Australia, 07/07/19 | Press Release | Camera & Audio Olympus honoured with two Red Dot Awards for Product Design 2019

Digital camera Olympus PEN E-PL9 and wireless dictation device DS-9500 receive distinction in the Red Dot Design Awards 2019

Olympus has received two Red Dot Awards 2019: Both the compact and lightweight digital camera Olympus PEN E-PL9 and the professional mobile dictation device DS-9500 have been rewarded for their design. The Red Dot Award is one of the most prestigious awards for product design across the world. The Red Dot Design Awards were recently celebrated during an official award ceremony in Essen, Germany.

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Red Dot Award 2019 winner: Olympus PEN E-PL9

To create cameras not only featuring great image quality, ease of use and smartphone connectivity, but also beautiful design, is the driving force for Olympus’ R&D and design teams in Tokyo for the development of the Olympus PEN series. The latest PEN model E-PL9 has now been distinguished with the Red Dot Award.

With the Red Dot distinction, the E-PL9 joins its fellow PEN cameras PEN-F and E-PL8, which have received the prestigious award in prior years.

Red Dot Award 2019 winner: Olympus DS-9500

The professional DS-9500 digital dictation recorder provides simple wireless (Wi-Fi) transfer via e-mail and an advanced two-microphone system for noisy environments. These features allow for an effective workflow from speech to text as well as more flexibility and freedom in everyday work. The Red Dot Award jury stated: “The portable DS-9500 dictation device presents well thought-through functionality and innovative Wi-Fi connectivity in order to provide effective workflow support.”

The Red Dot Design Award is not the only prestigious award that the DS- 9500 has won recently. It was furthermore honoured with a “Great Product” label by the Danish hardware test platform Tweak and received a test score of 9.5 out of 10 points.1

Please Note: Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus consumer website at for the latest specifications.


About the Red Dot Design Awards

The Red Dot Award Product Design is one of the world’s largest design competitions. In 2019, designers and manufacturers from 55 countries entered more than 5,500 products in the competition. The international jury comprises experienced experts from different disciplines and has been convening for more than 60 years in order to select the year’s best designs. During an adjudication process that spans several days, they try out the products, discuss them and ultimately reach a well-founded decision regarding the design quality of the entries. True to the motto “In search of good design and innovation”, their assessment focuses on criteria such as the level of innovation, functionality, formal quality, longevity and ergonomics.