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Olympus E-30


$1,300.00 Released January, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Very high quality JPEG results straight off the camera compared to other Olympus models. Improved resolution and sharpness over E-3 model. Great weight distribution is comfortable to carry and shoot, not too light like low-end DSLRS.

The Cons:Overall resolution is slightly lower than comparable competing cameras. Noise reduction and sensitivity not as high quality as competitors. Contrast AF is not compatible with many lenses.

The Olympus E-30 is a Micro Four Thirds DSLR released in January 2009. Based on the Four Thirds system, the E-30 can be obtained either with just the body or with an optional Olympus 9-18mm f4-5.6 or Olympus 12-60mm f.2.8-4 SWD lens.

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Critics recommend the latter. As a change in pace from the original E-30, the E-30 lacks its predecessor’s dust/weather sealing and instead utilizes fiberglass-reinforced plastic, but users have found it to be sturdy and comfortable. The E-30 also offers manual/automatic control modes, a 2.7” swivel display, and razor-sharp images, but critics have lamented over its noise images in low-light conditions. On the other hand, the unit comes with a plethora of Art Filters, the ability to shoot JPEG plus an untouched raw image simultaneously, and an ultra-fast AF system that “delivers best-in class, single-shot performance in both bright and dim light.”

Features

  • Four Thirds Mount DSLR
  • On-Screen Autofocus w/Live View
  • Multiple Exposure function
  • New Art Filters
  • Automatic Face Detection
  • Shadow Adjustment Technology
  • Live View Display Monitor w/Swivel
  • 12.3MP Live-MOS Sensor
  • 11-Point Imager
  • In-Body Image Stabilization
  • Full Manual Control
  • Program Camera Control
  • Remote Release
  • Live Metering Modes
  • Digital Level Sensor
  • In-Body AF Focus Adjustment
  • Wireless Electronic Flashes
  • CF/UDMA/Microdrive/xD Compatibility

Specifications

  • Type: Simple-Lens Reflex Live View Digital Camera
  • Lens System: Interchangeable
  • Lens Mount: Four Thirds Mount
  • Effective Pixels: 12.3MP
  • Sensor: High-Speed Live MOS
  • Memory: CompactFlash Type I/II (UDMA), Microdrive, XD-Picture Card (Dual Slot)
  • Recording Formats: DCF, DPOF compatible/Exif, PRINT Image Matching III
  • File Formats: RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, RAW+JPEG
  • Image Size: Up to 4032x3024
  • Display: 2.7” HyperCrystal II LCD
  • Print Function: DPOF, PictBridge
  • Interface: USB 2.0, UTSC/PAL
  • Battery: BLM-1 Li-Ion

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    Very high quality JPEG results straight off the camera compared to other Olympus models

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    Improved resolution and sharpness over E-3 model

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    Great weight distribution is comfortable to carry and shoot, not too light like low-end DSLRS

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    Live view offers previews for various settings

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    Very fast focusing with intended lenses

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    Very broad feature set for this price point, beats out most lower-priced models

Cons
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    Overall resolution is slightly lower than comparable competing cameras

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    Noise reduction and sensitivity not as high quality as competitors

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    Contrast AF is not compatible with many lenses

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