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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 Zoom Q4n has a very fast maximum frame rate (60 frames per second) compared to most of the other new small sensor size camcorders. The slowest maximum frame rate of camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Q4n is 35fps and the fastest is 60fps.

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Zoom Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Small sensor size camcorders produced by Zoom have good reviews on average compared to other brands. 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 comparable spec camcorders that were released in the last 12 months that we have checked, the Zoom Q4n's maximum memory card size of 128 gigabytes is one of the largest. Across all the new small sensor size camcorders the maximum memory card sizes range from 64GB to 130GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 92GB.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

The Zoom Q4n has an HDMI port. Most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Q4n also have an HDMI port.

We compared all the other video cameras with an HDMI port to this camcorder and we think a cheaper camcorder such as the Canon Legria HF R706[plb_3903750_price], and the Panasonic HC-V180[plb_3191135_price] or you might consider a higher rated camcorder 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 camcorder's optical sensor size (1/3") is actually the best optical sensor size amongst all camcorders that were released around the same time as the Q4n.

Amongst similar types of camcorder 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 video cameras that are a similar age to it. Most similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to it 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 small sensor size camcorders that came out in the last year.

An SD memory card is the worst supported memory card type across similar types of camcorder.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

The Zoom Q4n has a built-in display. Most of the other recently released small sensor size camcorders also have a built-in display.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with a built-in display currently available including the Sony HDR-CX450[plb_3226938_price] which has better reviews; or the Legria HF R706[pl_3903750_price], or the HF R706[pl_3935505_price] both from Canon which is cheaper.

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Light

The Zoom Q4n is one of the lighter small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last 12 months (only 178.6 grams) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The lightest new small sensor size camcorder is 170g weight, the heaviest is 4kg, and the average weight is 840g.

Video cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the Panasonic HC-V180[plb_3191135_price] (211g and cheaper).

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1080p Video Mode

The Zoom Q4n has a 1080p video mode which is better than most comparable spec video cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. Most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for around the same time as it have a 720p video mode.

This video camera's video mode (1080p) is in fact the best video mode across all small sensor size camcorders that were launched in the last 12 months.

The worst video mode across similar types of video camera 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 similar spec video cameras. Most newly released similar spec video cameras support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is actually the best supported video resolution across all comparable spec video cameras that were released in the last year.

A 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution across comparable types of video camera.

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Very Small

The Zoom Q4n is fairly small (only 49 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders that were launched in the last 12 months. Latest small sensor size 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 Zoom Q4n has a fairly small digital zoom (only 1.5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the Q4n. The average digital zoom of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Q4n is 760x.

If you are looking for a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at 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

The Zoom Q4n is not Full HD, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for the last year are also not Full HD.

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

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Q4n 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

With a screen size of only 2 inches, the Zoom Q4n has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Q4n. The average screen size of newly released small sensor size camcorders is 3.3".

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger screen size then you might want to consider the Legria HF R706[pl_3903750_price] (3" and cheaper), or the HF R706[pl_3935505_price] (3" and cheaper) both from Canon.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Zoom Q4n is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders that have been around for the last year are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Zoom Q4n does not have a night mode, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Q4n also do not have a night mode.

We think you might also be interested in alternative camcorders which also have a night mode including the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price].

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Not Waterproof

The Zoom Q4n is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched in the last 12 months 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, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras that have been available for the last year also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The Zoom Q4n has a quite short maximum focal length (only 16.6 millimeters) compared to most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last 12 months. The maximum focal lengths of small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Q4n range from 16mm to 1,900mm, and the average maximum focal length is 1,200mm.

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Only 2304 X 1296 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The highest maximum image resolution of the Zoom Q4n is 2304 x 1296 pixels. That's 67% less maximum image resolution than the most frequently found maximum image resolution of 4032 x 2272 pixels.

A 2304 x 1296 pixels maximum image resolution is in fact the worst maximum image resolution amongst all camcorders that were released in the last 12 months.

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

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats

The number of audio formats supported by the Zoom Q4n is more than most comparable spec video cameras that came out in the last 12 months. 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 camcorder.

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Very Low Battery Capacity

Across all the comparable spec video cameras that have been available for the last year the battery capacities range from 980mAh to 2,800mAh. At only 1,050 milliampere * hour, the Zoom Q4n has a quite low battery capacity compared to most of the other latest video cameras.

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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 around for around the same time as it.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The Zoom Q4n has one of the smaller bitrates at maximum video resolution (only 24 megabits per second) amongst video cameras of this age. Across all the comparable spec camcorders that came out in the last year the bitrates at maximum video resolution 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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Very Short Video Recording Time

Small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Q4n have video recording times of between 3h and 18h, and the average video recording time is 8.7h. At only 3 hours, the Zoom Q4n has a quite short video recording time compared to most of the other recently released small sensor size camcorders.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Zoom Q4n

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on new small sensor size camcorders.

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Average Battery Life

The Zoom Q4n has a fairly typical battery life (3 hours) compared to most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the Q4n.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many latest small sensor size camcorders.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Webcam Capability
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Wind Filter
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Video Recording Time
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Battery Recharge Time
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
Lens Hood
Tripod Included
Other Features
USB Connectivity

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers zoom 378570, zoom 100270217, zoom 900000225503
Barcodes 00000100270217, 04515260015757

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$ 314.00 $249.99
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Higher Battery Capacity
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