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Olympus Has New Handheld Recorder

Tiny LS-7 retails for $199

Olympus Imaging America has announced a soon-to-be-shipping digital handheld recorder, the LS-7.

This is described as a “pocket” recorder and at 4.4 inches and 3 ounces, it fits that description. In that diminutive footprint it carries 4 GB of internal memory, supplementable by a microSD card slot.

Recording tops out at 24-bit/96 kHz with choices of PCM (uncompressed), WAV, MP3 and WMV. A one/two-second prerecording buffer, depending on recording format, is included. A pair of stereo mics is onboard; an external mic can be plugged in via a 1/8-inch/3.5 mm mini input. A low-cut filter, limiter and peak LED are featured.

Operations are monitored via a small LCD screen. Two AAA batteries power the operation. A 2.0 USB port allows off-loading of files. The LS-7 ships with Olympus’ Sonority file basic file managing and editing. A windscreen, carrying case and strap are also included.

Price: $199.