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Discussion in 'Accessories' started by julienrl, Jan 6, 2011.
Will the penpal work on cameras other than the EPL-2 and will it allow for remote control functions?
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).
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.
Eye-Fi's new Direct Mode looks very similar too
Eye-Fi's Direct Mode hands-on: from camera to tablet in seconds (video) -- Engadget
Is anyone using the Eye-Fi cards with their m43 kit ?
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.
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.
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.
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.