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.