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Which battery does the Olympus E-410 take?

The Olympus E-410 is a digital DSLR that features a 10.0MP sensor. It is powered by the Olympus BLS-1, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack. Lithium-Ion batteries offer a high energy density and low self-discharge, and are nowadays found in many portable electronic devices.

Battery Pack

The BLS-1 operates at a voltage of 7.2V and has a capacity of 1150mAh. It can be charged from a standard electrical outlet via the Olympus BCS-1 charger (that can be purchased separately, for example, at amazon). The battery pack measures 56 mm in width, 13 mm in height, and 36 mm in depth. It weighs 48 g. The Olympus BLS-1 has been on the market since September 2006 and sells at good camera retailers, such as amazon, for about $60. Olympus provides the BLS-1 in a black outer finish. Generic alternatives (see below) that are compatible with the Olympus E-410 can be obtained at substantially lower cost.

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How many shots can I take with a fully charged ?

The number of shots that one can get out of a battery pack depends heavily on the style and imaging practice of the photographer. For example, the extended use of the LCD screen for framing or reviewing will result in reduced battery performance.

Olympus BLS-1

The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has established guidelines that manufacturers are supposed to respect when reporting the battery life of their cameras. According to this CIPA-rating, the Olympus E-410 can take 500 images on a single charge. Given the relatively demanding energy usage of the CIPA procedures, this rated number should be achievable or be surpassed in most practical situations. However, if the environment is cold, the LCD screen is used heavily, or the camera is turned on and off frequently, battery mileage might drop towards or even below the rating. Also, as the battery pack ages, its performance will tend to deteriorate.


What about generic battery packs?

Olympus sells the original BLS-1 battery pack at quite a steep price. This premium pricing strategy has left room in the market for third party suppliers to offer fully compatible battery packs at much lower prices. Savings from buying generic replacement batteries can amount up to 70 percent of the price of the genuine battery pack.

Olympus BLS-1 Specifications

  • Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack
  • Compatibility: Olympus E-410 & other selected Olympus cameras
  • Voltage: 7.2V DC
  • Capacity: 1150mAh
  • Number of shots (CIPA) with the Olympus E-410: 500

Indeed, one can often find a variety of competitively-priced BLS-1 replacements from different vendors at major online platforms (see, for example, here on ebay). All these generic alternatives should work fine with your Olympus E-410. So why would anybody then buy the more expensive original battery? Well, below are some arguments in favor of the genuine Olympus BLS-1, which can perhaps be summarized as "peace of mind":

  • Assurance that the warranty of the camera will not be rendered void if a battery-related failure occurs;
  • Assurance that the battery pack will indeed have the stated capacity;
  • Assurance that the battery will have low self-discharge rates and, thus, will hold its charge even when not in use;
  • Assurance that the power unit will not trigger any warning messages on the camera and can be effectively charged with the standard charger;
  • Assurance that the manufacturing process has respected the safety guidelines for Lithium-Ion batteries;

If you can live without these assurances, then you are in for some nice savings from buying generic replacements for the Olympus BLS-1. Unfortunately, the market for generic battery packs is rather fluid, with new trade names popping up regularly while others disappear. Hence it is difficult to keep track of all the suppliers and the quality of their products. That said, in North America, battery packs from Wasabi have gained a good reputation, while in Europe, replacement power packs from Patona have received many favorable reviews. In any case, the existing comparisons tend to find that the cheapest of the generic replacement packs score worse in terms of achieving their rated capacity, holding their charge over time, or allowing for a large number of charge-discharge cycles than somewhat pricier battery packs (or the genuine Olympus offer). Thus, the old adage, "If the price sounds too low to be true, it probably is" has some merit with respect to camera batteries also. You can check the current offers and prices for the original Olympus BLS-1 and its clones by using the buttons below.

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Which other cameras use the Olympus BLS-1?

The E-410 is not alone in using the Olympus BLS-1. Several other cameras from Olympus are powered by the same type of lithium-ion pack. The adjacent table lists some of them along with a selection of their headline specifications.

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Cameras using the Olympus BLS-1
Battery life
Sensor Size
Launch Price
Street Price
1Olympus E-400Olympus BLS-1500Four Thirds10.0435Sep 2006699ebay.com
2Olympus E-410Olympus BLS-1500Four Thirds10.0435Mar 2007699ebay.com
3Olympus E-420Olympus BLS-1500Four Thirds10.0440Mar 2008599ebay.com
4Olympus E-450Olympus BLS-1500Four Thirds10.0440Mar 2009499ebay.com
5Olympus E-600Olympus BLS-1500Four Thirds12.2535Aug 2009449ebay.com
6Olympus E-620Olympus BLS-1500Four Thirds12.2521Feb 2009699ebay.com
7Olympus E-P1Olympus BLS-1300Four Thirds12.2355Jun 2009799ebay.com
8Olympus E-P2Olympus BLS-1300Four Thirds12.2355Nov 2009799ebay.com
9Olympus E-PL1Olympus BLS-1290Four Thirds12.2334Feb 2010599ebay.com

Olympus BLS-1 FAQ

The Olympus BLS-1 is the standard power source for the E-410. As such it is an indispensable camera accessory. Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular aspects of the battery pack and Lithium-Ion power units more generally.

Is there a car charger available for the BLS-1?

Olympus does not offer a travel charger, but third party suppliers might do (see here on ebay).

Can I use the BLS-1 in any of my other electronic devices?

No, the battery is specifically designed for use in the Olympus E-410 and other selected cameras from Olympus.

How should the BLS-1 be stored?

Lithium-ion batteries can hold a charge for a long time. However, these battery packs have a safety mechanism built-in that disables any re-charge if the voltage drops below a certain minimum level. To avoid this safety-trigger to be activated, the battery pack should be charged at least once every few months.

How should I discard my old Olympus BLS-1 battery pack?

The contents of Lithium-Ion batteries is under pressure and the packs can explode if exposed to extreme heat. Lithium-Ion battery units should therefore never be incinerated and should not be thrown into the household trash, but put into the recycling stream. Most places that sell camera batteries will also accept them back for recycling.

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