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Best Hand-held Digital Recorder?!

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Best Hand-held Digital Recorder?!
Hey guys- I'm ready to ditch my 4-wireless system setup (at least when I do all DSLR shoots). So I'm looking to invest in 4-5 handheld digital recorders.

I did some research of my own but am overwhelmed at the selection and variances. Here's my bullet list of what I'm looking for:

1- small, light-weight (I need to be able to slip this in a groom and officiants pockets)

2- connects to the computer (Mac) without software (ie shows up like a removable drive, the same way the Edirol R44 functions)

3- has a mic input (this is an obvious need- but do any come with locking plugs like wireless systems have? I thought that might be nice piece of mind, to know it wouldn't accidentally be snagged and yanked out)

4- Records in a high quality WAV/PCM format (something that will easily convert to AIF for FCP) in 48kHz/16bit

5- offers intuitive controls

6- Runs on (preferably AA) batteries and will last a full wedding day if need be (8hrs)


What are the recorder(s) that fit into these categories. I've seen some sweet new ones from Tascam (DR03, etc) but do they fit my needs better than one of the plethora of Olympus Recorders available?!

Thanks for all of your help in advance!

PS What mics are you guys using with these. I'm assuming my existing cheap-o Azden EX503 lavaliere mics would be sufficient. Is there anything out there that is substantially better?




Glen Elliott
http://www.GmElliottVideo.com

"The only time i use slow-mo is when the groom dips the bride in front of a fountain" ~RAY E

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Glen Elliott
http://www.GmElliottVideo.com

"The only time i use slow-mo is when the groom dips the bride in front of a fountain" ~RAY E

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Hey Mark, how are you? Long time no speak!

The Marantz looks great- although a bit large (especially when comparing to the Pocketrack, and Tascam DR-03). I think I'm going to steer clear of this one because of this reason and the price....a staggering $400. Shocked

I'm sure it's an excellent recorder but I'm just recording voices (vows/homily/etc) via a lapel mic. Plus I need 4 or 5 of them!




Glen Elliott
http://www.GmElliottVideo.com

"The only time i use slow-mo is when the groom dips the bride in front of a fountain" ~RAY E

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Hey Mark, how are you? Long time no speak!

The Marantz looks great- although a bit large (especially when comparing to the Pocketrack, and Tascam DR-03). I think I'm going to steer clear of this one because of this reason and the price....a staggering $400.

I'm sure it's an excellent recorder but I'm just recording voices (vows/homily/etc) via a lapel mic. Plus I need 4 or 5 of them

Although it may appear to be large (it is really not)... it is a very natural fit in any pocket. I know it was beyond what you wanted to spend...but I do know your desire to have the best of things and I wanted to suggest a recorder that is a step above the other recommendations you have got (although they are good).






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