Olympus E-30

Announced Nov 5, 2008 •
12 megapixels | 2.7 screen | Four Thirds sensor
dpreview conclusion

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.

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Highly Recommended
71%
dpreview score
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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Other reviews
Olympus E-30 review
By: Paul Nuttall, What Digital Camera (Mar 12, 2009)

The E-30 is a strong DSLR that performs well and delivers good quality images with relatively little fuss.

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DCRP Review: Olympus E-30
By: Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page (Feb 14, 2009)

The Olympus E-30 is a very good digital SLR, and arguably one of the best they've ever made. It offers very good photo quality, image stabilization, generally snappy performance, live view on a rotating 2.7" LCD display, plenty of manual controls, and built-in support for wireless flashes. Other nice touches include a built-in level and pitch meter, the ability to preview different exposure and...

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