CAPTURE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS LIKE NEVER BEFORE.
Transform everyday videos into memorable movies with the Olympus LS-20M Linear PCM recorder. The LS-20M makes it easy to capture high definition audio and video — and you can add creative flair to any recording with Magic Movie special effect filters. Whether you are recording a live recital, creating a home movie or video chatting with family and friends, you’ll be amazed by the linear PCM audio and high-definition video in the new Olympus LS-20M.
24 BIT/ 96 KHZ LINEAR PCM RECORDING
Sound that’s even better than what you hear on a compact disc. Every nuance of every note and syllable is captured and played back with a rich and resonant quality.
FULL HD 1080P MOVIE
Shoot movies at 30 frames per second, with high-quality sound, in 1080P. Having the ability to capture high definition audio and videos opens up a world of possibilities.
MAGIC MOVIE SETTINGS
Express your vision exactly how you want in your HD videos using one of four Magic Filters: Rock, Pop, Sketch and Pin Hole.
REMOVABLE SD/SDHC CARD COMPATIBILITY
Never run out of recording space again. The LS-20M is SD/SDHC card compatible so you can capture oodles of audio and video – and still have room to store documents or other files.
WEB CAMERA FOR USTREAM
Use the built in high-quality audio and HD video of the LS-20M to stream your performances on the web via Ustream or any other live broadcast platform.
ELECTRONIC IMAGE STABILIZER
Reduce the amount of recorder shake that can occur when shooting movies in low-light situations or when shooting with high magnification.
4X DIGITAL ZOOM
The recorder features a 4.1mm (16:9 at 49mm, 4:3 at 59mm) autofocus lens and 4x digital zoom delivering premium video no matter where you are shooting.
BATTERY CHARGE FUNCTION (VIA USB OR AC ADAPTER)
With a USB cable or AC adapter it is easy to charge your recorder. You can also quickly transfer your files over to your Mac or PC via a USB cable.
LOW-CUT FILTER AND AUTO/MANUAL RECORDING LEVEL
The LS-20M features a switchable low-cut filter that enables users to eliminate low-frequency sounds and unwanted background noises. For your convenience, the Olympus LS-20M also offers manual or auto-level recording. The “auto” level is perfect if you are recording from the crowd. Thanks to the manual level, musicians can capture optimal sound checks and live performances.
MULTITASKING WITH DUAL LCDS
The dual LCDs on the LS-20 allow you to frame your video while simultaneously checking your audio levels.
Enable the Visualizer during playback to view imagery that pulses and dances with the audio. Choose from options like Equalizer, Pink Line and Rainy Blue.
Voice: PCM (WAV) and MP3
SD/SDHC card slot
Recording Time (2GB SD card)
96kHz 24bit: 55m
44.1kHz 16bit: 3h
Shooting Time (2GB SD card)
1920 x 1080 30fps
96kHz 24bit: 15m
44.1kHz 16bit: 17m
1280 x 720 30fps
96kHz 24bit: 20m
44.1kHz 16bit: 30m
640 x 480 30fps
320kbps 44.1kHz: 1h
256kbps 44.1kHz: 1h
1/4 inch CMOS, 5.32 Mega Pixel
4.1mm (16:9 at 49mm, 4:3 at 59mm)
2.0 inch color
Hi speed USB 2.0
PCM 96kHz/24bit: 20Hz-44kHz
Maximum headphone output
3.0mW+3.0mW (at load of 16Ω)
16 mm round dynamic speaker
Maximum speaker output
270mW (8Ω load)
Lithium Ion Battery / AC adapter
Compatible OS (USB connection)
Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 Mac OS X 10.4.11-10.6
5.3 x 2.5 x 0.7 inch (134.7 x 62.8 x 18.2 mm)
5.4 oz (154g), including batteries
Specifications and design are subject to change without notice.
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Customer Reviews of the LS-20M
July 17, 2012
feature request for next firmware
I have recently acquired the ls-20m. Unless I have missed something, these are some of the helpful small features I think could be added for the next firmware update:
1. Pause during video recording. Currently pause is available for playback only.
2. Ability to turn on and off the main video screen during video recording (for repositioning without stopping if the screen is off). Also during playback of audio only (for seeing the file name without stopping). Perhaps by using the Fn button or another available button.
3. Option to sort files by name. Currently they are sorted by time (which is good for recordings). This will be helpful when using the unit as an mp3 music player - tracks which are titled "01 Song" "02 Song"... will retain their playback order.
4. 24bit resolution for 44.1 & 48k sample rates. Currently 24bit is available only for the higher sample rates.
May 22, 2012
This is a "Do Everything" recorder, as some reviewers state, as long as everything you're recording happens quickly. I bought this because as a grad student I liked the idea of being able to voice record and take video. The awful truth is that the flimsy battery lasts 4 hours for voice recording when brand new.
Clearly this recorder has its purpose (not for student recording) and I like what it does otherwise but this thing needs a substantial double battery pack accessory available asap to compensate for someone's huge mistake in choosing a mini battery.
May 15, 2012
Excellant HD and sound quality
Just purchased May 13, 2012 and haven't been able to put it down since.
December 09, 2011
No Real Competition For A Unit That Does It All
I am a recording musician with a 32 track digital studio in my home. I am also a professional photographer. I searched for a product that would allow me to take HD video AND record high bit rate PCM audio. I was looking at other manufacturers of similar products but they typically don't provide video on board. I then was nearly settled on another product similar from another manufacturer but after doing some final research came upon the LS-20M. I was skeptical that it could provide the video quality I demanded but it did. The color and clarity is up with most DSLR's that record video with larger sensors. It does tend to do best on a stable platform such as a tripod so be advised this is best. I have no real issues with the front facing camera and adjust the height of the tripod so I can see what I need to to adjust audio levels and see the video screen. I love the svelte design, size and weight. It is like having a recording studio and digital camcorder all in the palm of one's hand. Highly recommended!
September 09, 2011
It works, it's yough, and it's portable
Hey, it's an Olympus...it's meant to work. It's not a toy. The idea is you use it to record people's voices in meetings; where you need to hear everyything. If you're listening to music, or capturing vocals, this is actually quite good, but remember to turn on the low cut (300Hz) to kill the A/C noise in your room.
It's best for field reporters, doctors, and people on the go who need good audio. If something really YOUTUBE happens, you can capture it...and at least get it in HD, so it doesn't look like that TOSH.0 Cell-Phone blurry wasting your time squinty stuff.
This is not a toy. It is not a true camcorder, either. This is not going to replace the prosumer camcorder. The idea is that it fits in your pocket, and is a step up from flip video, but gives you the edge over all the other units that totally ignore the issue of recording sound. Your video can look great, but if the sound is like your getting sandblasted...no one will watch it!
This is great sound, and good HD video...certainly matched with a 32GB class 10 SD card, you have a winning combination for a doctor, college student, or reporter. As a person attending lectures, this is a no brainer. My LS-11 is now officially retired!
The only thing that Olympus should offer is an extended/replacement warranty to cover accidental damage, like the big box stores do. Something like this is not quite as rugged as the LS-11; however that will most likely be their next iteration.
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