Olympus LS-20M - HD 1080p Video & PCM Audio

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The new Olympus LS-20M, finally a compact HD video camera that can record high quality audio to go with your HD video.

CAPTURE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS LIKE NEVER BEFORE
Transform everyday videos into memorable movies with the Olympus LS-20M Linear PCM recorder. The LS-20M makes it easy to capture high definition audio and video — and you can add creative flair to any recording with Magic Movie special effect filters. Whether you are recording a live recital, creating a home movie or video chatting with family and friends, you’ll be amazed by the linear PCM audio and high-definition video in the new Olympus LS-20M.
  • 24BIT / 96KHZ Linear PCM Audio Recording
  • Full HD 1080P Movie Recording
  • Magic Movie Filters




24BIT / 96KHZ LINEAR PCM RECORDING
Every note played by the band, every word selected by the guest speaker and every giggle from the kids at a birthday party — the digital recording capabilities of the LS-20M help capture it all in rich, better-than-CD quality sound.
FULL HD 1080P MOVIE
The compact and highly portable LS-20M lets you capture all of life’s best moments in full 1080P at 30 frames per second. The HD video compression format makes it easy to upload videos to Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, Vimeo and other web-based content sharing sites, and the resolution offers remarkable detail on modern home theatre systems.
Shoot movies at 30 frames per second, with high-quality sound, in 1080P. Having the ability to capture high definition audio and videos opens up a world of possibilities.
 
MAGIC MOVIE SETTINGS
Express your vision exactly how you want in your HD videos using one of four Magic Filters: Rock, Pop, Sketch and Pin Hole.
 
REMOVABLE SD/SDHC CARD COMPATIBILITY
Never run out of recording space again. The LS-20M is SD/SDHC card compatible so you can capture oodles of audio and video – and still have room to store documents or other files.
 
WEB CAMERA FOR USTREAM
Use the built in high-quality audio and HD video of the LS-20M to stream your performances on the web via Ustream or any other live broadcast platform.
 
ELECTRONIC IMAGE STABILIZER
Reduce the amount of recorder shake that can occur when shooting movies in low-light situations or when shooting with high magnification.
 
4X DIGITAL ZOOM
The recorder features a 4.1mm (16:9 at 49mm, 4:3 at 59mm) autofocus lens and 4x digital zoom delivering premium video no matter where you are shooting.
 
BATTERY CHARGE FUNCTION (VIA USB OR AC ADAPTER)
With a USB cable or AC adapter it is easy to charge your recorder. You can also quickly transfer your files over to your Mac or PC via a USB cable.
 
LOW-CUT FILTER AND AUTO/MANUAL RECORDING LEVEL
The LS-20M features a switchable low-cut filter that enables users to eliminate low-frequency sounds and unwanted background noises. For your convenience, the Olympus LS-20M also offers manual or auto-level recording. The “auto” level is perfect if you are recording from the crowd. Thanks to the manual level, musicians can capture optimal sound checks and live performances.
 
MULTITASKING WITH DUAL LCDS
The dual LCDs on the LS-20 allow you to frame your video while simultaneously checking your audio levels.
 
VISUALIZER
Enable the Visualizer during playback to view imagery that pulses and dances with the audio. Choose from options like Equalizer, Pink Line and Rainy Blue.

Olympus LS-20M Technical Specs


Recording Formats
Voice:    PCM (WAV) and MP3
Movie:    MOV
 
Recording Media

SD/SDHC card slot
 
Max Audio Recording Times (2GB SD card)

PCM
96kHz 24bit: 55m
44.1kHz 16bit: 3h
MP3
320kbps: 12h45m
256kbps: 16h
Max Shooting Times (2GB SD card)

1920 x 1080 30fps
96kHz 24bit: 15m 
44.1kHz 16bit: 17m
1280 x 720 30fps
96kHz 24bit: 20m 
44.1kHz 16bit: 30m
640 x 480 30fps
320kbps 44.1kHz: 1h
256kbps 44.1kHz: 1h
Image sensor: 1/4 inch CMOS, 5.32 Mega Pixel
Lens: 4.1mm (16:9 at 49mm, 4:3 at 59mm)
LCD: 2.0 inch colour
USB: Hi speed USB 2.0
Frequency response: PCM 96kHz/24bit: 20Hz-44kHz
Maximum headphone output: 3.0mW+3.0mW (at load of 16Ω)
Speaker: 16 mm round dynamic speaker
Maximum speaker output: 270mW (8Ω load)
Microphone Jack: 3.5mm dia
Earphone Jack: 3.5mm dia
Power Supply: Lithium Ion Battery / AC adapter
Compatible OS (USB connection)
Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) & 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7  - 32bit & 64bit
Size: 5.3 x 2.5 x 0.7 inch (134.7 x 62.8 x 18.2 mm)
Weight: 5.4 oz  (154g), including batteries

 

Olympus LS-20M Press Release


New Full-HD Video Combined with Magic Movie Special Effects and Pristine Audio Recording to Create Movies that Look and Sound Like Professional Productions

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 3, 2011 – Transforming everyday videos into memorable movies can be a challenge, but the Olympus LS-20M Linear PCM recorder makes it easy to add creative flair to any recording with the introduction of high-definition video. Record a live recital, create home movies and upload amazing linear PCM audio and high-definition video with the new Olympus LS-20M. Incorporating technologies much like those that debuted in recent Olympus digital imaging products, the new LS-20M is the first Olympus recorder that captures and edits 1080p HD video while recording 24 bit/96 hHz Linear PCM stereo sound. Combined with four different optional Magic Movie special effects features, the LS-20M enables users to create home movies that look and sound like professional productions in a device that's so compact it fits in your pocket.

