Olympus E-P2 Memory Card Compatibility

By Nathaniel Stephan
Last Updated: October 24, 2019
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Olympus SD Memory Card Compatibility

The Olympus E-P2 has one SD memory card slot that is limited to cards with a maximum of 32GB in capacity. Trying to use a memory card that is larger than 32GB can result in an error to display or reduce the performance of the E-P2's operation.

To be able to get the best performance when shooting in continuous shooting mode, recording video, get a card that is Class 10. For transferring files, a card that is compatible with UHS-I will be much faster.

This is my recommendation for the best SD card for the Olympus E-P2:

SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I SDHC Memory Card

SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB SDHC

  • Best value for the money.
  • Read speeds of up to 95MB/s; write speeds of up to 90MB/s.
  • Shock-proof, temperature-proof, waterproof, and x-ray proof.
  • UHS speed Class 3 (U3) and UHS video speed Class 30 (V30).

64GB or larger cards are not compatible with the camera.

Best SD Cards

Since the release of the Olympus E-P2, memory card prices have fallen and capacities have gotten larger. The price difference between the fastest SD card and a mediocre option is remarkably small. Price is more tied to storage size, with the bigger cards being higher priced.

Paying for the cards with the largest capacity is worth it if you're going to shoot a huge amount of RAW files for action, events, wildlife, or sports photography. Another contributing factor could be if you are planning to replace your camera or use the card in another device.

In my opinion, the SanDisk Extreme Pro line of cards are generally the best option for most conditions. They have fast transfer speeds, which means they have the best shot of working in future digital cameras or devices that also use SD cards.

I have also had good experiences with PNY Elite Performance And Lexar Professional cards. I have not had images or files become inaccessible or lost on any of these cards. If that scenario did occur, all of them have image recovery software.

When I have encountered troubles it has been with generic SD cards. Being a bundled item or a low price are the selling points of these cards. However, this is also the most popular kind of card to have the wrong product description.

A label that claims Class 10 speed is easy to put on a Class 4 SD card. When the camera image processor starts writing data there is going to be an error or unreadable images if the card's write speed is not good enough.

One of the biggest controls over the price you have is the storage capacity. You will be better off by going one step down in capacity to reduce cost instead of using a relabeled brand. Read and write speeds are important factors that will impact your enjoyment of the Olympus E-P2.

Recommended SD Cards

SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-I SDHC Memory Card

SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB SDHC UHS-I

  • Best value for the money.
  • Read speeds of up to 95MB/s; write speeds of up to 90MB/s.
  • Shock-proof, temperature-proof, waterproof, and x-ray proof.
  • UHS speed Class 3 (U3) and UHS video speed Class 30 (V30).
SanDisk Ultra UHS-I SDHC Memory Card

SanDisk Ultra 32GB SDHC UHS-I

  • Quick transfer read speeds up to 90MB/s.
  • Write speeds are not capable of recording 4k video.
  • Class 10 rating for Full HD video (1080p).
  • Waterproof, temperature proof, X-ray Proof, magnet-Proof, and shockproof.
Lexar 633x 23GB UHS-I SDHC Memory Card

Lexar Professional 633X 32GB SDHC UHS-I

  • High-speed, Class 10 performance.
  • UHS-I technology for a read transfer speed up to 633x (95MB/s).
  • High-speed file transfer from card to computer to dramatically accelerate workflow.

Memory Card Reader

UGreen 4-in-1 Card Reader
There's a bright blue LED that bothered me. It is now covered in gaff tape.

The UGreen 4-in-1 memory card reader can handle four common memory card formats. These cover everything camera manufacturers make use of in all but their latest professional-level cameras.

The UGREEN memory card reader connects over USB 3.0. The USB 3.0 transfer speeds will be faster transfer rates than what the Olympus E-P2 can achieve using the USB transfer mode.

There are lots of favorable customer reviews for the UGREEN card reader, which I agree with. I would recommend it because the reader has been compatible all the computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux) I have tried it with.

The cable stops card slots from interfering with other accessories or devices that are being used in an adjacent port.

