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Zoom Q8 Camcorder

3MP 1/3 260g CMOS Jan 2016
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The Q8 delivers that same great Zoom sound quality you ll find in all of our products, with support for high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz audio. It comes with a high-quality detachable X/Y microphone... More
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11 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Average

Based on 17 user reviews the average user rating of this small sensor size camcorder is 71 out of 100.

Fairly Fast Maximum Frame Rate

The Zoom Q8 has one of the faster maximum frame rates (60 frames per second) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. Across all the small sensor size camcorders that have been around for the last year the maximum frame rates range from 35fps to 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 47fps.

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Good Brand

Zoom is one of the superior video camera manufacturers according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Zoom also has good ratings for its small sensor size camcorders.

Fairly Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The smallest maximum memory card size of small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last year is 64GB and the largest is 130GB. With a maximum memory card size of 128 gigabytes, the Zoom Q8 has one of the larger maximum memory card sizes amongst camcorders of this age.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Zoom Q8 has an HDMI port. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for the last year also have an HDMI port.

Other camcorders with an HDMI port currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R78, or the Panasonic HC-V380 ($297.99).

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1/3" Optical Sensor Size

The Zoom Q8 has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3". That's 94% more optical sensor size than a 1/5.8" video camera, which is the most common optical sensor size. 4.80 x 3.60mm.

A 1/3" optical sensor size is in fact the best optical sensor size across all comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Q8.

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

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Zoom Q8 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most small sensor size camcorders that are a similar age to it. Most small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as it support an SDHC memory card. In addition, this Zoom camcorder 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 camcorders that were released in the last year.

The worst supported memory card type across comparable types of camcorder is SD.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

The Zoom Q8 has a built-in display, as do most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for the last year.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other video cameras with a built-in display currently available including the Canon Legria HF R78, or the Panasonic HC-V380 ($297.99) which has better reviews.

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1080p Video Mode

The Zoom Q8 has a 1080p video mode which is better than the 720p video mode found on most small sensor size camcorders that were launched around the same time as it.

This video camera's video mode (1080p) is in fact the best video mode across all new camcorders.

The worst video mode amongst comparable types of video camera is 720p.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Zoom Q8 supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution which is higher than the 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution supported by most comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as it. This video camera also supports a video resolution of 848 x 480 pixels.

This camcorder's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all video cameras that have been around for the last year.

The worst supported video resolution across similar types of camcorder is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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Small

The smallest new small sensor size camcorder is 48mm wide and the biggest is 180mm. The Zoom Q8 is one of the smaller similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the Q8 (only 48 millimeters) amongst video cameras of this age.

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Not Full HD

The Zoom Q8 is not Full HD. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to the Q8 are also not Full HD.

Video cameras which are Full HD that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic HC-V380 ($297.99) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Zoom Q8 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last 12 months also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The Zoom Q8 has a quite small digital zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other new video cameras. Newly released comparable spec video cameras have digital zooms of between 1.5x and 3,000x.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The Zoom Q8 has a fairly small screen size (only 2.7 inches) compared to most of the other latest camcorders. Similar spec video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Q8 have screen sizes of between 2" and 8.8", and the average screen size is 3.3".

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been available for the last year, the Zoom Q8 is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most small sensor size camcorders that came out in the last 12 months do not have a night mode. The Zoom Q8 is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The Zoom Q8 is not waterproof. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last 12 months are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for a similar time to the Q8, the Zoom Q8 does not have a built-in projector.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

With a maximum focal length of only 35 millimeters, the Zoom Q8 has a quite short maximum focal length compared to most of the other latest small sensor size camcorders. Recently released small sensor size camcorders have maximum focal lengths of between 16mm and 1,900mm.

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats

The Zoom Q8 has a greater number of audio formats than most video cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most commonly 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 video camera.

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Only AVC Video Format

This camcorder has an AVC|H.264|MOV|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Only One Memory Card Slot

The Zoom Q8 is a one memory card slot camcorder. Most of the other latest small sensor size camcorders have one memory card slot.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Zoom Q8

Released Eleven Months Ago

This Zoom camcorder was released eleven months ago.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is typical of many small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Average Weight

The Zoom Q8 has a fairly average weight (260 grams) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that came out in the last year.

If you would consider a video camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Canon Legria HF R78 (240g and higher rated), or the Panasonic HC-V380 ($297.99) (252g and higher rated).

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on small sensor size camcorders that have been available for 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
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
USB 2.0 Port
Mini-USB 2.0 Port
Micro-USB 2.0 Port
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width

Expert Reviews

22 June 2015

Zoom hat mit dem Q8 eine mögliche Marktlücke gefüllt. Zwar ist der Q8 weder für Action-Fans noch für Ferienfilmer ideal, doch gibt es, wie oben erwähnt, genügend Anwendungen, in denen ein...

User Reviews

(17)
Reviewed 13 April 2015 by Paul
(Verified Purchase)

The stereo microphones work really well and can handle high DB SPL. The video however is not even useable. The compression is just awful. I assume a firmware should be able to fix this. The video... Read more…

Reviewed 21 July 2015 by Golf Smarter podcast
Golf Smarter podcast would recommend the Zoom Q8 (Verified Purchase)

I've used a Zoom H4 audio recorder for years (have a couple of them). It's durable, dependable and most importantly is one of the few portable digital recorders that offers XLR inputs for better... Read more…

Reviewed 27 July 2015 by Nick
(Verified Purchase)

It is a great little audio recorder but the video quality is bad! If you have anything better than a cell phone to record video it will do better than this. I us an Samsung NX1 and 2 Sony action... Read more…

Reviewed 8 July 2015 by Man the funny man
Man the funny man would recommend the Zoom Q8 (Verified Purchase)

I am a comedian and use it to tape myself and help me to see when I "kill em" and when I bomb...

Reviewed 26 May 2015 by Jim D
Jim D would recommend the Zoom Q8

The unit is brilliant in concept: A recorder with GoPro video quality and Zoom audio recording capability in one unit. I purchased one and just returned from a week with it in Europe. It was used... Read more…

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