In this video photographer Curtis Judd takes a look at one of the most interesting low cost audio recorders on the market today – the Tascam DR-60D.
The Tascam DR-60D has a very very long list of features and although it doesn’t come with any microphones built in (like other recorder such as the popular Zoom H4N) if you have your own microphones (the unit can record up to 4 tracks with 2 XLR inputs and a 3.5mm input) you will find the unit very versatile and very adapted for video and HDSLR shooters with an option to connect the unit back to a camera if you do not want to sync the sound in post.
Photographer and videographer Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter also had a chance to review the Tascam DR-60D and he also demonstrates some of the more interesting features of the unit which you can see below:
We had a chance to play a round with the DR-60D for about a week last year in NY and we found it to be a very capable unit and for the price surely one (if not THE) best options around for recording sound
As for the battery life – from our experience (which was quite short as we mentioned) we didn’t run into too much issues with batteries but apparently you can also run the unit using a USB cable and as you can see in the short video below – you can make it work on an external USB power pack for a long time so this shouldn’t really be a huge factor in your decision about buying the Tascam DR-60D.
Apart from its long list of features and good sound quality the Tascam DR-60D biggest selling point is its low price – you can currently find it on Amazon for $192 which is extremely low for what you get.
DSLR FILM NOOB on running the Tascam DR-60D run from a USB power pack
You can find more tips on recording sound for video work on our special HDSLR channel on lensvid.com.