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TascamDR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder
 
4.5

(based on 117 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (74)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (76)
  • Easy to use (72)
  • Versatile (52)
  • Compact (49)
  • Low distortion (45)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (9)
  • Poor quality construction (4)
  • Poor sound quality (3)
  • Unnecessary functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (60)
  • Outdoor events / games (53)
  • Performances (42)
  • Home studio (38)
  • Professional recording (30)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (63), Novice (26), Professional musician (9), Tech savvy (6), Technically challenged (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Ideal for filmmakers, journalist and mus

Ideal for filmmakers, journalist and musicians!

The sound of quality, build quality, innovated and simple control over operation makes this model one of the best choice for anyone who need a...Read complete review

Ideal for filmmakers, journalist and musicians!

The sound of quality, build quality, innovated and simple control over operation makes this model one of the best choice for anyone who need a great sound and can appraise it!

Remarks :

1. Sound quality.

The sound from microphone is incredible clear and high! One of the best sound from digital recorder in medium-high class. There is a little bit noise, but in normal level. I tested a lot of digital recorders from this class like Zoom H2 and even one step up class Tascam DR100, Zoom H4n and this model has same level of sound and a little bit high then DR100 and H4n, 20% higher than H4n. It has more good sound quality than Zoom H2n, due to better quality portable microphones!

* In my opinion the sound it's more strong than H4n, which is soft but it's more low!

The two build microphones have same quality of sound like one video professional lavalier in price range 150-250$. The microphones are very sensitive and in most cases when you moved you will fell it, because you need a windscreen! It'e easy to mount it on camcorder and dslr to get high prof. movie sound! The musicians will be never disappoint with DR-07mkII too.

4.5 points for sound quality

2. Menu, innovate control,Internal sound software, reliable Media design, built quality.

The menu-including basic operation is simple and easy for use. You can easy turn on and record sound. The control over operation is perfect . Design is attract and nice. Would like to a little bit small size with same great design. The rec settings give you good control like rec level and auto auto level. Integrated software give you some effects, but here I expected more innovation! The DR-07mkII records only to microSD or microSDHC flash memory cards, next up model offer using of more widely-available SD or SDHC cards. Quality of used materials is good and much better than direct competitor Zoom H2, but I want want more from used materials. Lamps-diode of records is imperceptibly!

4.5 points

3. Basic equipment, accessories.

The basic equipment have everything which you need it for basic used, but it would be a big plus if the managers would including some accessories like simple mount screw to mount it on camcorder or dslr and so important windscreen! Tascam not provide professional case for this amazing recorder, which is big minus. Developing of pro case for wide usage in different circumstance to facilitate. No available choice for different color

4.2 points

Conclusion: Tascam DR-07mkII is absolute leader in middle professional class and offer amazing entry level for filmmakers, musicians, journalists and education.

Dimche Kristev
Film director and
videographer

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Quality for a Great Price

The DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder is a great device for someone who is just starting out in video production. I purchased it for a friend who is simply plugging a lav into...Read complete review

The DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder is a great device for someone who is just starting out in video production. I purchased it for a friend who is simply plugging a lav into the recorder and then synching to the video later.

The biggest downside is there is no XLR plugin.

In testing the recorder with a lav in post production there was little to no noise in a room with a lot of noise in it.

Again, great for a beginner or even an intermediate videographer.

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5.0

Gets The Job Done

By Brian S.

from Lockport, NY

Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

I was recently asked to take over the job of recording the speakers that present at my AA home group. I have been recording the speakers with our old equipment and then running them through an audio editing program to try and clean them up before burning them to a disc. Since I purchased this product I have had to do very little with the audio program. The quality of the recordings is unbelievable. It is super simple to use and was a great deal. I bought this product without ever having any experience using this type of device and have already made 4 recordings with ease. This is going to be a great addition to our group since we use the recordings that we make to run a lending audio library of AA speakers. I was a little worried at first if it would work well with my MacBook but I haven't had any glitches yet. I have also been asked to attend other speaker meetings in the area and do some recordings for their groups as well. This has become a very enjoyable hobby for me now. Thank you for making such a great product.

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4.0

Great Product for the Price!

By New Creature Entertainment

from Houston, Tx

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

    I own the Tascam HD-P2 so I'm accostumed to quality audio recording. When I powered up the DR-07 I wasn't sure what to expect but to my surprise, it shinned! Audio quality is great. I like the control features as well. If you are looking for a good portable recorder for an affordable price...this is the one!

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    4.0

    DR-07mkII -- A nice surprise

    By The Feature factory

    from Pasadena, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Plastic Form

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

    I use this in the field for interviews, also for widee area audio coverage of events. Have a very expensive digital audio recorder - don't need to use it as much - and the DK-07mkII with a lav is super quick to set up. Wish the limiter went to 260.

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    5.0

    Awesome Sound

    By Leo

    from Atlanta

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None so far

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Church Band
    • Performances

    Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

    I wanted something to record the band's music at church and be able to record it in MP3 format. I found this item trough a google search. I found out Wav was better to record in than MP3. A friend that works the sound board at church heard mine and bought two for his wife and daughter from BH Photo as well. A nephew of mine is going to buy one after listening to mine. It is better than I had hoped for. Easy to use after reading directions. Would buy again in a heart beat.

