Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR

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Main Features
  • Two built-in omnidirectional mics
  • 128x64-pixel graphic LCD with backlight
  • HDDA (High Definition Discrete Architecture) mic preamps
  • Compact, Rugged Design Can Be Attached Above or Below the Camera
  • 16/24-bit, 44.1k/48k/96k Hz (WAV/BWF)
  • 4 XLR/TRS combo jacks allow a variety of setups
  • Built-in 4-in/2-out Mixer Enables 4-channel and Stereo Recording
  • Delay function to adjust for distances between mics (+/−150 ms)
  • Custom-designed for Video Recording on DSLR cameras

The DR-70D from TASCAM is the ultimate audio recording solution for filmmakers. Four balanced XLR mic inputs meet the requirements of production sound, from professional users to indie DSLR shooters. The compact format can be mounted either above or below a camera, and a pair of built-in microphones can capture sound on-set. The interface is designed for quick adjustment, with additional features to keep recording levels under control.  

Four XLR mic inputs with phantom power are included on the DR-70D, enough to cover busy scenes. The High-Quality HDDA(High Definition Discrete Architecture) Mic Preamps  include 64dB of gain for quiet performances, and all four inputs have individual gain controls. Each input has a limiter and low cut filter available for controlling volume. Also included is Dual Recording mode, which records a safety copy of your audio at a lower level to prevent distorted takes. Quality components like 5532 op amps are used throughout for the clearest audio possible.

Tracks on the DR-70D are captured to SD card, SDHC or SDXC media – up to 128GB cards are supported. The recorder has tripod mounts on the top and bottom of the unit, allowing it to be mounted on a camera, a follow-focus cage, or used standalone. Other production friendly features include a slate tone, low-noise buttons, a powerful headphone output, and standard AA battery power.

Uniquely designed for the needs of filmmakers, television producers, advertisers, and documentarians, the DR-70D packs multitrack recording into a package compact enough to use with any camera.

Features at a glance

Supports SD/SDHC/SDXC cards
Maximum number of tracks recorded simultaneously: (4)
Recording modes: MONO, STEREO, 2MIX, DUAL MONO, DUAL ST, DUAL 2MIX
Recording formats: 16/24-bit, 44.1k/48k/96k Hz (WAV/BWF)
TASCAM HDDA microphone preamps provide legendary audio performance
Input levels can be adjusted independently
XLR/TRS inputs support +4dBu line level and phantom power (24V/48V)
Supports mics requiring plug-in power, and mics with high output (1-2)
CAMERA OUT jack enables audio mixed on the DR-70D to be output to the camera
CAMERA IN jack allows the DSLR camera audio to be monitored through the DR-70D
High-quality audio output through the line output jack that is independent of the headphones jack
Headphone jack with 20mW+20mW maximum output
Tripod mounting threads (bottom), camera screw attachment and a shoe mount that can be attached and removed with a coin (top)
Handles on the front left and right sides protect the screen and can be used to attach a shoulder strap
Transport and SLATE buttons are made of rubber to prevent handling noise during use
HOLD switch prevents accidental operation
128x64-pixel graphic LCD with backlight
High-speed transfer of files to a computer using USB 2.0
Micro-B USB cable included
Operates on (4) AA batteries, with an optional AC adapter (TASCAM PS-P515U) or USB cable provided with the unit (USB bus power).
BP-6AA external battery pack (sold separately) makes operation for even longer times possible
RC-3F footswitch or RC-10 wired remote control (both sold separately) for remote control
Built-in mixer can be used to adjust Pan and Level to mix output of (4) channels
Low-cut filter with five settings (40/80/120/180/220 Hz) to be used to reduce unwanted air-conditioning noise and other low-frequency sounds
 Limiter function can automatically adjust excessive input levels (stereo-linking possible for 1/L and 2/R)
 Delay function to adjust for distances between mics (+/−150 ms)
 Mid-side decoding function enables the use of mid-side stereo mics
 Slate tone functions (automatic/manual)
 Selectable slate tone insertion points (recording start or recording start and finish when using the automatic slate function)
 File name format can be set to use a user-defined word or date
 Dual recording function allows two files to be recorded simultaneously at different levels (second file at between −1 dB and −12 dB)
 Can start a new file automatically when a maximum file size set in advance is reached to continue recording
 Track incrementing function allows a file to be split by creating a new file during recording when desired
 Resume function remembers the playback position when the unit is turned off
 Mark function allows up to 99 points to be added to a single recording (mark information can be used in software that supports the BWF format)

