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Zoom Q4

alaTest has collected and analyzed 96 reviews of Zoom Q4. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the size and price are generally positive. The portability and zoom are also appreciated. Opinions about the viewfinder and reliability are different, and there are some critical views about the durability.

usability, zoom, portability, price, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Zoom Q4 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Solid Audio


So far, I've found the Zoom Q4 to be suitable, but not entirely what I expected. For starters, it is much smaller than it seems pictured online. Also, while the video quality is advertised as HD 1080p I have felt like it leaves something to be desired....

Feb, 2016

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Q4 handy video by Zoom


I am a Musician ,playing 52 years. I wanted something to review my performances ,so that i may improve them .Looking at all products available ,I thought that this would be good enough for my application. That being said , I was not prepared for the...

Jan, 2016

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Jan, 2016

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Terrible camcorder


I have a Panasonic HX-DC3 which I love and I wanted a replacement but with better sound. Q4 video is much worse than the Panasonic, the picture inside always has a fuzzy haze over it. The highest quality level sound requires its own codec that I cannot...

Oct, 2015

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very small and lightweight


This is my first video camera so it is easy to understand. It's very small so it is easy to take anywhere. Very good sound.

Aug, 2015

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Handy indeed


Very compact and yet delivers big results. Great audio and video quality, easy to navigate. Overall a great product for what I use it for. If you're looking for great zoom features though, this isn't your camera.

Jul, 2015

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Cheap and good for kids, miss a zoom option though


Video and sound quality and solid for the price point. In hindsight I'm not sure why a zoom function wasn't included. Ironic with the company name.

Jul, 2015

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This camera did not suit my purposes. The screen is too small and the menus sparse and confusing. The articulated microphone is great and works really well but the video quality suffers. Will not work while plugged in so you are stuck with the charge...

Jul, 2015

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good product and price for simple jobs


I am a Professional AV tech. I work with Panasonic P2s, Sony X3 and X1 and sim. equip. I purchased for my church to record services to post. With a simple video editing prog, it works well for that purpose. Small, 3hrs battery life, good video quality...

Mar, 2015

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Zoom Q4 is a Great Product


I purchased the Zoom Q4 as an upgrade of the Q3, which I have owned for the past two years. It is used primarily to record gigs and practice sessions of my son's heavy metal rock band. The Q4 provides outstanding audio recordings of the band playing at...

Jan, 2015

Product Specifications


Audio formats supported:AAC, WAV
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


Battery Capacity:1050
Battery life (max):3
Battery performance:1050
Battery recharge time:3
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BT-02
Battery voltage:4.2


Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
GPS (satellite):N


Color of product:Black
LED Indicators: Yes


Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:2


Normal focusing range:0.55 - ∞

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 3
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:3

Lens System

Image Stabilizer: No
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.866
Minimum aperture number:2.8

Light Exposure

Scene modes:Night


Bluetooth: No
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Wi-Fi: No

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Microphone in: Yes
Mini-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
PictBridge: No
S-Video out: No


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Disc types supported: No
Maximum memory card size:128
Memory slots:1

Technical Details

Charging indicator: Yes
Sample frequencies:44.1, 48, 96kHz
User guide: Yes


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:60
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:720p, 1080p
Video compression format:AVC, H.264, MOV, MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVC,H.264,MOV,MPEG4
Video Resolutions:848 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions