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Olympus W-10 Digital Voice Recorder

Olympus W-10 Digital Voice Recorder
Product Number: 141680
Shipping date: November 2002
Box Contents
W-10 Digital Voice Recorder
USB 2.0 Cable (KP-10)
Two AAA Alkaline Batteries
CD-ROM: Olympus Voice Album software
Instruction Manual
Warranty Card

Model W-10
Recording Format Audio:ADPCM (WAVE); Image: JPEG
Recording Media 16 MB built-in Flash memory
Recording Time HQ mode: approx. 45 minutes
SP mode: approx. 67 minutes
LP mode: approx. 3 hours
Card Format n/a
Input Level -70 dBv
PC Interface USB
LCD 17 x 15 mm
LED 3 colors (red, orange, and green)
Folder Messages 2 audio folders (up to 100 messages each)
1 image folder (up to 250 images)
Sampling Frequency HQ mode: 15.5 kHz
SP mode: 10.3 kHz
LP mode: 3.9 kHz
Overall Frequency Response HQ mode: 300 - 5,800 Hz
SP Mode: 300 - 4,200 Hz
LP Mode: 300 - 1,600 Hz
LP Mode Yes
Voice Activation Available, Switchable ON/OFF
Demographic Data Input n/a
Practical Maximum Output 110 mW (8 ohm speaker)
Write Protection n/a
Speaker Built-in 23 mm round dynamic speaker
Microphone Built-in condenser microphone (monaural)
Microphone Jack n/a
Earphone Jack 3.5mm mini-jack, impedance 8 ohms
Imager 3 megapixel C-MOS sensor
Lens 6.5 mm (61 mm equivalent in 35mm photography), four elements
Aperture f2.8 (fixed)
Focus Range 31.5" - infinity (0.8 mm - infinity)
Viewfinder Optical
Image Resolution 640 X 480
ISO Auto
White Balance Auto TTL
Power Supply 2 AAA Alkaline(LR03) or 2 AAA NiMH batteries (BR-401)
External Power Supply n/a
Battery Life Alkaline
Recording: Approx. 24 hours
Shooting: Approx. 5,000 images
Size 4.7" x 1.2" x .8" (119.5 x 29.5 x 19.5 mm) excluding protrusions
Weight 2.5 oz (70 g) including alkaline batteries
OS Supported Windows® 98, Windows 98SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Home Edition
CPU Intel Pentium 233 MHz or faster
Sound Board Creative Labs Sound Blaster 16 or 100% compatible sound card
Video Card and Display 800 x 600 pixels or more, 256 colors or more
USB Port One free port
Audio Output Earphone output or speakers

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What are the main features of the W-10?

The W-10 is a digital voice recorder with a built-in digital camera. The camera has a four-element, 6.5 mm f2.8 glass lens and shoots in VGA (640 x 480) resolution. The recorder has three folders. Folders A and B are used for audio file storage. The third PHOTO folder is used for image storage. Images can be captured while recording audio. The ALARM feature can be used to schedule playback of audio files; up to five alarms can be set.

The support software for the W-10 is Olympus Voice Album. Using this software, the W-10 can also be used as a PC camera with a one-second refresh rate. Clicking on a frame saves it in the software. Olympus Voice Album can also be used to associate image and audio files with one another. This makes it possible to create Visual Index points in audio files, attach audio notes to image files, and narrate slideshows of captured images.

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Which computer operating systems support the W-10?

The W-10 is supported by Windows® 98, Windows 98SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Professional, and Windows XP Home Edition. The W-10 is not compatible with Windows XP Professional x64 or Windows Vista™.

The W-10 is not compatible with Macintosh™ operating systems because the WAVE audio format is not supported by Macintosh platforms.

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How much recording time is available in the W-10?

The length of the potential recording time available in the W-10 is governed by the recording quality mode that is selected and how much of the memory is occupied by images.

An HQ (High Quality) mode recording uses more memory than an LP (Long Play) quality mode recording because the HQ mode makes a more-detailed digital record and uses more memory than the LP mode.

The table below shows the approximate maximum recording times possible in each of the W-10's recording quality modes (assuming no images are saved):

Quality Mode Maximum Recording Time Continuous Recording Time
HQ mode 7 hours 10 minutes Approx. 45 minutes
SP mode 14 hours 50 minutes Approx. 1 hour 7 minutes
LP mode 33 hours 20 minutes Approx. 3 hours

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How is the W-10 turned off?

The HOLD switch is the ON/OFF switch on the W-10. Set the switch to HOLD when replacing the batteries to preserve the time and date settings.

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How do you take a picture with the W-10?

Compose the image in the viewfinder and gently press the shutter button down halfway. The orange LED next to the viewfinder will turn green when the camera is ready. The adjusting time varies with the brightness of the shooting environment. Press the shutter button all the way down to take the photograph. The green light will blink while the file is being written to the memory. If the orange LED blinks after pressing the shutter button, a picture was not taken.

Pictures can be taken at any time, including while the W-10 is recording audio. The W-10 can shoot up to 50 images while recording an audio file. The total number of images that the W-10 can hold depends upon how much audio has been recorded. With no audio files, the W-10 can store up to 250 images. To check how many images are in the memory, select the image folder and press the STOP button.

