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Autofocus Live View with Multiple Exposure shooting lets you create artistic effects in-camera. Six Art Filters instantly give your images a variety o...

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Review of "Olympus E-30"

published 11/02/2009 | JudgeIronFist
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Pro Excellent auto-focus performance
Cons NONE!!!
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"Artistic camera for artistic photographers"

Last Saturday, I purchased the E-30 from a local dealer. My old camera was a Nikon F-301, bought more than 15 years ago. Just last week, this old Nikon became faulty. I took it to Nikon's service centre to repair it, but the repair man told me it is beyond repair. I thought to myself, yeah, since I was using it almost daily from the time I bought it, now it should be the time for it to spoil and for me to buy a new one.

I went to my friends for advice about buying a new camera. Their advice was to go for a compact pocket camera. However, my heart was always on DSLR cameras. I loved them so much that even in my dreams, I also dream of them! I just adored their decent and distinct "Kachack" sound after taking a picture. So, I went everywhere to look for a nice DSLR camera. Finally, my eyes were set on an Olympus E-30 on the displays of an Olympus retail shop. I went in, asked about the features it has and the price, after about 10 minutes, the new E-30 was in my hands.

Excited, I went home and tested out its features. It has various upmarket features. Prominently, it packs a 12.3 megapixel lens, which makes every picture you take, look more artistic, even without using the PC's software. One of the features in the E-30 is Art Filters. There are six filters, namely, Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film and Pin Hole Camera.

The Pop Art feature enhances colors, making them more vivid, creating distinct pictures that express the joyful feelings of the Pop Art style of the retro 1960s. Use the Soft Focus with its ethereal effect that controls subjects in a heavenly light without complicating details. My favourite feature is the Pale & Light Color, which fences the foreground of an image in flat gentle light and pastel colors suggesting of a flashback scene in a movie. The Light Tone feature renders shade and highlight areas softly to create an elegant air to the subject. There's also an interesting feature called the Grainy Film , which reproduces the grainy look of black and white photos. The last feature, Pin Hole Camera ,reduces the extra brightness of an image as though it were shot through a pin hole, connecting the viewer with the subject at the centre of the picture.

Something you can do with the camera will be using its Multiple Exposures Shooting , in which you can shoot up to four images in one frame. In my opinion, I should say camera enthusiasts who like this effect will find it very convenient.

A notable technology in the E-30 will be the Face Detection And Shadow Adjustment Technology . This innovative technology can shoot up to eight faces within the image area and automatically focuses and optimizes exposure for sharp, brilliant portrait pictures.

The E-30 is able to set the aspect ratio of photos, providing nine aspect ratios including the standard 4:3, as well as 16:9 for impressive, cinematic-style images, and 6:6, which is reminiscent of classic medium-format cameras.

What I like about the camera is that we can preview the artistic effects on the LCD screen before pressing the shutter, but, the E-30 may pause for a short moment to apply the effects after pressing the shutter. There is also the Lightbox function which will let users compare two photos side by side and enlarge them in detail.

The E-30's auto-focus Live View feature has 11 focusing points. It is also consistently fast.

Final verdict

Although Olympus does not release new DSLRs as much as Canon and Nikon do, its inventive features are later used by market leaders. The E-30's artistic features and excellent auto-focus performance make the camera stand above other DSLRs.


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  • TheChosen1 published 22/02/2009
    fab review
  • redeyes22 published 12/02/2009
    great review aggy xxx
  • obscuredbykep published 11/02/2009
    DSLRs are awesome, much better than the silly little compacts!! Though I will always stick with Canon, just like them, heart is set on one day getting something like the 5D or similar... oh to dream. Though I do like the sound of these features, would be good if you could put examples up as pictures on your review - that would be very helpful. Also, I think you should mention a few more bits like ISO and what modes it has on it, etc, also what Kit lens comes with it if you brought it like that - the price would be good too. Let me know if you add any of that, because with some of that it will definitely be VH. KEP
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Product Information : Olympus E-30

Manufacturer's product description

Autofocus Live View with Multiple Exposure shooting lets you create artistic effects in-camera. Six Art Filters instantly give your images a variety of creative looks. Features like Face Detection, Shadow Adjustment Technology and In-body Image Stabilization ensure clear, crisp images in any shooting situation. It all adds up to a DSLR for photographers who want to express themselves more artistically.

