How does the latest four thirds addition fit into the enthusiast DSLR market?

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Olympus E-30

Overall score:88%
Image Quality:85%


  • Free-angle LCD screen, build quality, light body, button layout


  • Pointless Art Filters, tends to underexpose, JPEG ISO performance


Olympus E-30 Review


Price as reviewed:



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.


AF Points:11-point TTL Phase Difference Detection
Cable Release:Yes
PC Socket:Yes
Max Flash Sync:1/250sec
Built-in Flash:Yes, GN 13 @ ISO 100
DoF Prview:Yes
Colour Temp Control:Yes
White Balance Bracket:Yes
Exposure Comp:+/-5EV, 1 / 1/2 / 1/3EV
Colour Space:sRGB, Adobe RGB
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
Focusing Modes:AFs/AFc/MF
Dust Reduction:Yes
Built-in Image Stabilisation:Yes
Dimensions:142 x 108 x 75mm
Power:BLM-1 Li-ion
White Balance:Auto, 7 presets, custom
Viewfinder Type:Optical viewfinder 1.4m dots equiv
Live Mode:Yes
Memory Card:CF / UDMA
Connectivity:High-speed USB 2.0, Video Out
Field of View:Approx. 98%
Drive Mode:Single, Continuous, Self-timer(2sec, 10sec)
Metering System:49-zone multi-pattern (spot, centre, highlight, shadow)
ISO:200-800 (customisable 100-3200)
Exposure Modes:Auto, PASM, 16 scene, Art filter
Compression:4-stage JPEG, 1-stage RAW
Shutter Speeds:1/8000-60sec, bulb
Lens Mount:Four Thirds mount
Focal Length Mag:2x
Output Size:4032 x 3024 pixels
Sensor:12.3MP effective 4/3in Live MOS, 17.3x13mm
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Design
  4. 4. Performance
  5. 5. Image Quality
  6. 6. Value For Money
  7. 7. Verdict
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