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How is the recording volume controlled?

The W-10 always records at 100% volume level to prevent accidentally recording with the volume set too low.

The recorder has two microphone sensitivity levels:

  • LOW is a low sensitvity level used for close-up recording.
  • HIGH (default) is a high sensitvity level used in conference or lecture situations.

Microphone sensitvity is set in the recorder Menu.

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How is the playback volume controlled?

The playback volume is adjusted using the VOLUME control dial on the right side of the recorder.

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How can I format the W-10?

The W-10 is formatted using the CLEAR function. Using the CLEAR function erases the time and date settings as well as all of the audio and photo files. The procedure is as follows:

  1. Hold the STOP button and ERASE button simultaneously for two seconds or longer. CLEAR and YES appear alternately on the display for eight seconds.
  2. Press ERASE again. The recorder will return to the factory default settings, and the date and time setting screen is displayed.

Using the CLEAR function may reset the recorder if it is performing erratically. Files deleted using the CLEAR function cannot be retrieved.

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How are files erased from the W-10?

Individual files or the entire contents of a selected folder can be erased from the W-10. Sequential file numbers of remaining files are reassigned automatically when individual files are erased. Erased files cannot be retrieved.

To erase a selected file:

  1. Press the MENU/FOLDER button to select a folder.
  2. Press the Fast Forward or Reverse button to select a file.
  3. Press the ERASE button. The file number flashes. Then, alternately, ERASE and YES appear on the display for eight seconds.
  4. Press the ERASE button again.* The file will be erased.

To erase the contents of a folder:

  1. Press the MENU/FOLDER button to select a folder.
  2. Press the ERASE button and hold it for two seconds or longer. The folder name and ALL flash on the LCD, then alternately ERASE and YES are displayed for eight seconds.
  3. Press ERASE again.* All of the files in the folder will be erased.

*If ERASE is not pressed withing the eight-second window, the W-10 will revert to STOP status and the file will not be erased.

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What is VCVA?

Variable Control Voice Actuator (VCVA) is a function that configures the recorder to record automatically only when sound is detected at a pre-set level and to stop when the sound drops below the threshold level. The purpose of the function is to eliminate "dead air" during recordings, thereby conserving memory and shortening file times.

VCVA is enabled in the recorder menu.

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How does the ALARM function work?

The ALARM function can be set to playback an audio file at a a pre-determined date and time. This means the W-10 can be used for audio reminders or as a travel alarm. An alarm setting must be attached to a particular file in a particular folder. The recorder does not have to be set to the folder being used; when the designated time arrives, the recorder finds the file. Up to five alarms can be set.

To set an alarm:

  1. Select or record a message file to be linked to the alarm.
  2. Open the menu by pressing the MENU/FOLDER button for one second or longer.
  3. Press the + or - button until ALARM appears on the LCD screen.
  4. Press the PLAY button. OFF appears on the LCD screen.
  5. Press the + or - button to select ON.
  6. Press PLAY. The month value will blink.
  7. Enter the alarm date and time values by pressing the + or - button. Save the values by pressing PLAY. After each value is set, the next value will blink. After the month, day, hour, and minute values have all been entered, press the STOP button to set the alarm and exit the menu.

When the alarm goes off, it will beep for five minutes or until the STOP button is pressed to play the recording. The alarm will sound even if the HOLD switch is in the power OFF position. Pressing STOP after the alarm playback cancels the alarm settings.

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What features does Olympus Voice Album offer?

The Olympus Voice Album software was created to support the W-10 digital voice recorder. Unlike other digital voice recorders, the W-10 makes audio and photo files, so the support software must be able to download, manipulate and archive the audio and photo content from the recorder.

The primary functions of Olympus Voice Album are:

  • Transfer audio and image files from the digital voice recorder to the PC.
  • Play audio files downloaded to the PC.
  • Display images taken by the recorder camera.
  • Edit image brightness, contrast, and hue.
  • Take images with the recorder camera while connected to the PC.
  • Attach audio notes to image files.
  • Play slideshows.
  • Create albums.

Detailed instructions for each function can be found in the software's online Help. Click Help on the main menu to view the online help.

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How are audio files and images exported from Olympus Voice Album?

Olympus Voice Album does not have an Export or Save As function to save files outside of the application. Audio and image files can be exported by dragging them out of the software and dropping them into the Desktop screen.

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Can the image quality of the photos taken with the W-10 be improved?

The intention of building a camera into the W-10 is to enable visual note taking. There are myriad applications for this tool, including copying projected data slides, making audio-visual notes for business or travel, and photographing people and asking them to recite contact information into the recorder.

The 640 x 480 pixel resolution of the W-10's JPEG files is the same as used by the lowest quality setting found in the majority of digital point-and-shoot digital cameras.

Olympus Voice Album has an Image Viewer Window to perform limited post processing.

Double-clicking on an image opens the Image Viewer Window. The three control sliders and their settings are:

  • Brightness: -100 to +100 with 0 being the center point
  • Contrast: -100 to +100 with 0 being the center point
  • Hue: 0 to 360 with the center point being 180

Numerical values can also be entered directly into the brackets below the sliders. There are also tools to rotate images 90 degrees clockwise and counter-clockwise.

Exported images can also be post-processed in third-party image management software.

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