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Zoom Q4 Camcorder

£199.99
3MP 1/3 167g Nov 2014
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Expert reviews are good
Does not have a good autofocus
Not good value for money
26 Reviews
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Not Good Value for Money

Four owners wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was not good value for money. Website Bhphotovideo.com said “And the Remote is cheap to the feel.” however they still scored the Zoom Q4 4 stars out of 5. They also wrote “The remote is cheap and there is a delay between selected functions” in their review. And also mentioned “No big deal though as it comes back on”.


Reviews

Expert Reviews Are Good

This small total megapixels video camera received a score of 80 out of 100 from video camera expert review website CNET.de. This puts this Zoom video camera in the bottom 84% of all the video cameras of a comparable type and age when ranked by average expert review score.

Good User Reviews

Based on 24 user reviews this Zoom camcorder has an average user rating of 80%. Over 75% of reviewers gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars and 86% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Zoom Has Good Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Small total megapixels video cameras produced by Zoom have good reviews on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just small total megapixels video cameras) and found that Zoom also has good reviews across its entire range. 76% of those that bought a Zoom camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Power

Does Not Have a Good Battery Life

Two owners said in their reviews that the product did not have a good battery life. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Battery Only Lasts 3 Hrs” in their Zoom Q4 review although they still rated the product 4 stars out of 5. They also said “Short Battery Life” in their review.


Features

Good Features

Two customers said in their reviews that the Zoom Q4 had good features. Website Bhphotovideo.com rated this camcorder 4 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this camcorder “This is one of my favorite features”. Aliki mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “If you're looking for great zoom features though, this isn't your camera” in their review of this camcorder.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Two owners agreed that this camcorder was compact. Just a Simple Pro Musician and Av Tech gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this camcorder “It is the most compact and easy to use product”. Aliki wrote in their review of this camcorder on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Very compact and yet delivers big results”.

Very Light

Small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camcorder have weights of between 57g and 3.9kg, and the average weight is 450g. The Zoom Q4 is one of the lighter small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as this camcorder (only 167 grams) amongst video cameras of this age.

Video cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Panasonic HC-V270EB (216g and cheaper).

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Does Not Have a Good Autofocus

Four owners considered that this camcorder did not have a good autofocus. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their Zoom Q4 review “The drone fades out while you watch movies as your focus shifts”. They also said “Focusing is a bit of a chore” in their review. And also mentioned “The good news is once it's dialed in it's hard to knock it out of focus on acc”.

Four people thought the product did not have a good zoom. Website Bhphotovideo.com said “Not sharp, remote response slow, no zoom” in their review of this camcorder. They also wrote “Limited Zoom” in their review. Just a Simple Pro Musician and Av Tech mentioned “Biggest disappointment is zoom is not gradient - its step” in their review of this camcorder but despite that they rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Two people considered that this camcorder did not have a good lens. Website Bhphotovideo.com said “Focusing the lens can be a bit difficult because it's not easy to turn the dial.” .

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Good Viewfinder

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their Zoom Q4 review “Removable Viewfinder”. Fred Ginsburg Cas Phd said in his review of this camcorder “It has a flip out viewfinder that rotates front to back” .

Three owners said in their reviews that the product had a good screen. Website Bhphotovideo.com gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Works well with 120" Elite screen Amazingly”. Fitterfun Dave said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The screen is tiny and it takes a bit of time to place it correctly with only 2 settings for the viewing size”.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

This camcorder was released in November 2014.


Video

Very Fast Maximum Frame Rate

When compared to other comparable spec camcorders that are a similar age to this video camera that we have checked, the maximum frame rate of the Zoom Q4 of 60 frames per second is one of the fastest. The average maximum frame rate of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camcorder is 40fps, and the maximum frame rates range from 25fps to 60fps.

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Full HD

Full HD

The Zoom Q4 is Full HD. Most of the other camcorders of this age and type also are Full HD.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other Full HD camcorders currently available including cheaper video cameras such as the Panasonic HC-V270EB.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This video camera supports a video resolutions of 848 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders that came out more than two years ago.

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Storage

Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The smallest maximum memory card size of small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera is 8GB, the largest is 130GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 64GB. When compared to other small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to this video camera that we have checked, the maximum memory card size of the Zoom Q4 of 128 gigabytes is one of the largest.

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Battery

Average Battery Life (max)

At 3 hours, the Zoom Q4 has a pretty typical battery life (max) compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and type.

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Display

Quite Small Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this video camera range from 1.4" to 4.3". The display diagonal of the Zoom Q4 of only 2 inches is one of the smallest amongst small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this video camera.

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Image Sensor

Only 1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on video cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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3 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 3 megapixels sensor camcorder.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports HDMI

supports HDMI

The Zoom Q4 supports HDMI, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which support HDMI currently available which you might want to consider including the Panasonic HC-V270EB which is cheaper.

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Has a Microphone in

The Zoom Q4 has a microphone in, as do most of the other camcorders of a comparable type and age to this camcorder.

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Has a DC-In Jack

The Zoom Q4 has a DC-in jack, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to this video camera.

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Does Not Support PictBridge

The Zoom Q4 does not support PictBridge. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera also do not support PictBridge.

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Has a Headphone Outputs

The Zoom Q4 has a headphone outputs, as do most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to this camcorder.

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Audio

Quiet

Two people who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it was quiet. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Mine is pretty much silent” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Pete B. gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and he said in his review of the Zoom Q4 on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “It happened every now and again where the subject of the shoot was suddenly quiet”.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Zoom Q4 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other camcorders of a similar age and spec to this video camera also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Zoom Q4 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Networking

Does Not Feature Wi-Fi

The Zoom Q4 does not feature wi-Fi. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera do feature wi-Fi.

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Does Not Support Bluetooth

The Zoom Q4 does not support bluetooth. Most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this video camera also do not support bluetooth.

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Lens System

Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this video camera is 1,000mm. At only 22 millimeters, the Zoom Q4 has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for around the same time as this video camera.

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Very High Minimum Aperture Number

Video cameras of this type and age have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.1 and 3.1. The Zoom Q4 has a very high minimum aperture number (2.8) compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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Design

Good Looking

Two owners thought the Zoom Q4 was good looking. Three years ago website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Picture looks awesome 92" screen) when the room is totally dark and still pretty good with the lights on”. They also wrote “Pretty good picture” in their review.

Good Quality

Eight owners concluded that this camcorder was good quality. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Great Picture Quality” in their review of this camcorder and rated this camcorder 4 stars out of 5. Pete B. said “The video quality is nice”. John scored this camcorder 4 stars out of 5 and he wrote two years ago “Video and sound quality and solid for the price point”.

Easy to Use

Five people who purchased the product mentioned that it was easy to use. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Small, simple to use, nice at 100" in a dim basement” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. They also wrote “Small, easy to use” in their review. Ahconway said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Ergonomics are more suited to use on a tripod or other mount - not handheld as is” in their review of this camcorder and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5.

Five customers wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use the menus. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this camcorder three years ago “Tons of options for perfecting the image in the menu”. Jeffonbass mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “The auto settings are good for concert” in their review of this camcorder however despite that they scored it 3 stars out of 5. Three years ago Pete B. said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “And, 4) there are only two zoom settings”.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 04515260012848

Zoom Q4 Review Sources

To prepare this Zoom Q4 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 139,287 product attributes, 24,577 camcorder reviews and 2,150,700 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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