Olympus E-30 review


The E-30 is a strong DSLR that performs well and delivers good quality images with relatively little fuss.

The fact of the matter, however, is that this is a circa-£1,000 DSLR where the main thrust of innovations or improvements are focused on ‘art filters’ one would normally assume better suited to a compact camera. Why didn’t Olympus just ignore the art filters and simply boost the resolution and LCD size of the E-3 in an upgrade instead? The natural conclusion is that Olympus wasn’t quite ready to make the E-3 redundant until they had finished a new E-’X’. Either way, if you can do without weatherproofing and don’t mind the 98% viewfinder, you’ll be getting an E-3 equivalent for a couple of hundred pounds cheaper, which can only be a good thing.

Compact Camera Reviews

Price as reviewed



Design 19/20
Image Quality 17/20
Performance 17/20
Value 18/20
Features 17/20
Overall Score 88%