When I looked for a card reader that would be lighter for travel, I had to return a couple of orders. I encountered the most common problem mentioned in customer reviews, the readers would not work with my computer.

The card reader supports the card types below:

  • CompactFlash Cards
  • SD, SDHC, & SDXC Cards (UHS-I supported)
  • Memory Stick (MS), MS Pro, MS PRO-HG, & MS XC DUO
  • MicroSD, Micro SDHC, & Micro SDXC Cards

Olympus E-P2 SD Card Compatibility

You can only use SDHC and SD memory cards in the Olympus E-P2. For best performance, check that your camera has the latest firmware.

SDUC or SDXC cards cannot be used with the E-P2.

Four different types of Secure Digital (SD) cards exist that you need to be aware of. They are divided by size.

  • Secure Digital (SD) - 128MB to 2GB.
  • Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) - 4GB to 32GB.
  • Secure Digital eXtended Capacity (SDXC) - 64GB to 2TB.
  • Secure Digital Ultra Capacity (SDUC) - 4TB to 128TB.

Image Capacity

Olympus SD Memory Card Contacts

Image quality options on the Olympus E-P2 will determine the number of pictures that can be stored. Higher image quality settings will produce larger image sizes.

The limiting factor to just how many images you can take will be your camera batteries. Keep in mind that, any time the camera is turned on, even if you are just scrolling through menu settings or using the live view, that will still reduce the battery life.

In low light situations, like at night or indoors, the built-in flash can be useful. Without the flash, shutter speeds will not be fast enough to eliminate motion blur. Using the built-in flash will quickly drain the camera batteries. These situations are when you need to own at least a couple of Olympus BLS-1 rechargeable batteries for the Olympus E-P2.

The following is an estimation of the number of high-quality JPEG images you will be able to save on a memory card for the listed capacity:

  • 4GB - 1,160 images
  • 8GB - 2,320 images
  • 16GB - 4,640 images
  • 32GB - 9,280 images

Speed, Class, & UHS Ratings

Card Speed

Speed ratings of an SD memory card is dependant on the sequential read and write speeds. SD card write speed is important for video and continuous shooting.

Slows memory cards can cause a decrease in the number of continuous frames the Olympus E-P2 can capture. This is because the camera's buffer will not be able to write to the SD card fast enough.

When shooting video, a slow SD card can cause a sudden end to the recording. The video file may also end up being corrupted. If you are going to capture video, it is critical the SD card you use meets the minimum requirements of the camera.

Read speed is nice to have for transferring files to a computer or laptop. If you have cards that are full, a card with a fast read speed will cut down on the transfer time.

Speed Class Rating

Example of where to find SD Card Speed Class
The 10 inside of the C means the card is Class 10.

The Class rating of an SD card is determined by the sustained write speed. Cards that have a write speed of at least 10MB/s are labeled as Class 10.

  • Class 2 - 2MB/s
  • Class 4 - 4MB/s
  • Class 6 - 6MB/s
  • Class 8 - 8MB/s
  • Class 10 - 10MB/s or faster

Every brand name memory card that you can buy today will be rated Class 10. You can check the class rating of a card by looking for a number inside of a C on the label.

Ultra High Speed (UHS)

Example of an SD memory card with a UHS-I rating.
The UHS rating of a card can be determined by a Roman numeral I, II, or III on the label of the card.

The Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus comes in SDUC, SDXC, and SDHC cards. The UHS bus allows for faster file transfer rates.

There are three different specs. They are UHS-I, UHS-II, and UHS-III.

To figure out the UHS rating of a memory card, look at the front of the card. If the card has UHS, a Roman numeral I, II, or III can be found on the front of the memory card.

  • UHS-I - Maximum transfer rate of 104 MB/s
  • UHS-II - Maximum transfer rate of 312 MB/s
  • UHS-III - Maximum transfer rate of 624 MB/s

Related Cameras

If you could only choose one, SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro is the best Olympus E-P2 memory card. Any future camera you own, you will know what sd memory card to buy.

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