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The Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder. Photo provided by Zoom Corp. / Samson Technologies. PRESS RELEASE: Zoom Launches Q3HD Handy Video Recorder – The Only Point and Shoot to Record HD Video & HD Audio

Q3HD records in stunning 1080p at 30 fps or 720p at 30 and 60 fps.

Hauppauge, NY – October 4, 2010 – Zoom, makers of award-winning stereo recorders, is excited to announce the new Q3HD Handy Video Recorder – the only handheld to record both HD video and HD audio (24-bit/96kHz). The Q3HD takes Zoom’s renowned audio technology and combines it with crystal clear 1080p video that will make home movies, live musical performances, sporting events or travel videos into truly immersive movies that look and sound so realistic the audience will relive every moment.

This “best in class” point-and-shoot features both full HD 1080p at 30 fps (frames per second) and 720p at 30 or 60 fps. A 4x digital zoom and a larger, redesigned aperture is paired with three lighting settings ensuring the perfect amount of light in every shot. Zoom’s exclusive “Concert Lighting” setting allows the camera to capture clear, detailed videos even in light intensive environments that would cause most camcorders to wash out.

The Q3HD uses the same microphone capsules as Zoom’s industry-leading H4n recorder, configured in a wide 120° X/Y pattern, for stereo recordings of unsurpassed quality and depth. Setting audio levels is easy using the onboard level meters and mic gain switch with auto gain control.

“To shoot a great movie you’ve got to have both great video and great audio," says Scott Goodman, President of Samson Technologies, U.S. distributor for Zoom. “Because the Zoom Q3HD is the only handheld video camera that allows users to do both, we believe it will revolutionize the way home movies are shot and set new industry standards for quality and usability.“

A new, icon-based user interface makes the Q3HD easy and intuitive. Turn it on its side to watch videos in 16:9 format on its color LCD screen. Or, use the built-in HDMI port to view on your HDTV. The Q3HD also has a built-in USB 2.0 cable to transfer, view and edit your movies on your PC or Mac.

The Q3HD comes with a 2GB SD card that gives you up to 45 minutes of HD video and accepts up to a 32GB SDHC card for up to 7 hours of HD video. Zoom also includes HandyShare editing software and two AA batteries. A Q3HD accessory package (APQ-3HD), that includes a soft shell case, windscreen, AC adapter, HDMI cable, AV cable and tripod, will be sold separately.

The Zoom Q3HD will go on sale this Fall and will be widely available at major retailers.

Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder
The Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder. Photo provided by Zoom Corp. / Samson Technologies. Click for a bigger picture!
HD Recording Time Up to 7 hours with a 32GB SD Card
Microphone Configuration Built-in stereo condenser microphones with 120° X/Y configuration for true stereo imaging
Video Recording Quality 1080p at 30 fps, 720p at 30 or 60 fps, or WVGA (standard definition) at 30 or 60 fps for smaller file sizes
Video Format MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV)
Audio Format with Video 44.1/48/96kHz 16/24-bit WAV or AAC up to 320kbps
Audio Only 96kHz 16/24-bit Linear PCM
LCD Screen 2.4 inches, 320 x 240 resolution
Optics Lens Type 4x digital zoom
Battery Type 2 AA batteries provide up to 2 hours of life - Alkaline & NiMH rechargeable compatible
Computer Connectivity Built-in USB 2.0 cable
Built-in Speaker Designed for immediate playback
TV Output HDMI and NTSC
Tripod Mount Built-in
Included Software HandyShare built-in editing and YouTube uploader software & Apple QuickTime
MSRP $299.00
Warranty 1 year

About Zoom Corporation
Zoom is renowned all over the world for its recording and guitar effects gear. Headquartered in Tokyo, Zoom has continuously created a diverse line of original, innovative audio products from effect processors, to rhythm machines, samplers and recorders. Samson Technologies is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Zoom products. Samson is based in Hauppauge, New York. zoom.co.jp / samsontech.com

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(First posted on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 21:29 EDT)

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