Zoom Q8 2.3K HD Camcorder w/ Interchangeable Mic Capsule System

Portable HD Video and Audio Recorder with Wide-angle Lens, Interchangeable Mic System, Built-in Combo XLR/TRS Inputs, and LCD Screen
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Create Premium Audio and Video Content

The super-portable Zoom Q8 handheld HD video and audio recorder combines high-definition video with high-resolution audio. You'll always capture the full picture thanks to the Q8's 160-degree wide-angle lens and digital zoom. Add to that pristine 24-bit/96kHz audio capture and a remarkably versatile system of interchangeable mic capsules, and you have all the audio-visual options that you could ever want in a handheld HD video and audio recorder. Of course, you can also connect your own microphones to the Q8's built-in combo XLR/TRS inputs. At Sweetwater, we've found the Zoom Q8 to be useful for music creation, podcast development, and more. If you want to create premium content, the Zoom Q8 handheld HD video and audio recorder delivers!

Zoom Q8 Handheld HD Video and Audio Recorder at a Glance:
  • High-definition video recorder in a compact package
  • Capture high-quality sound anywhere
  • Easy-to-use design
  • Interchangeable capsules for unprecedented flexibility
High-definition video recorder in a compact package

There's no doubt about it - you'll love what this compact recorder can do; it's loaded with the features you need to get great results. The Zoom Q8 handheld HD video and audio recorder accepts up to 128GB SDXC cards for long video shoots at any resolution. After you shoot your video, you can play it back on the Q8's large LCD display and listen to audio from the onboard speaker. There are even three lighting options (auto, concert, night) that optimize the video for different environments, so you get the best video possible. Beyond that, the HDMI output lets you plug the Q8 directly into your television and enjoy what you shot in all its glory - even before you download the files to your computer.

Capture high-quality sound anywhere

What really makes this high-definition, portable wonder stand out is the audio quality you get from its pair of detachable XY stereo microphones. The Zoom Q8's mics are set up to record a wide stereo field to give you unmatched sound. And you can record at high-resolution levels up to 24-bit/96kHz. Cool features such as auto gain and a low-cut filter make recording quality audio easy. On top of that, the Q8's built-in combo XLR/TRS inputs allow you to connect external microphones and line-level sources. With years of experience with Zoom's handheld recorders, Sweetwater can say that you won't be disappointed with the audio quality of the Zoom Q8.

Easy-to-use design

The Zoom Q8 handheld HD video and audio recorder is one of the easiest to use Zoom recorders on the market. Time- and session-saving features such as light imaging options, auto-gain controls, and more make getting amazing audio and video a breeze. A large, full-color rotating LCD display and an onboard speaker make checking your recording on-site fast and easy. A built-in tripod mount (with included tripod to 3-prong action camera mount) and the included hairy windscreen put the icing on the cake of needed functionality and accessories. Zoom thought of everything with the Q8.

Interchangeable capsules for unprecedented flexibility

Zoom's modular capsule system makes swapping out the microphones on your Zoom Q8 handheld HD video and audio recorder as quick and convenient as changing lenses on a camera. Just clip on the capsule you need for whatever environment you're recording in, and you're good to go. And since all of Zoom's interchangeable capsules include hardware volume control, you don't need to mess with any software controls when you swap them out. The Q8 comes with XY stereo microphones to get you started; other capsules are sold separately.

Zoom Q8 Handheld HD Video and Audio Recorder Features:
  • 160-degree wide-angle lens and digital zoom ensure that you get the full picture
  • Record video up to 1296p (3M HD) and 24-bit/96kHz audio
  • Detachable XY stereo microphones capture a wide stereo field
  • Combo XLR/TRS inputs for connecting your own microphones
  • Selectable phantom power and -20dB pad
  • Compatible with all Zoom microphone capsules (sold separately)
  • USB 2.0 data transfer
  • Use the Q8 as a 4-channel audio interface into your Mac, PC, or iPad
  • HDMI video output (switchable between NTSC and PAL)
  • Uses up to 128GB SDXC cards for long record times
  • Analog-style mic gain controls with auto-gain make recording in any environment easy and reliable
  • Built-in speaker and tripod mount (tripod to 3-prong action camera mount adapter is included)
Capture every performance in pristine high definition with the Zoom Q8!

Additional Media

Portable Recorder Buying Guide
Q8 Compatible SDHC/SDXC Cards
Q8 User Manual
Zoom Q8 Video Recorder - Sweetwater at Winter NAMM 2015

Tech Specs

Video Resolution 2304 x 1296 pixels (3M HD)/30fps, 1080 pixels/30fps, 720 pixels/60fps, 720 pixels/30fps
Video Format MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264)
Lens Wide angle F 2.0/16.6mm
Audio Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Storage Format SD/SDHC/SDXC
Display Size 2.7" full-color LCD touchscreen
Connectivity 2 x XLR-1/4" combo, 1 x 1/8" (headphones), 1 x USB Mini-B, micro HDMI, detachable stereo X/Y mic capsule
Manufacturer Part Number ZQ8

Customer Reviews

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Purchased software

I order some DAW software from sweetwater and I was impressed with the customer service​ they provide me. They answered​ all my questions and were very polite and professional. Not only that but few days later they call me checking up on me if I had any issues or needed any further assistance. I'm very satisfied and wish all business were the de way.

The Best for its Price!

Purchased the Q8 because I love Zoom's H6 audio recorder and wanted to see what the hype was about with their video recorder. It's worth every cent paid. The wide angle it can capture is amazing. Our band needed something HD with great audio capabilities and found the perfect product. This thing can capture audio and video up close or from a distance without problems, especially with the ability to swap mics for whatever your recording purposes need. Definitely worth having.
Music background: Musician, Sound Engineer

Zoom Q8

My experience with Sweetwater is refreshing, The staff works well together to help or resolve issues... Forrest Powell is the rep that I personally dealt with, via;phone/email his response time is a major factor that contributes to Sweetwater success......Keep up the good work......Thumbs Up

ignore the naysayers

This camera is exactly what a musician needs. For those claiming that the focus angle is too wide, and therefore too much like a go pro looking "fish eye" video....simply, they are not bringing the focus in tight enough to eliminate that fish eye look. I have mine sitting close and focused in all the way. Nothing about the footage looks fish eye when you do that. There are some Zoom review videos on youtube that will confirm this for you as well.
Music background: Performing Artist

Zoom Q8

I have had my Q8 for about a month now and am simply blown away. It may be small in size but its a giant when it comes to performance and ease of use. The optics are dead on target. I am not really using the XY onboard mic's but their great as well for most applications. But for my studio recordings I have the camera set up with a stereo pair of Neumann KM184's and the fidelity of my studio recording of acoustic/classical guitar is over the top. My sales engineer, Andrew Plassman, said this setup would do the job and he was 100% right. Another gold star for the team at Sweetwater.
See also: Portable Recorders, Zoom, Zoom Portable Recorders, Zoom Video Cameras