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Zoom Q4n Camcorder

3MP 1/3 178.6g CMOS Feb 2016
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With its 10 advanced lighting presets, the Q4n captures our highest-quality video ever from bright daylight to a low-lit club to striking sunset. And with Zoom's superb audio quality, the Q4n... More
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12 Reasons For

Zoom Has Good Video Camera Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Zoom camcorders and also specifically for Zoom small total megapixels video cameras and found that in both cases Zoom had good reviews compared to other manufacturers.

Quite Fast Maximum Frame Rate

The Zoom Q4n has one of the faster maximum frame rates (60 frames per second) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. The slowest maximum frame rate of video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Q4n is 35fps, the fastest is 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 48fps.

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£41.80 Price Drop

In the last 59 days the Q4n has dropped in price by £41.80.

Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

When compared to other camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Q4n, the Zoom Q4n's maximum memory card size of 128 gigabytes is one of the largest. The average maximum memory card size of newly released video cameras is 77GB, and the maximum memory card sizes range from 64GB to 130GB.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Zoom Q4n has an HDMI, as do most of the other recently released comparable spec video cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an HDMI currently available including the Canon Legria HF R706[plb_3903750_price], or the Panasonic HC-V180EB-K[plb_3986507_price] which is cheaper.

We compared all the other video cameras which also have an HDMI to this camcorder and we think the Panasonic HC-V380EB-K[plb_3986508_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Long Battery Life (max)

With a battery life (max) of 3 hours, the Zoom Q4n has one of the longer battery life (max)s amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age. Small total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the Q4n have battery life (max)s of between 1.2h and 7.2h, and the average battery life (max) is 3.1h.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Zoom Q4n supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SDHC compatible memory cards supported by most camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it. This Zoom camcorder also supports an SD compatible memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

An SDXC compatible memory cards is actually the best supported memory card type across all comparable spec camcorders that have been around for the last year.

Across comparable types of camcorder the worst supported memory card type is SD.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Has a Built-In Display

Like most of the other small total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the Q4n, the Zoom Q4n has a built-in display.

We compared this video camera to all the other video cameras with a built-in display and we think the Canon Legria HF R706[plb_3903750_price], and the Panasonic HC-V180EB-K[plb_3986507_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

It is worth considering alternative camcorders which also have a built-in display including the Panasonic HC-V380EB-K[plb_3986508_price].

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Very Light

Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Q4n the weights range from 170g to 4kg, and the average weight is 840g. With a weight of only 178.6 grams, the Zoom Q4n is fairly light compared to most of the other video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Q4n.

Video cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price] (240g).

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1080p Supported Video Modes

The Zoom Q4n has a 1080p supported video modes which is better than the 720p supported video modes found on most small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for the last year.

This camcorder's video mode (1080p) is in fact the best video mode across all camcorders that were launched in the last year.

A 720p supported video modes is the worst video mode across similar types of camcorder.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Zoom Q4n supports a higher video resolution than most small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. This video camera supports a 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions, whereas most latest camcorders support a 1280 x 720 pixels video resolutions.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for the last year.

The worst supported video resolution across similar types of video camera is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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Has Three Scene Modess

The Zoom Q4n has a greater number of scene modes than most small total megapixels video cameras that have been available for the last year. This Zoom video camera has a Sunset scene modes, which is the most frequently found scene modes found on recently released small total megapixels video cameras. The scene modess "Night" and "Party (indoor)" are also found on this video camera.

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14 Reasons Against

Very Small Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of small total megapixels video cameras that were launched in the last year is 970x, and the digital zooms range from 1.5x to 3,000x. The Zoom Q4n has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 1.5 times zoom factor) amongst small total megapixels video cameras of this age.

If this camcorder digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic HC-V180EB-K[plb_3986507_price] (500x and cheaper), or the Canon Legria HF R706[plb_3903750_price] (1,140x and cheaper).

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Not Full HD

The Zoom Q4n is not Full HD, although keep in mind that most of the other new camcorders are also not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Q4n, the Zoom Q4n does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Very Small Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of recently released comparable spec camcorders range from 2" to 8.8". With a display diagonal of only 2 inches, the Zoom Q4n has a fairly small display diagonal compared to most of the other new camcorders.

If you would prefer a camcorder with a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Panasonic HC-V180EB-K[plb_3986507_price] (2.7"), or the Canon Legria HF R706[plb_3903750_price] (3") which is also cheaper.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Q4n, the Zoom Q4n is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most small total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Q4n do not have a night mode. The Zoom Q4n is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have a night mode that you might want to consider including the Canon Legria HF R76[plb_3192649_price].

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Not Waterproof

Most camcorders that were released in the last 12 months are not waterproof. The Zoom Q4n is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been around for the last year, the Zoom Q4n does not have a built-in projector.

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Only Has One Cables Included

The number of included cables found on the Zoom Q4n is more than most recently released comparable spec camcorders. The most frequently found cables included is AC, but this cables included is not found on this video camera. The cables includeds Mini-USB are also found on this camcorder.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of small total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the Q4n range from 16mm to 1,900mm. The Zoom Q4n has a fairly short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 16.6 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec camcorders that were released around the same time as the Q4n.

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats Supporteds

The number of audio formats supported by the Zoom Q4n is more than most new video cameras. The most commonly supported audio formats supported is PCM, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Zoom camcorder. The audio formats supporteds AAC and WAV are also supported by this camcorder.

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Only 2304 X 1296 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Zoom Q4n has a maximum maximum image resolution of 2304 x 1296 pixels. That's 71% less maximum image resolution than the most common maximum image resolution of 3680 x 2760 pixels.

This video camera's maximum image resolution (2304 x 1296 pixels) is actually the worst maximum image resolution across all video cameras that were launched around the same time as the Q4n.

A 5440 x 3056 pixels maximum image resolution is the best maximum image resolution amongst comparable types of video camera.

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Very Small Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution

The Zoom Q4n has one of the smaller bitrate at maximum video resolutions (only 24 megabits per second) amongst comparable spec camcorders of this age. Across all the small total megapixels video cameras that were released in the last year the bitrate at maximum video resolutions range from 24 Mbit/s to 50 Mbit/s, and the average bitrate at maximum video resolution is 40 Mbit/s.

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Very Short Video Recording Time

The Zoom Q4n has one of the shorter video recording times (only 3 hours) amongst camcorders of this age. Across all the video cameras that were launched in the last 12 months the video recording times range from 2.8h to 61h.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Zoom Q4n

Released Twelve Months Ago

This Zoom video camera was released twelve months ago.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this video camera is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on small total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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1/3" 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 that were released around the same time as it. 4.80 x 3.60mm.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This video camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many video cameras that were released in the last year.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Wide Angle Lens System
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Webcam Capability
Design
Tripod Mountable
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Bitrate At Maximum Video Resolution
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Still Image
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Wind Filter
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Headphone Outputs
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Video Recording Time
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Battery Recharge Time
Charging Source
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Quick Start Guide
Cables Included
Lens Hood
Tripod Included
Other Features
USB Connectivity

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers zoom 378570, zoom 100270217, zoom 900000225503
Barcodes 00000100270217, 04515260015757

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