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Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder

B&H # OLDM620 MFR # 142665
Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • Record In PCM (WAV), MP3 & WMA Formats
  • Internal 4GB Memory & microSD Expansion
  • Tresmic 3 Microphone System
  • Variable Control Voice Actuator
  • Bright LCD Display with Voice Guidance
  • Built-In 20mm Dynamic Speaker
  • Microphone 3.5mm Input
  • Headphone 3.5mm Output
  • Olympus Sonority Editing Software
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 PC & Mac Interface
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You Pay: $107.45

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Record hands-free with the Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder. The digital recorder has 4GB of internal memory and features the Variable Control Voice Actuator, which triggers recording by voice or sound rather than the push of a button. The DM-620's Tresmic 3 microphone system yields high-quality, lucid recordings with amazing voice authenticity and also affords the capture of lower bass ranges with impressive clarity. For more elaborate recording setups, there's a mic input as well. If 4GB of memory isn't enough, the DM-620 has a microSD card slot, which can expand the memory capacity another 32GB.

Olympus has equipped the DM-620 to record and play back in PCM (WAV), MP3 and WMA file formats. You can automatically adjust the recording settings depending on your environment. Plus, the LCD display guides you with voice commands for effortless operation. Once you've made your recordings with the DM-620, you can use the Olympus Sonority software for sound editing, file management and even Podcast management. As an added convenience, the Olympus software is compatible with both PC and Mac OS.

Tresmic 3 Microphones
This mic setup consists of a Stereo Directional mic and Center Omni Directional mic, which allows you to capture lower bass ranges with impressive clarity
Internal Memory & Memory Expansion
With 4GB of internal memory, you'll have room for more than a thousand hours of recording time. The microSD card compatibility extends the internal memory by anywhere from 512MB, up to 32GB
Recording Formats
The DM-620 makes quality recordings in PCM (WAV), MP3 and WMA formats. It's easy to set up and operate. Plus it can play back in PCM (WAV), MP3 and WMA formats as well
Battery Charge Function
The DM-620 charges the batteries while connected to your PC or plugged in the optional AC adapter (sold separately). The rechargeable Ni-MH batteries also means a long battery life
Scene Selection Playback Function
This feature automatically adjusts the recording settings to suit your environment
Voice Guidance
This system ensures seamless, user-friendly operation of all functions in the menu through simple voice instructions
Variable Control Voice Actuator (VCVA)
Built-in VCVA promotes hands-free functionality by letting you begin a recording with a voice or sound cue, rather than pushing the record button by hand. It's surprisingly practical in everyday use
Olympus Sonority Software
The DM-620 comes with the easy-to-use Olympus Sonority editing software. It facilitates quick and easy sound editing, file management and Podcast management. As an added convenience, it's compatible with both PC and Mac OS
LCD Screen with Multiple Language Display
The bright LCD screen supports and displays three other languages besides English. For broader accessibility, you can also choose from French, Spanish and Portuguese
Recording
Type Digital
Mode Stereo
Recording Format PCM (WAV)
MP3
WMA
Bit-Rate 16 -bit
8 Kbps - 320 Kbps
Sample Rate 44.1 kHz - 48 kHz
Recording Time HQ Stereo: 5.4 Hours
SP Stereo: 26 Hours
SLP Mono: 1007 Hours 1
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In PCM, MP3, and WMA modes, respectively

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One-Click Recording No
Voice Activated Recording Yes
Microphone Type Internal Stereo
Pickup Pattern Omni-Directional
Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz 2
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Center mic ON

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Playback
Speaker Yes
Features
Display Size/Type LCD Backlit
Equalizer Settings Not Specified By Manufacturer
Indicators Power, Low Battery, Recording
Power
Battery Type 2 x AAA
Battery Life (approx.) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power Adapter Yes 3
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General
Internal Memory Flash Memory - 4GB
Compatible Memory Cards Micro SD
Connectors 1/8" mini Female Microphone In
1/8" mini Female Headphone Out
USB USB 2.0 (Mini-B)
System Requirements Windows XP, Vista, 7 
Mac OS X 10.4.1 and later
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.6 x 4.4 x .6" (40.64 x 111.76 x 15.24 mm)
Weight 3 oz (85 g) 4
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with batteries

