I want to share with you guys the type of digital recorder we use for audio when we’re on run and gun shoots with DSLRs. It’s very important in production to have super clean audio and, when using these particular cameras, we don’t have the luxury of XLR inputs. You could use a field recorder and wireless mics, but this method is generally faster and less expensive. It’s also sometimes necessary because there is no spare time or extra hands to deal with the additional gear. So check out our first video in the series of Quick Tips -
DIGITAL RECORDERS – Here are some other recorders I like. The biggest issue for me is size. The 520 is only .6″ thick (as is the 620) so it’s s not too big to put in a pocket. When you jump up to the LS or H1 you are looking at a recorder twice as thick and longer. The other thing I love about the 520 is the mic input is at the top and not the side. You can still find the 520s on ebay and other places.
Olympus DM-620 recorder – $150, Same size & record settings as DM-520, easily fits in a pocket.
Olympus LS-10s – $200, Bigger in size but higher quality recordings
Zoom H1 – $100, Bigger is size, higher quality recordings (.5″ thicker and 1″ longer)
Microphone Madness Matchstick Lapel – $129, Great miniature lav
Rycote Undercovers – $13, great for hiding lav mic under clothes