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Olympus E400 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Fujifilm and Olympus are the only manufacturers who actively fit their camera with a card slot supporting the xD Picture card. It is then only logical that the E-400 supports xD, but fortunately, Olympus was sensible enough not to make the camera solely dependant on this small card. The Olympus E-400 has a double card slot which enables it to take CompactFlash type I and II and Microdrive, as well as the xD Picture card. This is a necessity because the xD Picture card has a marginal share of the market and it would be an obstacle for CompactFlash owners who are considering switching to an E400 SLR.
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Olympus E400 SLR camera - 10 Megapixel resolution
Just as we had got used to 8 Megapixels as in the Olympus E-500, the powers to be among the manufacturers decided to rapidly introduce an entirely new SLR camera segment, i.e. the ten Megapixel camera. Raising the resolution means that files will get bigger. A high resolution JPEG picture will gradually take up a lot of space, and if we set it at the low compression factor of 1/2.7, we arrive at approximately 8MB per picture. Fortunately, the memory manufacturers have a lot of room for manoeuvre and there is enough space to raise the storage capacity of a memory card. During Photokina 2006, SanDisk introduced a 12 and 16GB CompactFlash from the Extreme III series. When you work it out, it means that approximately 2000 pictures in the highest JPEG quality fit on a card like this. RAW is good for about 22MB. I would recommend at least 1GB, but 2GB storage capacity, possible divided over two card slots will be better for most photographers.

Considering 2GB storage capacity:
RAW - 3648 x 2736 pixels - 22MB - 93 pictures
JPEG - SHQ - 3648 x 2736 pixels - 1/2.7 - 7.9MB – 160 pictures
JPEG - HQ - 3264 x 2448 pixels - 1/8 - 3MB - 682 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 3200 x 2400 pixels - 1/2.7 - 6.2MB - 330 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 3200 x 2400 pixels - 1/4 - 4.4MB - 465 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 3200 x 2400 pixels - 1/8 - 2.4MB - 853 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 3200 x 2400 pixels - 1/12 - 1.8MB – 1137 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 2560 x 1920 pixels - 1/2.7 - 3.7MB - 553 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 2560 x 1920 pixels - 1/4 - 2.5MB - 819 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 2560 x 1920 pixels - 1/8 - 1.3MB - 1575 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 2560 x 1920 pixels - 1/12 - 800KB - 2560 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1600 x 1200 pixels - 1/2.7 - 1.5MB - 1365 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1600 x 1200 pixels - 1/4 - 1.0MB - 2048 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1600 x 1200 pixels - 1/8 - 500KB - 4096 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1600 x 1200 pixels - 1/12 - 400KB - 5120 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1280 x 960 pixels - 1/2.7 - 900KB - 2275 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1280 x 960 pixels - 1/4 - 600KB - 3413 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1280 x 960 pixels - 1/8 - 300KB - 6826 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1280 x 960 pixels - 1/12 - 200KB - 10240 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1024 x 768 pixels - 1/2.7 - 600KB - 3413 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1024 x 768 pixels - 1/4 - 400KB - 5120 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1024 x 768 pixels - 1/8 - 200KB - 10240 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1024 x 768 pixels - 1/12 - 200KB - 10240 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 640 x 480 pixels - 1/2.7 - 300KB - 6826 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 640 x 480 pixels - 1/4 - 200KB - 10240 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 640 x 480 pixels - 1/8 - 100KB - 20480 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 640 x 480 pixels - 1/12 - 100KB - 20480 pictures
Olympus E400 - Extreme III CF & xD Picture type H
If you want to use a CompactFlash memory card as a storage medium with the Olympus E400, you can choose from an enormous range of different types of CF cards. It is important to consider a fast card, like the Extreme III CF cards from SanDisk. The newest and quickest CF card currently available is the Extreme IV CompactFlash. I tested the camera using an Extreme III and IV card, but it soon became apparent that the camera didn't benefit from the speed with which the Extreme IV can process data. The camera simply couldn't keep up and the speed offered by the Extreme III is more than enough for it. It is also possible to use an xD Picture card and this is also available in different speeds. If using the Olympus E-400, you will need at least the type M, but you would be better off using the xD Picture type H. With such a fast memory card, taking a series of shots at a speed of 3 pictures is no problem. The continuous picture speed of the Olympus E-400 is not really striking and is about the average speed in this camera segment.

Olympus E-400 - Standard USB 1.1 interface
The Olympus E-400 has a standard USB 1.1 interface which is a bit of a let down. Nowadays, even compact cameras have a fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed variety, and this is something that you could reasonably expect of a D-SLR. In view of the file size and number of pictures that are transported to a computer or notebook, an external card reader offers a quicker, handy solution. Assuming you have a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed or FireWire connection on your computer or notebook, you could consider using SanDisk's quick Extreme FireWire reader or USB 2.0 Hi-Speed card reader for transferring data from the card at high speed. It makes working with large files a lot more pleasant!

Olympus E-400 - BLS-1 1150mAh Lithium Ion battery
The Olympus E400 digital SLR camera is powered by a Lithium Ion battery, the Olympus BLS-1 7.2V 1150mAh. The battery must first be charged by a BCS-1 Lithium battery charger, which takes approximately 210 minutes. The battery is placed underneath a compartment that is neatly concealed by a solid lid. The energy left in the battery is shown on the LCD screen by a pictogram; totally coloured in is fully charged, half coloured is a sign that it is time to recharge the battery. The camera's compact format necessitates the use of a smaller battery (i.e. battery capacity). Still, you can squeeze about 400 pictures (CIPA meting) out of the battery and that's an average amount. 400 pictures will get you a long way, but sometimes you cannot recharge the battery, e.g. if you're on holiday and in that case, a second battery can provide a solution.
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