This compact, easily-concealed recorder can hold up to 75 hours of audio recordings. Also records quality color video and still images; can even function as a Webcam.
Records and stores up to 75 hours of audio.
Functions as a Web cam.
Records color video.
Takes still images.
Records 180 minute audio clips.
Records 60 minute video clips.
Internal memory: 4GB.
Video Resolution: 640 x 480 @ up to 30fps.
Video File format: AVI.
Still image resolution: 1280 x 1024.
Video size: .9 MB/min.
Power supply: Internal 300mAh Li-Ion.
Storage: Internal 4GB.
OS: Windows 2000 and later (Use FAT32).
Size: 86.5mm x 30mm x 19mm.
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Set of earbuds.
A voice recorder can be a great asset, especially if you use it properly. Here's some free information to help you do just that.
If your intention is to discreetly record conversations, keep the presence of the recording device secret. That means keep it concealed until you are in a place where you can access it unobserved. If you're meeting at someone else's facility, don't adjust the settings in their conference room (they may have a hidden camera); make the adjustments before you arrive.
Do battery charging and data transfer in a location where you can't be observed, not just where you are unlikely to be observed.
Keep the existence of the voice recorder on a "need to know" basis. The fewer people who know, the better. This may sound obvious, but it's a rule many people break. And it's how everyone finds out, thus defeating the purpose of having it.
If using to collect evidence for a lawsuit,consult your attorney or a licensed private investigator about proper evidence collection procedures first.
Take a cue from Realtors. Location, location, location. It's critical you use the device where the ambient noise doesn't interfere with what's recorded or provide statements that you can't attribute to the intended target of the investigation. That leaves out places like bars.
Run a test once you've determined how you're doing the setup. You want to ensure you can get a clear recording, undetected.
Be prepared for discovery. Despite your best plans, inadvertent things do happen. Most people will be offended at being recorded without their permission. How will you handle that? Some ideas:
If it's not a serious situation (e.g., not investigating a crime), you could say, "You say witty things, and I just wanted to catch those spontaneously. I didn't want a recorder throwing you off your game."
If you're meeting with a client, you can say, "We're both being recorded. I'll send you a copy so you have it also. My intention was to make sure I didn't overlook a concern you have, by reviewing this later. I want to ensure you are listened to and your needs are met. Are you OK with that?"
Suppose this happens during a job interview, and you are the interviewer. You could take the attitude that this person needs you or wouldn't be here. But isn't that why you are also in the interview? And do you think this person's going to be delighted at being spied on? You can say, "Sometimes people have very good questions and though I intend to answer them in a followup I forget. I don't want to add to the stress of an interview by making people feel they are being recorded, but I also want to make sure I don't drop some important detail."
Suppose this happens during a job interview, and you are the interviewee. You can say, "I'm glad I made the long trip here, but it's a long trip back. For that reason, I coulddrop some important detail that concerns you and I just don't want to be careless. So I made use of technology and planned ahead so I don't inadvertently overlook something that matters to you. Because if it matters to you, then it matters to me."