Recording media SD card(64MB to 2GB), SDHC card(4GB to 32GB), SDXC card(48GB to 128GB)

Recording format

WAV 44.1k / 48k / 96k Hz, 16bit / 24bit
BWF 44.1k / 48k / 96k Hz, 16bit / 24bit

Number of channels 4-channel (stereo 2, mono 4)

Analog audio input
1/L, 2/R, 3/L, 4/R connectors
Connector XLR-3-31 (1:GND, 2:HOT, 3:COLD) / 6.3mm(1/4")TRS standard jack

Set to "MIC / MIC+PHANTOM"
Input impedance 2k ohms
Phantom power 48V +/-4V(10mA/CH), 24V +/-4V(10mA/CH)
Maximum input level 0dBu
Minimum input level -72dBu
MIC input gain TRIM MAX
LOW +11dB
HIGH +51dB
HI + PLUS
+63dB

Set to "LINE"

Input impedance 10k ohms or more
Standard input level +4dBu
Maximum input level +20dBu

1/2 connector
Connector 3.5mm(1/8")stereo mini jack (this connector can be supplied plug-in power)
Input impedance 10k ohms
Maximum input level +10dBV
Minimum input level -50dBV
MIC input gain TRIM MAX
LOW +3dB
HIGH +26dB
HI + PLUS +38dB

CAMERA IN connector
Connector 3.5mm(1/8")stereo mini jack
Input impedance 10k ohms
Standard input level -10dBV
Maximum input level +6dBV

Analog audio output

LINE OUT connector
Connector 3.5mm(1/8")stereo mini jack
Output impedance 200 ohms
Standard output level -10dBV
Maximum output level +6dBV

CAMERA OUT connector
Connector 3.5mm(1/8")stereo mini jack
Output impedance 200 ohms
Standard output level -40dBV
Maximum output level +24dBV

PHONES connector

Connector 3.5mm(1/8")stereo mini jack
Maximum output level 20mW + 20mW

USB
Connector Micro-B type
Format USB2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class

REMOTE
Connector 2.5mm TRS jack

Power
4 AA batteries(Alkaline or NI-MH),
USB bus power,
Dedicated AC adapter(TASCAM PS-P515U, sold separately),
Dedicated external battery pack(TASCAM BP-6AA, sold separately)

Power consumption
5.0W

Continuous operation time
2ch WAV, 44.1kHz, 16bit rec
Phantom power not used

DR-70D
Alkaline batteries (EVOLTA) About 6:00 min : When XLR/TRS input selecte (Phantom off)
About 3:30 min : When XLR/TRS input selecte (Phantom on)
About 11:00 min : When 3/4 MIC (Built-in Mic) selected
NI-MH batteries (eneloop) About 6:15 min : When XLR/TRS input selecte (Phantom off)
About 3:15 min : When XLR/TRS input selecte (Phantom on)
About 10:30 min : When 3/4 MIC (Built-in Mic) selected
NI-MH batteries
(eneloop pro) About 7:45 min : When XLR/TRS input selecte (Phantom off)
About 4:45 min : When XLR/TRS input selecte (Phantom on)
About 14:15 min : When 3/4 MIC (Built-in Mic) selected
DR-70D + BP-6AA *BP-6AA is using the alkaline batteries (EVOLTA).
Alkaline batteries (EVOLTA) About 13:00 min : When XLR/TRS input selecte (Phantom off)
About 7:30 min : When XLR/TRS input selecte (Phantom on)
About 25:30 min : When 3/4 MIC (Built-in Mic) selected
NI-MH batteries (eneloop) About 12:45 min : When XLR/TRS input selecte (Phantom off)
About 7:45 min : When XLR/TRS input selecte (Phantom on)
About 24:45 min : When 3/4 MIC (Built-in Mic) selected
NI-MH batteries
(eneloop pro) About 14:30 min : When XLR/TRS input selecte (Phantom off)
About 8:45 min : When XLR/TRS input selecte (Phantom on)
About 27:00 min : When 3/4 MIC (Built-in Mic) selected

