E-30 review - 2 stops behind D300 and 50D

Started Mar 10, 2009 | Discussions thread
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kociasek Regular Member • Posts: 168
E-30 review - 2 stops behind D300 and 50D

Polish camera and optics review website optyczne.pl has just published its review of E-30. They tested the camera with fine glass (zuiko 12-60, sigma 30, zuiko 150) both with JPGs and RAWs. The findings - disappointing. Some highlights:

1) Actual resolution no better than E-3 (despite 2MPix more).

2) Poor dynamic range not improved since E-3.

3) ISO 800 more detailed (despite noise) than lower ISOs (in particular ISO 400), even in RAW!

4) At ISO400 noise performance is 2-2.5 EV behind Nikon D300, 1.5-2 EV behind Canon 50D.

They say E-3 for just a bit more is a much better choice.

Noise comparisons:

http://www.optyczne.pl/94.7-Test_aparatu-Olympus_E-30_Szumy_i_jakoś obrazu_w_RAW.html

Sample photos (towards the bottom of the page):

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