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Up to 3 hours of voice recording
16 MB inboard memory
Two dedicated audio folders (up to 100 WAV files each), One dedicated image folder (up to 250 JPEGs)
Voice Album Software lets you add descriptions and narration to recorded images for a slideshow on your PC
Jog dial simplifies navigation and usage
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I purchased the Olympus W-10 primarily as a general-purpose note and meeting recorder, replacing a micro-cassette. The W-10 generally met or exceeded my expectations in all areas. Sound Recording -- This unit is extremely easy to use, and the interface software is excellent. Sound quality is very acceptable at the HQ and SP speeds, although I would not count on using the LP mode for anything, as the quality is very poor. I would have much preferred a 2-hour record time that was actually intelligible, instead of a 3-hour time that is not. The max usable record time, then, is at the SP 'speed,' at a little over an hour. The voice-activated recording mode works very well, and has the effect of expanding your recording time by cutting out periods of silence. For my purposes, an hour is find. Microphone sensitivity is very good. Photo capability -- There have been very mixed reviews about the camera feature, and here are my two cents on that topic: If you are looking for...
The software needed to operate the Olympus W-10 is outdated and will not run on Windows 7 or Windows 8. (I have both on 2 separate PCs) Olympus has no update to correct this. In will not run in Compatibility mode. In other words the camera is of no value because the pictures cannot be uploaded to my PC.
I bought this recorder to create some podcasts of my classes (high school). The idea is to have the students record certain group projects and then use the audio to create "quick and dirty" podcasts - nothing fancy. The sound quality is pretty low, even on "HQ", but, for the price, I really can't complain. It sounds like a very old-school tape recorder in a lot of ways. I'm not even going to talk about the camera as a functioning part of the piece because it's a piece of crap (your cell phone will do much better). But the recorder is easy to use, with working through the menu being easy enough for a bunch of 14-year-olds to figure out. If you're looking for something quick, simple, and cheap and the sound quality isn't an issue as long as it's audible, then the Olympus W-10 is your best bet.
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