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Zoom Q4 Camcorder

$184.17
3MP 1/3 167g Nov 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Expert reviews are good
Unacceptable noise level
Does not have a good zoom
26 Reviews
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Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Good

This camcorder received a score of 80 out of 100 from video camera expert review site CNET.de. Camcorder experts are not sure about this video camera.

Owner Reviews Are Good

Users have rated this video camera on average 80%. 9 reviewers (75% of all reviewers) gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars and 86% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

Zoom is one of the superior video camera manufacturers according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Zoom also has good reviews for its small total megapixels camcorders. 76% of those that bought a Zoom video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Zoom Q4 supports HDMI. Most of the other video cameras of this age and type also support HDMI.

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Has a Microphone in

The Zoom Q4 has a microphone in, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Zoom Q4 has a DC-in jack. Most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to this camcorder also have a DC-in jack.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Zoom Q4 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other video cameras of this spec and age.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The Zoom Q4 does not support PictBridge, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders that have been available for more than two years also do not support PictBridge.

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Lens System

Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this video camera is 0.5mm and the longest is 2,700mm. At only 22 millimeters, the Zoom Q4 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camcorder.

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Very High Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture numbers of similar spec video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camcorder range from 1.1 to 3.1. When compared to other camcorders that have been around for a similar time to this camcorder, the Zoom Q4's minimum aperture number of 2.8 is one of the highest.

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Networking

Does Not Feature Wi-Fi

The Zoom Q4 does not feature wi-Fi, unlike most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder which feature wi-Fi.

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Does Not Support Bluetooth

The Zoom Q4 does not support bluetooth, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder also do not support bluetooth.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of camcorders of a similar age and spec to this video camera is 1.4", the largest is 4.3", and the average display diagonal is 2.9". At only 2 inches, the Zoom Q4 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/3" optical sensor size, which is typical of many video cameras of this type and age.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Zoom Q4 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Zoom Q4 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder.

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Noisy

Five people who purchased the product concluded that it was noisy. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “It's about as loud as an old school hsf using a 30mm delta fan” but even so they still scored the product 80 out of 100. Bhphotovideo.com also mentioned “Fan noise - even on eco it's louder than the qumi on full blast” in their review. Bhphotovideo.com also said “Fan noise starts out okay, then shifts significantly louder when the unit heats up a bit -- enough that if I could return it I would” in their review.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

Five people who purchased the product concluded that it was noisy. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “It's about as loud as an old school hsf using a 30mm delta fan” but even so they still scored the product 80 out of 100. Bhphotovideo.com also mentioned “Fan noise - even on eco it's louder than the qumi on full blast” in their review. Bhphotovideo.com also said “Fan noise starts out okay, then shifts significantly louder when the unit heats up a bit -- enough that if I could return it I would” in their review.


Storage

Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The maximum memory card sizes of video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camcorder range from 8GB to 130GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 64GB. With a maximum memory card size of 128 gigabytes, the Zoom Q4's maximum memory card size is one of the largest amongst small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

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Good Exposure Control

One customer wrote in their reviews that the product had good exposure controls. Three years ago Fred Ginsburg Cas Phd wrote in his review of the Zoom Q4 on Bhphotovideo.com “There are 3 exposure settings available” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100.

Good Screen

Seven people who purchased this camcorder wrote that it had a good screen. Bhphotovideo.com wrote three years ago “Works well with 120" Elite screen Amazingly” . Bhphotovideo.com also wrote “My current setup is ceiling mounted about 8 10ft from a 92 inch screen” in their review. Bhphotovideo.com also wrote “I used and painted my wall with Behr silver screen paint and the picture measured 100" across, not diagonal” in their review.

Three owners who bought it mentioned that it had a good viewfinder. Three years ago Bhphotovideo.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this camcorder “Traditional Viewfinder”. Fred Ginsburg Cas Phd said “It has a flip out viewfinder that rotates front to back”.

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Does Not Have a Good Zoom

Six people thought it did not have a good zoom. Bhphotovideo.com wrote three years ago “Not sharp, remote response slow, no zoom” however despite that they still gave this camcorder a score of 80 out of 100. Bhphotovideo.com also said “Open powerdvd and click the truetheater effects icon to the right of the zoom button and select h” in their review. Bhphotovideo.com also said “Limited Zoom” in their review.

Five people agreed that it did not have a good autofocus. Bhphotovideo.com said “Focusing is a bit of a chore” although they gave the Zoom Q4 a score of 4 stars out of 5. Bhphotovideo.com also wrote “The drone fades out while you watch movies as your focus shifts” in their review. Bhphotovideo.com also wrote “I'm finding it difficult to get a happy medium between moviesmedia and regular computer output - the focus is pretty sensitive” in their review.

