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Storage Compartment

The storage compartment is located on the right side of the camera (from the back) and makes up part of the hand grip. Unlike the E-3 there's no switch to open the card door; you simply slide it towards you and it flips open. Inside you will find an xD-Picture card slot and a Compact Flash Type II card slot.

Connections

The E-3 has three connectors on the right side (viewed from the front); USB 2.0 (Mass Storage, MTP, Control and Direct Print modes), Video out and a socket for the (optional) mains adaptor. On the top right hand shoulder is a standard X-sync socket for studio flash.

The combined USB 2.0 and Video output port. The E-30 does not support HDTV output. DC-in socket for optional mains adapter.
 
X-sync for external flash.

Base / Tripod Mount

On the bottom of the camera you'll find the metal tripod socket which is aligned exactly with the center line of the lens. The mount also appears to be in line with the focal plane (position of the sensor). Viewed from below the E-30 is near identical to the E-3.

Battery Grip HLD-4

The E-30 shares the E-3's optional battery / vertical shooting grip, the HLD-4. The grip accepts one or two BLM-1 batteries and ships with an adapter that holds six AA's. Using the grip necessitates removal of the battery door, but there is a compartment on the grip to store it. The HLD-4 provides a vertical shooting shutter release, main and sub command dials and an extra customizable Fn and AF Target button.

 

Pop-up Flash

The E-30's pop-up flash differs from the E-3 in that it has an electronic release (so the camera can pop it up automatically in the fully automatic modes), and like the E-3, when raised the flash sits approximately 115 mm (4.5 in) above the center of the lens, which is about as far as you could reasonably expect from a built-in unit. Like other E-Series models the E-30 doesn't have a dedicated AF assist lamp and instead strobes the flash unit to illuminate the subject, however this does require that you have the flash raised in the first place (and don't mind alienating any sentient subject). The flash has a guide number of 13 (ISO 100, meters) and a top X-sync speed of 1/250 sec. The E-30 is compatible with Olympus's RC wireless flash control system.

Flash Hot-shoe

The E-30 has an 'E System' flash hot-shoe designed specifically for Olympus dedicated flash units, however it can also accept third party units (sync contact only). Olympus 'E System' flash units communicate directly with the camera and support various features including zoom control, red-eye reduction, slow sync flash and the use of higher shutter speeds ('Super FP flash').

Lens Mount

The E-30 is a Four Thirds digital SLR which means that its lens mount / communication system complies to the Four Thirds System standard. As well as accepting Olympus 4/3 lenses it can also accept third party 4/3 lenses.

"Supersonic Wave Filter"

The "Supersonic Wave Filter" is a method of keeping the image sensor clean by making a very thin filter glass in front of the sensor vibrate at very high frequency. This causes dust or dirt to drop off and be trapped on a stick tape material. The SSWF is triggered each time you power up the camera (it's a pity you can't disable or modify when it occurs as it does introduce a slight delay). On the positive side this is still the only dust reduction system that has proven effectiveness.

SSWF filter is mounted in front of the sensor Click for a video explanation (15 MB)

Box Contents

  • Olympus E-30 digital SLR body
  • PS-BLM1 Lithium-Ion battery
  • BCM-2 battery charger
  • Body cap
  • Shoulder strap
  • Video and USB cables
  • Software CD-ROMs (Olympus Master 2 + Studio 2 trial)
  • Manual, System chart, Warranty
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