First Look: The New Tascam DR-70D 4-Channel DSLR Recorder
Over the years, Tascam recorders have found themselves right at home in the rigs of both amateur and professional filmmakers and sound people alike, thanks to their versatility and forward-thinking features. In that tradition, the company has announced the new DR-70D 4-channel DSLR Recorder, which boasts both forward-thinking and familiar features.
Designed to fit either above your DSLR, below it, or sandwiched between your camera and a tripod, the DR-70D has a thinner design compared to some of Tascam’s other recorders, and its LCD menu screen is angled slightly to help with viewing. While it is capable of recording up to 4 channels simultaneously in up to 24-bit/96 kHz WAV or BMF, it offers a wide variety of input options to fill those 4 channels. The unit itself sports dual omnidirectional mics built right in that can serve main recording duty or to track ambience and room sound. For integrating your own mics, the DR-70D gives you 4 combination XLR/TRS inputs, as well as a 1/8" stereo input that supports plug-in power.
Connectivity appears to be king with the DR-70D, as it gives you both camera input and output jacks that allow you to record a reference track to your DSLR, as well as monitor back from it. A 1/8" headphone output provides system-monitoring duties. All of the recorder’s more important controls, such as channel gain for its 4 channels, transport, and slate tone all have physical, dedicated buttons or low-noise knobs directly on the rear panel, assuring these often-tweaked parameters are always within reach. As you might expect, it records to SDHC media, and is powered by 4 AA batteries.