Olympus E-300 EVOLT Review
For our standard studio scene comparisons we selected the nearest priced D-SLR competition from Canon and Nikon, as well as the nearest D-SLR megapixel competitor (the Canon EOS 20D) and our 'best of class' eight megapixel prosumer digital camera, the Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom.
|Olympus E-300||$999 (Kit)||8 mp CCD|
|Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel)||$999 (Kit)||6 mp CMOS|
|Nikon D70||$1299 (Kit)||6 mp CCD|
|Canon EOS 20D||$1499 (Body)||8 mp CMOS|
|Olympus C-8080 WZ||$899||8 mp CCD|
Aspect ratio advantage, aperture
Studio scene comparison (vs. Canon EOS 300D)
- Olympus E-300: Olympus ED 50 mm F2.0 Macro, Aperture Priority (F6.3),
ISO 100, JPEG SHQ, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
- Canon EOS 300D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority (F9),
ISO 100, JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Parameter 1), Self-Timer
Canon EOS 300D
ISO 100, 1/2 sec, F6.3
ISO 100, 1 sec, F9
5,420 KB JPEG (3264 x 2448)
2,748 KB JPEG (3072 x 2048)
The color response between the two cameras is similar expect for the EOS 300D's paler blues and the E-300's slightly orange reds. The E-300's resolution advantage is quite clear, it has some 400 more vertical pixels (about 20%) than the EOS 300D and is hence able to resolve more detail in various areas of the image. That said the EOS 300D appears to demonstrate better per-pixel sharpness, there's a crispness to its image which isn't matched in the E-300 image, you almost get the feeling that there could perhaps be more detail than there is.
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