For budding musicians who are into recording your own tunes you now have a better option. Why not record your performance in high quality audio and top it with video and post it on Youtube. You can have your cake and eat it! With the Zoom Q2HD now you can.

Most video recorders or camcorders focus on high-quality video, with audio as an afterthought, but the Zoom Q2HD Handy Video Recorder allows you to record 1080p HD video with impressive audio quality. It achieves this with built-in condenser microphones. On field tests, stereo separation is superb. However video quality is not up to normal camcorder standards but good enough to post on Youtube. Still, for musicians and those who want better audio quality recordings, the Zoom Q2HD offers a neat package and at $199 offers fantastic value. Color and overall picture is not bad, and at least quite on par with the iPhone 5. But you need a pair of steady hands as image stabilization is virtually not existent.

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It is handy and light. Weighs just three ounces and its rectangular shape of 2″ x 5″ makes it easy to fit in your hand. Just beware not to get your fingers get in the way of the lens.

The only complaint is that the battery life in not that great. It runs on a pair of AA batteries but for only two hours with video and four hours with audio recording. It comes with HDMI output and when used with the on-board editing features, you do not need a computer for video editing. Good feature to have when on the move.

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