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Zoom Q2HD Camcorder

5MP 1/3.2 85.4g CMOS Dec 2013
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26 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and hifitest.de the average expert rating of this medium sensor size camcorder is 75 out of 100.

Good Quality Lens

Several Zoom Q2HD reviewers said in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Four years ago expert review site Gizmodo.com wrote “Zoom makes some fine audio recording equipment—not the best in the industry.”.

Easy to Use

One Zoom Q2HD reviewer concluded that it was easy to use. Expert website Pcmag.com said in their review of the Zoom Q2HD “The Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder ($199 list) stands apart”.

Good Battery Life

One person mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder had a good battery life. Four years ago Beatweek.com wrote “Quickly drains battery” in their review.

Robust

One person reckoned that the product was well made. Expert website Gizmodo.com said in their review of the Zoom Q2HD four years ago “The gear is solid” .

Fairly Fast Maximum Frame Rate

With a maximum frame rate of 60 frames per second, the Zoom Q2HD has one of the faster maximum frame rates amongst camcorders of this age. Video cameras of this spec and age have maximum frame rates of between 25fps and 60fps.

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Zoom Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

On average camcorders from Zoom are rated 76 out of 100, which is in the top 55% of all camcorder brands that we have assessed.

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Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on medium sensor size video cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Full HD

The Zoom Q2HD is Full HD, as are most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Q2HD, the Zoom Q2HD has an HDMI port.

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Quite Large Maximum Memory Card Size

With a maximum memory card size of 64 gigabytes, the Zoom Q2HD has a fairly large maximum memory card size compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Q2HD. The average maximum memory card size of similar spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Q2HD is 55GB, and the maximum memory card sizes range from 2GB to 130GB.

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1/3.2" Optical Sensor Size

The Zoom Q2HD has a maximum optical sensor size of 1/3.2". That's 81% more optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/5.8". Across all similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Q2HD the worst optical sensor size is 1/5.8" and the best is 1/3".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Zoom Q2HD supports an SDXC memory card which is better than most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it. Most comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to it 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 actually the best supported memory card type across all video cameras of this age and type.

The worst supported memory card type amongst comparable types of camcorder is MicroSDXC.

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

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Fairly High Video Capturing Speed

The Zoom Q2HD has a fairly high video capturing speed (60 frames per second) compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Camcorders that were released more than two years ago have video capturing speeds of between 25fps and 60fps, and the average video capturing speed is 41fps.

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Two Battery Slots

The Zoom Q2HD has more battery slots than most of the similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. This camcorder is a two battery slot camcorder compared to most of the video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Q2HD which only have one battery slot.

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Supports Two Audio Formats

The Zoom Q2HD has a greater number of audio formats than most video cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most commonly supported audio format is WAV, but this audio format is not supported by this Zoom video camera. The audio formats AAC and PCM are also supported by this video camera.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other video cameras of this type and age, the Zoom Q2HD has a built-in display.

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H.264 Video Format

This camcorder has a H.264|MPEG4 video format, which is the most commonly found video format on video cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolution of 800 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on video cameras of this type and age.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on camcorders of this type and age.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is typical of many medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Very Long Continuous Video Playback Time

The shortest continuous video playback time of video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Q2HD is 0.5h, the longest is 2h, and the average continuous video playback time is 1.4h. With a continuous video playback time of 2 hours, the Zoom Q2HD has a very long continuous video playback time compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Light

With a weight of only 85.4 grams, the Zoom Q2HD is fairly light compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Q2HD. The lightest comparable spec camcorder that was launched more than two years ago is 76g weight, the heaviest is 2.8kg, and the average weight is 320g.

Other camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the easypix Challenge Action (76g).

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Small

At only 51 millimeters, the Zoom Q2HD is fairly small compared to most of the other video cameras of this spec and age. The widths of video cameras of this age and spec range from 17mm to 270mm, and the average width is 69mm.

