Japanese audio specialist Zoom has, after all, had devices with video support in its portfolio for many years. Now another video camera has appeared, whose predecessor already saw the light of day 6 years ago under the name Zoom Q8.
The now freshly announced successor Zoom Q8n-4K is also an audio specialist again. The camera can record up to four audio tracks simultaneously via two external XLR inputs (up to 24bit/96kHz). In addition, videos can now be recorded internally in 4K. In 4K, up to 30 frames per second are possible. There are also 1080p and 720p with up to 60 frames per second. Recordings are made in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 on MicroSD cards up to 512 GB.
Via a USB connection, Q8n-4K can also be used as a webcam, but it is then limited to FullHD/1080p video and 48 kHz/16-bit audio.
A 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor with 16 megapixels was installed, which is played by an F2.8 lens with a fixed focal length. Zoom does not communicate an exact value, but mentions a 150° wide-angle range, which mostly already corresponds to a fisheye lens.
The camera has an LCD monitor on the back that can be rotated by 180° for selfie shots. Like its predecessor, the Zoom Q8n-4K also supports interchangeable microphone capsules as a unique selling point. New is a v2.0 generation microphone capsule that can be used with a variety of other standard microphone capsules, including shotgun microphones, XY / AB microphones and VR microphones.
There are also five built-in audio effects that can improve recording quality, including limiter, compressor, leveler, DeEsser and NoiseGate.
The device is said to weigh just under 370 grams, including the battery, and can record 4K video for up to 80 minutes without recharging. The camera can also be controlled remotely via a control app with a separately available Bluetooth adapter (BTA-1).
Expect to see the Zoom Q8n-4K as soon as early January 2022, though pricing is not yet known. The predecessor Q8n cost about at market launch and is currently sold for about 300 Euros.