Tascam DR-10SG Camera-mountable audio recorder with shotgun microphone

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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.

Features at a glance

  • 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 media
MicroSD card (64 MB-2 GB)
MicroSDHC card (4-32 GB)
Recording/playback formats
BWF-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 input
Built-in shotgun mic
Directional pattern
Input gain
0–50 dB (in 1-dB increments)
Camera connector
3.5-mm stereo mini jack
(dual mono audio output; an attenuator cable can be connected to reduce the output level)
USB port
Micro-B connector
USB 2.0 HIGH SPEED mass storage class
Audio performance

Frequency response
50 Hz – 20 kHz
S/N ratio
78 dB (+30 dB gain, A-weighting)
Power supply and other specifications

Power supply
1 AAA cell (alkaline battey, NiMH rechargeable or lithium battery)
USB bus power from a computer
Power consumption
0.75 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)
Ni-MH rechargeable (Eneloop)
Lithium battery (Energizer Ultimate Lithium)
Date and time data retention
Secondary lithium battery (built-in)
Dimensions (w × h × d, excluding protrusions)
53 mm × 70 mm × 168 mm
110 g (including batteries)
98 g (excluding batteries)
Operating temperature range
0–40 °C