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Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

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).

Olympus E-30 vs. Olympus E-3

Camera settings:

  • Olympus E-30: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 Macro lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/SHQ, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Natural), Self-Timer (with MLU)

  • Olympus E-3: Olympus 50 mm F2.0 Macro lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 100
    JPEG Large/HQ, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Natural), Self-Timer (with MLU)
Olympus E-30
Olympus E-3
7.0 MB JPEG (4032 x 3024)
4.5 MB JPEG (3648 x 2736)

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.

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