XY Stereo Microphones
Sound makes the movie.
Power Switch
5M pixels CMOS Lens
LINE Input Jack
SD / SDHC Card Slot
2.4-inch QVGA LCD Screen
LINE Output Jack
Play Key
DC5V Jack
Menu Key
TV Output Jack
Battery Cover
Delete Key
HDMI Output Jack
Transport Keys
USB2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Reference Speaker
Maximum Recordable Time
Recording Media
SD/SDHC card (up to 32GB) *Class 4 or higher recommended.
Imaging Device
1/3.2 - inch 5M pixels CMOS sensor
Optics Lens
Fixed Focus (1.0m to infinity), F2.8
Movie Mode
Video Format
MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 (MOV)
Video Resolution
HD1080p 30fps, HD720p 60fps, HD720p 30fps, WVGA 60fps, WVGA 30fps
Audio Format
PCM (Quantization : 16 / 24bit, Sampling Frequency : 44.1 / 48 / 96kHz)
AAC (Bit Rate : 48 to 320kbps, Sampling Frequency : 48kHz)
Sound Functions
Lo-cut filter, Auto REC level
Video Functions
4x digital zoom, Scene select, Divide, Trim
2.4-inch full color LCD (QVGA)
Built-in Mic
Unidirectional, 120-degree X/Y stereo
Maximum Sound Pressure Level: 130dB SPL
Built-in Speaker
Monaural, 400mW 8Ω
LINE IN (1/8" Stereo phone jack)
Mini-HDMI (Type C)
TV OUT (NTSC / PAL compatible)
LINE/PHONES OUT (1/8" Stereo phone jack)
USB2.0 High speed compatible, Mass storage class operation
2 x AA batteries (LR6 or Ni-MH)
Power Requirements
AC adapter(AD-14): DC5V/1A/center positive
Battery Life
2 hours (Movie mode), 4 hours (Audio mode)
51(W) x 132.9(D) x 23(H) mm
105g (without batteries)
SD memory card (2GB), 2 x AA/LR6 batteries (for testing the unit)
SD/SDHC Card Capacity
Data Format
PCM 24bit / 96kHz
PCM 16bit / 44.1kHz
AAC 192kbps
PCM 24bit / 96kHz
PCM 16bit / 44.1kHz
AAC 192kbps
PCM 24bit / 96kHz
PCM 16bit / 44.1kHz
AAC 192kbps
PCM 24bit / 96kHz
PCM 16bit / 44.1kHz
AAC 192kbps
PCM 24bit / 96kHz
PCM 16bit / 44.1kHz
AAC 192kbps
1h 3m
1h 1 1m
1h 26m
1h 1 1m
1h 26m
1h 1m
1h 38m
2h 7m
1h 13m
1h 33m
1h 44m
1h 18m
1h 42m
1h 56m
1h 40m
2h 23m
2h 52m
1h 40m
2h 23m
2h 52m
2h 3m
3h 17m
4h 14m
2h 26m
3h 6m
3h 29m
2h 36m
3h 24m
3h 52m
3h 21m
4h 47m
5h 44m
3h 21m
4h 47m
5h 44m
4h 7m
6h 34m
8h 28m
4h 52m
6h 13m
6h 58m
5h 13m
6h 49m
7h 44m
6h 42m
9h 35m
11h 29m
6h 42m
9h 35m
11h 29m
8h 15m
13h 8m
16h 57m
*The maximum file size is limited to 4GB. *Actual times may differ according to recording conditions.
Audio Mode
Data Format
24bit / 96kHz
16bit / 44.1kHz
SD/SDHC Card Capacity
3h 8m
13h 53m
34h 43m
1h 55m
6h 17m
27h 46m
69h 26m
3h 51m
12h 35m
55h 33m
138h 53m
7h 42m
25h 1 1m
111h 6m
277h 46m
15h 25m
50h 23m
222h 13m
555h 33m
*The maximum file size is limited to 2 GB when PCM is selected and 4 GB when AAC is selected.
*Recording times are approximations.
System requirements for HandyShare software:
Windows XP 32bit (SP2 or later)
Windows Vista 32bit / 64bit (SP1 or later)
Windows 7 32bit / 64bit
Intel Pentium4 1.4GHz / AMD Athlon 64 or faster
512MB RAM (1GB or more recommended)
Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later / 10.5 / 10.6
Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster (Intel Mac only)
512MB RAM (1GB or more recommended)
*USB 1.1 / 2.0 compatible port and Screen Resolution 1024 x 600 pixels or more are required.
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TEL: +81-3-5297-1040 FAX: +81-3-5297-1009 E-mail: info@zoom.co.jp
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and Windows 7 are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. •Mac, Macintosh, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, iPad, QuickTime
and the QuickTime logo are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. •The SD and SDHC logos are trademarks. •All screen images
are simulated. •Unauthorized recording of concerts, lectures and other public performances is prohibited by law. •All other
trademarks, product names, and company names mentioned in this documentation are the property of their respective
owners. •All features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
October 2010 Printed in China.
SPEAKER/Bowers & Wilkins XT8
Zoom brought unrivaled HD audio to your movies with the Q3 Handy Video
Recorder. Now, with the Q3HD, there’s only one handheld camcorder that
does it all in 1080p. The Q3HD Handy Video Recorder takes Zoom’s
renowned audio technology and combines it with HD video, allowing you to
capture every moment with stunning clarity and resolution.
Shoot HD video in
brilliant stereo.
Use HandyShare to edit
movies on your computer.
Publish to your favorite
websites or watch
on your HDTV.
Brilliant stereo recording...
Now with HD video.
