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Zoom Q8n-4K Overview

The Zoom Q8n-4K Handy Video Recorder is the perfect capture tool for content creators, indie filmmakers and musicians who need to keep their production setup small and portable. It offers 4K video capabilities and 4-track audio recording, plus a flip-out colour LCD for selfie-style movies and optional app-based remote control. As the successor to the Q8, it provides multiple upgrades in both form and function while still being compact and convenient.

A wide-angle 150° lens with five field of view settings combines with adjustable brightness and selectable lighting presets to enable striking visual impact, whether run-and-gun shooting outside on a sunny day or filming a band's performance in a mood-lit venue. On the audio side, the Q8n-4K features dual XLR mic/line inputs with phantom power-great for accommodating professional external mics or the main outs from a mixing console-and an X/Y stereo condenser mic capsule that can be swapped for a number of separately available Zoom mic capsules.

Q8n-4K vs Q8

Improving on the Q8, the Q8n-4K model provides multiple upgrades in form and function.

  • UHD 4K video resolution at 30 fps (2K on the Q8)
  • f/2.8 / 150° wide-angle lens (f/2.0 / 160° on the Q8)
  • Rear screen flips out for selfie-style recording
  • Redesigned operability for ease of use
  • Support for microSDXC cards up to 512GB (128GB maximum on the Q8)
  • App-based remote control from an iOS/Android mobile device (separately available Zoom BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter required)

4K When You Need It

4K is a high-demand feature that many shooters will appreciate. However, the Q8n-4K does give you the option to record at lower-resolution formats when your priority is on small file sizes. Thanks to support for microSDXC cards up to 512GB, that should be far less of a concern now than it was with the Q8.

Wide-Angle Lens

The 150° lens yields plenty of space for wide-angle action like bands bouncing around a stage or the calming grandeur of breathtaking outdoor scenery. With five field of view (FOV) settings, the Q8n-4K can also provide tighter framing when you need it.

Eye-Catching Video

Brightness adjustment and lighting presets (a.k.a. Scenes) are just a button-push away, which increases the Q8n-4K's video versatility. Whereas the Q8 had three scene presets, the Q8n-4K offers five-Indoor, Outdoor, Nighttime, Concert, and Auto-to help you get the right lighting for your environment.

Video Output Port

If you want to check your video on a monitor, simply connect the recorder's micro-HDMI output to your preferred display (appropriate cables are available separately).

High-Quality Audio Recording

The Q8n-4K gives you the same high-quality audio formats as Zoom's dedicated audio recorders. You can record in WAV format up to 24-bit, 96 kHz resolution. In addition to the tactile controls for gain and signal padding, the menu system offers access to panning, volume, low-cut filtering, and dynamics processors such as a compressor, limiter, leveler, de-esser, and noise gate. Audio can be recorded along with video or separately, enabling the Q8n-4K to function as a standalone four-channel audio recorder.

X/Y Mic Capsule

The XYQ-8n capsule features two matched unidirectional condenser elements in a 120° X/Y configuration, delivering a true stereo image without requiring separate mics and cables. It's a great built-in solution, but it can be swapped for other Zoom mic capsules (available separately) such as the VRH-8 Ambisonic mic capsule made for immersive 360° audio.

Two XLR Inputs

If you wish to bring in external signals, the Q8n-4K is happy to help. Dual XLR mic/line inputs with phantom power and a switchable -20 dB pad allow the recorder to handle professional mics (dynamic or condenser) or even the main outputs from a mixing console.

Headphone Jack

Monitoring the audio is easy; just plug your headphones into the Q8n-4K's side-panel 3.5mm headphone jack and listen to make sure the sound is clean and free of distortion.

USB Microphone/Webcam

Not only does the Q8n-4K record to microSD cards, it can alternatively function as a USB device. So, whether you need a cool webcam or a capable audio interface, the Q8n-4K is there for you.

Powering Methods

Powering this recorder won't be a problem. Considering you can use the included rechargeable Li-ion battery, power it via USB, or run it from an optional AC adapter, the Q8n-4K is ideal for anything from back-to-back shoots to long-format concerts.

Mounting Options

The 1/4"-20 thread on the bottom of the body allows the recorder to be mounted on a tripod or gimbal if handheld shooting isn't your style.

CAMERA  
   
Image Sensor
1/2.3"-Type CMOS
Sensor Resolution
Effective: 16 Megapixel
   
OPTICS  
   
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8
Fixed Focus
Yes
Angle of View
150°
   
RECORDING  
   
System
NTSC/PAL
Media/Memory Card Slot
Single Slot: microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC [512 GB Maximum]
Video Format
3840 x 2160 at 24/25/30 fps (H.264/AVC, MPEG-4)
1920 x 1080 at 24/25/30/50/60 fps (MOV via H.264/AVC, MPEG-4)
1280 x 720 at 24/25/30/50/60 fps (MOV via H.264/AVC, MPEG-4)
Microphone Recording Angle
120°
Channels
4.0-Channel
Audio Format
WAV
Sampling Frequency
WAV: 96.0 kHz
WAV: 48.0 kHz
WAV: 44.1 kHz
   
DISPLAY  
   
Display Type
Non-Articulating Flip-Out LCD
Display Size
2"
Resolution
320 x 240
   
EXPOSURE CONTROL  
   
Self-Timer
3, 5, 10 Sec
Remote Control
Optional
   
FEATURES  
   
Scene Modes
Preset: Yes
Built-In Mic
Yes
Built-In Speaker
Yes
Tripod Mounting Thread
1/4"-20 Female
   
INPUT/OUTPUT CONNECTORS  
   
Video I/O
1 x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/O
2 x XLR 3-Pin Mic/Line (+48 V Phantom Power) Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Stereo Headphone/Line Output
Power I/O
1 x USB-C Input
Other I/O
1 x USB-C Data/Video Output (Shared with Power Input)
1 x USB-A Control Input
Wireless
Bluetooth Control *Adapter Required
   
GENERAL  
   
Battery
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7-4.2 VDC, 1600 mAh
Max Runtime: 2.5 Hours per Charge
Charging Method
AC Adapter
USB
Charging Time
4.5 Hours
Power Adapter
5 VDC
Dimensions (W x H x D)
6.8 x 6.5 x 15.9 cm (With Lowered Mic Arm)
6.8 x 13.5 x 13.4 cm (With Raised Mic Arm)
Weight
0.367 kg (With Battery)


* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice

  • Zoom Q8n-4K Handy Video Recorder
  • XYQ-8n Stereo X/Y Microphone Capsule
  • Foam Windscreen
  • Zoom BT-03 Rechargeable Battery for Q8
  • USB Type-C to USB Type-A Cable
  • Lens Cover
  • Lens Hood

Manufacturer Warranty


This product comes with a

12month Australian warranty

from Dynamic Music
(the sole authorised Australian Distributor)

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