Dimensions 6.65(W)2.2(H)4.2(D)inch
169(W)55.2(H)106.5(D)mm
(with the top adapter attached)

Weight 1.37lb ( including batteries) / 1.16lb (without batteries )
625g ( including batteries) / 530g (without batteries )

Operating temperature 0 to 40˚C



Audio performance
Frequency response 20-20kHz +0.5/-2dB(LINE IN or MIC IN to LINE OUT, Fs44.1k/48k Hz, JEITA)
20-40kHz +0.5/-3dB(LINE IN or MIC IN to LINE OUT, Fs96kHz, JEITA)
Distortion 0.02% or less(LINE IN or MIC IN to LINE OUT Fs44.1k/48k/96k Hz, JEITA)
S/N ratio 92dB or more(LINE IN or MIC IN to LINE OUT Fs44.1k/48k/96k Hz, JEITA)
Equivalent input noise -120dBu or less


Computer compatibility

Windows
OS Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
CPU Pentium 300MHz or more
RAM 128MB or more
USB recommended: USB2.0

Macintosh
OS Mac OS X Jaguar (V10.2), Mac OS X Panther (V10.3), Mac OS X Tiger (V10.4),
Mac OS X Leopard (V10.5), Mac OS X Snow Leopard(V10.6.8), OS X Lion(V10.7),
OS X Mountain Lion(V10.8), OS X Mavericks(10.9)
CPU Power PC, iMac, G3, G4 266MHz or more
RAM 64MB or more
USB recommended: USB2.0


Recording Duration

The table below shows the maximum recording time on SD/SDHC cards of different capacities for different file formats for recording.
File format(recording setting) SD/SDHC card capacity(hours:mintes)
1GB 2GB 4GB 8GB
WAV/BWF 16bit(STEREO) 44.1kHz 1:41 3:22 6:44 13:28
48kHz 1:33 3:06 6:12 12:24
96kHz 0:46 1:33 3:06 6:12
WAV/BWF 24bit(STEREO) 44.1kHz 1:07 2:15 4:30 9:00
48kHz 1:02 2:04 4:08 8:16
96kHz 0:31 1:02 2:04 4:08

The recording times shown above are estimates. They might differ depending on the SD/SDHC card in use.
The recording times shown above are not continuous recording times, but rather they are the total possible recording times for the SD/SDHC card.
If recorded in mono in WAV files, the maximum recording time will be double the figures above.
For dual and 4-channel recording in WAV/BWF format, the recording times are about half those shown above.

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Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR
 
4.4

(based on 5 reviews)

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5.0

Excellent device.

By gerard

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR:

Excellent performance; easy to use. Great bit of kit for DSLR filmmaking.

 
4.0

Very good in this price range

By T McGee

from Victoria

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Price

Cons

  • Noisy At Mid And Above
  • Not Enough Buttons

Best Uses

    Comments about Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR:

    In the sub $500 price range, there really isn't much around with the same feature set as the DR-70. The zoom models are a pain to work with when location recording, but fine for most other uses. Obviously the build and sound quality is nowhere near the brilliant Sound Devices range, but it shouldn't be, since it's (at least) a quarter of the price!

