|Olympus E-410 - Flash memory card
The introduction of the Olympus E-410 means that it is the second DSLR model entering the 10 Megapixel segment. This segment is a pretty occupied division of the digital SLR market and at the same time it is the segment where sales figures are expected to reach a high number. The high resolution of 10 Megapixels makes the file size grow equally so Olympus has given the memory manufactures once again a good reason to emphasize on memory cards with a large storage capacity. Olympus offers you to use a low compression factor of 1/2.7 that results in a file size of around 6.8MB for a JPEG image in the highest quality. Knowing this, a 2GB memory card will be fine to store your holiday pictures on and if you choose the RAW format (11MB per image) you will probably go for the 4GB memory card. My advice is to use a card with at least 2GB of storage capacity, divided over the two card slots if you like.
Considering a flash storage capacity of 2GB:
RAW - 3648 x 2736 pixels - 11MB - 186 pictures
JPEG - SHQ - 3648 x 2736 pixels - 1/2.7 - 6,8MB – 301 pictures
JPEG - HQ - 3648 x 2736 pixels - 1/8 - 2,2MB - 931 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 3200 x 2400 pixels - 1/2.7 - 5,3MB - 386 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 3200 x 2400 pixels - 1/4 - 3,7MB - 554 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 3200 x 2400 pixels - 1/8 - 1,7MB - 1205 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 3200 x 2400 pixels - 1/12 - 1,1MB – 1862 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 2560 x 1920 pixels - 1/2.7 - 3,6MB - 569 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 2560 x 1920 pixels - 1/4 - 2,2MB - 931 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 2560 x 1920 pixels - 1/8 - 1,1MB - 1862 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 2560 x 1920 pixels - 1/12 - 700KB - 2926 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1600 x 1200 pixels - 1/2.7 - 1,3MB - 1575 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1600 x 1200 pixels - 1/4 - 800KB - 2560 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1600 x 1200 pixels - 1/8 - 500KB - 4096 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1600 x 1200 pixels - 1/12 - 300KB - 6827 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1280 x 960 pixels - 1/2.7 - 800KB - 2560 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1280 x 960 pixels - 1/4 - 500KB - 4096 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1280 x 960 pixels - 1/8 - 300KB - 6827 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1280 x 960 pixels - 1/12 - 200KB - 10240 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1024 x 768 pixels - 1/2.7 - 500KB - 4096 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 - 100KB - 20480 pictures
JPEG - SQ - 640 x 480 pixels - 1/2.7 - 200KB - 10240 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 E-410 - Flash memory card
If you want to use a CompactFlash memory card for storage medium on the Olympus E-410, you can select one from the wide range of different types of CF cards. It is important to count with a fast card such as the Extreme III cards manufactured by SanDisk. The latest and fastest CF card available at this moment is the Extreme IV CompactFlash memory card. I have tested the Olympus E-410 camera using the Extreme IV CompactFlash memory card which resulted in faster performance than the official camera specifications state. If you prefer the xD card it is wise to use type M or H and the latter is the preferred one.
|Shooting RAW photos - Olympus E-410
The Olympus E-410 is capable of shooting 10 RAW images sequentially in about 3 seconds, resulting in approximately 3.3 fps. After that the speed drops to around 1 fps until the memory card is full. Writing the RAW files onto the card takes about 3 seconds (measured after the last RAW image in a series of 10). When we look at photographing in JPEG (highest quality) I reach a frame speed of approximately 3.5 fps. The Olympus E-410 keeps up this speed for around 30 images after which the burst stops a moment and then carries on with a speed of around 2 fps (test was carried out using the SanDisk 2GB Extreme IV CompactFlash).
Shooting JPEG compression
I find it a bit odd that the official camera specifications state a lower continuous speed for RAW images (3 fps) and a smaller amount of RAW images for the buffer (6 images). Well, the photographer gets his money worth here! Although the Olympus E410 does not offer extremely fast speed, the amount of images that can be shot in RAW before the speed slows down is very attractive. Excellent performance! By the way, you can continue shooting endlessly in JPEG when the compression is set to HQ.
Olympus E-410 - USB 2.0 interface
Unlike its predecessor - the E400- the Olympus E410 has been equipped with a fast USB 2.0 interface; a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed. In fact, this is nothing but normal since nearly every standard compact camera nowadays has one of these fast interfaces on board. A fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface is a necessary tool taking in account the file sizes and the amount of images that have to be transferred onto a computer or notebook. In any case it is important for those who find speed a must in their digital work environment. Moreover you are able to use a fast Extreme FireWire reader or USB 2.0 Hi-Speed card reader from SanDisk when you're notebook or desktop computer is equipped with such a fast connection of course.
Olympus BLS-1 Lithium Ion battery
The Olympus E-410 DSLR camera gets its energy from a Lithium Ion battery; the Olympus BLS-1 7.2V 1150mAh. The battery has to be charged through the BCS-1 Lithium battery charger, taking approximately 210 minutes. The battery is inserted in the battery compartment at the bottom of the camera and is neatly covered by a solid cap. An icon on the LCD monitor will show the status of the battery load; fully colored means a fully loaded battery, half-colored is an indication for having to recharge the battery. The compact size of the camera forces the use of a small battery (read: battery capacity). Still the battery can take over 450 pictures (taken under different circumstances) and a second battery is not really necessary. Unless of course you go on a long hiking tour without the possibility of recharging the battery. In that case it is wise to take along a spare one.