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Zoom Q8 Camcorder

$290.00
3MP 1/3 260g Jan 2016
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Robust
Owner reviews are average
Does not have a good zoom
19 Reviews
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Design

Robust

Three customers who reviewed the product concluded that it was strong and durable. Music Gal said in their review of this camcorder “* Sturdy unit * Compact design”. Two years ago Golf Smarter Podcast mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “If at all possible, put it on a tripod or even a robust selfie stick to avoid that noise in your recordings”. Golf Smarter Podcast also mentioned “It's durable, dependable and most importantly is one of the few portable digital recorders that offers XLR inputs for better quality mics” in their review.

Three people mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was well made. Jpb wrote “It feels OK build quality” but in spite of that they rated it 40 out of 100. Golf Smarter Podcast said on Bhphotovideo.com “AND you can output the audio separate from the video, including separate audio channels for the built in and external mics for more options in post”. Golf Smarter Podcast also wrote “Great audio and the ability to mix the built in mic with your XLR inputs is fabulous” in their review.

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Easy to Use the Menus

Three customers considered that it was easy to use the menus. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Bright, crisp picture - out of the box settings are good” but in spite of that they only gave it a rating of 2 stars out of 5. Amazon.co.uk also said “Great On Screen Menu” in their review. Amazon.co.uk also mentioned “On screen menu is very nice” in their review.

Two customers who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use. Six years ago Amazon.co.uk wrote “Easy to Use” in their review of this camcorder however they only gave it a rating of 2 stars out of 5. One owner who bought it considered that it was easy to assemble. Amazon.co.uk wrote “Good stand - super ez to assemble - one dead simple step” in their review of the Zoom Q8.

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Good Quality

Nine customers who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality. Amazon.co.uk mentioned six years ago “Big and beautiful with great image quality” in their Zoom Q8 review nonetheless they gave the product a score of 2 stars out of 5. Amazon.co.uk also mentioned “Great Picture Quality” in their review. Mt Vessel said in their review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “Audio quality is superb”.

Good Looking

Two customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good looking. Amazon.co.uk said “Still a gorgeous display” in their review of this camcorder but despite that they only gave this camcorder a rating of 40 out of 100. One person who purchased it thought it was well designed.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

One owner who bought it mentioned that it was compact.

Average Weight

The Zoom Q8 has a pretty typical weight (260 grams) compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

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Reviews

Zoom Has Good Video Camera Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Zoom video cameras and also specifically for Zoom small total megapixels camcorders and found that in both cases Zoom had good ratings. 76% of those that bought a Zoom camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Owner Reviews Are Average

On average, people who bought this small total megapixels camcorder rated it as 69%. 58% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.


Power

Good Battery Life

One person mentioned that it had a good battery life. Jpb wrote on Amazon.co.uk “The battery life is OK” yet they rated it 2 stars out of 5.

Not Good in Terms of Power Usage

One owner considered that it was not good in terms of power usage. Six years ago Amazon.co.uk mentioned “It won't wake up from power saving mode” in their Zoom Q8 review.


Video

Fairly Fast Maximum Frame Rate

The average maximum frame rate of small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as this video camera is 48fps, and the maximum frame rates range from 35fps to 60fps. The Zoom Q8 has one of the faster maximum frame rates (60 frames per second) amongst small total megapixels camcorders of this age.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Zoom Q8 is Full HD, as are most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera.

Other Full HD video cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include the HC-W580EB-K, or the HC-W580 ($397.99) both from Panasonic or the Sony HDR-PJ410 which has better reviews.

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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 camcorders of a comparable age and type to it.

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Storage

Fairly Large Maximum Memory Card Size

At 128 gigabytes, the Zoom Q8 has a quite large maximum memory card size compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out more than a year ago. The smallest maximum memory card size of camcorders of this age and spec is 4GB, the largest is 130GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 86GB.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 128GB maximum memory card size video cameras currently available including the Zoom Q4n ($249.99) which has better reviews.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Zoom Q8 supports HDMI. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that came out around the same time as this camcorder also support HDMI.

We compared this camcorder to all the other video cameras which support HDMI and we think the HC-W580EB-K, and the HC-W580 ($397.99) both from Panasonic or the Sony HDR-PJ410 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Microphone in

The Zoom Q8 has a microphone in, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than a year.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Zoom Q8 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other camcorders that were launched around the same time as this camcorder.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Zoom Q8 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than a year.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Zoom Q8 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to this camcorder also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Zoom Q8 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other video cameras of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

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Good Screen

Eight owners said in their reviews that it had a good screen. Amazon.co.uk wrote “If you don't have 2K to drop on a 32" 4K IPS screen from the competition” . Amazon.co.uk also said “Because of the other reviews I didn't bother to even using try the included display port cable - I bought an Accell UltraAV cable” in their review. Amazon.co.uk also said “After trying a few other 4k displays recently and previously owning a Dell U 2414Q 4K 60hz ips 23.8" MST monitor, I think I've found the display that I'll be u” in their review.

Does Not Have a Good Zoom

Four people who reviewed the Zoom Q8 concluded that it did not have a good zoom. Amazon.co.uk gave it a score of 40 out of 100 and said “No optical zoom”. Two years ago Mt Vessel wrote in their review of this camcorder on Bhphotovideo.com “Limited "zoom" function has 5 zones, not a smooth transition”. Billy G wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “While I miss the adjustable zoom from the Q2” but in spite of that he still scored the product 80 out of 100.

Two customers who reviewed it reckoned that it did not have a good lens. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Windscreen Obscures Lens” in their review of this camcorder. Nathaniel wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The curve on the wide angle lens is unacceptable” and scored the product 40 out of 100.

Two owners who bought the product reckoned that it did not have a good image stabiliser. Amazon.co.uk scored it 40 out of 100 and said “No image stabilization”. Nick he mentioned two years ago “It also lacks any image stabilization so its limited to a tripod for me if I do try to get ANY b roll from it” in his review of this camcorder.

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Lens System

Very Small Digital Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the Zoom Q8 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder. The average digital zoom of camcorders of a similar spec and age to this video camera is 950x.

Video cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the HC-V380EB-K (3,000x), or the HC-W580EB-K (3,000x) both from Panasonic or the Sony HDR-CX450 ($393.40) (350x) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 35 millimeters, the Zoom Q8 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this camcorder. The maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to this video camera range from 16mm to 1,900mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 1,100mm.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

At only 2.7 inches, the Zoom Q8 has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this camcorder. The average display diagonal of comparable spec camcorders that were released one year ago is 2.9", and the display diagonals range from 0.24" to 3.5".

There are a number of other 2.7" screen size camcorders currently available that you might want to look at including the Sony HDR-PJ410 which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a video camera with a larger display diagonal then you might want to consider the HC-V380EB-K (3"), or the HC-W580EB-K (3") both from Panasonic or the Sony HDR-CX450 ($393.40) (3") which is also higher rated.

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

This video camera was released in April 2017.


Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

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

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers zoom 900000160760, zoom 100252780, zoom mpnzrcq8, zoom 303632, zoom 378500, zoom aj38ek, zoom zrcq8, zoom q8ge, zoom zoom
Barcodes 00000100252780, 00884354014759, 04515260014682, 04515260014699, 04515260014743

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