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Olympus DS-5000

$600.00 Released August, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Compact and lightweight. Backlit LCD display. Multi-function cradle - charge, record or upload stored files.

The Cons:Very expensive. Not widely available - can be purchased from authorized resellers only. Limited internal storage - 512MB.

The DS-5000 is a digital voice recorder from Olympus' DS series that is specially designed for professional use.  The recorder features DSS Pro recording technology with high compression and clarity for improved sound quality.

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  It is designed with a 1.7-inch backlit LCD display for controlling the device and is compact and lightweight, at 3.88 oz.  The device utilizes a slide switch for easier operation and has a built-in memory card slot that supports SD and microSD formats for storage flexibility.  The DS-5000 includes a voice-activated Variable Control Voice Actuator feature which automatically records once it hears sound to save memory and battery life.  It offers conference and dictation settings as well as file editing and management, and PC Link capabilities.  The recorder also has three programmable buttons for customizing the functions and has a lock feature with password protection.  The DS-5000 comes with a multi-function cradle that can be used to charge, record, or upload files, and has a suggested retail price of $600.


  • DSS Pro (DS2) Recording
  • Voice Activated Variable Control Voice Actuator
  • 1.7-inch Backlit LCD Display
  • Slide Switch Operation
  • Conference and Dictation Settings
  • File Editing
  • Three Programmable Buttons
  • Lock Function /w Password
  • Comes with DSS Player Software
  • SD/microSD Card Slot
  • USB 2.0 Technology
  • Comes with Multi-Function Cradle
  • Battery Life: 32 Hours per 2 x AA Batteries
  • Weight: 3.88 oz.
  • Dimensions: 4.5" x 2.0" x 0.7"

User Reviews (1)

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    compact and lightweight

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    backlit LCD display

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    multi-function cradle - charge, record or upload stored files

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    voice activated - automatically records when it senses sound

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    includes leather carrying case

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    includes AC adapter

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    3 programmable buttons

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    rechargable Lithium-ion battery pack

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    allows for memory expansion through affordable, easy to find, and capacious SD/microSD flash cards

  • 1

    excellent recorded sound quality

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    upgradable firmware

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    very expensive

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    not widely available - can be purchased from authorized resellers only

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    limited internal storage - 512MB

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    no instant rewind

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