Zoom's Best,In Terms Of Video
My first experience with Zoom's video products,was the original Q3(great audio,but terrible video.)So that said,I was very sketchy about the Q2,with it being cheaper than the old Q3.
I was also on the fence,with Zoom's more expensive models in the Q-series,as the larger models seem to only have marginal and arbitrary differences...so I chose the Q2,due to it's great reviews,as well as for it's compact design,simplicity and of course,the incredibly low price!
Upon first perusal when I received it,I was disappointed that there was no internal memory,no card,no power cord & no micro USB cable...however,at this price point...there are going to be compromises.
This is not necessarily a bad thing,because as it turns out,Zoom's production budget was focused on quality were it really counts(i.e.,high quality microphones and high quality camera lens!)
In that respect,Zoom did a tremendous job,in offering a portable video device that out performs any video camera under $500,in my opinion.
Certainly...you'd be hard pressed to find this level of microphone quality in any camcorder under $600 and perhaps,anything this good,under $1,000....as there simply is no video recorder on the market,quite like this one!
The depth,width & clarity of the audio has to be heard,to be believed and an SPL of 120dB's is insane,for this price point,as well as video recorders costing 5 times as much!
Due to how ultra compact this device is,the LCD screen is too small to be of much use,in terms of accurately monitoring video while recording(unless perhaps,you connect to a tablet via an HDMI cable?)
As for the memory card issue,I was fortunate enough to find a high speed,16GB PNY brand microSD for $8.55 and a 6' micro USB cable at Five Below for $5 and as for batteries,the Q2 came with 2 AA Maxell batteries,which are already dead now,so I will be looking into getting some Nickel Metal Hydride batteries,at some point.
As for the audio issue with 1080p recording at 24 bit in MOV format,I was easily able to resolve this issue by using my Wondershare Video Converter to convert to WMV.
as for the video end of things,well....the compact design is a bit limiting,but the video quality is better than any camcorder costing twice as much and in fact,the Q2's video quality puts my old Sanyo Xacti camcorder to shame!
I really needed a video recorder that works well in low lighting conditions(without spending a small fortune) and in this respect,Zoom delivered admirably!
The Zoom Q2,is also a spectacular alternative to android and apple phone users,who want a significant upgrade in video and audio,without sacrificing the portability factor!
I gave this product 4.5 stars,instead of 5,only because Zoom only offers 2 AA batteries in the package,so without any included memory,you can't get started right out of the box.
Zoom offers an accessory package,but it's $50 and you are better of shopping around for each accessory separately,as you'll pay about half that cost.
Zoom's hairy windscreen accessory is absurd,as it makes your Q2n,look like a stuffed animal...but all things considered,the option of buying all of your needed accessories separately,is the way to go,if you really want to be thrifty.