Handy HD Video Recorder with Mid-Side Microphones
Play. Capture. Stream.
Zoom brought brilliant HD video and stereo sound to your movies with the Q3HD. Now, with the Q2HD Handy Video Recorder, there's only one handheld camcorder with both onboard Mid-Side stereo recording and live streaming capabilities. In addition, the Q2HD features an upgraded camera sensor, enhanced user interface and much more for capturing and sharing great looking videos that sound better than ever.
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Mid-Side brings the audio.
The Q2HD is the first handheld camcorder to offer Mid-Side stereo recording. Mid-Side recording, first introduced by Zoom on the H2n Handy Recorder, is a technique that's been used for many years in film and broadcast, where ambiance is crucial. Mid-Side recording combines a unidirectional Mid mic that captures sound directly in front of you and a bidirectional Side mic that captures sound from your left and right. By increasing or decreasing the level of the Side mic, you can control the width of the stereo field, which gives you incredible flexibility over your recordings.
With its condenser microphones in 30° to 150° Mid-Side stereo configuration, the Q2HD gives you natural depth and accurate imaging. From live musical performances, rehearsals and recitals to journalism, education, sports and travel, the Q2HD's pristine audio is so realistic your movies will let you relive the moment over and over again.
Mid-Side (MS) mics provide stereo width control
The Q2HD also displays audio meters, allowing you to quickly set and monitor your levels. Using the analog-type MIC GAIN wheel allows you to dial-in the perfect amount of gain for any recording application. Or use the Q2HD's Auto Gain Control to automatically set the recording level for any given situation. And now with three presets for Auto Gain control (Concert / Solo / Meeting) it's even easier to get great sound no matter what you're shooting. For outdoor shoots, we highly recommend using a windscreen (included in the optional APQ-2HD accessory package) over the built-in mics.
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Live Stream in Real-Time.
Want to live stream high quality audio and video from your gigs, special events and more? With the Q2HD, now you can stream your videos through your computer directly to the web. Simply connect your Q2HD to your computer via USB cable (included in the optional APQ-2HD accessory package) and start streaming like the pros. The Q2HD's streaming function is compatible with Ustream Producer, Flash Media Live Encoder, Skype and other popular streaming applications. And it works wonders with premium programs such as Ustream Producer Pro or Studio. It's never been easier to broadcast your movies on the web in real-time.
All in HD.
With the Q2HD, it's never been easier to shoot great videos. Select 1080p or 720p for amazing clarity and detail no matter where or what you're shooting. With a new lens and imaging sensor, the Q2HD captures exceptionally clean video that is compressed with the industry standard H.264 video codec. It also has a larger aperture than its predecessor, which lets more light into your movies.
Daniel de los Reyes and Chris Fryar with the Q2HD
The First USB Mid-Side Mic.
Expanding its versatility, the Q2HD also functions as a USB microphone with Mid-Side miking capabilities. Simply choose USB Mic in the unit's MENU and connect your Q2HD to a computer or iPad 2 or 3 (using Apple's USB camera connector) to begin recording.
Q2HD with iPad 3, Camera Connection kit and Apple's GarageBand
Zoom made on-the-go viewing better than ever with the Q2HD. You can easily switch between "Portrait" and "Landscape" playback by pressing and holding the PLAY key. Watch your videos anywhere with its color LCD screen and built-in reference speaker.
Cue the lights.
With the Q2HD, you can choose from three different lighting settings, all of which have been improved from its predecessor. This makes shooting video in challenging lighting conditions easy. For most situations, choosing "Auto" will give you the best and clearest results. You can also select "Concert", which will automatically adjust for rapid changes in stage lights and compensate when the stage goes dark. Choose "Night" for making the best of the low light conditions.
Navigate with ease.
The Q2HD features an icon-based user interface that makes navigating through all its functions easy and intuitive. Play, edit or delete movies, select video and audio formats and a host of other functions with ease.
Share beyond streaming.
When your shoot is complete, plug the Q2HD into your Mac or PC via USB cable and download your movies directly to your computer for editing and sharing. In addition, the Q2HD's new FILE Divide and Trim functions let you edit your movies right on the unit.
The Q2HD also includes Zoom's "HandyShare" software for editing your movies. And you can now add effects like reverb and normalize the audio for consistent levels, making your movies sound better than ever. Or, bring them into more sophisticated editing software like iMovie or Final Cut Pro for more extensive edits, effects and titles. HandyShare can also be used to upload your videos to YouTube.
The Q2HD also has a mini-HDMI output, which allows you to view your movies directly on an HDTV.
With the Q2HD, there's never been an easier way to promote your music. Now, all your videos will look amazing and sound like they were recorded in a professional studio. Classical to metal, solo to full orchestra, the Q2HD is ideal for shooting any kind of musical performance and sharing it with the world.
Learn a lesson… with video.
