Audio Recorders for Video: an Extensive Guide

On this extensive video guide, our colleague, photographer, and videographer Curtis Judd, take a look at many (many) audio recorders, starting from the very basic (inexpensive) units to the most advanced models.

This video is more of a broad look at different recorders (it isn’t a full review of each unit), there strengths and weaknesses and what you might want to consider at each price range.

This video is also very long and if you don’t have the time watching all of it, Judd made a quick list of the different topics covered in the video and their times:

00:36 Zoom H1, H1n, and Tascam DR-05 Handheld recorders
03:00 Zoom F1 lavalier and on-camera recorder
05:17 Tascam DR-10L and Lectrosonics PDR mini body pack lavalier recorders
06:43 Tascam DR-60DmkII, Zoom H4n Pro, Zoom H5, Zoom H6
11:53 Centrance Mixerface R4R
12:50 Roland R-88 (Discontinued but can find used)
13:48 Zoom F4/F8/F8n, Sound Devices MixPre, Tascam DR-701D
32:21 Sound Devices 600 Series and Zaxcom Maxx, Nomad, & Deva

You can check out more of Judd’s videos which focus mostly on audio and video here on LensVid, finally, if you are into sound recording for video productions check out this link which covers both equipment and techniques here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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