Olympus DS-7000 vs DS-5000 - How Do They Compare?

08 May, 2012

Compare Olympus DS-7000 vs DS-5000 digital dictaphone voice recorder

The dust has settled and we are all getting used to have a new dominant male in the Olympus dictaphone pack, the Olympus DS-7000. Having relegated the previous king of the digital dictaphone the Olympus DS-5000 to the retirement village, now is a good time to have a good close look at the nitty gritty - the real difference between these two power house digital dictaphones.

There really is no major changes between the two that would make you raise your eye brows. If you currently use DS-5000's in your business adding the DS-7000 into the mix will be no problem, the two will work together nicely at any site feeding dictation into the AS-5000 or AS-7000 digital transcription kits.

The key changes are:

  • New bigger, colour screen
  • DS-7000 has a different rechargeable battery to the DS-5000 which lasts for longer and charges quicker
  • Can now use larger memory cards, both SD and microSD
  • Stronger security with 256 bit encryption
  • New Dictation module software, ODMS, replaces DSS Pro. However they look very very similar so users going from DS-4000 or DS-5000 will have no issues picking up the new software
  • DS-7000 ODMS (R6) software is Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 compatible
  • DS-5000 DSS Player Pro (R5) is now discontinued, no longer supported and only Windows 7 compatible
  • Higher rating from Nuance for voice recognition accuracy when using Dragon NaturallySpeaking on Windows (see notes below the table)
Detailed below is a table showing how the two compare. Key changes on the DS-7000 are in bold text.

 

 

 

Olympus DS-7000

Olympus DS-5000

Memory

Type

 

SD card/MicroSD

SD card/MicroSD

 

Capacity

 

2GB/2GB

2GB/1GB

 

 

 

32GB Max./32GB Max.

16GB Max./16GB Max.

LCD

Type

 

Colour TFT

176(W)x220(H)

Dot matrix

128(W)×108(H)Dots

 

View Area Size

 

34(W)×42(H)mm

30.8(W)×31.8(H)mm

 

 

 

2 inch

1.7 inch

 

Back Light

 

White LED

White LED

LED Indicator

 

 

Orange

Red/Green

Switch

Main slide switch

 

x(4 function)

x(4 function)

 

Push button - front

 

9

9

 

Push button - right

 

1

1

 

Push button - back

 

0

0

 

 

 

Total 10 push buttons

Total 10 push buttons

 

Display button

 

3(F1F2F3)

programmable button

3(F1F2F3)

programmable button

 

POWER/HOLD switch

 

ON/OFF

*No HOLD function

ON/OFF

*No HOLD function

Cradle

USB Connectivity

 

yes

yes

 

Foot SW. Connectivity

 

yes via Cradle (RS-31)

yes via Cradle (RS-28)

USB

Cable

 

mini-B Type

mini-B Type

 

Storage Class

 

x(Hi-Speed)

x(Hi-Speed)

 

Audio Class

 

xFull Duplex

xFull Duplex

Wi-fi card(SD)

 

 

Option (TBD)

 

Barcode scanner

 

 

 

Option SC1

Battery

Ni-MH Battery Pack

 

 

yes

 

Ni-MH Battery

 

 

 

 

AAA×2

 

no

yes

 

Li-ion Battery 

 

LI-42B(740mAh)

 

 

Standalone Recharge

 

yes

yes (2hours)

 

Cradle Recharge

 

yes

yes (2hours)

Speaker

 

 

D23  300mW

D23   300mW

Power Jack

 

 

yes via USB

yes

Recording

QP Mode

 

yes(28kbps 16kHz

yes(28kbps 16kHz

Mode

SP Mode

 

yes(13.7kbps 12kHz

yes(13.7kbps 12kHz

 

LP Mode

 

 

 

 

LPCM

 

MONO (special FW)

 

MP3

 

 

 

 

File Formats

 

.dss / .ds2 / .wav

.ds2

Mic Sensitivity Level

 

 

2 Level(CONF/DICT)

2 Level(CONF/DICT)

Microphone size

 

 

φ10mono

φ6

Dragon score **

 

 

5

4

File encryption/decryption

 

128bit/256bit

 

 

yes / yes

yes / no

Erase Lock

 

 

yes

yes

Hardware

PIN Code

 

yes

yes

     Lock

Finger Print

 

no

yes via DS-5000iD

Language Select

 

 

U1:  x(3 lang) 

E1,G1: x(10 lang)

U1:  x(3 lang)

Others:  x(6 lang)

Index

 

 

yes

yes

Priority

 

 

yes

yes

Verbal Comment

 

 

yes

yes

Speed

Fast Play

 

yes

yes

Control

Slow Play

 

yes

yes

CUE/REV

 

 

yes

yes

CUE/REV sound off

 

 

yes

yes

CUE/REV speed

 

 

yes

yes

FF/REW

 

 

yes

yes

REC Monitor

 

 

Variable

Variable

 

WindowsXP,Vista,7

Mac OS X

Windows2000,XP,Vista

Mac OS X

Application Software

 

 

ODMS

DSS PLAYER PRO R5

External dimensions

 

 

114.5mm x 50mm x 17mm

114.3mm x 48mm x 17 mm

 

** Dragon Score

The Dragon score is allocated to devices that can be used with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and is independently tested by Nuance. Scores are marked in "Dragons", six being the highest score possible. The Olympus DS-7000 and DS-3500 have both been awarded a five out of six Dragon score by Nuance:
Olympus DS-7000 DS-3500 Dragon Score 5 from Nuance
You can find the score for various devices on the Nuance Hardware Compatibility website.

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