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Olympus E-5 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Olympus almost traditionally uses CompactFlash (CF) memory cards to store photos in its professional DSLR cameras. At the time of the E-3, the xD-Picture Card was still supported as a second storage medium, but those times are completely past. xD has never gained market shares, and with the strong position of SD it was a logical choice to support the SD-platform. The Olympus E-5 DSLR camera supports CF, SD, SDHC and the new generation of SDXC cards. There is thus no lack of storage capacity.
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Olympus E-5 JPEG & RAW image files
Just like its predecessor, the Olympus E-5 is able to shoot in JPEG and RAW at the highest resolution with a speed of 5 images per second. For a camera in this segment and for a serious target group, this is an average speed with which broad action photography can be achieved. The combination with the Zuiko Digital ED 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 delivers a remarkably fast autofocus performance. The 11-points-AF is sensitive for the horizontal and vertical points and guarantees a high level of focusing accuracy. Next to shooting photos, the Olympus E5 also supports High Definition video, 720p. To guarantee HD video continuity, a Class 6 or higher memory card is recommended.

Considering 1GB of storage capacity:
RAW - 4032x3024 pixels - 14 MB - 54 pictures
JPEG - Large - Superfine - 4032x3024 pixels - 8.4MB - 101 pictures
JPEG - Large - Fine - 4032x3024 pixels - 5.9MB - 145 pictures
JPEG - Large - Normal - 4032x3024 pixels - 2.7MB - 320 pictures
JPEG - Large - Basic - 4032x3024 pixels - 1.8MB - 477 pictures
JPEG - Large - Superfine - 3200x2400 pixels - 5.6MB - 154 pictures
JPEG - Large - Fine - 3200x2400 pixels - 3.4MB - 255 pictures
JPEG - Large - Normal - 3200x2400 pixels - 1.7MB - 504 pictures
JPEG - Large - Basic - 3200x2400 pixels - 1.2MB - 747 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Superfine - 2560x1920 pixels - 3.2MB - 269 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Fine - 2560x1920 pixels - 2.2MB - 395 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Normal - 2560x1920 pixels - 1.1MB - 776 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Basic - 2560x1920 pixels - 0.8MB - 1143 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Superfine - 1600x1200 pixels - 1.3MB - 673 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Fine - 1600x1200 pixels - 0.9MB - 993 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Normal - 1600x1200 pixels - 0.5MB - 1893 pictures
JPEG - Medium - Basic - 1600x1200 pixels - 0.4MB - 2753 pictures
JPEG - Small - Superfine - 1280x960 pixels - 0.9MB - 1044 pictures
JPEG - Small - Fine - 1280x960 pixels - 0.6MB - 1514 pictures
JPEG - Small - Normal - 1280x960 pixels - 0.3MB - 2884 pictures
JPEG - Small - Basic - 1280x960 pixels - 0.3MB - 4038 pictures
JPEG - Small - Superfine - 1024x768 pixels - 0.6MB - 1594 pictures
JPEG - Small - Fine - 1024x768 pixels - 0.4MB - 2243 pictures
JPEG - Small - Normal - 1024x768 pixels - 0.3MB - 4038 pictures
JPEG - Small - Basic - 1024x768 pixels - 0.2MB - 5507 pictures
JPEG - Small - Superfine - 640x480 pixels - 0.3MB - 3563 pictures
JPEG - Small - Fine - 640x480 pixels - 0.2MB - 5048 pictures
JPEG - Small - Normal - 640x480 pixels - 0.3MB - 8654 pictures
JPEG - Small - Basic - 640x480 pixels - 0.1MB - 10096 pictures
HD Video - 1280x720 pixels - 16:9 - 30fps - approx. 3.5 min
SD Video - 640x480 pixels - 4:3 - 30fps - approx. 7 min
Olympus E-5 USB port and card reader
The Olympus E-5 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 E5 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 E5 test

Olympus E-5 - BML-5 Lithium Ion battery
The Olympus E-5 uses a BML-5 Lithium Ion battery which comes with a charger included. You have to have some patience for the charging of the battery, as it takes about 3.5 hours to fully charge the battery. Whoever wants to get the most out of the battery should use the optical viewfinder and leave Live View for what it is. We estimate that this will not always be the case in practice, so we assume that the amount of shots of about 600 with a full battery will not be achieved in practice. The Olympus E-5 gives an average performance in terms of energy use and a spare battery will only be necessary for those that do not have the opportunity to recharge the battery very easily.
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