By Andrew Liszewski
When I wrote about the Samson Zoom Q3 last year I was happy to have found a compact camcorder that also cared about capturing high-quality audio, but bemoaned the fact that I couldn’t have my cake and eat it too since it only captured video at PAL or NTSC resolutions. Not even 720P fake-HD! But a year later Samson has righted those wrongs with their new Zoom Q3HD which most importantly now captures full 1080P video. (Or 720P if you need 60fps.)
It’s also still got those built-in stereo condenser microphones in their 120° X/Y configuration which will definitely appeal to musicians or concert bootleggers, particularly that latter group since the Q3HD also has a special ‘Concert Lighting’ setting which automatically adjusts for rapid stage lighting changes. Other features include support for SDHC cards up to 32GB in capacity, a built-in USB cable which is pretty much required these days, and it’s actually powered by 2xAA batteries instead of a non-removable rechargeable one. No pricing or availability info just yet though.