Pros Small, excellent audio
Cons Firmware still developing
Summary Olympus suddenly burst on to the scene with a recorder that poses the best competition to SONYs PCM-D50.
The LS-10 is an excellent recorder, producing superb audio, for $100 less than the SONY, and although it has only 2 GB onboard, it accepts SDHC which in theory should expand usable memory to 8 GB and beyond given the higher capacity cards on the market now.
The LS-10 also comes with two foam mic covers, in contrast with SONY's cheap approach of making you buy almost everything additional, including a MIC screen.
Both the LS-10 and SONY are similar in that you have to use mini connections for cables and external MICS, but this shouldn't be a problem for most folks.
I highly recommend the LS-10, and it is now, along with my PCM-D50 at the top of the solid state pack, with Zoom and other models trailing badly.
Pros This is a great recorder. The included windscreens make field recording clear and crisp. The battery life is great and the user interface is intuitive.
Cons The only thing that I could possibly say about this recorder is that I wish it had a belt clip attachment and that the audio playback speakers are weak.
Summary I love this recorder and have done away with all my desktop equipment. I purchases a table tripod to make this more efficient to use while screen casting.
Pros Rugged Aluminum Housing, Easy To Use, Small In Size, Uses Readily Available AA Batteries, Long Battery Life, Built In Speakers, Included Multi-track PC Studio By Cubase
Cons Haven't Found Any Yet
Summary This recorder is so easy to use I was recording with it right out of the box without reading the manual. The sound quality is crystal clear. It's small enough to fit into your shirt pocket. It feels very solid and durable in your hand because of the metal case it's housed in. I look forward to recording my band during our live performances. I'll be able to patch directly from our mixer into the recorder via the 1/8" stereo line input.