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Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder
  • 2 x Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries
  • USB Cable
  • Strap
  • Carrying Case
  • Olympus Sonority Software CD
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    OlympusDM-620 PCM Recorder
     
    4.7

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (19)
    • Good audio (10)
    • Reliable (10)
    • Long battery life (9)
    • Easy to use (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Conversation piece (9)
      • Lectures (8)
      • Amateur recording (4)
      • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Home studio (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (7), Experienced (5), Technically challenged (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Some really great and some bad points

      This is my second Olympus recorder. My first was a DM-1 which I bought many years ago and it still works fine. This DM-620 is a gift from a personal friend not...Read complete review

      This is my second Olympus recorder. My first was a DM-1 which I bought many years ago and it still works fine. This DM-620 is a gift from a personal friend not connected in any way to Olympus. I use these recorders strictly for conferences and to record my dreams: no music,or storage. I bought the DM-620 because it's acoustic performance greatly exceeds that of the DM-1 in the conference room. On the down side the operating instruction manual stinks (to put it politely)as to it's organization and clarity. The sequence of keys to push to navigate the system are capricious at best and the print on the monitor is barely visible even with my reading glasses and magnifying glass.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Quality at a good price.

      Backup recorder. Internal hard drive plus micro disk is a plus.

      Backup recorder. Internal hard drive plus micro disk is a plus.

      Reviewed by 25 customers

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      3.0

      Quality at a good price.

      By Mediaman

      from Milwaukee, WI

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

        Backup recorder. Internal hard drive plus micro disk is a plus.

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        5.0

        Very good

        By Or

        from Miami

        Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

        Very good item very good price very good service from the store helping decide on the right product for my needs

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        5.0

        Great product

        By clfs

        from Tennessee

        Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

        I use this little recorder as a back-up audio every day for my work as a court reporter. In most settings, I do not even need an external microphone. It is very user-friendly, and the 2 AA batteries last almost the whole week without being replaced. This is a great value for the price.

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        5.0

        Great for Wedding Vows

        By DG3

        from Bakersfield, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Wedding Videography

          Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

          Small and thin enough to easily fit in a groom's jacket pocket to capture the vows between him and the bride. I use them with Azden 503 lavs. Also have additional units for the officiant and others who might be speaking. The recording quality is top notch and the sync is perfect. I bought this specific model because you can manually control the recording levels on the fly. These replace my trusty iRivers which I had for years, but they were finally flaking out.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best sound

          By Frank

          from Chula Vista

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion
          • Powerful
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

            Very quality sound

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Recorder, Great Price

            By Mat G

            from Cincinnati, Ohio

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Wedding

              Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

              This recorder has been working really well with my wedding videos. It is very small and can fit into any pocket. I use this on the groom during the ceremony. Easy menu structure to get to the settings. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great, small recorder for a good price.

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              5.0

              Impressive Digital Recorder

              By titan

              from

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion
              • Powerful
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Sound Recordings
                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

                In using the DM-620 for amateur hobby recording, I find that it is very impressive, in that, it is well engineered, compact, excellent microphones, excellent sound playback, multiple versatile menu settings, and enjoyable to use. I am very much impressed. B&H provides excellent service.

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                5.0

                DM-620 PCM Recoder

                By Tx Pete

                from McAllen, TX

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Low Distortion
                • Powerful
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording

                Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

                Great recording unit at a great price. Would recommend it to everyone.

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Olympus DM 620 PCM Recorder

                By Hunt

                from Texas

                Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

                Very nice and easy to use.

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                5.0

                A great recorder, easy to set up and use

                By George

                from Olivebridge, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Low Distortion
                • Powerful
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

                    Olympus makes great digital voice recorders. I use this to record interviews. You can record in a number of formats, including uncompressed files.

                    Its light weight, well built and east to use.

