Oct 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Internet TV, Podcasting Hardware, Video, Vlogs

Zoom is now shipping the Zoom Q3, a $249 pocket-cam that promises to be “the best sounding video camcorder you’ve ever heard.”

The Zoom Q3 looks like it should be a great camcorder for “prosumer” level video podcasting and video blogging. The Q3 has two condenser mics on-board, in an X/Y pattern in order to capture an accurate stereo image

Unfortunately, the resolution is limited to 640 x 480, which limits its usefulness to Internet videos.

If you’ve used the Zoom Q3, leave a comment with your thoughts!

Details below.


  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones with X/Y configuration for true stereo imaging
  • Get up to 1 hour of video with bundled 2GB SD card
  • Accepts up to a 32GB SDHC card for 16 hours of recording time
  • Large 2.4″ LCD display with a resolution of 320 x 240
  • Video resolution of 640 x 480 at 30 frames/sec
  • Video Format: MPEG-4 SP
  • NTSC / PAL TV output
  • Optics Lens Type: Fixed Focus (0.8m to infinity)
  • Audio formats with video include 44.1/48kHz 16/24-bit Linear PCM WAV or MP3 up to 320kbps
  • Audio only formats include 96kHz 16/24-bit Linear PCM WAV
  • Auto Record Level automatically adjusts audio levels during recordings
  • Uses two standard AA batteries or NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • USB 2.0 with built-in cable
  • Windows and Mac OS compatible
  • Built-in speaker and tripod mount
  • Includes on-board editing software, YouTube uploader software, Apple Quicktime, TV cable, softcase, windscreen, 2GB SD card, two AA Batteries

via engadget

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