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Portable recorder recommendation
« on: May 20, 2023, 02:00:49 PM »
Looking for small portable recorders for occasional use. Plan to use for video recordings through 3.5mm mic input to my Fujifilm camera or sync in post, also plan to carry it with me for casual ambiance and other sound recordings. No plans for any music or concert recording.
Also I need it to use standard batteries, I try to avoid built in batteries in any devices as I plan using it for a long time.

I narrowed down my search to OM System LS-P5. There was a thread here which didn’t have much info except for high noise levels.
I also read positive reviews about Olympus LS-P1 which has aluminum body and low noise levels. But it’s pretty old model, no 24/48 setting (only 16), 2 mics instead of 3.

I wander if anyone with real experience would comment on how these compare and what other models I could consider?


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Re: Portable recorder recommendation
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2023, 12:03:10 AM »
Sony M10?
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Re: Portable recorder recommendation
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2023, 03:34:00 PM »
Was my first choice but cant really find one at the acceptable price and in English.

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Re: Portable recorder recommendation
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2023, 04:55:24 PM »
Roland R07?

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Re: Portable recorder recommendation
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2023, 08:34:25 AM »
Unfortunately not acceptable to me same as M10 as it’s discontinued.

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Re: Portable recorder recommendation
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2023, 08:52:57 AM »
Unfortunately not acceptable to me same as M10 as it’s discontinued.

Used ones can be easily found on eBay and Reverb

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Re: Portable recorder recommendation
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2023, 10:14:56 AM »
I see from the other thread that you have already acquired a Sony PCM-D100. I own this recorder and it is the best portable recorder I have ever used, and I have owned numerous models. Excellent built in microphones and low self noise make it my regular unit for ambient sounds, but with the drawback that it is very susceptible to wind noise.

Unless you are also looking for something with a smaller size then the D100 should be all you need.
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Re: Portable recorder recommendation
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2023, 10:36:44 AM »
Yes indeed and I am very, very excited about it! In addition to D100 I want something smaller which I could easily carry with me every day and also use on camera for some video shooting. I tried mounting D100 on my Fujifilm X-H1 and it was on the bulky side, swinging around on Rycote suspension. Even more so considering how flimsy Rycote suspension connection is. I will definitely use D100 for ambient recordings but also want something smaller and lighter.

PS: you have on awesome collection of Sony recorders!
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Re: Portable recorder recommendation
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2023, 05:20:28 PM »
Sony PCM-A10
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Re: Portable recorder recommendation
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2023, 06:23:17 PM »
No one recommends OM System LS-P5? I wander if it’s that bad or not realistically popular among tapers. It’s marketed more for a videography crowd and content creators.

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Re: Portable recorder recommendation
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2023, 07:00:45 PM »
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Re: Portable recorder recommendation
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2023, 07:04:22 PM »
As I mentioned in first post, I am looking for a device with replaceable batteries.

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Re: Portable recorder recommendation
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2023, 08:15:55 PM »
I must say that the  OM System LS-P5 has the most unimpressive specifications that I've seen in a 24 bit recorder priced at $250.
The "Tresmic" had better be magical, and I have no reason to suspect that would be the case.
My list of "b.s. tech" is long and storied, and I want much proof in real circumstance before it would get my attention.
Also, 'Mic + Recorder' packages generally limit flexibility.
Who flies their recorder on 15' stands? 

Disposable batteries isn't a feature that I'd chase.
Replaceable recharchables or rechargable packs is.
I use rechargeable AA cells in my Fostex and Sony, and I like it.


Olympus seems to have focused on medical instruments:
https://www.nytimes.com/topic/company/olympus-corporation

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Re: Portable recorder recommendation
« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2023, 10:03:38 PM »
That’s what I meant by replaceable batteries, so I can use AA or AAA rechargeable ones.
I never owned one of Olympus recorders before but almost all of the LS line of recorders seem to have good reviews over the years.
They might be concentrating on other fields of business, but at least they release and produce new recorders. Unlike other brands with suggested models here being mostly discontinued.

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Re: Portable recorder recommendation
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2023, 10:29:58 PM »
Yes indeed and I am very, very excited about it! In addition to D100 I want something smaller which I could easily carry with me every day and also use on camera for some video shooting. I tried mounting D100 on my Fujifilm X-H1 and it was on the bulky side, swinging around on Rycote suspension. Even more so considering how flimsy Rycote suspension connection is. I will definitely use D100 for ambient recordings but also want something smaller and lighter.

PS: you have on awesome collection of Sony recorders!

Please advise how internal mics of D100 compare to D10 as I can see you have both.
Thanks. 

 

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