Zoom Q8 video camera with 4-track audio is ‘almost’ a lot of things.
First of all, it IS a video camera, with 4-track audio recorder on board. Like other members in the upper-range of Zoom audio recorders, the included X/Y microphone module is detachable, and you can use optional capsules to further enhance (tailor) your recording requirements, including mono or stereo shotgun capsules, or a Mid-side capsule.
Of course, with the dual XLR/TRS combo connectors on the rear of the camera allowing 4-track recording, Q8 is beginning to look a lot like the highly popular H5 handy recorder. It’s close, but not quite. The included X/Y capusle with Q8 is not the same as H5 (you can add that later, if you wish!).
On the camera side of things, the actual vision component is ‘beyond standard’, offering 3M HD (2304 x 1296 pixels @ 30fps /24mbps) as well as two kinds of HD (24mbps and 16mbps for increased storage capability) at frame rates of up to 60 fps at 720p for capturing fast action video.
Is Q8 waterproof? No. Is it as small as the ‘adventure’ camera range? No.
Do you get superb bang-for-buck? Absolutely YES!
Check the 2 min clip on the video tab below, for a Zoom-produced overview of Q8