A Video Camera With Great...Audio?

Technology + Gear
by Michelle Schusterman Oct 22, 2009
This little camcorder offers high-quality audio to give your videos even more punch.

Photo by Samson

Tired of uploading videos to YouTube with great picture but terrible sound? Check out the Samson Q3 Handy Video Recorder.

This little camcorder packs two condenser mics which are directional, allowing you to “focus” on the sound you want – what Samson calls “audio zoom”.

The video’s not bad either at 640 x 480 resolution (30 frames per second), and the 2.4″ LCD screen (320 x 240 res) displays audio meters so you can monitor while you record.

The Zoom Q3 also includes a built-in USB cable to upload your videos, as well as HandyShare software to edit before you share on YouTube, Facebook, or Myspace.

While perfect for any concert, from marching band to metal, the camera is also a great option for photojournalists and bloggers who love including video interviews and podcasts on their sites.

Other features include:

  • A 2GB SD card good for 1 hour of recording
  • Up to 32GB SDHC cards for 16 hours
  • AV cable and 2 AA batteries (also uses NiMH rechargeable batteries)
  • Windows and Mac OS compatible
  • Video format – MPEG-4 SP
  • HandyShare software
  • Tripod available (extra)

Admittedly, the video quality could be better. But with updates and new versions surely on the horizon, this gadget might be worth keeping an eye on.

Price: $249.00 | BUY

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