Crave giveaway: Zoom Q3HD HD video recorder

As an added bonus, it kind of looks like a sci-fi weapon.

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Zoom)

Congrats to Angela C. of Spartanburg, S.C., for beating out almost 2,700 giveaway entrants to win last week’s freebie, a 42-inch Vizio 3D TV. This week, we’ve got another great prize, the Zoom Q3HD.

The handy HD pocket camcorder, compatible with Windows and Mac, is basically a Flip camera with the microphones and recording quality of a high-end audio recorder. It captures video in 1080p at 30fps or in 720p at both 30 and 60fps in MPEG-4 H.264 (MOV) video format. Three lighting settings — Auto, Concert, and Night — let you capture your star subjects just so.

Audio recording settings allow for recording quality up to 24-bit/96kHz WAV.

So who might like the Zoom Q3HD? CNET’s Donald Bell pegged it as one of his top tech gifts for musicians in 2010 (he should know what rock stars like — he’s in a band!), noting that in today’s YouTube-centered world, music fans expect to see great live videos from their favorite musicians.

We can think of all kinds of people who’d appreciate this gadget, though — journalists, proud parents, podcasters, or just about anyone wanting to upload high-quality… [Read more]

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