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The Zoom Q4 combines high-definition video with high-resolution audio. Compact and lightweight yet full-featured; the Q4 provides everything you need to shoot amazing videos with incredible sound. Tha... Read More

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The Zoom Q4 combines high-definition video with high-resolution audio. Compact and lightweight yet full-featured; the Q4 provides everything you need to shoot amazing videos with incredible sound. That means you'll never have to compromise on creativity. The Q4's ultra-compact size and portability make it ideal for conducting video interviews and capturing late-breaking news or documentary footage in the field, and its wide range of compatible mounts makes it easy to shoot from any angle. Use the Q4 to stream your performance, record on the road, or produce a high-quality demo. Capture live concerts, auditions and band rehearsals and use the optional guitar clamp accessory to provide unique points of view. Create detailed video lessons-the Q4 is perfect for showing fingerings, bowings and other playing techniques. Whatever your creative goal, the Q4 can help you achieve it.

Zoom products have long been among the gold standard for portable audio. The Q4 redefines the state of the art in portable video. Professional videographers understand that the sound is as important as the scene. It's not enough to capture the sound of the ocean; you have to be able to feel the water bubbling beneath your feet. The Q4 delivers exactly that kind of experience. Its unique blend of high-resolution 24-bit/96k audio with high-definition 1080p video means never having to compromise on quality.

The Q4's wide angle X/Y microphone incorporates two matched unidirectional elements-mics that are especially sensitive to signal coming from directly in front, and less sensitive to signal coming from behind or from the sides. The convenient placement of the mic enables the supplied the windscreen to be easily attached, allowing you to use the Q4 even on difficult outdoor shoots. In addition, a built-in low-cut filter can be used to reduce low-frequency noise, allowing you to capture great sound both indoors and outdoors.

The X/Y microphone is also designed to capture the natural ambience of a live concert and deliver lifelike sound with sharpness and definition. An optional guitar clamp lets viewers experience firsthand what it's like to be onstage.

The Q4's mic/line level input and multiple outputs (micro HDMI, mini USB, and line-level/headphone jack, with dedicated volume control) allow you to easily interconnect it with other audio and video equipment for enhanced functionality.
The Q4's LCD and built-in speaker allows instant monitoring of your recordings, but it also offers additional flexibility through its various connectors: a stereo 1/8" Mic/Line In jack, a stereo 1/8" Line In/Headphone jack, a mini-HDMI video output, and a USB port. Make use of a wide range of devices to boost your production capabilities: connect, stream, and share.

The Q4's versatile and flexible design challenges video creators to push themselves to the limit. Compatible with both standard tripod and GoPro mounts, the Q4 can go anywhere. Its wide-angle lens and choice of video formats and frame rates allow the Q4 to record sharp, detailed images in any situation, and its full-color LCD-which can be detached during shooting for portability and extended battery life-provides a clear preview of each moment you capture. The Q4 is also able to send digital data to DAWs or video editors such as iMovie, Final Cut Pro, or the included HandyShare software.

The Q4 doesn't just get good footage, it captures experiences. Use it to document the important events in your life such as weddings, anniversaries, and graduations-or use it for creative projects, giving your work the crisp, realistic quality it deserves.

The Q4 can act as a live web camera or USB microphone, making it as useful for reporting breaking news in the field as it is for personal blogs or conducting interviews. Use it handheld or mount it to any standard tripod or GoPro accessory for a wide range of interesting angles.

All you need to power the Q4 is the single supplied lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery, which can be recharged with the use of an optional AC adapter or by connecting the Q4 to your computer via USB. Battery life is approximately three hours when shooting video at 720p/30fps, or two hours when shooting high-definition 1080/30fps video, giving you the freedom to leave the studio behind and explore the world around you.

The Q4 records directly to SDXC cards up to 128GB in a variety of video and audio file formats, making it fully adaptable for your needs. The three HD settings provide maximum video quality while the two WVGA options can be used to conserve SD card space. The Q4 supports two audio file formats: WAV, up to 24-bit/96k, for uncompressed full fidelity sound, or AAC to conserve space.

