The truth is, if you play in a band or are a solo artist, there are more opportunities than ever before when it comes to self-promotion and making money from music-posting videos on YouTube, selling your music on iTunes, and more. Of course, you need technology to make that possible, and the Zoom Q8 seems to be ticking a lot of the boxes you need.
Video format: MPEG-4 AVC/ H.264 MOV
Sensor: 3 Megapixel CMOS sensor
Lens: 160 Degree
Fixed focus: 36 cm to infinity
Digital zoom 1-4x
Timer with 3, 5 or 10 seconds
Resolution: 2.7″ Colour LCD touch screen
- Light and easily portable, the Q8 can be hand-held but lends itself to a fixed position on the stand thanks to the tripod mount on the base. The device runs off the rechargeable lithium-ion battery and records it to the SD card (not supplied).
- Additionally, it’s a portable video and audio recorder that provides high-definition video and high-quality audio recording (up to 24-bit/96kHz), so it might be a perfect option for recording visuals and music together on a gig.
- Four audio channels can be captured simultaneously with or without a recording. However, Zoom has an interchangeable mic system with a selection of other mics accessible. Also, a pair of XLR / jack combo inputs are available to take mic or line inputs for the other two tracks that can be programmed as a stereo pair or separate mono tracks.
- The built-in speaker and stereo headphone/line output jack are used to track audio. Four different types of recording are available: audio-video, video with separate audio files, stereo audio, or multi-audio.
- Setting up is reasonably straightforward, using a rotatable touchscreen that also serves as your video display. However, someone with large, podgy fingers could initially find a little fiddly navigating the menus.
- When setting up, the recording is started by pressing a single red button. Physical controls are, in fact, kept to a minimum-only the requisite buttons for playback and arm tracks, and easy-to-adjust input gain dials for the mic and the two inputs.
- The touchscreen can be fiddly for the large fingered.
Often supports video streaming and the Q8 can be used as a webcam or USB microphone. You get a 160-degree wide-angle lens with optical zoom and a range of formats up to 2,034 x 1,296 pixels (3 M HD), with frame rates up to 60fps at 720p. There is an HDMI output for video monitoring. A USB link can transfer all.mov files and.wav files to your device for editing. It also allows live streaming and enables the Q8 to be used as a camera or USB microphone.