Olympus LS-5 Recorder Review

Hands-on with the Olympus LS-5 Audio Recorder, a handy voice recorder for podcasters, broadcasters and musicians


What is the Olympus LS-5?

It’s a high-spec portable audio recorder. If capturing high-quality audio is something you need to do, then this device show be top of your list.

This is a linear recorder – if that’s a term you’re not familiar with, it means that it records audio without any compression. Portable recorders, including electronic dictation machines, mini-disc players (remember them?) and mobile phone voice recorders all use compression to keep the file sizes down, but this recorder from Olympus records uncompressed PCM WAV. It can also record in Windows WMA and even in MP3 (handy for podcasts).

Olympus LS-5 Recorder

Product highlights

  • Robust metal design
  • Compact size
  • Stereo mics and stereo speakers
  • 3GB memory (up to 69 hours at lowest quality setting)
  • Uses SD card for extra space
  • Battery: 2 x AA (23 hours) – also runs from 5V DC
  • Mic IN and Line IN sockets
  • USB connectivity

If you’re looking for a powerful handheld audio recorder, then the new LS-5 from Olympus should be top of your list.

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Olympus LS-5 Review

We’re currently putting the LS-5 through its paces, and we hope to have a full review very soon. In the meantime, here’s what we have so far.


Photos of the Olympus LS-5

Right side view of Olympus LS-5

Left side view of Olympus LS-5

Olympus LS-5 Mics



The Olympus LS-5 is supplied with a CD version of Olympus Sonority – This software package handles the transferring and managing audio files, plus editing of recorded audio.

Olympus Sonority

Olympus Sonority

The Sonority software detects when you have connected your LS-5, and allows you to play files or to transfer recordings. It also supports audio editing, adding effects such as echo, vocal boost and noise reduction.

Olympus Sonority is a software application that connects your PC with an OLYMPUS Voice Recorder, allowing for the centralized management and editing of audio files. In addition to sound recording, playback, and splitting/combining files, this software makes audio and music editing more enjoyable by including a file converter and various effect features.


Olympus LS-5 Supplied with

The Olympus LS-5 is supplied with the following:

  • USB Lead
  • Strap
  • 2 x windshields for the stereo mics
  • 2 x AA batteries
  • CD containing Olympus Sonority software
  • Manuals for the recorder and for the software

Olympus LS-5 Box Contents


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