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Zoom Q8 Camcorder

3MP 1/3 260g CMOS Jan 2016
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The Q8 delivers that same great Zoom sound quality you ll find in all of our products, with support for high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz audio. It comes with a high-quality detachable X/Y microphone... More
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11 Reasons For

Average Owner Reviews

Based on 17 owner reviews this video camera has an average owner rating of 71%.

Fairly Fast Maximum Frame Rate

The slowest maximum frame rate of small total megapixels camcorders that have been available for more than a year is 35fps and the fastest is 60fps. With a maximum frame rate of 60 frames per second, the Zoom Q8 has a quite fast maximum frame rate compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that have been around for around the same time as the Q8.

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Zoom Camcorders Have Good Reviews

Zoom is one of the better rated video camera manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and owners, and Zoom also has good reviews for its small total megapixels camcorders.

Very Large Maximum Memory Card Size

The smallest maximum memory card size of similar spec camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to the Q8 is 64GB and the largest is 130GB. When compared to other comparable spec camcorders that were released one year ago that we have assessed, the maximum memory card size of the Zoom Q8 of 128 gigabytes is one of the largest.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

The Zoom Q8 has an HDMI. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec also have an HDMI.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative video cameras with an HDMI currently available including the HC-W570[pl_2749244_price], or the HC-V270[pl_2960127_price] both from Panasonic or the Sony HDR-CX625B[plb_3210426_price] which has better reviews.

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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 of a similar age and type to it. 4.80 x 3.60mm.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Zoom Q8 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SD compatible memory cards supported by most small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to it. In addition, this video camera supports an SDHC 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 amongst all camcorders of this age and spec.

The worst supported memory card type across similar types of video camera is SD.

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

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Has a Built-In Display

The Zoom Q8 has a built-in display. Most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to the Q8 also have a built-in display.

Other video cameras with a built-in display currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the HC-W570[pl_2749244_price], or the HC-V270[pl_2960127_price] both from Panasonic or the Sony HDR-CX625B[plb_3210426_price].

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This video camera has a 720p|1080p supported video modes, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable spec and age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camcorder supports a video resolutions of 848 x 480|1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many camcorders of a comparable type and age to it.

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LCD Display

This camcorder has an LCD display, which is typical of many video cameras of this age and spec.

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13 Reasons Against

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Zoom Q8 does not have an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to the Q8 which have an image stabilizer.

We think you might also be interested in other video cameras which also have an image stabilizer including the Panasonic HC-W570[plb_2749244_price], the Sony HDR-CX625B[plb_3210426_price], or the Canon Legria HF R78[plb_3192650_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Full HD

Most small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for more than a year are not Full HD. The Zoom Q8 is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

If you would prefer a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the JVC GZ-R310[plb_2860334_price], or the Panasonic HC-V380[plb_3189445_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The Zoom Q8 does not have an interchangeable lens, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched more than a year ago also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

When compared to other video cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Q8 that we have assessed the digital zoom of, the Zoom Q8's digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor is one of the smallest. The smallest digital zoom of camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Q8 is 4x and the biggest is 3,000x.

Camcorders with a bigger digital zoom that might also be worth considering include the HC-V380EB-K[pl_3986508_price] (3,000x), or the HC-W580EB-K[pl_3986509_price] (3,000x) both from Panasonic or the Sony HDR-CX625B[plb_3210426_price] (350x) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

The average display diagonal of camcorders of this spec and age is 3.1". With a display diagonal of only 2.7 inches, the Zoom Q8 has a very small display diagonal compared to most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Q8.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 2.7" screen size camcorders currently available including the Panasonic HC-V270[plb_2960127_price] which has better reviews.

Video cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth looking at include the HC-V380EB-K[pl_3986508_price] (3"), or the HC-W580EB-K[pl_3986509_price] (3") both from Panasonic or the Sony HDR-CX625B[plb_3210426_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

The Zoom Q8 is not 3D. Most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the Q8 are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Zoom Q8 does not have a night mode. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a comparable age to the Q8 also do not have a night mode.

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Not Waterproof

The Zoom Q8 is not waterproof. Most of the other small total megapixels camcorders that are a similar age to the Q8 are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Zoom Q8 does not have a built-in projector, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras that came out more than a year ago also do not have a built-in projector.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Zoom Q8 has a quite short maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) (only 35 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the Q8. The shortest maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of video cameras of a similar type and age to the Q8 is 35mm, the longest is 1,900mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 1,100mm.

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Quite Low Battery Capacity

Across all the small total megapixels camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Q8 the battery capacitys range from 980mAh to 5,200mAh, and the average battery capacity is 2,100mAh. With a battery capacity of only 1,700 milliampere * hour, the Zoom Q8 has a quite low battery capacity compared to most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Q8.

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Only Supports Two Audio Formats Supporteds

The Zoom Q8 has a greater number of audio formats than most video cameras of this spec and age. The most frequently supported audio formats supported is MP4, but this audio formats supported is not supported by this Zoom camcorder. The audio formats supporteds AAC and WAV are also supported by this video camera.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Zoom Q8

Released Over a Year Ago

This small total megapixels video camera has been on the market for over a year.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on video cameras of this age and type.

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Average Weight

At 260 grams, the Zoom Q8 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other video cameras of this age and spec.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on video cameras of this spec and age.

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
Design
LED Indicators
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Supported Video Modes
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Analog Signal Format System
Audio
Audio Formats Supported
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Mini-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Battery
Battery Voltage
Battery Capacity
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
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Width

Expert Reviews

22 June 2015

Zoom hat mit dem Q8 eine mögliche Marktlücke gefüllt. Zwar ist der Q8 weder für Action-Fans noch für Ferienfilmer ideal, doch gibt es, wie oben erwähnt, genügend Anwendungen, in denen ein...

User Reviews

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Reviewed 13 April 2015 by Paul
(Verified Purchase)

The stereo microphones work really well and can handle high DB SPL. The video however is not even useable. The compression is just awful. I assume a firmware should be able to fix this. The video... Read more…

Reviewed 21 July 2015 by Golf Smarter podcast
Golf Smarter podcast would recommend the Zoom Q8 (Verified Purchase)

I've used a Zoom H4 audio recorder for years (have a couple of them). It's durable, dependable and most importantly is one of the few portable digital recorders that offers XLR inputs for better... Read more…

Reviewed 27 July 2015 by Nick
(Verified Purchase)

It is a great little audio recorder but the video quality is bad! If you have anything better than a cell phone to record video it will do better than this. I us an Samsung NX1 and 2 Sony action... Read more…

Reviewed 8 July 2015 by Man the funny man
Man the funny man would recommend the Zoom Q8 (Verified Purchase)

I am a comedian and use it to tape myself and help me to see when I "kill em" and when I bomb...

Reviewed 26 May 2015 by Jim D
Jim D would recommend the Zoom Q8

The unit is brilliant in concept: A recorder with GoPro video quality and Zoom audio recording capability in one unit. I purchased one and just returned from a week with it in Europe. It was used... Read more…

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