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Olympus E-3 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
The Olympus E3 uses CompactFlash memory cards to store the pictures. Besides that you can also store pictures on an xD Picture card. I am not much of a lover of the small cards and I prefer to use the CF memory cards. The fact the camera supports xD cards may not be a surprise to you considering Olympus is one of the founders of the xD Picture card.
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Olympus E3 RAW & JPEG files
Files of the Olympus E-3 are rather large and certainly when shooting in RAW (ORF, the Olympus RAW format). You have to consider a file size of 11MB per picture. The largest JPEG still measures 6.8MB. The fact that the buffer can hold up to 19 RAW pictures is worth a compliment to Olympus. They don't underestimate the usefulness of working in RAW. In JPEG you can carry on shooting until the memory card is full. It might be wise not to economize on the capacity of memory cards because of the large files. The table below shows how many pictures fit on a 1GB card but I'd advice a 2GB card at least. Even more so if you shoot in RAW.

Considering 1GB of storage capacity:
RAW - 3648x2736 pixels - 11 MB - 91 pictures

JPEG - Large - Superfine - 3648x2736 pixels - 6.8MB - 147 pictures
JPEG - Large - Fine - 3648x2736 pixels - 4.7MB - 211 pictures
JPEG - Large - Normal - 3648x2736 pixels - 2.2MB - 460 pictures
JPEG - Large - Basic - 3648x2736 pixels - 1.5MB - 687 pictures

JPEG - Medium - Superfine - 3200x2400 pixels - 5.3MB - 187 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Fine - 3200x2400 pixels - 3.7MB - 267 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Normal - 3200x2400 pixels - 1.7MB - 597 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Basic - 3200x2400 pixels - 1.1MB - 888 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Superfine - 2560x1920 pixels - 3.6MB - 280 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Fine - 2560x1920 pixels - 2.2MB - 466 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Normal - 2560x1920 pixels - 1.1MB - 927 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Basic - 2560x1920 pixels - 0.7MB - 1361 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Superfine - 1600x1200 pixels - 1.3MB - 799 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Fine - 1600x1200 pixels - 0.8MB - 1163 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Normal - 1600x1200 pixels - 0.5MB - 2284 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Basic - 1600x1200 pixels - 0.3MB - 3198 pictures

JPEG - Small - Superfine - 1280x960 pixels - 0.8MB - 1230 pictures
JPEG - Small - Fine - 1280x960 pixels - 0.5MB - 1776 pictures
JPEG - Small - Normal - 1280x960 pixels - 0.3MB - 3366 pictures
JPEG - Small - Basic - 1280x960 pixels - 0.2MB - 4920 pictures
JPEG - Small - Superfine - 1024x768 pixels - 0.5MB - 1881 pictures
JPEG - Small - Fine - 1024x768 pixels - 0.4MB - 1665 pictures
JPEG - Small - Normal - 1024x768 pixels - 0.2MB - 4920 pictures
JPEG - Small - Basic - 1024x768 pixels - 0.1MB - 7107 pictures
JPEG - Small - Superfine - 640x480 pixels - 0.2MB - 4569 pictures
JPEG - Small - Fine - 640x480 pixels - 0.2MB - 6396 pictures
JPEG - Small - Normal - 640x480 pixels - 0.1MB - 10661 pictures
JPEG - Small - Basic - 640x480 pixels - 0.1MB - 12793 pictures
Olympus E3 - UDMA support
Besides RAW and JPEG I t is also possible to store pictures in RAW and JPEG simultaneously. That might be a welcoming feature if you need to send a picture to your headquarters or if you need to print a picture hastily. Pictures are written to the memory card fast. This also depends on the card that is used. The Olympus E-3 supports UDMA thus ensuring optimal use of SanDisk Extreme IV Ducati cards for example. And don't forget to use a fast card reader for copying the pictures to your PC in a fast manner. I use a FireWire 800 on my Apple Macintosh. Camera, card and pc form a recommendable combination!

SanDisk USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Extreme card reader
Those who don't want to use the camera for data transfer can choose a so-called card reader. A device like that cannot be missed in a digital working environment and makes transferring data more pleasant. The USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Extreme card reader of SanDisk is currently the fastest one (besides FireWire) and transfers data with a maximum speed of 20MB/sec.

Olympus E-3 battery grip

Olympus PS-BLM1 1500mAh Lithium Ion battery
The battery used for the Olympus E-3 is the same that is used in the E-1 and the E-510. It is the PS-BLM1, a 1500mAh 7.2 V Lithium-Ion battery. Very convenient if you're already using an Olympus camera; the exchangeability is great. If you use Live View frequently, the battery won't last long. But even without using Live View you can not take more than 200 pictures with a fully loaded battery. Therefore it might be wise to purchase an extra battery. If you use the grip you can use a second battery and thus carry on working longer.
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