Product Details

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode

Product Description: Olympus E-30 - digital camera

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card, xD-Picture Card

Display: LCD display - 2.7"

Supported Battery: 1 x Olympus BLM-1 Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1500 mAh ( included ), 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1500 mAh ( included ), 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1050 mAh ( included )

Dimensions (WxDxH): 14.2 cm x 7.5 cm x 10.8 cm

Weight: 0.66 kg

Image Processor: TruePic III+

Sensor Resolution: 12.3 Megapixel

Lens System: 3 x zoom lens - 14 - 42 mm - f/3.5-5.6 Four Thirds, 3.9 x zoom lens - 14 - 54 mm - f/2.8-3.5 Four Thirds, 5 x zoom lens - 12 - 60 mm - f/2.8-4.0 Four Thirds

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash

Viewfinder: Optical - fixed eye-level pentaprism

Min Focus Distance: 25 cm, 22 cm

Environmental Parameters

Humidity Range Storage: 10 - 90%

Humidity Range Operating: 30 - 90%

Max Storage Temperature: 60 °C

Min Storage Temperature: -20 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C


Details: 1 x Olympus BLM-1 Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1500 mAh ( included ), 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1500 mAh ( included ), 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1050 mAh ( included )

Battery Type: Olympus BLM-1

Exposure & White Balance

Exposure Range: EV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )

X-sync Speed: 1/250sec

White Balance Bracketing: Yes

Auto Exposure Bracketing: 5 steps in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps

Exposure Compensation: ±5 EV range, in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps

Min Shutter Speed: 30 min

Max Shutter Speed: 1/8000 sec

White Balance Presets: Sunlight, tungsten light, shade, overcast, fluorescent light (cool white), fluorescent light (daylight), fluorescent light (warm white), 3000K - 7500K

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Special Effects: Sepia, Monotone, Black & White Red filter, Black & White Yellow filter, Vivid, yellow, green, red, Custom Effect, Black & White Orange filter, soft focus, Black & White Green filter, Muted, portrait, orange, Grainy Film, Light Tone, Pop Art, Pale & Light Colour, pin hole

Exposure Modes: Automatic, manual, aperture-priority, shutter-priority

Exposure Metering Zones: 49

Exposure Metering: Multi-segment, centre-weighted, spot

Light Sensitivity: ISO auto (200-800), ISO 100-3200, ISO auto (200-3200)


Body Material: Glassfibre reinforced plastics

Included Accessories: Battery charger, dust cap, body cap, lens cap, shoulder strap, USB cable, video cable

