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Olympus E-1 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
The Olympus stores the images on a memory card type CompactFlash type I and II or on a Microdrive. The camera supports the FAT32 system which means that the full storage capacity of a memory card from 2GB and higher can be used. The camera is capable of storing data in JPEG, TIFF and RAW and beside that it has the possibility of storing an image in RAW with next to it a copy in JPEG. From a professional camera we expect a high storage speed. Comparing to the last models like the E-10 and E20 cameras, Olympus had a lot to improve. Fortunately the E-1 makes up for all the damage done before! The speed of storing images is fine, the speed of showing data on the LCD monitor on the back of the camera is somewhat disappointing. It should be possible to gain time; it takes about 2.5 to 3 seconds before the image appears on the monitor!
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The images can be transferred from the camera onto a computer through two different interfaces. The E-1 is equipped with the IEEE1394 (Firewire) connection and a fast USB 2.0 connection. Testing this camera I used a SanDisk Ultra II 1GB CompactFlash card and transferred the images through the USB 2.0 connection onto a computer. Now we see the power of USB 2.0 in combination with one of the fastest, if not the fastest, memory cards in the world. The images fly from camera to computer with a very high speed. The E-1 offers pure speed on data storage!

The E-1 offers the following resolutions and compression sorts:

RAW - 2560x1920 - no compression - ORF - 10.2
TIFF - 2560x1920 - no compression - TIFF - 14.4
SHQ - 2560x1920 - 1/2.7 compression - JPEG - 3.8
HQ - 2560x1920 - 1/8 compression - JPEG -1.2
SQ - 1600x1200 - 1/2.7 compression - JPEG - 1.4
SQ - 1600x1200 - 1/8 compression - JPEG - 0.5
SQ - 1280x960 - 1/2.7 compression - JPEG - 0.9
SQ - 1280x 960 - 1/8 compression -JPEG - 0.3
SQ - 1024x 768 - 1/2.7 compression -JPEG - 0.6
SQ - 1024x 768 - 1/8 compression - JPEG - 0.2
SQ - 640 x 480 - 1/2.7 compression - JPEG - 0.3
SQ - 640 x 480 - 1/8 compression - JPEG - 0.1


The E-1 gives a good performance on data storage with the large internal buffer. The quality of a memory card is decisive for a high performance digital camera like the Olympus E-1. Manufacturers like SanDisk are ahead of the market with their Ultra II memory cards. These cards excel in write and read speed and so far it turns out from tests that a SanDisk Ultra II memory card guarantees speed and reliability. The Olympus E-1 in combination with the 1GB Ultra II SanDisk CompactFlash type I card stores a RAW data file of 10MB in about 2.5 seconds, twice as fast as any other memory card of any other brand I used! Beside that speed can be gained by storing JPEG files, but the time difference is not that big.

The E-1 gets its energy from a Lithium Ion battery. The battery and battery charger are delivered standard with the camera. The camera is remarkably economical, the capacity doesn't seem to go down and I can photograph for days without worrying about recharging the battery. My guess is I that 1000 images is not an exception and I also have to mention that the temperature of the surroundings has been varying. The amount will even be higher under sunny weather circumstances and a fully charged battery. One, who expects having to take a large amount of images and doesn't know whether the battery can be recharged, may well buy a second battery. It always comes in handy to keep a spare battery on the side. And if sooner or later you are placed in the situation where you are without energy, it will be a relief to get that second battery out of your bag!
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