Will the Penpal work on other cameras

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by julienrl, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. julienrl

    julienrl Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 28, 2010
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Will the penpal work on cameras other than the EPL-2 and will it allow for remote control functions?
  2. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
    I think the PenPal interfaces with the port on the epl1/ep2/epl2.

    I'm wondering why people wouldn't just use an Eye-Fi card ?
    Sure you can't connect to a device direct (Eye-Fi relies on having a Wi-Fi access point) but the throughput is significantly better, the function doesn't use the hot-shoe, its not vendor-specific and you can also get portable AP's (or hack a device to appear as an AP).
  3. julienrl

    julienrl Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 28, 2010
    Ottawa, Ontario
    my hope is that the bluetooth stack also allows for remote functions since the EPL-1 was crippled for remotes. It would be nice to use my laptop or smartphone to do anything from a remote snapshot to timelapse and astrophotography.

    And although I would not use this to transfer files all that much, I can see why people would rather keep their high-speed high-capacity cards. But you are right, if people are concerned with nothing but transferring files, eye-fi is much faster than bluetooth.
  4. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 4, 2010
  5. playak47

    playak47 Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2010
    As of right now this Penpal only works with E-pl2 as per the olympus website.

    I want macro light for the macro work on e-pl1 to work. Olympus might be screwing us over with these e-pl2 only accessories.
  6. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 9, 2010
    If I had some kind of MiFi, I might go with the Eye-Fi, but right now my existing setup works just fine without adding that kind of complexity to the process.

    The Penpal looks cool, but I like the LED lights better.
  7. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 14, 2010
    Tura Beach, Australia
    Real Name:
    The E-PL2 supports the wired remote through the USB socket as per the E-P1 and E-P2. I expect it was a marketing move to separate the E-PL1 from the earlier models to cripple that.
  8. OPSSam

    OPSSam Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 18, 2010
    The Pen Pal will not work on any camera that comes before the E-PL2. The E-PL2 sports a new accessory port 2, labeled with 'AP2'. Neither the E-PL1 or E-P2 will interface with the PP for the purposes of transferring files, since this device had not probably been conceived of when those cameras were designed.

    On the bright side the pen pal is the only new accessory that appears to be E-PL2 only.