FINALLY! An Audio Device Made Especially For DSLRs
Tascam has made a step into a new world of recording, creating an audio recorder designed specifically for DSLR video makers. While it’s still early days (relatively speaking) for audio equipment in DSLR videography, Tascam seems to have worked hard to balance the needs and wants of functionality with the size limitations that might be imposed by this style of work.
The functionality of the build is efficient. The Tascam DR-60D screws in to a DSLR mount, and has a tripod mount as well, allowing the whole rig to attach easily to a tripod, or whatever method your camera is mounted.
Place It Where You Need It
Tascam advertises that the DR-60D can be mounted under a camera, on a rig, or strapped around a solitary sound engineer, whatever meets your needs. It also has a connector to output sound from the recorder directly into the camera. It uses soft touch keys, to eliminate handling noise, and has a function to easily mark tracks mid-production. It records to SD or SDHC card, allowing up to 32 GB of recording.
The weight is low, given its function. For a full-fledged audio device, it comes in at 510g, or 1.12 pounds. This isn’t great if you’re having to carry it around, but as far as audio equipment goes, is far from obscene.
Packed with Badass Punch!
For what it does, The Tascam DR-60D is a small device; it comes in at 5.24 x 3.67 x 3.07 inches (133 x 93.2×78 mm), and allows up to 4 external inputs. 2 of these inputs are XLR/TRS combo jacks, that accept mic or line level signals. The other 2 inputs (channels 3 and 4) are connected with 3.5mm stereo input; this can connect any stereo equipment with a 3.5mm connection. The gain control for channels 3 and 4 functions with 1 knob, essentially making it 1 stereo channel. Whatever your audio set up, it supplies phantom power, with 24/48v options for each input, allowing a greater choice of mics.
There are a litany of options for powering this little recorder. A dedicated AC adapter, a dedicated external battery pack, a USB bus power, or even 4 AA batteries. It can last for about 4-6 hours on AAs, though this is reduced with phantom power (down to 2-3 hours).
Another little delight of this is its ability to be connected to various remotes, either the Tascam RC-10 handheld remote, or Tascam RC-3F footswitch-style remote. These are both wired connections, but allow a certain freedom when in use. These are both sold separately, however.
Overall reviews are mixed, though this is unsurprising. Many have a litany of other equipment for recording, and most negative reviews come from those who are not doing DSLR recording. Those who do use a DSLR for videography seem surprised and delighted to have high-quality equipment, designed specifically for their needs. Overall, it seems to be an interesting and impressive rig.