Zoom Q2HD Reviews4.3/5.0 based on 8 customer reviews
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from Shelby, NC
April 2, 2013Music Background:
Average guitarist and vocalist for bluegrass gospel, choir cantatas, jamming bluegrass, etc.
Zoom Q2HD Superior Over Flip (3rd generation)I have used the Zoom Q2HD on two different occasions, one in low light drama at church w/ dark scenes and spotlight, and one occasion at church in daylight with max resolution. The video and audio on both environments are simply outstanding for a pocket camcorder. This camera far exceeds even the 3rd generation Flip, which I also have. Two big issues are the increased controls (more bells & whistles) and the surpassing of the 2 hr limitation on recording time with the Flip. The Zoom Q2HD will be my camera of choice for virtually any recording!
from Parker, CO
March 14, 2013Music Background:
Cool Gadget, Great SoundYou are not going to take this camera with you up the mountain to video tape your snow skiing tricks, or to the football or basketball game to catch all the action. The only way this thing will take good video is if it is not moving around. That's why you NEED a tripod. In the field, a telescopic monopole works great to hold it steady (you can get a monopole at B&H), a regular camera tripod will work perfect, and just setting it up on a tabletop or shelf or whatever is just as good... as long as the camera is STILL. This is NOT the hero cam, so you're not going to be using it like that.
Of course, catching all the SOUND that goes with the video is where this thing shines! I recorded a WM garbage truck stopping at my driveway, and the school bus dropping off my daughter, both from a distance of 75-100 yards, and the low end when played back in the studio made it sound like the rumble of the truck/bus engine was right there in the room with me - so it has awesome low end in my opinion. Great stereo field and good pickup; can't turn the gain all the way to 10 in most situations, that's too high. Handling the camera while recording only adds shockingly loud sounds during playback. As others have said, the center button is touchy, although that problem only shows up when you're IN THE MENU. When not in the menu, you can practically fat-finger the record button and it has a more positive response starting-and-stopping recording, so I had no misfires when I intended to record. Aside from the not remembering the camera setting (off for audio only), all other settings are remembered after powerdown. It always powers up with the camera turned on.
I plan to use the thing to record singer-songwriter buddies when they are playing unplugged, and in general with ANY situation where the sound is too important to miss out capturing along with the video (jamm sessions). I also have a Zoom H4n, and this thing sounds just as good or better. Both have quite a bit of hiss from self-noise, but considering I've been recording since buying my first portable Craig cassette tape recorder in 1976, how can I complain? Being able to slap in a 64GB XCSD card and capture 720p/1080i HD (compressed) +96KHz audio (raw) in such a small package, with the capacity of 8-10 hours in my pocket... this is Science Fiction!!!!
It records .MOV's and does NOT playback other formats, such as .avi or .mp4 (I tried). So you can't really use it to playback videos from other sources without first converting to .MOV. The screen is really too small to use it as anything other than a portable RECORDING device anyway. The unit is surprisingly light; I already dropped it onto tile from about a foot off the ground, and it just bounced without damage.
It burned through the alkaline batteries which came with it probably before the unit had been powered on for an hour's worth of getting familiar with it. But you're not going to use alkaline batteries, you're going to use LITHIUM AA batteries... which last far longer. The unit has 2 settings for batteries: > alkaline or > Ni-MH, so there's not a choice for Lithium... not sure why it would even care?
Anyway, very cool gadget with great sound and definitely intended for recording nuts with emphasis on audio.
Ron D. Henry
from Williamsburg, VA (USA)
March 12, 2013Music Background:
A great product for on the spot videoYou've got to get this product. It has all the quality functions you need to record any performance or maybe a lecture. Also buy the accessory pack as well. You won't be disappointed!!
March 20, 2013Music Background:
Recording and live sound engineer, composer and arranger.
Zoom Q2HDExcellent little unit that sounds great. The adjustable lighting is a wonderful addition that will save hours of correction in the editing suite... I have already paid for mine by recording a local band. Gotta like that!
from Tn, USA
October 26, 2012Music Background:
Zoom Q2HDGood video recorder with easy functions. Standard batteries are easy to replace to extend record time. Video quality is very good and recorder is small enough to be carried and available for unexpected photo/video oppertunities.
December 19, 2012Music Background:
20 years guitar and singing in bands, duos and solo.
The Zoom Q2HD is a nifty bit of kit.The short story is this thing is simple to use and gets decent results with a few minor issues, none of which are a deal breaker.
Pros: Sound/Video is excellent and the included software is easy to use. Navigating the various menus to change settings is logical and quite intuitive.
Cons: Menu navigation is hampered due to the small size of the main rear buttons. So if you have large fingers using the butt end of a pen or like object is necessary if you want to hit the center button with precision. The unit isn't made of the most solid plastic and if dropped or stepped on...well let's just say this thing isn't built like an SM58.
Quick tip: Find an eye glasses case to store and transport this thing. I had one that fit like a glove. Everybody knows somebody who wears glasses and probably has an old case they can spare. Leaves plenty of room to store extra memory cards to boot!
September 25, 2012
Zoom Q2HD First ImpressionsMy first impressions are that this recorder has markedly improved the sound quality of the handheld recorder, not just above the previous Zoom but above other portable video recorders such as a Flip. The video quality is above par, not great but certainly more than enough considering its portability. The biggest challenge has been the light adjustments to the camera. It sets them automatically and sometimes it will darken a scene and you can't get it to brighten back up. Overall though the options within the settings, the final quality of the video and audio make this a great snag.
May 21, 2013Music Background:
What happened to my content???Ok, so we used the camera this past weekend at a gig we were playing and played back the video when we got back to the studio.Then, we proceeded to copy the content to our mac computer.Well, it lost data 1/3 of the way through the transfer and the show was lost!!!! I know it was there because we watched on on an HD TV and on the camera as well.Transfer of data from camera to computer is obviously a problem! I was told i should transfer directly from the sd card to computer NOT from the camera...hmmmm...thats not what I should have to do! GLITCH!