Saturday, July 18, 2009
Samson introduces Zoom Q3 audio/video recorder
Now Samson is dipping its toe into the portable video recorder space with the Samson Zoom Q3. This $250 video recorder has a built in mic that'll put the microphones in other handheld video cameras to shame. The recorder can record in WAV or MP3 formats. In audio-only mode you can record in 96kHz/24-bit quality. If you're recoding audio and video at the same time it tops out at 44.1/48kHz 16/24-bit WAV or MP4.The Q3 has a the same mic capsules used in the Zoom H4n.
As for video, it can do 640 x 480 pixel video in MPEG-4 format. The recorder ships with a 2GB SD card which should be enough to store up to an hour of recordings. You should be able to fit 16 hours of video on a 32GB SDHC card. It's not exactly HD video, but it should be good enough for those little home movies you upload to YouTube.
The Q3 has a 2.4 inch, 320 x 240 pixel display for monitoring recordings, and a USB port for connecting the camera to a computer for transferring files. The recorder runs on 2 AA batteries and includes software for editing videos and an application for uploading movies to YouTube. It should be available in September.
[via Create Digital Music]