Zoom introduced some competition for the Flip, the company's new Q3 Handy Video camcorder aims to capture your hearts and minds with 640 x 480 pixel video recording at 30 frames per second, stereo sound with two condenser microphones for "CD-like" audio quality, and a 2.4" LCD display with 320 x 240 pixel resolution. It doesn't appear to have built-in storage, but comes with a SDHC memory card slot to deliver up to 16 hours of movie recording if you buy a 32GB SDHC memory card. The Zoom Q3 should be available in retail stores for around $249.
Unlike other handheld video camcorders, the Q3 records stereo sound with two condenser microphones, which allow users to capture crystal clear HD audio with their movies. The ability to capture audio at 24-bit/48 kHz is especially important for users planning to upload their footage to video share sites like YouTube, which compress video but now allow files with stereo audio at 44.1 kHz, which is CD quality.
"While it can be difficult to discern the difference between High Quality and High Definition videos on sites like YouTube, High Definition audio makes a big difference in the viewing experience," says Mark Wilder, Samson Director of Marketing. The Q3 Handy Video Recorder allows you to capture audio that your audience can easily identify as superior quality and is unmatched by audio captured on any other handheld camcorder."
Powered by 2 AA batteries, the Q3 will record for up to two hours in true stereo and clear 640 x 480 resolution refreshed at 30 frames per second. The Q3 features a brilliant 2.4-inch 320 x 240 resolution LCD that displays audio level meters, a battery indicator and time elapsed. The Q3 accepts up to a 32 GB SDHC card to deliver up to 16 hours of movie making capacity. Users can easily upload videos to a computer with the clever flexible USB cable for immediate editing and sharing.