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Olympus E510 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Olympus has already gotten us used to the xD Picture Card as storage format. Olympus was after all one of the ones who pioneered this format. Luckily Olympus knows that not everyone is pleased with the xD cards and that there are also ‘switchers’, who already have different memory cards. That is why it is a good thing that the Olympus E-510 also uses CompactFlash cards. They are available in all kinds of capacities and speeds for very affordable prices.
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Olympus E510 - JPEG & RAW files
With ten Megapixels the E-510 delivers large files. A RAW file, simply named an ORF or Olympus RAW File, is easily 11MBs. If you make it an 8 bits TIFF file, than it can be around 29MB. That is why it is easy to understand that Olympus has dropped this format as a processed file. You can, of course, save space by photographing in JPEG format, but then you will miss the extensive settings possible in the RAW format. To convert the RAW files, Olympus includes the Olympus Master 2 software in the package. You can also edit the Olympus E-510’s photos in the newest version of the Adobe Camera RAW. I find that this software is a bit more intuitive to operate. In order to be able to photograph continuously with the Olympus E-510, you need quite a large memory card, especially if you want to work with RAW and JPEG simultaneously. I would recommend a 2GB card. In the following table you can see how many images will fit onto a 1GB card.

Considering a storage capacity of 1GB:
RAW - 3648x2736 - 11MB - pictures
JPEG - SHQ - 3648 x 2736 - 1/2.7 - 6.8MB - pictures
JPEG - HQ - 3648 x 2736 - 1/4 - 4.7MB - pictures
JPEG - HQ - 3648 x 2736 - 1/8 - 2.2MB - pictures
JPEG - HQ - 3648 x 2736 - 1/12 - 1.5MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 3200 x 2400 - 1/2.7 – 5.3MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 3200 x 2400 - 1/4 - 3.7MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 3200 x 2400 - 1/8 - 1.7MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 3200 x 2400 - 1/12 - 1.1MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 2560 x 1920 - 1/2.7 - 3.6MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 2560 x 1920 - 1/4 - 2.2MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 2560 x 1920 - 1/8 - 1.1MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 2560 x 1920 - 1/12 - 0.7MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1600 x 1200 - 1/2.7 - 1.3MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1600 x 1200 - 1/4 - 0.8MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1600 x 1200 - 1/8 - 0.5MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1600 x 1200 - 1/12 - 0.3MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1280 x 960 - 1/2.7 - 0.8MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1280 x 960 - 1/4 - 0.5MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1280 x 960 - 1/8 - 0.3MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1280 x 960 - 1/12 - 0.2MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1024 x 768 - 1/2.7 - 0.5MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1024 x 768 - 1/4 - 0.4MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1024 x 768 - 1/8 - 0.2MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 1024 x 768 - 1/12 - 0.1MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 640 x 480 - 1/2.7 - 0.2MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 640 x 480 - 1/4 - 0.2MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 640 x 480 - 1/8 - 0.1MB - pictures
JPEG - SQ - 640 x 480 - 1/12 - 0.1MB - pictures
Olympus E510 - xD Picture & CompactFlash memory cards
Using a faster memory card is recommended. The Olympus E-510 benefits from the superior technology. Both the xD Picture as well as the CompactFlash memory cards are available in faster cards. I have not tested the fast versions of the xD cards in the Olympus E-510. In any case, a SanDisk Extreme IV performs very well. The images are saved quickly and with SanDisk’s FireWire card reader the images can be transferred quickly onto the computer.

Olympus E-510 - USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection
One advantage of the faster memory cards is that transferring the data is also possible at a faster pace, as long as the computer and the device which reads the card have a fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed connection. Another handy solution is to look into a card reader. This is a handy device which can be connected via the USB port, it is capable of reading a card quickly and data can also be saved onto it as well. The device is seen by the computer’s operating system as an external hard drive. Another advantage is that this saves energy.

Olympus E-510 - BLM-1 Lithium Ion battery
The battery is a familiar one. We have seen this format in other D-SLR cameras, only the connections are different, which makes its transferability limited. This is only possible within the brand, which is also the case for Olympus. The Olympus BLM-1 Lithium Ion battery is also used for the Olympus E-1, the E-500 and the C-8080 Zoom. A special holder for three CR123A batteries can also be used, which is handy when you run out of power while you are on the road. At full capacity the battery can produce around 200-300 images. I had the Olympus E-510’s monitor on almost all the time and I played back the pictures quite frequently. I also used the Live View quite often, which costs a lot of energy. If you are a bit more careful with how much energy you use by using the monitor less, more pictures are possible. Altogether it performs well.
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