E-300 vs E-1

Started Jan 15, 2005 | Discussions thread
Roger Senior Member • Posts: 2,396
Re: E-300 vs E-1 maybe more

talent28 wrote:

I've been in the market for an Olympus E-300 for a while. I
consider it very good value for its price. I had finally made up my
mind about buying it, so I went down to a camera store in the city.
There, I looked at the E-300, and alongside it was the E-1 at
almost the same price!

Now, I must add, it was the student discount price. But as I am
indeed a student, that price clearly applied to me.

This came as a big surprise to me. I was not expecting the pro body
to be that cheap, almost the same price as the amateur body. So I
went back home without getting a camera, because I couldn't make up
my mind.

So this is where i need some help. At the same price (almost),
would it be a good idea for me to choose the E-1 over the E-300? As
I figure, the E-300 has one big advantage over the E-1, and that is
the 8 mp vs 5. Now, I am planning to print at A3+ but not any
larger, and if 5mp is enough for this then doesn't the E-1 seem
like the better choice? Is 5mp really enough for A3+ prints or will
I notice a difference in print quality compared to 8mp?

I am an amateur photographer moving up from the Sony F-828 because
of its excessive noise at higher ISO and long exposures. I do a lot
of different photography, like landscapes, portraits, macro shots
etc. I do not expect I will really need all the pro features of the
E-1, but its always nice, I guess, to grow into the equipment. And
then there's the superior kit lens that comes with the E-1. Much
better than the E-300 lens I figure.

I'm grateful for any help, specifically, reasons why one is better
for me than the other.

Greetings talent28

I'm looking at the E300 also. Nice camera, great size. I use another camera as my main "pro" camera but the E300 fills a need as a great street camera. I was able to shoot with one the other day and it did well. The only problem I have is that the camera over saturates the Reds. On the other hand I was shooting in the SHO mode and I wasn't use to the camera. I wonder how well it does in the Raw mode? I also wonder/ what is the problem with this NR issue people are talking about??? As for the E1, being weather sealed is great if you need it. Like in rain or snow/skiers, surfers ect. I believe the E300 come with a lens. I'm waiting for the company I'm with to come out with a smaller fast camera, like the E300. If the E300 works out the NR issue or Olympus comes out with a E3 or what ever with lower prices I'll take a closer look. Now that Olympus is working Panasonic, well things are getting interesting.
Have fun
Roger J.

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