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 0.66 kg

Height: 10.8 cm

Depth: 7.5 cm

Width: 14.2 cm

Memory / Storage

Supported Memory Cards: CompactFlash, xD-Picture Card, Microdrive

Image Storage: RAW 4032 x 3024 ¦ Super-fine JPEG 4032 x 3024 - 6.8 MB ¦ Fine JPEG 4032 x 3024 - 4.7 MB ¦ Normal JPEG 4032 x 3024 - 2.2 MB ¦ Basic JPEG 4032 x 3024 - 1.5 MB ¦ Super-fine JPEG 3200 x 2400 - 5.3 MB ¦ Fine JPEG 3200 x 2400 - 3.7 MB ¦ Normal JPEG 3200 x 2400 - 1.7 MB ¦ Basic JPEG 3200 x 2400 - 1.1 MB ¦ Super-fine JPEG 2560 x 1920 - 3.6 MB ¦ Fine JPEG 2560 x 1920 - 2.2 MB ¦ Normal JPEG 2560 x 1920 - 1.1 MB ¦ Basic JPEG 2560 x 1920 - 0.7 MB ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 - 1.3 MB ¦ Fine JPEG 1600 x 1200 - 0.8 MB ¦ Normal JPEG 1600 x 1200 - 0.5 MB ¦ Basic JPEG 1600 x 1200 - 0.3 MB ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1280 x 960 - 0.8 MB ¦ Fine JPEG 1280 x 960 - 0.5 MB ¦ Normal JPEG 1280 x 960 - 0.3 MB ¦ Basic JPEG 1280 x 960 - 0.2 MB ¦ Super-fine JPEG 1024 x 768 - 0.5 MB ¦ Fine JPEG 1024 x 768 - 0.4 MB ¦ Normal JPEG 1024 x 768 - 0.2 MB ¦ Basic JPEG 1024 x 768 - 0.1 MB ¦ Super-fine JPEG 640 x 480 - 0.2 MB ¦ Fine JPEG 640 x 480 - 0.2 MB ¦ Normal JPEG 640 x 480 - 0.1 MB ¦ Basic JPEG 640 x 480 - 0.1 MB

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card, xD-Picture Card

Lens System

Features: Internal focusing system, ED glass

Lens System Mounting: Four Thirds

Filter Size: 58 mm, 67 mm, 72 mm

Lens Construction: 8 groups / 10 elements, 11 groups / 15 elements, 10 groups / 14 elements

Zoom Adjustment: Manual

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 28 - 84mm, 28 - 108mm, 24 - 120mm

Type: 3 x zoom lens - 14 - 42 mm - f/3.5-5.6 Four Thirds, 3.9 x zoom lens - 14 - 54 mm - f/2.8-3.5 Four Thirds, 5 x zoom lens - 12 - 60 mm - f/2.8-4.0 Four Thirds

Min Focus Distance: 25 cm, 22 cm

Max View Angle: 74 degree(s), 84 degree(s)

Additional Features

Flash Terminal: Hot shoe

Self Timer Delay: 2sec, 12sec

Additional Features: Direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, RGB primary colour filter, auto power save, DPOF support, display brightness control, depth-of-field preview button, sharpness control, digital image rotation, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge support, histogram display, cropping an image, resizing an image, saturation control, LCD live view mode, in-camera red-eye fix, shadow point display, highlight point display, contrast control, Shadow Adjustment Technology, in-camera RAW processing

Continuous Shooting Speed: 5 frames per second


Viewfinder Frames: Autofocus frame

Dioptric Correction Range: -3 to +1

Magnification: 1.02x

Field Coverage: 98%

Viewfinder Type: Optical - fixed eye-level pentaprism

Viewfinder Information: Shutter speed, exposure compensation, AE lock, AF-in-focus, flash charge completion, aperture, frame counter, white balance, metering system, Exposure Mode, battery status, record mode, ISO sensitivity


Display Features: Rotating

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Type: 2.7" LCD display


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video output ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: CompactFlash Card, xD-Picture Card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Olympus Master


Optical Zoom: 3 x, 3.9 x, 5 x

Product Type: Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode

MPN: N3224192, N3223992, N3224292, N3224392, 262032, 262031

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Sensor Features: Supersonic Wave Filter (SWF)

Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes

Field of View Crop Factor: 2

Optical Sensor Size: 13.0 x 17.3mm

Effective Sensor Resolution: 12,300,000 pixels

Total Pixels: 13,100,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: Live MOS

Sensor Resolution: 12.3 Megapixel

Image Processor: TruePic III+

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Image Recording Format: JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 11

Auto Focus: TTL contrast and phase detection

Camera Flash

Features: AF illuminator, flash +/- compensation

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, rear curtain sync, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 13

Camera Flash: Pop-up flash


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