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Zoom Q3 Handy Audio/ Video Recorder

Discontinued

Samson Q3 - Handy Video Recorder

Sound makes the movie.

Anyone who's ever experienced a film with great audio knows how vital sound is to the movie. The Q3 Handy Video Recorder brings our renowned audio technology to the camcorder, making it the best sounding video camcorder you've ever heard.

Brilliant Stereo Recording...Now on your videos.

The Q3 uses the same microphone capsules as our industry-leading H4n Handy Recorder and is perfect for recording anything where great audio and video are a must. From live musical performances and rehearsals, interviews, conferences to video podcasts, journalism, education, recitals, weddings or sports, the Q3's pristine audio quality takes your videos to another level. Designed with everything you need to make your movies right out of the box, the Q3 includes HandyShare software for editing, and a 2GB SD card for up to 1 hour of video recording time. And the Q3 will also accept up to 32GB SDHC cards for a staggering 16 hours of moviemaking!

Cutting room and distribution included...

When your shoot is complete, the Q3's cleverly designed USB cable lets you upload your movies to your computer. Then use HandyShare to edit and share them on your favorite websites including YouTube, Facebook and MySpace. Or, plug in the included TV cable and watch your videos on television. With its high-quality, MPEG-4 SP video format at 30 frames per second, the Q3 renders crystal-clear video at 640 x 480 resolution. And the Q3's large, 2.4" LCD screen with a resolution of 320 x 240 makes viewing easy on the go. Its display also includes audio meters so you can quickly set and monitor your levels as you shoot.

True Stereo Sound

The Q3 has two condenser mics on-board, engineered in the same X/Y pattern that gives recording pros the best stereo recording possible. Arranged with the right and left mics on the same axis, this design ensures that the mics are always an equal distance from the sound source for perfect localization without phase shifting. The result is a great sounding recording with natural depth and highly accurate stereo imaging every time... all at the touch of a button.

Get Closer to the Action

The Q3's X/Y microphones are directional, so you can "focus" the mics on your sound source like an "audio zoom" function. Use the onboard audio meters to set the gain to Low, High or Auto so you can record in very loud or very soft environments. Or use the Q3's Auto Record Level function to automatically set the appropriate recording levels for the situation! Shoot your video with the confidence that the Q3 is capturing great audio at the absolute best level possible.

Sound Matters on YouTube

With the Q3, all your videos will sound like they were recorded in a professional studio. Ideal for shooting any kind of musical performance from jazz to classical to metal, solo to orchestral, the Q3 will make it fun and easy to shoot your music videos anywhere, anytime.

The Q3 also makes it easy to share your videos with your friends on YouTube. Simply plug the Q3 into your computer, launch the onboard HandyShare software and select the videos you want to put on the web. And if your vision needs a few edits, you can use HandyShare to cut your movie before you share it with the world.

Reduce the Learning Curve

To play music better, seeing your performance can be almost as important as hearing yourself. With the Q3, you get both capabilities. Music educators and students alike will find a plethora of applications for the Q3 from the classroom to the practice room. Ideal for recording auditions or making video lessons available to students, the Q3's amazing stereo recording will capture every nuance while the video rolls.

Dress Up Your Videography

The Q3 makes an excellent accessory for anyone who does videography as a full-time occupation or as a hobby. Imagine being able to use the Q3 for individualized video shoots of the bride and groom before a wedding. Or give a Q3 to everyone in the wedding party for personalized video clips. Capture the wedding music with ease. The possibilities are truly endless. And with pristine, focused audio, you'll never miss a moment, even in a noisy environment.

Make Your Own Sports Center

Have great seats? Every crack of the bat, swing of the club or bone-crunching tackle can be captured with amazing clarity... especially when you're close to the action. Capture the sights and sounds of the game from the little leagues to the big leagues.

Go Blogging Heads

It's never been more important for journalists and bloggers to be versatile in the field. Shoot "on the scene" video, edit and upload with ease, all with broadcast-ready audio. And because the Q3 has a standard tripod mount, you can put it just about anywhere for the perfect shot in any environment. The Q3 puts a little bit of video and a whole lot of audio together in one quick and easy to use camcorder that lets you produce great movies on the go!

Included Accessories

Windscreen, Carry Pouch, 2GB SD Card, AV cable & two AA Batteries.

Features:

  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones with X/Y configuration for true stereo imaging
  • Get up to 1 hour of video with bundled 2GB SD card
  • Accepts up to a 32GB SDHC card for 16 hours of recording time
  • Large 2.4" LCD display with a resolution of 320 x 240
  • Video resolution of 640 x 480 at 30 frames/sec
  • Video Format: MPEG-4 SP
  • NTSC / PAL TV output
  • Optics Lens Type: Fixed Focus (0.8m to infinity)
  • Audio formats with video include 44.1/48kHz 16/24-bit Linear PCM WAV or MP3 up to 320kbps
  • Audio only formats include 96kHz 16/24-bit Linear PCM WAV
  • Auto Record Level automatically adjusts audio levels during recordings
  • Uses two standard AA batteries or NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • USB 2.0 with built-in cable
  • Windows and Mac OS compatible
  • Built-in speaker and tripod mount
  • Includes on-board editing software, YouTube uploader software, Apple Quicktime, TV cable, softcase, windscreen, 2GB SD card, two AA Batteries

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Zoom Q3 Handy Audio/ Video Recorder
 
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4.0

EVEN DOES AUDIO!!!

By DJ DragonSkratch

from Aurora, IN

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Needs more zoom
  • Not high definition video
  • Poor video low light

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances

Comments about Zoom Q3 Handy Audio/ Video Recorder:

Has OUTSTANDING audio recording ability but video is much to be desired since it isn't high definition. Cool thing about it is that it also does stand alone audio recordings so you dont have to always use it for a/v recordings. PLUS as a bonus you can use the included software to strip the audio from the video as you save it to your pc.

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4.0

Samson Q3 Delivers

By Spiritual Leader Dave

from St. Joseph, MI

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Low Distortion
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Interviews
    • Performances

    Comments about Zoom Q3 Handy Audio/ Video Recorder:

    The Q3 is a great, easy to use camera for any setting where sound and fit in your pocket size are important. I did some interviews in a noisy restaurant and the sound was perfect. Easy to download the recordings to my Apple using the built in USB cable. It also has a wind screen for outdoor use. The video quality is good but remember this is a pocket camera so the zoom ability is limited. Also be sure your subject is well lit. An excellent bang for your buck.

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    • Q:

      I have the zoom recorder, but I am have very poor
      recording of some of our Live performances in Clubs who lighting bad. I read that the newer models have lighting adjustment. Is there a upgrade package for mine.
      Asked on 7/12/2010 by Anonymous

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        A:

        Please contact PSSL for more information.

        Answered on 7/15/2010 by OD from CYPRESS
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      how to upload from the zoom q3 using the non standard memory card.....its a joke !!!
      Asked on 1/31/2010 by Anonymous

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        A:

        This is how zoom designed this specific recorder, you must use
        a standard memory card.

        Answered on 2/2/2010 by Stephen from PSSL from Cypress, CA
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