Yawn... I've already heard this sentence for too many file-formats (Koala-Painter, ILBM, PhotoCD, Word for DOS, ...). You might be lucky to find a converter. But will it convert without losses?super8man wrote:Jpg will never go away and neither will AVI or most other formats.
Another fear is a virus/worm/whatever like this one: "The worm will then search all drives which are connected to the infected computer and replace files with the extensions *.JPG, *.JPEG, *.VBS, *.VBE, *.JS, *.JSE, *.CSS, *.WSH, *.SCT, *.DOC *.HTA with copies of itself, while appending to the file name a .VBS. extension."super8man wrote:The big fear is a hard drive failure taking away your archives.
The worm could have also removed or damaged the files...
Another part missing in your calculations:kontrabass wrote:A new Olympus Pen EPL cost 400 -500 EUR shoot as long as the memory card can afford.
In 3-5 years the Olympus' batteries will be dead. And it uses an "Olympus only"-rechargeable battery that now costs 5-15 EUR, but will then cost 99EUR (if it's still available at all). Not to mention that in 3-5 years you will not be able to connect your camera to a new computer as USB-ports and will be replaced by a "Hyperfirewire-eSATA-4.0"-connector (or something similar). And SD/SDHC will not be supported any more as well either. Even if you find a card-reader that still supports SD/SDHC, you might have problems with the FAT-format used by the Olympus. And of course in 3-5 years you will not be able to buy a new SD/SDHC-card any more (even though your card will have reached its maximum number of write-accesses by then).
In other words: You can expect to have to by a new camera in 3-5 years for another 400-500 EUR.