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Olympus E-P1 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Olympus is one of the founders of the xD cards. However, the brand has (finally) chosen to use SD and SDHC memory cards for the Olympus E-P1. During the presentation of the camera to dealers, this announcement even received a warm applause from the audience. SD / SDHC cards are usually easier to purchase. Olympus says SD has been selected because of video storage. Obviously, SDHC cards are also supported.
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Olympus E-P1 memory
In the past, Olympus used to take things very far in relation to the amount of resolutions and quality level of the photos, but the Olympus E-P1 is quite limited in this respect. And that is just fine. The best quality is obtained by using RAW of course. At the time of writing (August 2009), the RAW files can only be edited with Olympus software. We just have to wait until Adobe comes with an update too. A RAW file from the Olympus E-P1 is about 14MB in size. If you shoot in the highest quality JPEG, it leaves you with 8.4MB. A 2GB SDHC card is certainly not a luxury for this camera. During the test, I used a SanDisk Extreme 4GB SDHC Plus card. This has sufficient capacity for one day of shooting and it is able to write the pictures quickly onto the card.

Olympus E-P1 photo ratios
In addition to the standard 4:3 ratio, you can also select 16:9, 3:2 or 6:6 ratios. These are however only crops from the entire 4:3 picture. The Olympus software shows a frame to indicate the ratio you have selected when shooting in RAW. You can always decide to switch to a different ratio.

Considering 1GB of storage capacity:
12 Megapixels - 4032x3024 - RAW - 14MB - 54 pictures
12 Megapixels - 4032x3024 - JPEG - Super Fine - 8.4MB - 101 pictures
12 Megapixels - 4032x3024 - JPEG - Fine - 5.9MB - 145 pictures
12 Megapixels - 4032x3024 - JPEG - Normal - 2.7MB - 320 pictures
12 Megapixels - 4032x3024 - JPEG - Basic - 1.8MB - 477 pictures
7.6 Megapixels - 3200x2400 - JPEG - Super Fine - 5.6MB - 154 pictures
7.6 Megapixels - 3200x2400 - JPEG - Fine - 3.4MB - 255 pictures
7.6 Megapixels - 3200x2400 - JPEG - Normal - 1.7MB - 504 pictures
7.6 Megapixels - 3200x2400 - JPEG - Basic - 1.2MB - 747 pictures
5 Megapixels - 2560x1920 - JPEG - Super Fine - 3.2MB - 269 pictures
5 Megapixels - 2560x1920 - JPEG - Fine - 2.2MB - 395 pictures
5 Megapixels - 2560x1920 - JPEG - Normal - 1.1MB - 776 pictures
5 Megapixels - 2560x1920 - JPEG - Basic - 0.8MB - 1143 pictures
2 Megapixels - 1600x1200 - JPEG - Super Fine - 1.3MB - 673 pictures
2 Megapixels - 1600x1200 - JPEG - Fine - 0.9MB - 993 pictures
2 Megapixels - 1600x1200 - JPEG - Normal - 0.5MB - 1893 pictures
2 Megapixels - 1600x1200 - JPEG - Basic - 0.4MB - 2753 pictures
1.2 Megapixels - 1280x960 - JPEG - Super Fine - 0.9MB - 1044 pictures
1.2 Megapixels - 1280x960 - JPEG - Fine - 0.6MB - 1514 pictures
1.2 Megapixels - 1280x960 - JPEG - Normal - 0.3MB - 2884 pictures
1.2 Megapixels - 1280x960 - JPEG - Basic - 0.3MB - 4038 pictures
0.8 Megapixels - 1024x768 - JPEG - Super Fine - 0.6MB - 1594 pictures
0.8 Megapixels - 1024x768 - JPEG - Fine - 0.4MB - 2243 pictures
0.8 Megapixels - 1024x768 - JPEG - Normal - 0.3MB - 4038 pictures
0.8 Megapixels - 1024x768 - JPEG - Basic - 0.2MB - 5507 pictures
0.3 Megapixels - 640x480 - JPEG - Super Fine - 0.3MB - 3563 pictures
0.3 Megapixels - 640x480 - JPEG - Fine - 0.2MB - 5048 pictures
0.3 Megapixels - 640x480 - JPEG - Normal - 0.2MB - 8654 pictures
0.3 Megapixels - 640x480 - JPEG - Basic - 0.1MB - 10096 pictures
Olympus E-P1 equipped with a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed port
The Olympus E-P1 Micro Four Thirds system camera features a fast USB 2.0 Hi-Speed port at which high resolution files and in this case, also captured videos (maximum of 2GB in size) can be transferred to a notebook or desktop computer. Although the Olympus P1 is able to transfer these files with high speed through the interface, personally I prefer a fast (FireWire) card reader. I find it the ideal accessory that lets you keep on working with the camera and spares you the fiddling with a separate cable that has to be connected from the camera to an external device.

Olympus PS-BLS1 Lithium-Ion battery
For battery, the Olympus E P1 uses a PS-BLS1 Lithium-Ion with a capacity of 1150 mAh. I advise you to quickly purchase a second battery, because in practice, the battery easily depletes. Especially if you shoot with great joy, which is exactly what the Olympus E-P1 invites you to do, you will deplete the battery in just one day. According to CIPA standards, you can take about 300 shots with one charge, but that is only possible under optimal conditions.

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