Mini cameras like the flip have become incredibly popular, thanks to their small size and ease of use. However, when it comes to audio quality, Flips are pretty lame – we’ve experienced it ourselves. If you do an interview or something like that, you can’t get the device close enough to record a good audio track.
That’s problem that the Zoom Q3 tries to solve. The Q3 has a comparable form factor, and USB connectivity, but integrates stereo microphones that should be way better than the flip, or even the new Samsung HMX-U10. The camera records in Mpeg4, but we are not certain that Windows/Mac computers can play the videos without an additional driver/codec. With a 32GB memory card, one can record up to 16 hours of video.
On paper, the Zoom Q3 might be the perfect handy camcorder if it had a 3.5mm audio input as well. We hope that someone will think of this, next time ($250, product page)…
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