    The good: 4 XLR inputs, easy to use pots, ability to name files, price, power via USB

    The bad: noisy headphone output, quite noisy at the MID -> HIGH+ gain settings, having to manually set gain settings (LOW, MID etc)

    Pretty impressed with the unit after a week on location at near zero degree temps! The build quality is decent, although I have noticed a bit of dust creeping in behind the LCD screen cover.
    There were a few moments where the unit froze on me, requiring power disconnection, but otherwise it's been good. Easy to use, audio quality is pretty good, but like I said, if you need an entry level location recorder without forking out too much, this is your best bet at the moment.

    TIP: Get yourself a lithium power bank! A 9000mAh unit lasted about 3 days (with phantom on).

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Unit. Good Soung

    By Squareeyed

    from Melbourne Vic

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Okay Sound
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Conversations
      • Lectures

      Comments about Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR:

      This has been a great addition to my blackmagic kit. After using an interface for audio into the blackmagic this unit provides extremely clean audio in comparison

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      4.0

      SMALL AND EFFECTIVE

      By DB

      from Perth Western Australia

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • High Quality Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR:

          I'm using this for voiceovers, mostly driving a 416. The dual recording feature is very helpful and for the price I don't think you can beat it for this sort of job. Of course it isn't the best for video field work, but you'll pay a lot more for quality gear for that - it's designed for DSLR work, not ENG. Does tend to chew the batteries, but not drastically so. My only negative comment is that I found the menus a bit of a learning curve (and I'm familiar with this stuff), so I've set it up the way I want and no more fiddling. No idea about its reliability yet. But so far it's been a nice little piece of equipment. No regrets.

           
          4.0

          This is a game changer

          By Benski

          from Melbourne, Vic, Australia

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • High Quality Sound
          • Long Battery Life
          • Reliable
          • Super Easy Functionality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Run And Gun Recording

            Comments about Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR:

            I use this along side my BMPCC and it works a treat, it's small enough to mount on my rail system and is easy to adjust.

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            UPC: 043774031139
            Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR
            • USB cable
            • Camera attachment bracket screw hole covers 6
            • Owner's Manual (including warranty)
            • 3-Year Warranty

            Required Accessories

            The following items are NOT included in the box.
            General Batteries
             Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR
            DURACELL AA PROCELL Bulk Batteries in Box of 24
            Price: $26.95
            Inc GST
            IN STOCK
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             Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR
            Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB 95MB/s SDXC UHS-I Memory Card
            Price: $97.00
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            Hosa Stereo 3.5mm (1/8") Male to Stereo 3.5mm (1/8") Male - 1m
            Price: $7.00
            Inc GST
            IN STOCK

            Required Accessories

            The following items are NOT included in the box.
            General Batteries
             Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR
            DURACELL AA PROCELL Bulk Batteries in Box of 24
            Price: $26.95
            Inc GST
            IN STOCK
            SD & Micro SD Cards
             Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR
            Sandisk Extreme Pro 64GB 95MB/s SDXC UHS-I Memory Card
            Price: $97.00
            Inc GST
            IN STOCK

            Optional Accessories

            You may also be interested in the following items:
            Accessories for Field Audio Recorders
             Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR
            Tascam RC-3F 3 Way Foot Switch
            Price: $83.00
            Inc GST
            Ship Time: 2-3 Business days
            Circumaural - Around The Ears
             Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR
            Sony MDR7506 Pro Monitor Headphone
            Price: $159.00
            Inc GST
            IN STOCK
            Mini to Mini Cables
             Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR
            Hosa Stereo 3.5mm (1/8") Male to Stereo 3.5mm (1/8") Male - 1m
            Price: $7.00
            Inc GST
            IN STOCK
            What's in the box
            Tascam DR-70D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR
            • USB cable
            • Camera attachment bracket screw hole covers 6
            • Owner's Manual (including warranty)
            • 3-Year Warranty
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