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Very Small

The Zoom Q2HD is fairly small (only 35 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that came out more than two years ago. The heights of video cameras of this age and type range from 17mm to 240mm, and the average height is 79mm.

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9 Reasons Against

Very Small Optical Zoom

The Zoom Q2HD has one of the smaller optical zooms (only 4 times zoom factor) amongst medium sensor size video cameras of this age. The average optical zoom of video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Q2HD is 23x, and the optical zooms range from 1x to 60x.

If this video camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (10x) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The Zoom Q2HD does not have an image stabiliser, unlike most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age to the Q2HD which have an image stabiliser.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Q2HD is 2x and the biggest is 1,800x. With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Zoom Q2HD has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other camcorders of this type and age.

If this video camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 (10x) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Zoom Q2HD does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not have an interchangeable lens.

Alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens that you might want to look at include the Panasonic HS900 which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 2 inches, the Zoom Q2HD has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago. The screen sizes of camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Q2HD range from 1.5" to 4".

Camcorders with a larger screen size that might be worth looking at include the Sony HDR-PJ240 (2.7").

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Not 3D Compatible

The Zoom Q2HD is not 3D compatible. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age are also not 3D compatible.

Camcorders which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic HDC-Z10000.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most camcorders of a comparable spec and age to the Q2HD do not have a night mode. The Zoom Q2HD is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

There are a number of other video cameras which also have a night mode that you might want to consider including the Sony HDR-PJ330.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other camcorders of this spec and age, the Zoom Q2HD does not have a built-in projector.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in projector and we think the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Q2HD, the Zoom Q2HD is not waterproof.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Zoom Q2HD

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Zoom released the Q2HD.

Average Battery Life

At 2 hours, the Zoom Q2HD has a relatively average battery life compared to most of the other medium sensor size video cameras that are a comparable age to the Q2HD.

If this Zoom video camera battery life is not long enough for you then you might also want to consider the Sony HXR-MC2500E (4.75h and higher rated).

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Interchangeable Lens
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display Resolution
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
S-Video Out
Headphone Connectivity
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Continuous Video Playback Time
Number of Batteries Supported
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
AC Adapter Included
Included Memory Card Size
Other Features
Minimum Processor
Minimum RAM
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Mac Operating Systems Supported

Expert Reviews

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Beatweek.com

13 December 2012

The arrival of HD video recording on smartphones and on inexpensive handheld camcorders comes with the caveat that the accompanying audio recording is likely to be of far less quality if there?s... Read more…

Inexpensive
Clear and warm audio recording
Excellent stereo separation
Quickly drains battery
Small, low-resolution LCD
No image stabilization
18 October 2012

The Zoom Q2HD Hand Video Recorder delivers on its promise of excellent audio recording for an affordable price, but its video performance leaves something to be desired...

13 August 2012

Zoom products can deliver pro-quality audio at hobbyist prices. The gear is solid. That said, the video on this device is comparable to what an iPhone shoots ? but with a brief run time and an...

Gizmodo.in

10 August 2012

Zoom makes some fine audio recording equipment?not the best in the industry, but generally a fantastic value. Now, with the Q2HD, the company has added video recording capability to a nice... Read more…

9 August 2012

Zoom products can deliver pro-quality audio at hobbyist prices. The gear is solid. That said, the video on this device is comparable to what an iPhone shoots?but with a brief run time and an...

19 October 2012

Das Zoom Q2HD ist ein hervorragendes Tonaufzeichnungsgerät, das ganz nebenbei auch ordentliche Videos in Full- HD-Qualität aufzeichnen kann. Allein die variablen Einsatzmöglichkeiten und die...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers zoom q2, zoom q2h, zoom q2hd, zoom q2hdw, zoom q2hdww, zoom q2hdwwh, zoom q2hdwwhi, zoom q2hdwwhit, zoom q2hdwwhite
Barcodes 04515260010660, 04515260011186, 04515260011285

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