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                    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Just okay

                    By Matt E.

                    from San Diego, CA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

                        Not mad, not impressed. This little recorder is rechargeable and has 4GB internal memory but the sound quality doesn't really blow me away.

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                        5.0

                        GREAT tool for businesses

                        By Technology Reporter

                        from Virginia

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • High Quality Sound
                        • Long Battery Life
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Concerts
                          • Conversations
                          • Court Proceedings
                          • Depositions
                          • Lectures

                          Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

                          Easy to operate, reliable, good quality!

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                          5.0

                          A terrific recorder

                          By George

                          from Olivebridge, NY

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • High Quality Sound
                          • Long Battery Life
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Conversations
                            • Lectures

                            Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

                            I use this little gem to record lectures and interviews. Its small and light. The sound quality is amazing. Olympus makes fine digital voice recorders.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great for wedding ceremonies

                            By Matt

                            from Dallas, Tx

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • High Quality Sound
                            • Long Battery Life
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Weddings

                              Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

                              The DM-620 is perfect for recording vows during a ceremony for a wedding video. I received it the day before a wedding and was able to set up and use it successfully in no time!

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                              5.0

                              Works great, exactly what I needed

                              By Amustad

                              from San Rafael, CA

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • High Quality Sound
                              • Long Battery Life
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                              • Smallish Screen

                              Best Uses

                              • Recording

                              Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

                              I record a wireless mic and it performs very well. The functionality looks complex at first but is pretty easy after reading the instructions.

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                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Some really great and some bad points

                              By Rodney

                              from Massachusetts USA

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • High Quality Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Conversations
                                • Lectures

                                Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

                                This is my second Olympus recorder. My first was a DM-1 which I bought many years ago and it still works fine. This DM-620 is a gift from a personal friend not connected in any way to Olympus. I use these recorders strictly for conferences and to record my dreams: no music,or storage. I bought the DM-620 because it's acoustic performance greatly exceeds that of the DM-1 in the conference room. On the down side the operating instruction manual stinks (to put it politely)as to it's organization and clarity. The sequence of keys to push to navigate the system are capricious at best and the print on the monitor is barely visible even with my reading glasses and magnifying glass.

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Amazing recorder

                                By Gene

                                from Dallas, Texas

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • High Quality Sound
                                • Long Battery Life

                                Cons

                                • Navigating Menus Difficul

                                Best Uses

                                • Meetings

                                Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

                                I've just begun using this recorder, but after some initial testing, have found it to be an excellent device. It is very sensitive and produces outstanding recordings. The menus and more intricate controls are not exactly intuitive, but the manual which is available from Olympus seems to cover everything.

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                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Excellent gadget!

                                By Phil

                                from Huntersland NY

                                About Me Musician, Technically Challenged

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • So Far None

                                Best Uses

                                • Lessons

                                Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

                                I use this product to record music lessons. It's very easy to use, has good quality sound, and the support staff was very helpful with a small glitch. Recommend.

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                                4.0

                                Many good qualities

                                By Isabella

                                from NY

                                About Me Average consumer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Can Add Memory
                                • Compact Design
                                • Long Battery Life
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Conversations
                                  • Lectures

                                  Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

                                  I owned an Olympus DS 40 for many years, and I really loved that recorder. I tried to find it again recently, but it's not manufactured anymore. So I decided on the Olympus DM 620 PCM, I am pretty satisfied with this recorder. I like that it has alot of memory built in, and you can also get more memory added. That wasn't true of the DS40. I like the downloading technology of the DM 620. I also like the size, weight and casing. It has an extra mike, which is great. I must say that I think the sound quality of the DS 40 was slightly better, though it only had two microphones. I use the DM 620 recorder to tape lectures, sessions by phone, and personal notes, though I have not tried music yet on the DM620. The DS 40 was pretty good with music. All in all I'm pretty happy with the DM 620 and would recommend it highly.

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                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  I would buy this product again

                                  By Ash

                                  from Melbourne, Australia

                                  About Me Technically Challenged

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Conversations

                                    Comments about Olympus DM-620 PCM Recorder:

                                    The sound quality is amazing

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