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The first Olympus product from OM Digital Solutions is… not what we expected

The first Olympus product from OM Digital Solutions is… not what we expected – Olympus VN-551PC
(Image credit: 43 Rumors)

Information has leaked about the first Olympus product to be released by new owner, OM Digital Solutions – and it's apparently coming on 17 March. However, it's probably not the debut product that you thought it would be. 

Many were optimistically hoping for a new camera – perhaps a successor to the flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1X (opens in new tab), the entry level Olympus PEN E-PL10 (opens in new tab) or even the cult classic Olympus PEN-F (opens in new tab). Others had their fingers crossed for a new lens, such as the Olympus M.Zuiko 8-25mm f/4 Pro that was announced last July (opens in new tab)

It seems, though, that the first Olympus-branded product from OM Digital Solutions will in fact be a dictaphone – the Olympus VN-551PC. 

According to reliable rumor site 43 Rumors, Olympus will make its first product announcement next week. This will be where the VN-551PC voice recorder will be revealed, with availability set for 09 April. The site leaked an image (opens in new tab) of the new product (above), though no specifications or other details were available. 

This does not mean, of course, that another product won't be announced at the same time. The Olympus M.Zuiko 8-25mm f/4 Pro seems like the most obvious candidate to join it, both because it was announced seven months ago and because it was recently alluded to as coming soon by a German OM Digital representative during an interview. 

Equally, though, it could be another product revealed at the same time as the 8-25mm – that being the new macro lens, believed to be the Olympus M.Zuiko 100mm f/2.8 IS Pro (opens in new tab) (which would join two of the best macro lenses (opens in new tab) already offered by the brand, the 60mm f/2.8 and the Olympus 30mm f/3.5). 

While Olympus is known for some of the best audio recorders (opens in new tab) on the market, OM Digital needs to kickstart its new era with an exciting photographic product. So our fingers are crossed that one (or both!) of these lenses joins the VN-551PC if it is indeed announced on 17 March…

Read more: 

Best Olympus cameras (opens in new tab)
Best Micro Four Thirds lenses (opens in new tab)
Olympus OM-D E-M1X review (opens in new tab)
Olympus PEN E-PL10 review (opens in new tab)
Olympus PEN-F review (opens in new tab)

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.