“Three-dimensional” stereo sound brings your videos to life
With two studio-quality condenser microphones
configured in a wide 120° X/Y pattern, your Q3HD can
capture even the loudest live concerts in HD with
incredibly clear audio. Time lags generated by differences
in distances from sound sources are eliminated by
aligning the left and right recording positions on the
same axis. In addition to left-right stereo width, a sense
of depth from front to back
is also captured faithfully,
allowing your recordings to
sound three-dimensional.
Stereo sound with outstanding
depth and clarity
1920 x 1080 full high-definition video
Full HD
Your HD Videos are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, which
can be played on a computer using QuickTime player. The Q3HD can
record video in full HD at 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, allowing you to
enjoy your finely-detailed audio and video on your large HDTV. You can also select 720p
HD for longer recordings, as well as SD formats when smaller file sizes are needed.
Easy file transfer using the built-in USB cable
A USB cable is conveniently built into the unit, allowing the
■ 24-bit/96kHz linear PCM sound
■ 4x digital zoom
■ It’s also an audio recorder
The rich stereo sound captured by the X/Y mic pair can be
The 4x digital zoom allows you to shoot both distant landscapes and close-ups
The Q3HD can also be used as an audio recorder to record just sound.
recorded to linear PCM WAV files. When taking full
of people. You can capture your main subject even when it’s far away.
In addition to being able to record 24-bit/96kHz WAV files that far exceed
high-definition 1080p video, high-quality sound with resolution
CD-quality, the unit can also record AAC (m4a format) files that have smaller
of up to 24-bit/96kHz can also be recorded. In addition to
sizes. The Q3HD also features an internal reference speaker so you can check
being able to switch between “Low” and “High” gain levels,
recordings without earphones.
the “Auto” setting allows for automatic level adjustments.
2.0 Hi-Speed standard allows even large video files to be
transferred smoothly and quickly.
The HandyShare software can be used
to master sound recordings
The Q3HD utilizes SD/SDHC as an affordable way to
amazing clarity no matter the application.
Without zooming
■ Start recording with a single button
■ Low-cut filter function
increase recording capacity. The included 2GB SD card
After turning the power on, the Q3HD
The unit’s low-cut filter reduces unwanted background noise by cutting the
32GB SD card allows for about 7 hours of full HD video
is ready to shoot in 2 seconds.
low-frequency range. Attach a windscreen (sold separately), to reduce wind
recording time.*
Just press the REC button to start
noise so you can get clear audio even when filming outside.
recording. With a compact form that
Q3HD to be connected directly to a Mac or PC. The USB
■ Compatible with SDHC cards of 32GB
The versatile controls on your Q3HD mean your videos have
4x zoom
can record about 30 minutes of full HD video, while a
■ Edit video easily right on the scene
will be able to shoot full HD video and
Trim your movies internally with the Q3HD, as the unit allows you to cut
video and stereo recordings to the unit. Combined with a mixer, you can use
professional-quality audio with ease.
footage and better feature the important scenes without a computer.
this recorder to capture sound through multiple microphones for
■ Enjoy HD video on your HDTV
By erasing unnecessary data from the SD card, you will increase your
sophisticated recordings.
The Q3HD has a mini HDMI
connector that allows the digital
output of your videos. Connect the
software lets you to manage and edit your videos easily
Q3HD to an HDTV by using an HDMI
as well as upload them to social networking sites. From
cable (sold separately) and enjoy
live musical performances, rehearsals and recitals to
your movies with your family and
journalism, education and sports, you can easily share
friends. And the Q3HD’s audio will
remaining recording time.
■ Take your videos along on an iPod, iPhone or iPad
The unit is also compatible with NiMH batteries,
them whenever you like.
which can be recharged using a commercially-
*You must convert your video using the “Create iPod or iPhone version” command in iTunes.
With the Q3HD’s 2.4-inch LCD screen, you can
■ Lighting selection function
monitor important information while recording,
up to the level of a finished product. Normalize a
recording for a consistent volume level, add reverb to give
The Q3HD has a lighting selection function that allows you to
record using the best setting for any given lighting condition.
and battery level. The screen can also be used to
rich reflections to the sounds of instruments and voices
and use a mastering effect to enhance the impact of a
The modes that can be used include “Auto,” which automatically
performance with compression. Just select a preset.
It’s easy enough for anyone to use.
Upload easily to YouTube
adjusts brightness and color, “Concert Lighting,” which
suppresses oversaturation from strong lighting and “Night,”
which is ideal for filming in dark situations.
The Q3HD is powered by two standard AA batteries,
resulting in about 2 hours of continuous recording.
■ 2.4-inch LCD screen makes video easy to watch
software allow you to bring the sound of video recordings
■ Runs on readily-available AA batteries
iPods to playback your video. Carry around your favorite videos and watch
theater’s audio system.
Edit a video down to the important scene
The Q3HD’s audio input jack allows for external recording devices to capture
Q3HD video files can be transferred through iTunes to iPads, iPhones and
sound incredible on your home
YouTube or Vimeo. Moreover, effect functions in the
■ Audio input jack
can easily be carried in a pocket, you
The Q3HD’s bundled HandyShare editing and uploading
your movies with everyone on your favorite websites like
*If recorded with AAC (192 kbps) audio quality.
available charger.
■ APQ-3HD accessory set available (sold separately)
A package of six accessories, specifically
designed for the Q3HD, will be sold separately
including sound input level, remaining recording time
to further enhance your moviemaking.
The package includes an HDMI cable for
show video file thumbnails or to display the menu
connecting with an HDTV, a windscreen to
screen with graphic icons representing the unit’s
reduce noise, a tabletop tripod with
functions. Turn the Q3HD on its side and press play
adjustable-length legs, a padded-shell case,
to watch your videos in “widescreen” 16 : 9 format.
Menu screen with graphic icons
an AC adapter and an AV cable.
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