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Zoom Q3HD

alaTest has collected and analyzed 251 reviews of Zoom Q3HD. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Opinions about the price and image quality are on the whole positive. The zoom and portability also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the viewfinder and reliability. Reviews are divided on the color.

usability, portability, zoom, image quality, price

battery, reliability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Zoom Q3HD is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Zoom Q3HD

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Zoom Q3HD from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the durability. The image quality also gets good views. The design and reliability get critical opinions.

usability, image quality, durability

reliability, design

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: ZOOM Q3 Mt recorders Portable - stereo

May, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Zoom Q3HD

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 190 user reviews of Zoom Q3HD from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the image quality and price. The zoom and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and reliability, while there are some mixed comments about the color and durability.

usability, portability, zoom, price, image quality

battery, reliability, viewfinder

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder (Metal Blue)Samson Technologies 1080p Handy Camcorder - Q3HDZoom Q3 Video Recorder Handy Recorder Kit

May, 2015

Expert review by: Zack Stern (maclife.com)

Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder Review

 

Q3HD Handy Video Recorder

Strong audio quality. Includes audio in and out. Makes basic in-camera edits to free up space. Optionally records audio without video. HDMI and analog video outputs let you watch results on a TV immediately

Lens distance is too tight for small rooms. Short battery life. Cheap body even includes plastic tripod-socket. Doesn't mount as a live OS X audio (or video) device

Mar, 2011
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Expert review by: Daniel Dumas (wired.com)

Fetish: Mini Camcorder Boasts Serious Audio Cred

 

The rise of tiny, easy-to-use video cameras like the Flip has been a boon to wannabe Soderberghs. But the sparkly hi-def video is accompanied by lo-fi audio

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Christen da Costa (gadgetreview.com)

Zoom Q3HD Camcorder Review

 

Pros: Amazing audio quality for a camcorder Lightweight Easy to use and records full HD video Cons: Build feels a bit cheap Doesn't include rechargeable batteries Screen is unremarkable With the proliferation of smartphone video cameras, most now...

Amazing audio quality for a camcorder ; Lightweight ; Easy to use and records full HD video

Build feels a bit cheap ; Doesn't include rechargeable batteries ; Screen is unremarkable

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Stuff magazine

 

This quirky looking pocket cam delivers outstanding audio quality. But does it have the HD video performance to match?

Easily the best around for capturing audio, but the 1080p video doesn't impress

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Stuff.tv (stuff.tv)

Zoom Q3 review

 

Coming out of leftfield, Zoom's Q3 recorder is completely unlike other pocket camcorders: for a change high-quality sound is the primary objective. Zoom's heritage is in audio, and it's well known for guitar effects pedals, but the Q3 adds a healthy...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Greta (gaj-it.com)

Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder: Designed with Musicians in Mind

 

Zoom's Q3HD provides 1080p and 720p HD video to go with the Zoom's remarkable audio capture technology. Designed with musicians in mind, the Q3HD lets you record future-friendly video to go along with a studio-sound courtesy the two condenser mics....

Dec, 2010

Consumer review by: (cnet.com)

Zoom Q3

 

The bottom line is, with the external line-in/mic jack this would be a sure buy. They probably cut the feature so as to not compete with their other audio only recorders. The video quality being only average doesn't help. As is, 3 stars.

The H4n has reasonably great sound quality for the price. Since I use this for band practices and friends bands, this is a huge plus

No external mic jack is a dealbreaker, period. You'll never record a soundboard feed of your band, and you'll never be able to step up to a better microphone (especially one placed in a better location)

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: (cnet.com)

Zoom Q3

 

If you are a musician like me and you want to record your rehearsals, gigs etc in excellent sound quality, Go for it!

Superb soundquality

Image quality could be improved

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: (cnet.com)

Zoom Q3

 

Bottom line, it works for my wife's needs. She's a singer and needs the audio feedback when reviewing her lessons and practices more than the video. The video is definitly a plus. If there was another company out there i would consider them, but as of...

Bought the Q3 for my wife for her voice lessons. It's an improvement over the Zoom H2 for us. The video feedback on top of the great voice recordings are a plus. The auto gain feature is ok (i think it's better than the H2)

A little big. Lacking on some features that the H2 has. only has low, high, and auto gain (no mid). Not 720p

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: (cnet.com)

Zoom Q3

 

May serve a music teacher's needs for a year or two (but at a fairly steep price). Most would do better to stick with their Zoom H2 or H4n along with their old Flip or comparable videocam. Wait for a device combining even better audio with HD and a...

Possibly useful for music instructors, musicians who want to watch themselves practice, and youtube compulsives

Youtube is moving to hi def, many buyers already have a good videocam (even a Canon Elf has HD video capability), and many have a Zoom H2. This model duplicates existing equipment, is not state of the art, and will soon be outdated

Jan, 2009

Product Specifications

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser: No
Sensor Size:1/3.2''

Connectivity

Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: Yes
HDMI PORT: Yes
Type of SD Card Interface :SD Card / SD HC Card
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Format:Memory Card
Handheld Position:CHOCOLATEBAR
Product Type:Pocket Camcorder
Resolution:High Definition / Standard Definition
Type:Pocket Camcorder

Recording

Face Detection Mode: No
Recording Format:4:3
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