Tascam DR-10L Pocket Recorder and Lavalier Review

In this video by our colleague photographer and videographer Curtis Judd, he looks at a new tiny recorder by Tascam called the DR-10L which you can put in the pocket of your talent and it will record high-quality mono with it.

The DR-10L is the U.S. model (there is an even more interesting European version which is not officially available in the U.S. at the moment which we are hoping to look at). It records at  24-Bit/48 kHz, runs on a single AAA battery and can be powered using USB, it has Dual Recording, it includes a small OLED display, has both a headphone jack and a mic 3.5″ jack for a mic with a lock (similar to that Sennheiser uses) and stores the files in a microSD card (up to 32GB).

There are a number of reasons to use the Tascam DR-10L over wireless setups – for starters this unit will have no interference or range problems, it is very small and maybe most importantly – inexpensive.

Who might want to use it – besides people who are on a tight budget – this unit can be used when you are going to shoot action which might be dangerous and you do not want to sacrifice an expensive wireless system – but in our opinion, the most useful scenario is actually going to be as a backup for important recordings when you will use a wireless system as the main recording tool and this as a backup in case something fails.

You can get the Tascam DR-10L for under $200.

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 LensVid.com. 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.

1 comment

  1. Great overview, Curtis. Enough to get me to buy one at B&H during a DealZone offer for just $139.

    Appreciate your down-to-earth reviews of features and performance. As an audio newb, your explanations are more than adequate to sort through all the gear and get the most for one’s money.

    All Tascam has to do now is make a unit with a wireless monitoring channel and you’ll have nearly bulletproof audio tracks AND live monitoring without all the risk of wirless signals…

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