Olympus Adds Video to PCM Recorder

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High-end audio? High-end video? With the Olympus LS-20M you get both. This small (13 cm long and 153 g) unit captures 24 bit/96 hHz Linear PCM stereo and 1080p x 30fps HD video.

The LS-20M has a fixed autofocus lens (with 4x digital zoom) and carries two displays – a two-inch colour screen that serves as a video viewfinder/playback viewer, plus a smaller information screen that shows recording levels, battery status, etc.

Like many Olympus stereo recorders, it also has built-in stereo microphones, with mini-jacks to accept external microphones too. As well as recording Linear PCM files in wav format, it will also record in compressed MP3 format. The recorder allows both auto-levels and manual control over recording levels as well as a low-cut filter.

The video portion includes a number of special effects filters. The unit comes with a 2GB SD card and will accept up to 32GB SDHC cards.

Specification Highlights: Olympus LS-20M

  • Audio Recording Formats: PCM (WAV) 96kHz/24bit, 20Hz-44kHz; MP3 128kbps,  50Hz-17kHz (TBD)
  • Video Recording Format: MOV
  • Recording Media: SD/SDHC card slot
  • Image sensor: 1/4 inch CMOS, 5.32 Megapixel
  • Lens: 4.1mm (16:9 at 49mm, 4:3 at 59mm)
  • LCD: 2.0 inch colour
  • Connectors: USB 2.0, HDMI
  • Internal Speaker: 16 mm round dynamic speaker
  • Microphone Jack: 3.5mm dia
  • Headphone Jack: 3.5mm dia
  • Power Supply: Lithium Ion Battery
  • Size: 134.7 x 62.8 x 18.2 mm (5.3 x 2.5 x 0.7 in.)
  • Weight: 154g (5.4 oz), including batteries
  • Availability: June
  • Estimated Price: $330

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