Olympus E-30

Announced Nov 5, 2008 •
12 megapixels | 2.7 screen | Four Thirds sensor
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Announced Nov 5, 2008
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The mid-range Olympus E-30 features a 12MP Live MOS sensor and 2.7"" tilt and swivel LCD. It also incorporates Live View with Contrast AF, Image Stabilization, 5fps continuous shooting and shutter speeds of up to 1/8000th sec. The E-30 also introduced the world to Olympus's 'Art Filters'. Other features include Multiple Exposure mode and a choice of 9 aspect ratios. The E-30 is packed to bursting with features; some (in-body IS, articulated screen) you'll appreciate every day, others (live view magnification that actually shows something useful, digital 'spirit level') that will prove more useful to some than others, and a lot (Art Filters, Multiple Exposures, some of the Aspect Ratio options) that veer dangerously close to novelty status, especially on a camera at this level.

As for picture quality, again there's a lot to like - even if there are also a few weak areas. The JPEG quality is superb, with excellent dynamic range and a slightly more subtle approach to color and contrast than we're used to from Olympus, giving results that look great 'out of the can' but respond well to post processing too.

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Review, Mar 24, 2009
Article, Nov 5, 2008
Quick specs
Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 4032 x 3024
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto (200-3200), 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200
Lens mount Four Thirds
Focal length mult. 2×
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 2.7
Screen dots 230,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Storage types Compact Flash (Type I or II) / xD Picture Card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 695 g (1.53 lb / 24.52 oz)
Dimensions 142 x 108 x 75 mm (5.59 x 4.25 x 2.95)
GPS None

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Our review

The E30 takes all that's good about the pro-level E3 (build quality aside) and throws in some cool new features for good measure. It's a lovely camera and the spec is certainly impressive, as is the image quality (helped by some excellent lens options). The problem is that its price and positioning put it into direct competition with some of the best cameras on the market today, and in that context, it struggles to stand out from the crowd.

Good for: Existing 4/3 users wanting the best body they can get, enthusiast photographers shooting in decent light

Not so good for: Low light work, movie makers

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Highly Recommended
71%
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