Like the P1, the Olympus E PEN-P2 uses an SD or SDHC memory card. xD now belongs to the past, or at least for Micro Four Thirds, and it won't be long before Olympus will make the decision and release its compact camera series from the xD card. It will be a relief for many photographers, because the xD card has been cursed so many times! Too small, too awkward, too little storage space and no broad support; more than enough reasons for the press photographers who were present at the presentation, to applaud the decision by Olympus to choose the SD format.
Olympus PEN P2 supports RAW and JPEG
Whenever you were looking for a camera providing enhanced settings for compression and resolution, you would almost certainly end up with an Olympus camera. Because Olympus never hesitated to provide at least 4 compression factors, all possible resolutions, RAW and JPEG, etc. When it comes to the Pen P2, however, it seems Olympus has slowed down a little. Quality levels are limited, and frankly, it has become a lot clearer to the user now. If you want the optimal quality and get everything out of the Olympus P2 camera, you have to go for RAW. The file size will of course increase significantly, but memory cards are cheap nowadays, and a 4 or 8GB SDHC card will not raise the total camera set price all that much.
Olympus PEN E-P2 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.
Olympus P2 equipped with USB 2.0 Hi Speed port
The Olympus E-P2 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 P2 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 P2 uses a PS-BLS1 Lithium-Ion with a capacity of 1150mAh. 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-P2 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.