Does high quality video meets high quality audio with the Samson Zoom Q3, a pocket camcorder that features two built-in condenser mics and MPEG-4 video at 30 fps? Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn find out if this camera is worth the $250 price tag.
What You Need To Know
Our first impression was that the Q3 is huge for a pocket camera.
It's twice as thick as a Flip Cam and about 1" taller, obviously due to the condenser mic.
It's easy to you: recording and playback mimics a Flip in terms of layout, which should be familiar to those with pocket cameras.
The screen is a little bigger at 2.4" but it's deceiving, since the extra space is used for audio monitoring.
Some of the settings like mic gain are accessible by black plastic tabs on the side.
The downside is that you can easily move them around when in your pocket.
Most of the Q3 features revolve around the audio, giving you options to either record with video or simply as a sound recorder.
There's also a low cut feature that reduces background noise and low frequencies.
It also includes a 2 gig SD card.
Audio sounds great; you also have the option of changing your bit rate and choosing between mp3 or PCM formats.
Video is only 640 x 480 MPEG-4, which is nowhere near the quality of the Flip Mino HD (and sells in the same price range).
In daylight, the camera was okay but occasionally looked over exposed. In lower light, the footage was a bit dark.
If audio is your specialty, then this camera is worth it.
If you prefer video over audio, then no.
If you don't mind lower quality video and a larger design, then the Q3 may be perfect.