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Olympus E-PL2 Memory Card Compatibility

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Olympus E-PL2 SD Memory Card Compatibility

´╗┐The Olympus E-PL2 can use SDXC, SDHC, and SD memory cards. Burst shooting and video need SD memory cards with high write speeds.

The overall performance of your camera can be spoiled by using an inadequate SD card.

If you are in a rush, here’s the best card you can buy for the Olympus E-PL2:

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SanDisk Ultra 64GB SD Card
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  • UHS-I, U1, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 10MB/s write speeds.
  • Excellent choice for photos.
  • Capable of recording Full HD (1920x1080) Video.
  • Inexpensive with more than good enough performance.
  • Larger capacities are available for a reasonable price.

Best SD Cards

In the time since the launch of Olympus E-PL2, the price of SD memory cards has greatly reduced.

Since the cost are affordable, it does not be shrewd to spend money on anything but a professional-quality memory card.

SanDisk Extreme Pro, Lexar Professional, and PNY Elite Performance cards are wonderful. I have under no circumstances endured a card failure or data errors with those SD cards.

Every one of the complications I have encountered has been because of generic unbranded memory cards. Attempting to save a small amount of money isn’t worthwhile if your E-PL2 will not operate as it should.

To cut costs, get a smaller storage capacity SD card from a quality company. By doing this, you’ll know your photos are secure on the card.

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SanDisk Ultra 64GB SD Card
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  • UHS-I, U1, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 10MB/s write speeds.
  • Excellent choice for photos.
  • Capable of recording Full HD (1920x1080) Video.
  • Inexpensive with more than good enough performance.
  • Larger capacities are available for a reasonable price.

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PNY Elite-X 128GB SD Card
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  • UHS-I, U3, V30, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 30MB/s write speeds.
  • Good for burst shooting photos and recording 4K video.
  • Larger capacity cards are available.
  • Reliable & Durable: Magnet Proof, Shock Proof, Temperature Proof, Waterproof.

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SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB SD Card
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  • Comparatively expensive for faster read speeds.
  • UHS-I, U3, V30, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 30MB/s write speeds.
  • Only makes sense for professional use or if you need the largest storage capacity available.
  • Temperature-proof, waterproof, shock-proof, and X-ray-proof.

Olympus E-PL2 SD Card Compatibility

The cards that can be used with with the Olympus E-PL2 are SDXC, SDHC, and SD. Make sure you have the most recent firmware installed on your camera for the best overall performance.

The newest cards, SDUC (Secure Digital Ultra Capacity), aren’t going to be usable in the E-PL2.

You should be aware of the 4 different kinds of Secure Digital (SD) cards that can be bought. They are broken up by their storage size.

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

Image Capacity

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SD Card Contacts

Here’s a fast approximation of the volume of large JPEGs photographs you should expect to save on a card:

  • 16GB - 4,640 images
  • 32GB - 9,280 images
  • 64GB - 18,560 images
  • 128GB - 37,120 images

Speed, Class, & UHS Ratings

Card Speed

Speed ratings of an SD memory card is based on the sequential read and write transfer speeds of the card. SD memory card speed is essential for clearing the camera buffer for continuous shooting and recording video.

A slow card can cause a drop in the number of continuous frames the Olympus E-PL2 can capture. This is due to the camera’s buffer not being able to write data to the SD card fast enough.

With video, a slow memory card can cause recording to end. The video file could also be corrupted. If you intend to shoot video, it is crucial the SD card you use meets the minimum requirements of the E-PL2.

Card read speed is important for file transfers to a computer. If you have cards that are full, a memory card with a fast transfer speed will decrease the transfer time.

Speed Class Rating

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SD Card Speed Class

A card receives a Class rating derived from its continuous write speed. SD cards that have a minimum write speed of 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 of SD card that you can find online will receive a Class 10 rating. You can find the class rating of a memory card by looking for a number inside of a C on the label.

Ultra High Speed (UHS)

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Example of UHS Rating

The Ultra High Speed bus (UHS) is a feature found in SDUC, SDXC, and SDHC cards. UHS makes it possible provides a way to increase file transfer rates.

Three different specs have been made. They are UHS-I, UHS-II, and UHS-III.

Look at the front of the card to determine the rating of a SD card. A Roman numeral I, II, or III on the label, that will be the UHS rating of the SD 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

Taking the information into consideration, the 64GB SanDisk Extreme Pro is the best memory card for the Olympus E-PL2. The memory card also has excellent compatibility with other cameras.

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