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Questions :
See the following Web page for general questions and answers for OLYMPUS OM-D and OLYMPUS PEN series cameras :


Question :
Where can I check the features and specifications of each lens?

Answer:
You can check the features and specifications of Olympus lenses on the following Web pages:
* ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses (Four Thirds)
* M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses (Micro Four Thirds)

Note:
If you want to simulate the combination of a lens and an Olympus E-System camera to view how it would look, click here:
* Special Contents: Matching Simulation (Four Thirds website)

Matching Simulation content is hosted on the Four Thirds website.

Question :
I would like to use a commercially available PL filter. Which type should I use?

Answer:
You can use a circular-type PL filter (C-PL) if you would like to use a commercially available filter.

What is a PL filter?
The PL filter is effective to reduce unwanted reflection on water or glass and to enhance the contrast of your pictures.

Refer to the following Web pages in Digital Camera User's Guide -Online Version- How to Take Great Pictures for more information on the PL filter:
* Example of reducing reflection using the PL filter: Changing the look of the water using a PL filter
* Example of enhancing contrast using the PL filter: Bring out the blue sky with a PL filter
* Let's try using Filters

Question :
How do I attach the eyecup EP-9 to the VF-2?

Answer:
The following procedure explains how to attach the eyecup EP-9 to the electronic viewfinder VF-2.

  1. Remove the diopter corrector ring from the VF-2. Diopter corrector ring
  2. Hold the EP-9 with one hand and the VF-2 with the other. Align the mark on the EP-9 with the mark on the VF-2, and then slide the rim of the EP-9 over the VF-2.
    Align the marks
    Tip:
    To attach the eyecup easily: Rotate part a (which is shown in the illustration above) until the mark is centered between the plus (+) and minus (-) symbols. Then, place the eyecup over a, covering the mark.
  3. Without releasing the VF-2, reach around the eyecup with your thumb and support the VF-2 by pressing lightly on the inside of the eyecup.
  4. Using your other thumb and index finger, grip the outside edge of the eyecup. Little by little,working in a circle, pull the rim of the eyecup over the VF-2.
  5. Check whether the EP-9 is properly attached to the VF-2.

Question :
What are the compression rates and what size are the image files in each record mode?

Answer:
[Still pictures]
The following table shows the approximate values when shooting still pictures in the 4:3 aspect ratio.

Record mode Compression rate Number of pixels File format Number of storable pictures in a 1GB SD/SDHC card File size (approx.)
RAW Lossless compression 4032 x 3024 ORF 54 14MB
Large SF
(SuperFine)
1/2.7 JPEG 101 8.4MB
F
(Fine)
1/4 145 5.9MB
N
(Normal)
1/8 320 2.7MB
B
(Basic)
1/12 477 1.8MB
Middle SF
(SuperFine)
1/2.7 3200 x 2400 154 5.6MB
F
(Fine)
1/4 255 3.4MB
N
(Normal)
1/8 504 1.7MB
B
(Basic)
1/12 747 1.2MB
SF
(SuperFine)
1/2.7 2560 x 1920 269 3.2MB
F
(Fine)
1/4 395 2.2MB
N
(Normal)
1/8 776 1.1MB
B
(Basic)
1/12 1143 0.8MB
SF (SuperFine) 1/2.7 1920 x 1440 473 1.8MB
F
(Fine)
1/4 696 1.3MB
N
(Normal)
1/8 1346 0.7MB
B
(Basic)
1/12 1954 0.5MB
SF
(SuperFine)
1/2.7 1600 x 1200 673 1.3MB
F
(Fine)
1/4 993 0.9MB
N
(Normal)
1/8 1893 0.5MB
B
(Basic)
1/12 2753 0.4MB
Small SF
(SuperFine)
1/2.7 1280 x 960 JPEG 1044 0.9MB
F
(Fine)
1/4 1514 0.6MB
N
(Normal)
1/8 2884 0.3MB
B
(Basic)
1/12 4038 0.3MB
SF
(SuperFine)
1/2.7 1024 x 768 1594 0.6MB
F
(Fine)
1/4 2243 0.4MB
N
(Normal)
1/8 4038 0.3MB
B
(Basic)
1/12 5507 0.2MB
SF
(SuperFine)
1/2.7 640 x 480 3563 0.3MB
F
(Fine)
1/4 5048 0.2MB
N
(Normal)
1/8 8654 0.2MB
B
(Basic)
1/12 10096 0.1MB
Note:
- The same image (Olympus' standard image) is used to calculate the number of storable pictures and file size in each mode.
- The number of storable pictures depends on the image quality and the type of memory card.
- The number of storable pictures in this table differs from the number of remaining pictures displayed on the LCD. This table shows the approximate number, but the camera shows the maximum (up to 9999).
[Movies]
Record mode Image size Frame rate
(frames per second)
Recording time in a
2 GB SD/SDHC card
(with sound)
HD 1280×720 (16:9) 30fps approx. 7 min.
SD 640×480 (4:3) 30fps approx. 14 min.
Note:
- The maximum file size of a movie is 2 GB. This is a limitation of the AVI file format. The recording might stop before the maximum recording time depending on the media card.
- A Speed Class 6 SD or SDHC card is recommended for movie recording.
- When shooting movies with an Art Filter, the frame rate varies based on the selected filter.

Question :
Which types of memory cards can I use?

Answer:
SD, SDHC and SDXC cards can be used in the E-PL2.
xD-Picture Card™ and CompactFlash® media cannot be used.

Note:
To see a list of compatible memory cards, click here:
* SD Memory Card Compatibility with the PEN series

Question :
Where can I find the instruction manual for my camera?

Answer:
You can either read online or download the instruction manual for your camera.
See the following Web page to find the available manuals:
* Download Manuals


Question :
Where can I find information on how to use the [ib] software?

Answer:
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about [ib] are collected here.

Detailed documentation of the software's functions is available in the application's Help file. To access the Help file, launch [ib] and choose ib Help from the Help menu.


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