Zoom Q4 Handy Video Recorder, Full HD 1080p/30 Video, 2.0" LCD Screen, Built-In X/Y Mic, Outboard Audio Controls

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About Zoom Q4

The Zoom Q4 Handy Video Recorder combines Full HD 1080p video with Zoom's high-quality audio capture technology. Designed with musicians in mind, the Q4 features a pop-up 120deg. X/Y condenser microphone that lets you capture live studio performances, concerts, or videos of yourself playing with studio-quality sound. The Q4 also features a detachable flip-out 2.0" LCD screen unit, a lens with a wide 130deg. viewing angle and outboard audio controls for quick access to settings such as gain, monitor volume and low cut filter.

The Q4 captures HD video at 1080p/30, 720p/60, or 720p/30 to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards up to 128GB in size. It can also record WVGA video at 60 or 30fps. A micro HDMI port allows you to connect the camcorder to your HDTV to watch your footage. When it comes to recording audio, the Q4 provides a lot of options. When highest-quality audio is needed, you can record using 16 or 24-bit uncompressed WAV formats at 96, 48, or 44.1kHz. When audio quality isn't as important and you want to save space on your SD card, you can choose to record audio using the compressed AAC format with bit rates from 64 to 320kbps.

The Q4 provides an external stereo input jack with plug-in power for connecting external microphones and other audio devices and a headphones/line output jack for listening to your audio. A USB port allows the Q4 to be connected to your computer or to an iPad using an optional iPad camera connection kit. This lets you transfer files and use the camcorder as a webcam for streaming audio and video. The USB port also provides power for charging the lithium-ion battery. An optional AC adapter is also available, sold separately. The Zoom Q4 comes included with the a lithium-ion battery that provides up to 3 hours of record time, a hairy windscreen and attachment screw and a USB cable.

Zoom Q4 Features

  • Full HD 1080p Recording: The Q4 captures video using the H.264 video codec and offers Full HD 1920x1080 video at 30fps, as well as 720p video at 30 or 60fps. In addition, you can also choose to record standard definition WVGA formats at 30 or 60fps when smaller file sizes are needed
  • 2.0" Detachable LCD Screen Unit: The 2.0" LCD screen can be rotated to be viewed from a variety of angles. When the screen is positioned to face the front of the camera, the image rotates so it is right side up. This is useful when recording videos of yourself playing
  • Microphone: The wide 120deg. pop-up X/Y condenser microphone give you professional-quality audio, making the Zoom Q4 ideal for shooting any kind of musical performance and sharing it with the world. It features a maximum sound pressure input of 130 dB SPL & an input gain of +7 to +47 dB
  • Outboard Audio Controls: Outboard audio controls let you quickly adjust and fine-tune your audio settings. Select between Auto and Manual Gain control, enable the low cut filter and adjust volume
  • Use as a Webcam: Connect the Q4 to your computer via a USB cable to use it as a high-quality video and audio streaming webcam. The recorder can simultaneously transmit video of up to 720p and 48kHz/16-bit quality PCM audio to the computer
  • Combo Line In / Stereo Input Jack: Use an external microphone or audio equipment by connecting them to the external stereo input jack. The jack can be activated to provide plug-in power to external microphones
  • Choosing "Auto" will give you the best, clearest results, as it adjusts lighting conditions automatically. "Concert Lighting" is better suited for live shows, concerts and other situations with bright lights. Choose "Night" for maximizing results when recording at night or in dark environments
  • Digital Zoom takes angle-of-view from 130deg. to 95%deg;
  • Combo line-in/stereo mic input jack for using external microphones
  • Combo headphones/line output jack
  • Built-in 400mW speaker
  • iPad support for using Q4 as audio interface and mass storage
  • HDMI output is NTSC/PAL switchable for multi-region viewing
  • 1/4" tripod mounting hole
  • Hairy windscreen with attachment screw

Zoom Q4 Specifications

3 Megapixel 1/3" CMOS
35mm Equivalent Focal Length
Maximum Aperture
Fixed Focus
Focusing Distance
21.7" / 55.0 cm - Infinity
Angle of View
Recording Media
Video Format: High Definition
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps
1280 x 720p / 60 fps
1280 x 720p / 30 fps
Video Format: Standard Definition
848 x 480 / 60 fps
848 x 480 / 30 fps
Aspect Ratio
Microphone Recording Angle
Audio Format
Sampling Frequency
AAC: 48.0 kHz
WAV: 96.0 kHz
WAV: 48.0 kHz
WAV: 44.1 kHz
Bit Rate
AAC: 320.0 kbps
AAC: 256.0 kbps
AAC: 192.0 kbps
AAC: 128.0 kbps
AAC: 64.0 kbps
Display Type
Screen Size
Scene Modes
Preset: Yes
Built-in Mic
Built-in Speaker
Accessory Shoe
Tripod Mount
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Input (Jack) combined line/mic (can supply plug-in power)
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Output (Jack) combined line/headphone
1x HDMI D (Micro)
1x USB Mini-B
Microphone Input
Headphone Jack
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7-4.2VDC, 1050mAh
Providing up to 3 Hours per Charge
Charging Method
AC Adapter
Charging Time
3 hours
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.2 x 2.3 x 1.2" / 106.68 x 58.42 x 30.48mm Recorder, without battery
1.6 x 1.9 x 2.9" / 40.64 x 48.26 x 73.66 mm LCD unit
5.89 oz / 166.97g Recorder, without battery
1.80 oz / 51.02 g LCD unit

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Shopper  How long is the battery life in HD mode?
CONNOR S  About an hour or so of recording time.
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