A couple of months ago the new DM series digital voice recorder from Olympus landed in Australia, the Olympus DM-5. This is the is the first big colour screen recorder from Olympus so I was keen to see how it looks and performs.
The DM-5 is your average size digital voice recorder, it is about the size of a Mars bar just half as thin. The casing is mainly aluminium with the battery cover and front screen as the only exception, they are both plastic. The sides and bottom of the unit are made of a single silver aluminium band, most of the back plate is matt black aluminium and on top is the professional looking silver aluminium mesh that covers the high sensitivity mics.
With the lithium-ion battery in and charged I slid the typical DM series slider switch to boot up the DM-5 and was very pleasently surprised to see the Apple style spinning pin wheel appear as the unit started.