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Olympus E-PL1 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Just like the E-P1, the Olympus PEN PL1 also supports regular SD / SDHC format cards, instead of the xD Picture cards that Olympus has (too) long promoted. SDHC memory cards are usually easier to purchase. Olympus says SD has been selected because of video storage. The fact that SD / SDHC flash memory have become a world standard and are supported by practically every manufacturer was undoubtedly important in the final decision.
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Olympus E-PL1 JPEG & RAW photo files
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’s just great. Naturally, you can achieve the best quality with RAW. At the time of writing (March 2010), the RAW files can only be edited with Olympus software. We will have to wait until Adobe comes up with an update, but this will probably not be long. A RAW file from the E-PL1 is about 14MB in size. If you shoot in the highest quality JPEG, it still leaves you with 8.4MB. A 2GB SDHC memory card is then a must. During the test, a SanDisk Extreme 4GB SDHC Plus card was used. This has sufficient capacity for one day of shooting and writes the images quickly onto the card.

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-PL1 picture format ratio
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 E-PL1 equipped with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed port
The Olympus E-PL1 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 can be transferred to a notebook or desktop computer. Although the Olympus PL1 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 E-PL1 - PS-BLS1 Lithium-Ion battery
For the battery, the Olympus uses a PS-BLS1 Lithium-Ion with a capacity of 1150 mAh. I would advise you to acquire a second battery, because in practice, the battery can be quickly depleted. Especially if you shoot enthusiastically, which is exactly what the Olympus E-PL1 invites you to do, you will deplete the battery in just one day. According to CIPA standards, you can take about 500 shots with one charge, but that is only possible under optimal conditions.
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