Next we'll see how the E-30 compares to the older E-3, which sits directly above it in the range. For many users the E-30 is a serious alternative to the 'professional' E-3. Not only does it offer an expanded feature set and a next generation sensor, but it's a slightly lighter body too.
This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F).
As we have repeatedly seen when comparing 12MP cameras to 10MP cameras from the same manufacturer, there's not a great deal of difference between the two. The levels of detail are remarkably similar between the E-30 and its more solid big-brother. Were it not for the apparent difference in magnification (due to the more densely-packed pixels on the E-30), the two would be indistinguishable.