Cutting-edge Audio And Video Combine In Zoom Q2n Recorder
...compact design in its Q-Series recorders. With its latest entry, however, the company may have outdone itself. In the new Q2n Handy Video Recorder, Zoom has integrated a built-in X/Y mic and 160-degree wide-angle lens in its most compact design to date. Built for high-definition video and superior audio, it’s also equipped for all lighting conditions—a plus for bright outdoor concerts as much as darkened theaters. Unveiled in November, the Q2n has already been used at the pro level by such artists as Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Danny Seraphine (Chicago), and Paul Pesco (Madonna).
“The Q2n is a continuation of the breakthroughs we’ve made with the Q8 and Q4n in developing video cameras with features that creators find important: high definition video, high-resolution audio, and high performance in a variety of lighting environments—from low-lit clubs to bright daylight to vivid sunset,” says Micah Eberman, Vice President of Brand Engagement for Zoom North America. “In developing the Q2n, we’ve struck upon a perfect package for musicians: the features musicians need, along with an incredibly easy-to-use interface, ultra-portable design, and at a perfect price for musicians who wish to connect with and grow their audience.”
On the video side, the Q2n’s appeal is obvious. Its wide-angle lens captures vibrant video at a moment’s notice, with a bright f/2.0 aperture that thrives in low-light settings and dimly lit venues. To ensure the best video quality, the camera also captures video in 720p or 1080p HD resolution with the same 24 fps and 30 fps frame rates used in film. There are also ten “Scene” presets to choose from for different lighting conditions.
It’s the audio side, however, that will set it apart for musicians and audiophiles. Leveraging Zoom’s acclaimed audio technology, the Q2n offers studio-quality detail and clarity at resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz. For distortion-free recording, the built-in X/Y microphones can handle high sound pressure levels (up to 120 dB SPL), so musicians can record on stage alongside amps and drums.
“While there are small, fixed lens cameras that are very good for use with sports and such,” says Eberman, “they do not have the high-quality audio that is not just desired, but completely essential in capturing music performances. With the Q2n, musicians get the great sound that they have come to rely upon with Zoom. The Q2n can handle full band performances and loud PAs, up to 120 SPL without clipping or distortion, with resolutions up to studio-quality 24-bit/96 kHz. The 10 lighting “Scene” pre-sets [are a huge advantage] for low-light situations, perfect for musicians who may be playing a rehearsal space, a dynamically lit club, or even in a room in their house.”
In addition, the Q2n has been topped off with intuitive controls and simple one-button recording, making it easy for musicians to remain more focused on performing. With an ultra-portable design, the product is small enough to carry anywhere and can record approximately two hours of footage on two standard AA batteries. Retail price is $159.99.
Video samples of the Q2n from Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Danny Seraphine, and Paul Pesco can be viewed on the Q2n web page and on YouTube.
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