4K Video Capture for Musicians – Zoom Q2n-4K
Zoom audio devices have not only been popular with indie filmmakers, videographers and film crews, but also a large number of podcasters and musicians. Building on its already successful Q2n audio-video recorder, Zoom has announced the new Q2n-4K, an extremely compact audio recording device capable of capturing 4K HD video.
The device is aimed primarily for musicians and not video shooters or filmmakers, allowing them to capture both video and audio of rehearsals, live performances and personal monitoring. It can record up to 256GB on a single SDXC card, you can live stream on social media platforms, and it’s Mac and iOS compatible as an audio interface.
The Zoom Q2n-4K features a 150° wide-angle 15.2mm f/2.8 lens, color LCD display and one-touch recording mode. You can capture stereo sound through two microphones which are configured in X/Y (120 degrees) that can handle sound levels up to 120 dB SPL. Battery life (2 x AA batteries) depends heavily on the settings and resolution you are recording in, Zoom estimates around 2 hours in 4K/30p mode and 4 hours at 1080/30p.
The audio device is fairly straightforward and easy to use, just point and shoot. It comes with five field of view settings, enabling you to choose a variety of wide, medium and single shots without changing lenses. The camera has built-in HDR, which automatically adjusts the exposure of the shot, it records MPEG-4 (MOV) files onto microSD / SDHC / SDHX cards, and has the option to only capture audio in WAV up to 24bit/96Hz.
A few Specs From Zoom’s Website:
High-quality 150° wide-angle lens (f2.8/15.2 mm)
12 ‘Scene’ options for use in different lighting environments, including ‘Auto’ setting that intelligently adapts to your environment
Built-in X/Y stereo microphones capable of handling sound levels up to 120 dB SPL
Can be used as standalone audio recorder with data saved in WAV format up to 24-bit/96 kHz
5 field of view (FOV) settings
Records directly to microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC cards up to 256 GB for extended recording times
Easy one-button recording
Color LCDSupport for three HD video modes: 720p, 1080p and 4K
Video bitrates up to 76 Mbps for improved image quality
Frame rates: 4K/30fps, 4K/25fps, 4K/24fps, 1080p/60fps, 1080p/50fps, 1080p/30fps, 1080p/25fps, 1080p/24fps, 720p/30fps, 720p/25fps
HDMI video output for connection to HDTVs, selectable between NTSC and PAL
Records video (with audio) in MOV format
Analog-style level control with onscreen digital metering
Auto Gain function gives automatic control over audio input level
Stereo input for use with external devices plus support for plug-in power
Headphone/line-level output for fast audio monitoring
Low-cut filter for the elimination of low-frequency noise and rumble
USB interface for live streaming and data transfer
Compatible with OBS Open Broadcaster Software, Skype and other popular streaming applications
USB mic function (with low-latency direct monitoring) when used with computers and iOS devices (Apple Camera Connection Kit or Lightning to USB Camera Adapter required for use with iOS devices)
Operates with two AA batteriesBuilt-in standard tripod mount
The estimated price for the Zoom Q2n-4K is USD 200, it should be available this month and you can already pre-order it. For more specific details and specs, visit Zoom’s website directly here.