Olympus LS-20M Pocket Camcorder Takes a Stab at the Dead Flip

Hot on the heels of the death of the Flip, Olympus has announced their new LS-20M hand-held HD video and Linear PCM recorder. Olympus’s strength has traditionally been with audio recording devices, so this pocket camcorder should offer a much better audio recording experience than the typical pocket camcorders out there on the market today. When it comes to video, the device sports a 2″ LCD, and below the LCD there is a 1.46″ LCD data screen for showing time, audio levels and battery life. The camera also features an auto-focus lens and 4x digital zoom, it can record video in up-to 1080p, and it can even record in low light. To top it all off, the camcorder also packs in four Magic Movie settings:

•    Rock–create your own rock video! Step on stage with the classic Rock Magic Movie setting, featuring saturated black images and bright, bold background colors;
•    Sketch – the Sketch Magic Movie setting turns your video into a living and breathing pencil drawing, reminiscent of some popular 80’s videos. Sketch adds an artistic feel and poetic flavor to your recordings;
•    Pinhole –the Pinhole Magic Movie setting allows users to record video with soft, darkened outside edges – enhancing the subject in the center of the video. Pinhole is great for setting a mood to tie in with the melody or focus of your recorded sound;
•    Pop — The Pop Magic Movie setting super-saturates colors to create a brighter, more vivid video recording. Turn your world into a work of pop art!

As for audio, the LS-20M can manage to record at 24 bit/96 HHz Linear PCM stereo sound, which is better than CD quality. The device also features a neat voice-activation feature that automatically starts a recording when a certain level of sound is reached.

The Olympus LS-20M is housed in a durable black and silver body that weighs just 5.4 ounces. Unfortunately it doesn’t come with built in memory, but instead it comes bundled with just a 2gb memory card. The Olympus LS-20M will be available in June for $299.

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  1. Well, Olympus strength has been its sound recorders and its cameras are pretty good too, although you can compare it to the likes of the DSLR duopoly.

    Would to see it for testing. Still for reporters and citizen journalists it needs to be social media ready and it preferrably needs to add:
    Some zoom capabilities and a bigger screen to compete with
    …not Zoom but Sony Bloggie


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