Tascam DR 10SG

Tascam DR 10SG



The DR-10SG is a mini recorder that weighs only 100 grams. It has an integrated shotgun microphone than can be placed on any camera with a hotshoe and will help beginners in particular to add sound to their DSLR video recordings.

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Camera-mountable audio recorder with shotgun microphone

The DR-10SG is a mini recorder that weighs only 100 grams. It has an integrated shotgun microphone than can be placed on any camera with a hotshoe and will help beginners in particular to add sound to their DSLR video recordings. The recorder creates mono recordings in WAV/BWF format with a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz at a resolution of 16 or 24 bits or space-saving MP3-format recordings and offers automatic or manual level adjustment, a limiter, low-pass filter and EQ presets for different scenarios. It is also capable of dual recordings, with the second recording at a reduced level to protect against overloads and hence distortion.

A slate signal function and the ability to forward the sound signal to the camera simplify synchronisation during post-editing of the video material. The DR-10SG has a USB port for data exchange and is powered by a single AAA battery. A noise isolation arm and a wind shield for the microphone are included.

Custom designed, high-performance shotgun microphone

An all-new shotgun capsule was designed by Tascam for the DR-10SG. The super-cardioid pickup pattern captures sound in the direction it is pointing while rejecting ambient noise and reverberation. The design of this microphone is purpose-built to pick up your subject’s voice from your camera, without noise from traffic, surf, echo, and other distractions.

Four EQ presets to match the subject and setting

The DR-10SG’s built-in equalizer tailors the recording to sound best in your environment. It includes the following four presets:

  • NATURAL: Flat response for a natural-sounding recording.
  • STANDARD: Standard EQ for a video camera shotgun mic, adding clarity.
  • INTERVIEW: EQ optimized for voice recordings in interviews, conversations and similar scenes.
  • FIELD: Ideal EQ for recording sound effects and other background sounds.
  • High-quality audio, simple to use
  • The DR-10SG provides digital recording with the convenience of a camera accessory. Detailed electrical design includes rejection of power supply and camera noise in a compact design. Controlled listening tests during the design stage led to consisent improvements in the design, from the best shotgun capsule design to the need for high-performance capacitors in the power supply.

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Portable Recorder

  • Cost-effective miniature audio recorder with shotgun microphone for DSLR cameras
  • High-quality mono sound recording with easy setup
  • Directly attachable to the camera with standard-size shoe mount
  • Compact, lightweight chassis (only 110 g with battery)
  • Shotgun microphone features super-cardioid directional pattern for clear direct sound even in noisy environments
  • Records to microSD/microSDHC card (up to 32 GB)
  • Mono/poly recording at 44.1/48 kHz sample rate and 16/24-bit resolution
  • BWF-compatible WAV format allows inclusion of time information within audio files
  • Recording and playback of MP3 format files
    • Sampling rate: 44.1/48 kHz, resolution: 16/24 bits
    • Bit rate: 128/192 kbit/s (recording), 32–320 kbit/s (playback)
  • Auto or manual gain control
  • Switchable limiter to prevent clipping
  • Switchable low-cut filter conveniently reduces low-frequency noise
  • EQ presets for different scenes of use
  • Dual recording function allows two files to be recorded simultaneously at different levels to provide a safety track in case of distortion (level reduction for secondary recording selectable –6/–12 dB)
  • Output connector to allow recording the audio also on the camera for later synchronization
  • Slate tone generator to simplify synchronization of video files when editing
  • Three LEDs for level monitoring
  • Headphones connector for input monitoring and playback
  • Name for recorded files can be set
  • Floating structure to avoid operation noise
  • USB 2.0 port for high-speed file transfer to computers
  • Operates on one AAA battery (Alkaline, NiMH, Lithium) or USB bus power
  • Included accessories:
    • Isolation arm to reduce lens operation noise
    • Windscreen to reduce noise in outdoor applications
Recording mediaMicroSD card (64 MB-2 GB)

MicroSDHC card (4-32 GB)

Recording/playback formatsBWF-compatible WAV format, 44.1/48 kHz, 16/24 bits, mono/poly

MP3 format, 44.1/48 kHz, 128/192 kbit/s (recording) 32–320 kbit/s (playback)

Input and output
Microphone inputBuilt-in shotgun mic
  Directional patternSupercardioid
  Input gain0–50 dB (in 1-dB increments)
Camera connector3.5-mm stereo mini jack 

(dual mono audio output; an attenuator cable can be connected to reduce the output level)

USB portMicro-B connector
  FormatUSB 2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
Audio performance
Frequency response50 Hz – 20 kHz
S/N ratio78 dB (+30 dB gain, A-weighting)
Power supply and other specifications
Power supply1 AAA cell (alkaline battey, NiMH rechargeable or lithium battery)

USB bus power from a computer

Power consumption0.75 W (maximum)
Current consumption (via USB bus power)0.15 A (maximum)
Approximate battery operation time in hours:minutes (continuous operation)Conditions: Recording, headphones not connected, limiter off, dual recording off, file type: mono, file format: WAV, 48 kHz, 24 bit, recording time according to JEITA
  Alkaline battery (Evolta)8:30
  Ni-MH rechargeable (Eneloop)7:30
  Lithium battery (Energizer Ultimate Lithium)15:00
Date and time data retentionSecondary lithium battery (built-in)
Dimensions (w × h × d, excluding protrusions)53 mm × 70 mm × 168 mm
Weight110 g (including batteries)

98 g (excluding batteries)

Operating temperature range0–40 °C



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