Samson/Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder
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|The Front Of The Zoom Q3|
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I've been using the Q3 to make video product reviews and shoot home movies of my family etc. It's a solidly built device (I accidentally dropped it and no damage at all) that takes great movies at 640 X 480 resolution and 30 frames per second. I like that it records on SD Media cards instead of internal memory (like the Flip and others) because I just carry a couple more SD cards if an when I run out of space--I don't have to hijack the nearest computer to download before I can shoot more. Powered by two AA batteries, the Q3 will run for up to two hours--you can record up to 45-minutes of video on the included 2GB SD card. Carry a few more batteries and get up to 16 hours on a single 32GB SD card!
I also love the brilliant 2.4-inch 320 x 240 resolution LCD that displays stereo audio levels, the state of the battery, and time elapsed. Another winner is the built-in USB jack and cable although I wish it were about an inch longer but at least I don't have to carry an easy-to-lose separate USB cable!
Other cool things: pro X/Y stereo condenser mics, 44.1/48kHz and 16/24-bit PCM or up to 320kbps MP3 recording with video, or up to 96kHz at 16 or 24-bit audio only recording, the latest MPEG-4 SP format, fixed focus with 2X digital zoom, NTSC or PAL TV output jack, headphone/line output jack and HandyShare editing and YouTube uploading software included.
The Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder sells for $199 MSRP and for much more check out: www.zoom.co.jp.
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