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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

Owner Reviews Are Average

This video camera has an average owner rating of 71% based on 17 owner reviews.

Quite Fast Maximum Frame Rate

With a maximum frame rate of 60 frames per second, the Zoom Q8 has a quite fast maximum frame rate compared to most of the other latest comparable spec video cameras. Across all the similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Q8 the maximum frame rates range from 35fps to 60fps.

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Zoom Has Good Reviews for Its Camcorders

Small sensor size camcorders built by Zoom have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just small sensor size camcorders) and found that Zoom also has good ratings across its entire range.

Fairly Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The average maximum memory card size of latest similar spec video cameras is 92GB. The Zoom Q8 has one of the larger maximum memory card sizes (128 gigabytes) amongst similar spec camcorders of this age.

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Has an HDMI Port

has an HDMI port

Like most of the other video cameras that have been available for the last year, the Zoom Q8 has an HDMI port.

We compared all the other video cameras with an HDMI port to this camcorder and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R78[plb_3192650_price], the JVC GY-HM600[plb_3153524_price], and the Sony HDR-CX625B[plb_3210426_price] is also worth considering.

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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" camcorder, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size. 4.80 x 3.60mm.

This camcorder's optical sensor size (1/3") is in fact the best optical sensor size across all small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to the Q8.

The worst optical sensor size amongst comparable types of camcorder is 1/5.8".

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SDXC Memory Card

SDXC memory card

The Zoom Q8 supports an SDXC memory card which is better than the SDHC memory card supported by most similar spec video cameras that were launched in the last 12 months. 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 actually the best supported memory card type amongst all small sensor size camcorders that have been on the market for the last year.

An SD memory card is the worst supported memory card type amongst comparable 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 Q8 has a built-in display, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that were released in the last 12 months.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative camcorders with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon Legria HF R78[plb_3192650_price], the JVC GY-HM600[plb_3153524_price], or the Sony HDR-CX625B[plb_3210426_price].

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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 camcorders that came out around the same time as it.

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

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 higher video resolution than most small sensor size camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it. This Zoom video camera supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution, whereas most camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution. This video camera also supports a video resolution of 848 x 480 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all new comparable spec camcorders.

A 1280 x 720 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution amongst similar types of video camera.

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Small

The widths of similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for the last year range from 48mm to 180mm, and the average width is 83mm. The Zoom Q8 is one of the smaller comparable spec camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Q8 (only 48 millimeters) amongst video cameras of this age.

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12 Reasons Against

Not Full HD

Most video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Q8 are not Full HD. The Zoom Q8 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Most small sensor size camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Q8 do not have an interchangeable lens. The Zoom Q8 is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The Zoom Q8 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 4 times zoom factor) amongst small sensor size camcorders of this age. The average digital zoom of video cameras that are a similar age to the Q8 is 760x, and the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,000x.

Camcorders with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Sony HDR-CX625B[plb_3210426_price] (350x) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The Zoom Q8 has one of the smaller screen sizes (only 2.7 inches) amongst camcorders of this age. The smallest screen size of latest small sensor size camcorders is 2" and the largest is 8.8".

If this camcorder screen size is not large enough for you then you might also want to look at the Sony HDR-CX625B[plb_3210426_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most small sensor size camcorders that came out in the last 12 months are not 3D compatible. The Zoom Q8 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Zoom Q8 does not have a night mode, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Q8 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The Zoom Q8 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other camcorders that came out around the same time as the Q8 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last 12 months, 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 fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other camcorders that were released in the last year. The shortest maximum focal length of recently released video cameras is 16mm, the longest is 1,900mm, and the average maximum focal length is 1,200mm.

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats

The number of audio formats supported by the Zoom Q8 is more than most comparable spec camcorders that have been around for the last year. 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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Only AVC Video Format

This camcorder has an AVC|H.264|MOV|MPEG4 video format, which is the most commonly found video format on small sensor size camcorders that were released around the same time as it.

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Only One Memory Card Slot

Most small sensor size camcorders that were released in the last 12 months have one memory card slot, including the Zoom Q8 which has one memory card slot.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Zoom Q8

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is typical of many new small sensor size camcorders.

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Average Weight

At 260 grams, the Zoom Q8 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other recently released similar spec camcorders.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many camcorders that are a similar age to it.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers zoom q8, zoom q8g, zoom q8ge, zoom 303632, zoom 378500, zoom mpnzrcq8, zoom 100252780, zoom 900000160760
Barcodes 00000100252780, 00884354014759, 04515260014699, 04515260014743

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