Zoom Q8n-4K review: the camcorder for performers

The Zoom Q8n-4K makes up for poor video quality with some versatile audio features

The Zoom Q8n-4K in front of a guitar
(Image: © Lauren Scott)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Zoom Q8n-4K is a portable, creator-friendly camera with two onboard microphones and two XLR mic ports. Being able to record four audio tracks simultaneously allows versatile recordings at gigs, concerts, or your home studio. However there are no exposure controls, and I found the detail and dynamic range from the footage poor in low light. This handy recorder is easy to use if you're getting into music content creation, and great value for enthusiasts wanting clips for YouTube or Instagram reels. The audio quality is much better than what you'd get from a smartphone, but the visuals (even though 4K) let the package down.


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    Very easy to use

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    4K video resolution

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    Crisp, 4-track audio


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    Limited fields of view

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    Sometimes awkward design

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    Not brilliant in low light

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Zoom is a specialist manufacturer known among videographers for making high-quality, portable audio recorders. In fact, it was the only brand I used during the filmmaking modules of my university course when – like most budding creators – I learned that audio is just as important as visual quality when it comes to video. 

Zoom makes some of the best audio recorders out there, and its handheld devices are trusted by professionals who need to capture a range of sounds while filming on location. But the Zoom Q8n-4K, one of its latest releases, combines 4-track audio and adds a wide-angle fixed lens camera on the front, to make a portable all-in-one content recorder. It's a successor to the Zoom Q8, an HD video recorder that left some disappointed with the video features. 

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Sensor1/2.3-inch 16 M-pixel CMOS sensor
Lensf/2.8, 150° FOV (5 steps)
Video formatMPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV)
Video resolutions4K (30fps, 25, 24), 1080/720 (60fps, 50, 30, 25, 24)
Audio formats (WAV)96 kHz/24-bit, 16-bit | 48 kHz/24-bit 16-bit | 44.1 kHz/24-bit, 16-bit
Audio inputs2 x XLR microphone, XY Mic: XYQ-8 (120° XY stereo mic)
Memory cardmicroSD/HC/XC
Zoom Q2N-4K

Zoom Q2N-4K
The Q2N-4K is Zoom's battery-powered recorder with UHD 4K video recording. It's also designed for live music and rehearsals, with X/Y microphones built-in. Without a screen, it's hard to review performances on the spot.

Sony ZV-1F

Sony ZV-1F
Sony's cheapest vlogging camera has eye detection autofocus and stabilization for greater vlogging versatility. The 20mm prime lens is fixed, and you'll definitely need to buy an external microphone for better audio quality.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar, Space.com, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.