Crave giveaway: Zoom Q3HD HD video recorder

This week, we have an impressive little $299 pocket camcorder that records high-quality video and audio.

As an added bonus, it kind of looks like a sci-fi weapon. 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 video clips to the Web.

Normally, the Zoom Q3HD would cost you $299, but here's your chance to get one gratis. How? There are a few rules, so please listen up. There will be a test.

  • Register as a CNET user. Go to the top of this page and hit the Join CNET link to start the registration process. If you're already registered, there's no need to register again.
  • Leave a comment below. You can leave whatever comment you want. If it's funny or insightful, it won't help you win, but we're trying to have fun here, so anything entertaining is appreciated.
  • Leave only one comment. You may enter for this specific giveaway only once. If you enter more than one comment, you will be automatically disqualified.
  • The winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will receive one (1) Zoom Q3HD with a retail value of $299.
  • If you are chosen, you will be notified via e-mail. The winner must respond within three days of the end of the contest. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.
  • Entries can be submitted until Monday, May 14, at 12 p.m. ET.

And here's the disclaimer that our legal department said we had to include (sorry for the caps, but rules are rules):

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. YOU HAVE NOT YET WON. MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENT OF ONE OF THE 50 UNITED STATES OR D.C., 18 YEARS OLD OR AGE OF MAJORITY, WHICHEVER IS OLDER IN YOUR STATE OF RESIDENCE AT DATE OF ENTRY INTO SWEEPSTAKES. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, ALL U.S. TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Sweepstakes ends at 12 p.m. ET on Monday, May 14, 2012. See official rules for details.

Good luck.

 

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