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    3.0

    Good but not great

    By Sam Lee

    from phoenix, AZ

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Construction

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

    I mean I was supposed to read the specifications but there is no XLR input for this tascam. Its good if your mic is 1/4 but usually I use XLR...like I said...good but not great

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    5.0

    Excellent for the amateur

    By Zac

    from Cincinnati

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

      As a hobbyist with high standards, I was always disappointed with the audio from my DSLR; no matter the mic I used, there was always some sort of hiss in the background. After looking into software to record to my computer or iPhone, I decided to give a stand-alone recorder a chance. Boy am I glad I did!My most recent project was recording children for a Christmas video. My new DR-07 mkII was on a tripod about four feet from the children and (after bumping up the input record volume) even the quietest kids came through clearly. Caught a bit of room noise, but that was easily cleaned up.While I cannot speak to truly professional use, those who are concerned with quality while working for free would be well served by this recorder.

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      5.0

      Exactly what I was looking for

      By robh

      from Ohio

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

        I do piano videos on YouTube and was looking for a good microphone to record the audio. After watching a couple of how-tos, I settled on this. I use it for the primary audio and a Zoom Q2HD for the room ambiance. Huge improvement over the Q2 alone.

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        5.0

        Nice product for the money!

        By UpShift

        from Newton, IA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Unnecessary Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

        I like the out of the box usability, and the sounds quality has been great for my outdoor car videos. Would highly recommend a deadcat for any outdoor use.

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        5.0

        Excellent Linear PCM Recorder

        By The big X

        from Webster, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

          I use this on the job to record sound bites of our poducts and compare them with others. Being able to record at 24bit/48khz resolution is important to us. This recorder fulfills that requirement.

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          5.0

          drmk07mk2

          By charles

          from santa ana ce

          About Me Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Audio To Sd Card Without
          • Computer

          Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

          to record music from radio on to a sd card to be played mini boomboxes

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          4.0

          great

          By Assient

          from New York

          Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

          great recorder. 8/10 recording. 7/10 interface design. 9/10 value for the money.

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          5.0

          Excellent and easy to use.

          By Joey

          from Hazlet NJ

          About Me Experienced For Years

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Great value for the money
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Music Vocal Live

            Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

            I use it to record LIVE on the job. It is so easy to operate. After recording place card in computer and you can edit with your s/w. A definite value for the money. Have not found any negatives yet..... been only using it a few weeks and it works for me great.

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            5.0

            Just what I needed

            By Little RonnyT

            from Coatesville, PA

            About Me Technically Challenged

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                  I am using this unit as a secondary supplementary digital audio for very low budget ten to twelve minute You-Tube videos. The unit was recommended to me by a very close friend who is also the owner of a recording studio, a composer, performer, and producer. It meets
                  my needs perfectly!

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                  4.0

                  Overall Great

                  By Semi Pro performer/music teacher

                  from Roslyn, NY

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Long Battery Life
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Conversations
                    • Lectures

                    Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                    Very easy to set up and use. I only wish the sound level on playback was louder. I find myself using earbuds to listen to the playback to hear every nuance I am listening for. great for basic listening, but for serious discerning listening, you need earbuds.

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                    5.0

                    Works great

                    By Adrian

                    from Portland, OR

                    About Me Technically Challenged

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • High Quality Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts

                      Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                      I purchased this recorder to record live music and it works great.

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                      5.0

                      great product

                      By BeaglesRBest

                      from Chicago

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Conversations

                        Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                        Great price on this really feature filled product.
                        The video explaining differences was a help as well. Using product to record music and voice lessons and am really impressed with the quality of the audio and the simple interface. A perfect size design as well.

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                        5.0

                        Pocket Sized Power House

                        By NSeney

                        from Seattle,WA

                        Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                        I've been using the DR-07 for stand alone recording in a variety of settings and have been consistently impressed with the results.I started with interview type, spoken word where the audio is clear and crisp. I recorded a jazz trio in a loud cafe from their tip jar table and got great sound including excellent left right separation evident in the recording. Most recently I recorded my sons elementary school band in the gym/cafeteria and the sound was clean and captured the full range of instruments well.I debated between this machine and the Zoom H1, and ultimately decided to go with the Tascam for the additional on board file management and the ability to switch from A/B to X/Y microphone positions.

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                        5.0

                        Perfect recorder for my needs

                        By D Daniel

                        from Ottawa, ON

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use Right Away
                        • High Quality Sound
                        • Long Battery Life
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Lessons
                          • Rehearsals

                          Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                          So far I've used this to record students in lessons and rehearsals. I love the versatility of the mic angles, and I find it incredibly easy to use. No negatives so far.

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                          5.0

                          a versatile recorder for video.

                          By VidRip

                          from Portland, OR

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Conversations

                            Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                            I'm still playing with it - but so far I'm really liking the nice compact size and low weight of this device. The tripod screw on the back is very useful and I"m using it instead of a tiny (and generally inferior mike on top of my nex-7. So as a replacement to an inside mike it seems to do the job quite well and having it as an independent audio recorder is a major plus. Seems very easy to set and use and the audio quality appears to be first rate.

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                            4.0

                            Nice recorder

                            By ron

                            from Grinnell,Iowa

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Tascam DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                            havnt used it much but it seems to be pretty nice

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