Review: The New LS-100 Recorder From Olympus Part 2 Of 2
(You can see Part 1 Here)
For those who use external microphones, such as the shotgun mics (made by Rode, Sennheiser, etc.) - The Olympus LS-100, happens to be the least expensive recorder with XLR inputs and preamps that are quiet enough to be used without any overload. I did make some test recordings, using my low-cost shotgun mic, and have no complaints. Conditions weren't very windy, and I didn't need to locate the foam windscreen for the mic.
Basically, this recorder proved itself to be a very capable piece of kit. Unlike some other recorders I've owned and used, it isn't too sensitive. In other words, many recorders must be used with a windscreen of some type (to avoid recording even the slightest breeze). Not so, with the LS-100. I was able to make several field recordings, without requiring a windshield for the built-in mics.
This recorder is certainly packed with features! By default, the "Recorder Type" must be selected each time (after power-up).
The fact that it has manual control knobs, to adjust Recording Level, will make it desirable for many field recordists. Having read many reviews of digital recorders, I know that this feature is always well received.
- A wonderful, full-color display; impressive.
- Relatively comfortable in the hand.
- Recording Level controlled by physical knobs aka: "Thumbwheel(s)"
- Microphones are not moveable, and are set at a fairly wide angle.
- By default, "Recorder Type" must be selected each time (after power-up).
- Too many steps required to select memory location for recordings.
I'd like to sincerely thank Kelly, at Olympus for the loan of the machine.