My main technique for recording is to leave the recording gear in the woods overnight. The amount of quality sounds I have been able to obtain with this method has far outdone what I could gather if I were only recording when I was hiking. Overnight recording does require more recording space and larger batteries.
Last time we looked at a recorder that was listed under $360. The next step up is:
Field Recorders under $450.
In the mid-priced range is the Sony PCM-D50.
The user’s manual can be found at:
Excellent reviews can be read at:
Forums discussing this recorder are:
There are several videos posted on YouTube.
Recording media – 4Gb internal flash memory (accepts additional 4 GB Memory Stick)
Maximum recordable time – Using both the internal flash and external memory stick the record time in .wav at 44.1kHz 16bit CD quality mode is almost 13 hours.
Batteries – uses 4 AA batteries – Sony claims 14 hours record time
Sound file courtesy of f7 sound and vision
Conclusion – I have not used this particular unit but those who have appear to think it has many advantages over others in this price range.
– great sound quality
– long battery life
– sturdy build quality
– no xlr microphone ports unless you purchase an expensive adaptor box
– records only in .wav and compressed .wav