Three owners said in their reviews that the product did not have a good lens. Bhphotovideo.com wrote “No lens shift, remote is just too small, being so light you will have to make sure that your power cord”. Bhphotovideo.com also said “Focusing the lens can be a bit difficult because it's not easy to turn the dial.” in their review.

One person who reviewed the product reckoned that it did not have a good image stabiliser. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “No image stabilization”.

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Design

Robust

One customer who bought it concluded that it was well made. John mentioned in his review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Video and sound quality and solid for the price point” and rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Good Looking

Two owners who reviewed it concluded that it was good looking. Three years ago Bhphotovideo.com said “Picture looks awesome 92" screen) when the room is totally dark and still pretty good with the lights on” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Bhphotovideo.com also said “Pretty good picture” in their review.

One person reckoned that it was smooth. Bhphotovideo.com scored this camcorder 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Played x-box and PC games on this, no ghosting issues, colors look good, action is smooth”.

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Good Quality

Fifteen customers concluded that the Zoom Q4 was good quality. Three years ago Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Great Picture Quality”. Two years ago Just a Simple Pro Musician and Av Tech said “Small, 3hrs battery life, good video quality (1080 or 720”. Just a Simple Pro Musician and Av Tech also mentioned “I would use a seperate mic feed with a high quality mic for music jobs” in their review.

Easy to Use

Nine people who bought it agreed that it was easy to use. Bhphotovideo.com rated it 4 stars out of 5 and said “Small, easy to use” in their review of this camcorder. Bhphotovideo.com also wrote “Small, simple to use, nice at 100" in a dim basement” in their review. Lovecartwright said on Bhphotovideo.com “The Q4 is a simple to use camera and audio recorder”.

Six people who bought it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Tons of options for perfecting the image in the menu” in their review of this camcorder. Three years ago Jeffonbass wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The auto settings are good for concert”. Pete B. rated it 80 out of 100 and he wrote “And, 4) there are only two zoom settings”.

Two people said in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Alex said on Bhphotovideo.com “I was personally expecting a better image quality and an easier way to set up and control the sound”.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Two owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good battery life. Rk said “Will not work while plugged in so you are stuck with the charge on the battery which is good for almost 3 hours in my test” yet they rated it 60 out of 100.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

One person mentioned in their reviews that the Zoom Q4 had good technical guidance. Jrp said three years ago “The mic pics up the pedaling mechanism if I place recorder too close, easy to use, clear instructions” .


Features

Good Features

Two customers who reviewed it considered that it had good features. Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “This is one of my favorite features” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Aliki mentioned in their review of this camcorder “If you're looking for great zoom features though, this isn't your camera” .


Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Three customers said in their reviews that this camcorder was compact. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Compact size, Easy to set up, Great picture, Extemely cost effective” and scored it 4 stars out of 5. Just a Simple Pro Musician and Av Tech mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “It is the most compact and easy to use product” in their review of this camcorder. Aliki mentioned “Very compact and yet delivers big results”.

One owner said in their reviews that the product was heavy and bulky. Two years ago Jazzfan mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “It is used primarily to record gigs and practice sessions of my son's heavy metal rock band” in their review of this camcorder and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

One owner who bought the Zoom Q4 concluded that it was lightweight. Fred Ginsburg Cas Phd said on Bhphotovideo.com “The Q4 is small and lightweight” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. One person who reviewed it reckoned that it was a good body shape. Fred Ginsburg Cas Phd mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The viewfinder module slides off of the camera body entirely if you need to conserve size, mass, or power”.

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Very Light

The weights of camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years range from 57g to 3.9kg. At only 167 grams, the Zoom Q4 is quite light compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Video

Very Fast Maximum Frame Rate

Across all the comparable spec camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years the maximum frame rates range from 25fps to 60fps. When compared to other small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camcorder that we have assessed, the Zoom Q4's maximum frame rate of 60 frames per second is one of the fastest.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Zoom Q4 is Full HD, as are most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this video camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 848 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of this spec and age.

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Battery

Average Battery Life (max)

With a battery life (max) of 3 hours, the Zoom Q4 has a relatively typical battery life (max) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers zoom 1080p30, zoom zq4n
Barcodes 00600599647824, 00884354012830, 00884354015732, 04515260012824, 04515260012848, 04515260012855, 04515260012862, 04515260012879, 04515260013784

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