"The potential number of uses for the Olympus LS-20M Linear PCM recorder are limitless," said Amy Leslie, product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. "Anyone looking to capture and upload music performances, sporting events, weddings, meetings or just create their own fun videos, can use the LS-20M for their personal and professional audio and video needs."

Lights, Camera, Action
The new Olympus LS-20M takes handheld recording to a new dimension with HD video. By combining Olympus' superior audio capabilities, cutting-edge design and the outstanding optical performance expected from Olympus, this all-in-one handheld offers the versatility and practicality you need.

Olympus is creating more ways for consumers to share memories and express themselves through video. Users can capture full HD movies utilizing one of three video format settings up to 1080p for stunning HD video clarity. The camera lens and microphones are located on top of the unit – just point the device in the direction of the intended object and hit record. A crisp, 2.0-inch color LCD on the front of the device clearly displays the video as its being shot. Below the video LCD is a 1.46-inch LCD data screen that displays time, audio levels and battery life. Want to record a live recital that looks and sounds like a professional ballet? The LS-20M can do that, just point and record.

The HD video compression format makes it easy to upload videos to Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, Vimeo and other web-based content sharing sites, and the resolution offers remarkable detail on modern home theatre systems.

The camera features a 4.1mm (16:9 at 49mm, 4:3 at 59mm) autofocus lens and 4x digital zoom delivering premium video no matter where you are shooting. The Olympus LS-20M allows users to record in low light for more dramatic footage and also offers close-up video shooting. The combination of video and audio excellence has an infinite number of possibilities. Record a close-up of a hummingbird in HD video and set it to your own sound track of better-than-CD quality audio.

Studio-Grade Audio
Olympus has been on the cutting edge of audio recording technology since inventing the microcassette format in 1969. The fourth in the series, the LS-20M lives up to the company's renowned history of Linear PCM recording capability, to capture the rich, dynamic sound quality of music performances; like a studio in your pocket. The device captures rich, dynamic sound with its two condenser mics, and the ability to record in Linear PCM (WAV files) and MP3 formats. Use internal or external microphones to record better-than-CD quality audio for movies that sound like they were made in a Hollywood studio.

The recording features don't stop at amazing sound quality. For your convenience, the Olympus LS-20M offers manual or auto-level recording. The "auto" level is perfect if you are recording from the crowd. Thanks to the manual level, musicians can capture optimal sound checks and live performances.

Certain settings, like crowded press conferences or a live show at a packed club can provide unwanted background noise that can later be incredibly frustrating. Thankfully, the Olympus LS-20M features a switchable low-cut filter that enables users to eliminate low-frequency sounds and unwanted background noises, like coughing. Collaborating musicians who want to monitor the recording progress on the fly can do so with the built-in speaker.

The Olympus LS-20M voice-activation feature automatically starts a recording when a certain level of sound is reached. The self-timer feature starts the recording process after a predetermined amount of time; both are ideal for recording a performance or video without having to operate the recorder.

Movie Making Magic
Specially designed to expand the potential of your creativity, the new, simple to operate, Magic Movie special effects technology turns scenes of everyday life into extraordinary images that are distinctive and compelling. Using technology from Olympus' cameras, Magic Movie allows users to create exciting videos, then upload and share them with the world on YouTube or Facebook. Unleash your creative side by incorporating linear PCM audio with your own artistic expression.

The LS-20M Magic Movie special effects settings:

Rock -- create your own rock video! Step on stage with the classic Rock Magic Movie setting, featuring saturated black images and bright, bold background colors;
Sketch – the Sketch Magic Movie setting turns your video into a living and breathing pencil drawing, reminiscent of some popular 80's videos. Sketch adds an artistic feel and poetic flavor to your recordings;
Pinhole --the Pinhole Magic Movie setting allows users to record video with soft, darkened outside edges - enhancing the subject in the center of the video. Pinhole is great for setting a mood to tie in with the melody or focus of your recorded sound;
Pop -- The Pop Magic Movie setting super-saturates colors to create a brighter, more vivid video recording. Turn your world into a work of pop art!

Powerful Punch in a Compact Package
The Olympus LS-20M features a lightweight, durable, black body with silver function buttons in a slim, pocket-size device that fits in your palm. At just 5.3 inches long and 5.4 ounces, the LS-20M provides remarkable power in a convenient and portable size.

The attractive Olympus LS-20M is eye-catching and designed with ease-of-use in mind, with the control panel located just below the video and data LCDs. As the previous LS-series models, the record button lights up when activated and the thumb panel enables easy adjustments to settings while recording. A switch on the right side panel allows for easy transition from audio/video to audio-only recording.

Inputs at the base of the unit offer easy access to USB and HDMI connections. Plugging the device into a computer or tablet for fast video uploads couldn't be easier.

Accessories
The Olympus LS-20M is packaged with everything needed to make HD movies straight out of the box. It's equipped with a 2GB SD card, one rechargeable Lithium ion battery, and a USB cable. The battery is easily charged by plugging in the LS-20M to a computer. For added memory, the LS-20M can handle SDHC cards up to 32GB for long hours of movie making.

An optional RS-30W Wireless Remote empowers users to start and stop the recording of the Olympus LS-20M without touching the unit. This is ideal for live performances, as the device can be placed in an optimal recording position and activated at a distance.

Pricing and Availability
The Olympus LS-20M provides excellent audio and HD video recording of premium movies at a highly competitive price: estimated street price of $299.99 (U.S.). It will be available in June 2011. Was released in Australia in September 2011.


Worth viewing below, an independent review of the Olympus LS-20M from the Geekanoid YouTube channel out of the UK

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