Olympus LS-P1 review

Olympus targets vloggers and videographers with the Olympus LS-P1 – a tiny, yet powerful microphone for top quality audio

Olympus LS-P1 review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Olympus LS-P1’s dinky dimensions and low weight belie the power housed inside: the ability to record at above-CD quality, the easy-to-use Zoom microphone feature, and a selection of controls to tease out the best from audio recordings. The unit sits snugly on the camera and is so light you won’t even notice it’s there. Performance is good, supported by a logical control layout and some intelligent features, including battery recharging via the built-in USB connector – no cable required. And the Videographer Kit’s supplied accessories mean that with camera ready, you are all set to go out of the box.


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    High quality 96kHz 24-bit recordings

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    Tidy control layout

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    4GB internal flash storage

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    Up to 32GB microSDHC external storage


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    Nothing at this price point

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The Olympus LS-P1 is a super small audio recorder that's designed to capture clear and crisp sound. We put it to the test to see just how well it performs – and whether videographers, filmmakers and vloggers should invest in this audio recorder.

Olympus is very well known for its photographic kit, of course, but amongst other product lines it also produces a range of well-regarded audio recorders. These will typically crop up in the hands of musicians, sound recordists – and journalists – as well as film-makers. However, it’s the latter group that Olympus is targeting with two new audio recorder bundles optimized for the needs of both vloggers and videographers.

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