor size is 1/5.8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Zoom Q4n supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last year. Most newly released small sensor size camcorders support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this video camera supports an SD 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).

An SDXC memory card is in fact the best supported memory card type across all new small sensor size camcorders.

The worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera is SD.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other latest small sensor size camcorders, the Zoom Q4n has a built-in display.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think the Legria HF R706[pl_3903750_price], and the HF R706[pl_3935505_price] both from Canon or the Panasonic HC-V180[plb_3191135_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Light

The lightest similar spec video camera that has been around for a comparable time to the Q4n is 170g weight and the heaviest is 4kg. With a weight of only 178.6 grams, the Zoom Q4n is one of the lighter small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last 12 months amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to look at the Panasonic HC-V180[plb_3191135_price] (211g) which is also cheaper.

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1080p Video Mode

The Zoom Q4n has a 1080p video mode which is better than the 720p video mode found on most latest small sensor size camcorders.

A 1080p video mode is actually the best video mode across all small sensor size camcorders that came out around the same time as the Q4n.

Across similar types of video camera the worst video mode is 720p.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Zoom Q4n supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution which is higher than most recently released small sensor size camcorders. Most latest video cameras support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution.

This camcorder's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for the last year.

Amongst comparable types of camcorder the worst supported video resolution is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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Very Small

At only 49 millimeters, the Zoom Q4n is fairly small compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as the Q4n. Recently released camcorders have widths of between 48mm and 180mm, and the average width is 83mm.

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15 Reasons Against

Quite Small Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of new camcorders range from 1.5x to 3,000x, and the average digital zoom is 760x. The Zoom Q4n has a quite small digital zoom (only 1.5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other new small sensor size camcorders.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Legria HF R706[pl_3903750_price] (1,140x), or the HF R706[pl_3935505_price] (1,140x) both from Canon which is also cheaper.

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Not Full HD

Most new similar spec camcorders are not Full HD. The Zoom Q4n is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

If you are looking for a video camera that is Full HD then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most new small sensor size camcorders do not have an interchangeable lens. The Zoom Q4n is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Quite Small Screen Size

Small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Q4n have screen sizes of between 2" and 8.8", and the average screen size is 3.3". At only 2 inches, the Zoom Q4n has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Q4n.

Video cameras with a larger screen size that might be worth looking at include the Legria HF R706[pl_3903750_price] (3"), or the HF R706[pl_3935505_price] (3") both from Canon which is also cheaper.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Zoom Q4n is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other latest similar spec video cameras are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders that were released around the same time as the Q4n, the Zoom Q4n does not have a night mode.

Other camcorders which also have a night mode that you might want to consider include the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Zoom Q4n is not waterproof. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the Q4n are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Zoom Q4n does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other recently released small sensor size camcorders also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

Recently released comparable spec video cameras have maximum focal lengths of between 16mm and 1,900mm, and the average maximum focal length is 1,200mm. With a maximum focal length of only 16.6 millimeters, the Zoom Q4n has one of the shorter maximum focal lengths amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age.

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Only 2304 X 1296 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Zoom Q4n has a maximum maximum image resolution of 2304 x 1296 pixels. That's 67% less maximum image resolution than a 4032 x 2272 pixels camcorder, which is the most common maximum image resolution.

This camcorder's maximum image resolution (2304 x 1296 pixels) is in fact the worst maximum image resolution amongst all recently released camcorders.

A 5440 x 3056 pixels maximum image resolution is the best maximum image resolution amongst similar types of camcorder.

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats

The number of audio formats supported by the Zoom Q4n is more than most new video cameras. The most frequently supported audio format is AAC++, but this audio format is not supported by this video camera. The audio formats AAC and WAV are also supported by this Zoom camcorder.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

The lowest battery capacity of recently released small sensor size camcorders is 980mAh and the highest is 2,800mAh. With a battery capacity of only 1,050 milliampere * hour, the Zoom Q4n has a quite low battery capacity compared to most of the other new camcorders.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

At only 24 megabits per second, the Zoom Q4n has a fairly small bitrate at maximum video resolution compared to most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Q4n. The bitrates at maximum video resolution of newly released small sensor size camcorders range from 24 Mbit/s to 50 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 42 Mbit/s.

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Only AVC Video Format

This video camera has an AVC|H.264|MOV|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Very Short Video Recording Time

The average video recording time of video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Q4n is 8.7h. With a video recording time of only 3 hours, the Zoom Q4n has one of the shorter video recording times amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Zoom Q4n

Released Ten Months Ago

This small sensor size camcorder has been on the market for ten months.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Average Battery Life

The Zoom Q4n has a fairly typical battery life (3 hours) compared to most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the Q4n.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on video cameras that were released in the last year.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Sensor Size
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length
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
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Video Mode
Video Format
Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
USB 2.0 Port
Mini HDMI Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Battery
Battery Life
Video Recording Time
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Battery Recharge Time
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included
Other Features

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Barcodes 04515260015757

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