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Zoom Q-3

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TestDrive: Zoom Q3HD Video Recorder

21 December 2012
  • Excerpt: Samson decided to marry their expertise in affordable field recorders with portable, High-Definition video to deliver the Zoom Q3HD …
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How ‘Bout Some Audio With Yer Video

Gear Patrol
30 March 2011
  • Excerpt: Samson has been very successful in the audio-gear business – “so let’s take our knowledge of sound and make the foray into video,” cheered the engineers, as they hit on a eureka moment. And jump on the bandwagon they did, with the new Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder, which sports a pair of stereo condenser mics in an X/Y configuration for accurate aural imaging.
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Overall 7

Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder Review

18 March 2011
  • Conclusion: The Q3HD pairs decent image quality with uncommonly good audio. It’s easy to overlook this pocket shooter’s shortcomings once you hear the difference.
  • Pros: Strong audio quality. Includes audio in and out. Makes basic in-camera edits to free up space. Optionally records audio without video. HDMI and analog video outputs let you watch results on a TV immediately.
  • Cons: Lens distance is too tight for small rooms. Short battery life. Cheap body even includes plastic tripod-socket. Doesn’t mount as a live OS X audio (or video) device.
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Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder

Guitar World
27 August 2010
  • Conclusion: If audio is a priority, the Zoom Q3 is a very capable yet affordable video recorder that offers decent video with outstanding sound.
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Overall 6

Zoom Q3HD review

7 December 2010
  • Summary: Zoom are better known for manufacturing audio equipment than pocket camcorders, or indeed video equipment of any kind, so it is no surprise to find that sound quality has been top of their wish-list when designing this quirky looking beast. The most notable feature of the chunky, plastic case, is the large cage extension on top. This is home to two directional microphones, strategically placed in a 120º x-y formation to capture a wide separation stereo audio signal.
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Overall 10

Zoom Q3 review

13 November 2009
  • Summary: Coming out of leftfield, Zoom’s Q3 recorder is completely unlike other pocket camcorders: for a change high-quality sound is the primary objective. Zoom’s heritage is in audio, and it’s well known for guitar effects pedals, but the Q3 adds a healthy dose of video to the mix. Adequate video The VGA-resolution video (640x480) is a long way from the HD capabilities of the latest crop of handy-size cams but the colours are mainly accurate and you get smooth movement rather...
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Overall 8

Zoom Q3

11 October 2012
Overall 8

Test: Zoom Q3HD

11 October 2012
Overall 6

Zoom Q3HD

1 June 2011
  • Excerpt: Au premier regard, le Zoom ne donne pas envi : couleur terne, connectique apparente, et plastique peu élégant.  La connectique reste tout de même bien fournie. La présence du port HDMI permettant l’affichage des flux vidéo HD est appréciée. L’entrée Line in permet l’enregistrement de la source entrée et le branchement d’un microphone externe ce qui est plutôt pas mal.
  • Pros: simplicité d'utilisation, qualité du mode vidéo 1080p, mode de diffusion des enregistrements (TV HD, système audio indépendant...), qualité audio remarquable, sensibilité des micros, réglages disponibles, possibilité d'engistrer de l'audio uniquement
  • Cons: design, connecteur USB trop court, qualité vidéo en 720p et WVGA, bundle assez pauvre (peu de câble fourni), prix
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Expert Review

19 October 2010
  • Excerpt: Das will der Soundspezialist Zoom, bekannt für Audio- und Musik-Zubehör, ändern. Der Pocket-Camcorder Q3HD nimmt High-Definition-Audio mit bis zu 24 Bit Auflösung und 96 Kilohertz Abtastrate auf. Den Stereo-Ton können Sie unkomprimiert auf SD-HC-Karte speichern. Zwei Mikrofonkapseln im futuristisch wirkenden Oberteil des Pocket-Camcorder fangen den Ton ein. Die beiden Kondensator-Mikrofone sind in X/Y-Konfiguration angeordnet.
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