Samson Zoom Q3 has a big mike

by Mark R

zoom_q3I enjoy using video-shooting cameras like the Kodak Zi6 and its later models, and they have become quite the trend lately with portable video. However, many of these style of cameras have very poor audio quality.

This is because most portable video cameras are focusing on clear HD video, and forget the importance of audio. In the case of the Zoom Q3, size does matter when it comes to the microphone. That big honking mic on the front of the camera is good for “X/Y confirguration for true ‘stereo imaging'”.

Videos can then be saved to a 2GB SD card for one hour’s worth of recording time. The user can also upload your videos to YouTube, Facebook, and Myspace, with its “cleverly designed USB cable”. I don’t think this guy comes with a flip-out USB like the Flip UltraHD, but it sounds like the user takes the USB cable with him or her. Maybe it stashes somewhere within the camera itself.

The video is in MPEG-4 SP format for 30 frames a second, with 640 x 480 resolution. The LCD is 2.4 inches with resolution of 320 x 420, which allows you to view anywhere. The user can adjust the audio levels on the screen as an added bonus.

The Samson Zoom Q3 is available for approximately $250, and it comes with a windscreen, carrying pouch, 2GB SD Card, AV cable, and 2 AA batteries.

Source and Product Page

6 reviews or comments

bj9590 Says: October 15, 2009 at 9:49 am

this thing is a way overpriced. you can get a better video recorder at cvs for less than a third of the price.

Stewie Says: November 17, 2009 at 10:40 pm

So bj9590 brilliantly suggests an overpricing and the existence of cheaper for better but with no particular specifics. Sounds like a well, thought-out individual.

No, I’m kidding, he sounds like an ignoramus.

Regarding the Q3 I’d love to hear comments from users. Most digital cameras have adequate mic but it’s generally impossible to know for individual models because the audio is not a priority. The audio for pocket camcorders is generally not good.

I’m thinking if companies want to truly serve the YouTube generation, which involves a plethora of musicians, the audio needs must be served. So that Samson has addressed this I again, would love to hear feedback from owners of Q3 or those who have used and not disgruntled fans of CVS.

Froggy Says: December 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm

I’ve just ordered it after seeing/hearing this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwAGs0Tvluk

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2fMzEI2rm0

and

FH Says: February 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm

” I don’t think this guy comes with a flip-out USB like the Flip UltraHD, but it sounds like the user takes the USB cable with him or her. Maybe it stashes somewhere within the camera itself.”

Dude. You reviewed this unit, without ever having one in your hand? So basically you read the press release from Samson/Zoom and paraphrased it. Brill.

The USB cable is embedded in the device and pulls out when you need to use it.

Edwin Says: February 10, 2010 at 8:43 pm

FH, Mark never reviewed this unit, but was wondering from the product page. Never was it mentioned that this is a review, so I’m not sure where you got that from? :) Cheers, mate!

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