  • High-quality wide angle lens with selectable viewing angles
  • Removable full-color LCD
  • Built-in stereo X/Y microphone
  • Recording Media Accepted: SD/SDHC/SDXC card (up to 128GB) - SD cards sold separately
  • Supports WVGA and HD video formats up to 1080x1920 pixels, 30/60 fps
  • Supports AAC and WAV audio formats up to 24-bit/96k
  • Flip screen function
  • Three imaging sense options for use in all lighting environments
  • Mic/Line-level input for connection to external microphones, portable recorders and personal music players
  • Three-position MIC GAIN switch with Auto-Gain control and Peak LED
  • Supplied hairy windscreen and low-cut filter for the elimination of low-frequency noise and rumble
  • Built-in speaker for fast monitoring
  • Line-level/headphone output with dedicated volume control
  • HDMI video output for connection to HDTVs, selectable between NTSC and PAL
  • USB interface for live streaming and data transfer to and from computer editing software
  • Compatible with USTREAM Producer, Flash live Media Encorder, Skype and other popular streaming applications
  • SDXC card reader function
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion battery (chargeable via USB or optional AC adapter)
  • Battery life of more than 2 hours
  • Supplied Accessories:
    Removable LCD Panel
    USB cable
    Rechargable lithium ion (Li-Ion) battery (BT-02)
    Hairy windscreen
    Hairy windscreen attachment screw
    User guide
    General Specifications
    Recording media: SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (up to 128 GB)
    Image sensor: 1/3-inch 3-megapixel CMOS sensor
    Lens: Fixed focal point (55cm - ˆž), F2.8,
    focal distance about 22 mm (35 mm equivalent)
    Video format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV)
    Video resolutions: HD 1080p/30fps, HD 720p/60fps, HD 720p/30fps,
    WVGA 60fps, WVGA 30fps
    Audio formats: WAV (16/24-bit quantization,
    44.1/48/96kHz sampling frequency)
    AAC (64 - 320kbps bit rate, 48kHz sampling frequency)
    Audio functions: Low-cut filter, Auto Gain (Concert/Solo/Meeting)
    Image functions: Angle of view adjustment,
    Scene selection (Auto/Concert Lighting/Night)
    Display: 2.0" full-color LCD (detachable)
    Built-in speaker: 400mW 8Î mono speaker
    Built-in mic: X/Y stereo format (120)
    Maximum sound pressure input: 130 dB SPL
    Input gain: +7db - +47dB
    Input connector: Combined line/mic stereo mini jack
    (can supply plug-in power)
    Input gain: +0db - +26dB
    Output connector: Combined line/headphones stereo mini jack
    Type D micro HDMI
    USB Mini B type
    Operation as mass storage: Class: USB 2.0 High Speed
    Operation as audio interface: Class: USB 1.0 Full Speed
    44.1kHz sampling rate, 16-bit
    Operation as webcam: WVGA/720p video size, 48kHz 16-bit audio
    Note: Operation as audio interface and mass storage supported with iPad
    Note: USB bus power supported
    Power supply: Lithium ion battery (BT-02)
    DC 4.2V maximum voltage,
    DC 3.7V nominal voltage,
    1050mAh capacity
    Battery recharging times:
    USB: About 3 hours
    AC adapter: About 2 hours 15 minutes
    Battery operation time: 3 hours (when recording 720p/30fps
    AC adapter: ZOOM AD-17, sold separately: DC 5V/1A
    Dimensions: Recorder: 106.4 (W) — 57.8 (H) — 30.4 (D) mm
    (with X/Y mic stored)
    LCD unit: 40.1 (W) — 48.4 (H) — 73.6 (D) mm
    Weight: Recorder: 167 g (without battery)
    LCD unit: 51 g

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ZoomQ4 Handy Video/Audio Recorder

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Very useful with great sound


from Philadelphia, PA


  • Sound quality is great


  • Not great in low light

Best Uses

  • Recording Loud Bands

Comments about Zoom Q4 Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

For a camera at this price point I couldn't be happier. I bought this camera specifically to document a very loud rock band. Of course with most consumer level cameras you try and do that and the sound is just a complete unintelligble mess. Using the meters on the LCD screen and the switches on the side of this camera, I could FINALLY get decent sound along with the video.

As far as the video capabilities, I've found with a good amount of light it takes decent video. I wouldn't use it for something though where the video is really important as once it gets on the darker side, things can get really grainy and hard to see no matter what the settings are (there were some past complaints about that and I did check my firmware but mine turned out to be up to date) It also lacks some finer points like a lot of zoom capabilities (ironic I know lol) etc. But if they added all of that the price would go way up and personally I don't really need that, it was intelligible sound with the video that I was after.

The extras I needed to buy were a tripod, an SDXC card, and a case. The card of course the bigger and faster you can get, the better. A case or some kind of protection is a must. This camera is very small and it's not built like a tank. You don't just throw this in your gig bag with all of your other junk. It needs protection.

All in all a great camera for what it costs. For me it does the job that it was bought to do very well, which was to record a loud rock band with both video and sound.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


great product


from Amite, Louisiana

Comments about Zoom Q4 Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

I was skeptical on this camera reading both the pros & cons but took the leap anyway. And I'm glad I did... I have been pleasantly surprised. Very simple to operate. Our rehearsal "Music Shack" isn't very well lit and we simply set the camera on a table & turn it on. The audio is very crisp and the video is much better than some reviews I had read. I have watched us on my hdtv via a $16 micro out to hdmi cable I got at Wal-Mart. I downloaded from the Q4 to my laptop then burned DVDs and downloaded online to Facebook & Google Plus so it's very easy to use.... I haven't used it at a gig. We do a good bit of outside parties as well as some indoor. But I am confident it can stand it's ground... The Q4 is small but seems well built. Easy to use.. it has done more than I have asked of it. ... A great investment for our band.

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Zoom took a step backwards


from San Diego California

Comments about Zoom Q4 Handy Video/Audio Recorder:

I currently own the Zoom Q2HD and absolutely LOVE IT! I was at NAMM 2014 and saw the new Zoom Q4 and immediately left the convention to buy it @ a Guitar center near by. I go to over 100 concerts/events a year and use my Zoom Q2HD to record for the artist and my FB page. I had an event to record that evening and was excited to try it out. To be on the safe side I used both the new Q4 & Q2HD side by side to compare it. when I got back to my hotel room to see the footage I was EXTREMELY disappointed. The video quality was very grainy. I tried all the different video settings. The footage from my Zoom Q2HD completely blew it out of the water set on automatic! The Q4 has a lot of great features that I was excited about but Unfortunately the poor video quality can not be overlooked. It only has 2 settings, normal fixed and 4x digital zoom (VERY poor quality). I do NOT recommend this product. If you like to shoot concerts, I highly recommend buying the Zoom Q2HD. The Video quality is Fantastic and the sound plays back like you were there! You can check out the quality on my YouTube channel Smooth Jazz Family. I hope this helps! E PS. Here's a sample video I shot using the Q2HD.

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