The Q3HD from ZOOM is a handheld camcorder that records audio and video in HD.

The Q3HD Handy Video Recorder takes Zoom’s renowned audio technology and combines it with 1080p HD video, for movies that look and sound so realistic, you’ll re-live every moment.

Ideal for live music, rehearsals and recitals, journalism, education, travel or sports, there’s never been a smaller HD camcorder that sounds as good as the Q3HD.

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.

“Our core customers are musicians and they crave great audio. With the Q3HD, they’ll get the audio quality they expect with exceptional 1080p HD video,” says Scott Goodman, President of Samson Technologies, the U.S. Distributor for Zoom. “We’re hoping these combined technologies will inspire them. It’ll be exciting to see and hear what they create.”

Using the popular video format of MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV), the Q3HD records audio in 16/24-bit WAV formats at 44.1/48/96kHz or AAC up to 320kbps.

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.

Originally posted 2011-10-04 17:03:14.