This “best in class” point-and-shoot features both full HD 1080p at 30 fps (frames per second) and 720p at 30 or 60 fps. A 4x digital zoom and a larger, redesigned aperture is paired with three lighting settings ensuring the perfect amount of light in every shot. Zoom’s exclusive “Concert Lighting” setting allows the camera to capture clear, detailed videos even in light intensive environments that would cause most camcorders to wash out.
The Q3HD uses the same microphone capsules as Zoom’s industry-leading H4n recorder, configured in a wide 120° X/Y pattern, for stereo recordings of unsurpassed quality and depth. Setting audio levels is easy using the onboard level meters and mic gain switch with auto gain control.
“To shoot a great movie you’ve got to have both great video and great audio," says Scott Goodman, President of Samson Technologies, U.S. distributor for Zoom. “Because the Zoom Q3HD is the only handheld video camera that allows users to do both, we believe it will revolutionize the way home movies are shot and set new industry standards for quality and usability.“
A new, icon-based user interface makes the Q3HD easy and intuitive. Turn it on its side to watch videos in 16:9 format on its color LCD screen. Or, use the built-in HDMI port to view on your HDTV. The Q3HD also has a built-in USB 2.0 cable to transfer, view and edit your movies on your PC or Mac.
The Q3HD comes with a 2GB SD card that gives you up to 45 minutes of HD video and accepts up to a 32GB SDHC card for up to 7 hours of HD video. Zoom also includes HandyShare editing software and two AA batteries. A Q3HD accessory package (APQ-3HD), that includes a soft shell case, windscreen, AC adapter, HDMI cable, AV cable and tripod, will be sold separately.
The Zoom Q3HD will go on sale this Fall and will be widely available at major retailers.