Back in October the Zoom company pulled the wraps off a new video recorder that promises audio recording that was HD along with 1080p HD video recording. The camera is billed as the only video recorder that can record HD video and audio with point and shoot ease. The camera is called the Zoom Q3HD Handy Video Recorder. When it was announced, we were given most of the important details.
We know the camera will record 1080p HD video at 30 fps and will record 720p resolution video at 30fps or 60 fps. It will record audio at 24-bit/96kHz quality and has an easy to use interface. The camera has a LCD screen on the back for watching video in the field and has a HDMI output. That HDMI output allows you to shoot the video over to your big screen in the living room.
The microphones in the camera are arranged in a 120-degree X/Y pattern, have stereo recording capability, and are the same that Zoom uses in the H4n audio recorder. The camera has a built-in USB cable for transferring video and ships with software for editing video. It also comes with a 2GB SD card and supports up to 32GB cards. The camera is shipping right now for $299.99.