Music educators and students alike know that seeing and hearing your performance helps you play better. And because the Q2HD is so small, you can place it anywhere to focus on something specific, like a fingering or bowing technique. From the classroom to the practice room, educators and students will find the Q2HD is ideal for recording auditions or making video lessons.
For all "the moments."
There's never been a smaller HD camera that sounds as good as the Q2HD. For aspiring or professional videographers, this means there's an amazing array of options for incorporating the Q2HD into your setup. Imagine using a Q2HD to capture unique moments that are unscripted.
Your personal Sports Center in HD.
Stay close to all the sports action with videos that look and sound amazing. Capture all the details with incredible depth and sound that will make you want to relive every touchdown, homerun or slam-dunk again and again.
Reporting your HD news.
Journalists and bloggers will love the Q2HD for its ability to gather both pristine video and audio in the field. On-the-scene video, interviews, events — just about anything can be effortlessly shot, edited and uploaded with broadcast-ready video and audio. And because the Q2HD has a standard tripod mount, you can easily use it with common video accessories.
See the world differently.
World-travelers… the Q2HD is a "must pack" on your next excursion. No other HD camcorder can match the movies you'll shoot with the Q2HD. With sound and picture so realistic, you'll be seeing the sights all over again, just like taking a return trip! For shooting outdoors, you'll want to use a windscreen.
Everything you need to film in HD.
The Q2HD is packaged with everything you need to make your movies right out of the box. It includes a 2GB SD card, HandyShare editing software and two AA batteries. With a 2GB SD card, you can record over 40 minutes of HD video. The Q2HD will accept up to 64GB SDXC cards for an incredible 15 hours of HD moviemaking.
Accessorize your HD.
To further enhance its versatility, a Q2HD accessory package (APQ-2HD), including a windscreen, HDMI cable, AC adapter, USB cable, padded-shell case and tripod, will be sold separately.
Q2HD features at a glance.
All of the Q2HD's functions are as clear and comprehensive as the audio and video that they capture.
The Q2HD's LCD screen, located on the rear of the unit, conveniently displays icons for battery life, recording levels, sound quality, current operation status, screen setting, image size/frame rate, elapsed time, recording source, Mid-Side microphone settings and lo-cut filter information.
In addition to the screen/interface, the rear of the Q2HD features a reference speaker, MENU, Record/Select, Play/Pause and Directional buttons. The bottom of the unit features a tripod mount. On the left side of the Q2HD, you'll find Phones/LINE OUT to send audio to your headphones or external speakers. In addition there is a mini-HDMI jack for connecting to your HDTV, a USB port for connecting the unit your computer and the power button.
On the right side of the Q2HD, you'll find an analog MIC GAIN wheel, Delete button and the SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot.
Brilliant Stereo Recording and HD Video… Now with Live Streaming.
Play, capture and stream your brilliant stereo recording and HD video with Zoom's most advanced Handy Video Recorder to date: The Q2HD.
- Built-in condenser microphones with 30° to 150° Mid-Side stereo configuration
- Real-time web streaming with HD audio and video
- Video resolution of 1080p at 30 fps or 720p at 30 or 60 fps
- WVGA (standard definition) at 30 or 60 fps is also available for smaller file sizes
- Get over 40 minutes of 720p at 30fps video with 2GB SD card
- Accepts up to a 64GB SDXC cards
- Large 2-inch 320 x 240 color LCD display
- USB 2.0 High Speed, mini-HDMI (Type C) and 1/8-inch stereo Line/Phones connectors
- 4x digital zoom
- Video format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV)
- Audio format: 44.1/48/96kHz 16/24-bit WAV (Linear PCM) or AAC up to 320kbps
- Powered by two standard AA batteries, AC adapter or USB bus
- Windows and Mac OS compatible
- Built-in speaker and tripod mount
- Other functions include Lo-Cut filter, Auto Gain, selectable lighting options and USB card reader
- Includes HandyShare editing and YouTube uploader software, Apple Quicktime, 2GB SD card, two AA batteries
- Optional accessory package (APQ-2HD) includes windscreen, HDMI cable, AC adapter, USB cable, padded-shell case and tripod
Downloads & Manuals
- Zoom HandyShare for Windows (41.7 MB)
- Zoom HandyShare for Mac OS X (14.5 MB)
- Zoom Q2HD Web Cam Driver for Intel Mac OS X v1.0.0 (1.0 MB)
- Zoom Q2HD Web Cam Driver for Windows XP / Vista / 7 (32bit) v1.0.0 (1.5 MB)
- Zoom Q2HD Web Cam Driver for Windows Vista / 7 (64bit) v1.0.0 (1.7 MB)
- Q2HD User Manual (5.2 MB)
- Zoom Q2HD System Software Version 1.2.0 (4.5 MB)
- Q2HD System Software Version History (PDF) (20.2 KB)
- Zoom Q2HD - How to update the Q2HD's firmware (162.8 KB)
- Q2HD Cutsheet (301.7 KB)
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Recording, Live Performance, Music Education, Journalism, Home video