The market for pocket camcorders has really exploded onto the scene and it seems that every soccer mom and casual videographer across the country wants to have one. It may have started with just the simple Flip Video, but now we have so many other options from Kodak, Creative, and more.
The thing is that most of these simple pocket camcorders have been focusing on increasing their video quality. The first batch could only do VGA, but it wasn’t long until they started pumping out 720p HD pocket cams and we’re starting to see some 1080p offerings as well. But what about the audio side?
To better approach this side of the equation, we are now looking at the Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder. Zoom comes from the same people who brought us the Samson Go Mic, so they know a thing or two about quality audio. Unlike other pocket cams that have a relatively simple audio setup, the Zoom Q3 captures HD quality audio at 24-bit/48 kHz. There are mics in there in an X/Y configuration.
The downside is that you only get a 640 x 480 (VGA) resolution video from this. Other highlights include up to 32GB SDHC cards for memory, a 2.4-inch QVGA display, 2x digital zoom, and up to two hours from a pair of AA batteries.
The Zoom Q3 is available now for $249. Hit up Samson Tech for more information.