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Olympus E-30

Olympus E-30
alaScore 92

214 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 214 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the color and usability. The screen and image quality also get good reviews, whereas the low light performance and size get mixed opinions.

performance, image quality, screen, usability, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Olympus E-30 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Olympus E-30


The Olympus E-30 has a well-rounded feature set that should appeal both to consumers upgrading from lower-end DSLR cameras and to buyers looking for something of a more semipro caliber. The E-30 is sold as a kit ($1350 as of 7/7/09, including a...

Very impressive autofocus in daylight

Complicated customizable menus ; Unimpressive performance at high ISOs

This model packs many features and impressed us in daylight, but its high-ISO performance was unimpressive

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Olympus E-30 Digital Camera Review


The Olympus E-30 is a new 12-megapixel, mid-range SLR that introduces Art filters to modify your photographs in interesting ways. While we were impressed by the sharpness and good image stabilization of this $1200 camera, it did poorly in our lab tests.

The Olympus E-30 seems to be a bold move to fold point-and-shoot functionality into a mid-range SLR, thus making it more approachable for a new user, but maintaining the additional feature set and build quality of a more expensive camera....

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Olympus E-30 Review


The E-30 is the long-awaited high-end enthusiast model that fills the gap in the Olympus E-Series lineup between the E-520 and the ostensibly professional level E-3. Such is the pace of change in the digital camera market that the new model leapfrogs...

Excellent out-of-camera JPEG results with good Dynamic Range, pleasing color and subtle tonality ; Bright clear viewfinder far better than most Four Thirds cameras ; Slightly improved resolution and pixel level sharpness over E-3 ; Good range of image...

Resolution not quite as good as best in class, though you won't see it in JPEGs ; Higher noise levels/noise reduction at higher sensitivities than its best competitors ; Not much highlight headroom in raw files (around half a stop) ; Unreliable auto...

The E30 takes all that's good about the Pro level E3 (build quality aside) and throws in some cool new features for good measure. It's a lovely camera and the spec is certainly impressive - as is the image quality (helped by some excellent lens...


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Olympus E-30 SLR Review


CENTER VALLEY, Pa., November 5, 2008 � Through the centuries, legendary artists have expressed their individuality by relying on active imaginations and keen eyes to produce artistic masterpieces that alter reality to reveal a profound truth or...

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Olympus E-30 (Body Only)


With a price gap of about $500 between Olympus' consumer models and the E-3, Olympus has long had a pretty big hole in its dSLR lineup--a hole populated by extremely popular competitors such as the Nikon D90, the Canon EOS 40D, and the Canon EOS 50D....

Very nice photo quality and performance; extensively customizable; flip-and-twist LCD; Art Filters are fun

Poor My Mode custom settings implementation; without more control, Art Filters will remain a novelty for this class of camera

A great general-purpose dSLR, the Olympus E-30 offers an attractive alternative for advanced shooters not yet wedded to a system.

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Olympus E-30


The Olympus E-30 ($1,299.99 list, body only) has enough nifty features to turn headsmost notably, offering the capability to add Photoshop-like effects and merge four images into one on the fly. But is that enough? While its images are sharp when light...

Very sharp pictures. Fast. In-camera Photoshop-esque effects. Swiveling LCD

Noisy at high ISOs. A bit pricey. No HDMI-out

The Olympus E-30 produces superbly sharp pictures, but at higher ISOs its images get extremely noisyplus it's missing a lot of niceties we'd like in a higher-end D-SLR.

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Olympus E-30


In conclusion the Olympus E-30 is a great camera for users of all skill levels. A mid-rage D-SLR with the added features of photo software, the functionality of a point-and-shoot, and the high end functionality of an D-SLR, the E-30 is the best of both...

270 degree swivel 2.7 inch HyperCrystal II LCDFace detection & Art FiltersMultiple Exposure ShootingMultiple Aspect ratio selection

Limiting 4/3 lens mounts

If you are looking to upgrade from your “beginner” digital...


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Olympus E-30 Review


First impressions of the Olympus E-30 are that it's very similar to its literally bigger brother, the E-3, with a familiar control layout. The E-30 is quite a lot smaller (141.5x107.5x75.0mm versus 142.5x116.5x74.5mm) and lighter (655g versus 810g)...

So in conclusion, while the Olympus E-30 has a lot going for it, particularly for experienced users looking for something a little different, or prospective E-3 buyers who don't need the weather-sealing, it also has some notable downsides that...

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Olympus E-30 Digital Camera - First Shots - The Imaging Resource!


The Olympus E-30 single-lens reflex digital camera is aimed at what are often referred to as "prosumer" users, who lie somewhere in between the casual consumer and the professional photographer. Prosumer photographers typically seek a little more...

With dimensions of 5.6" x 4.2" x 3.0" (142 x 108 x 75mm), the Olympus E-30's body is almost identical to that of the company's existing E-3 model in terms of width and depth, but just slightly (0.3" / 10mm) less tall. The Olympus E-30's body is made of...

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A pretty impressive list, if I do say so myself

Very good photo quality (though see below) ; Well built, easy to hold body ; Sensor-shift image stabilization ; Live view on a flip-out, rotating 2.7" LCD display; screen easy to see outdoors ; Full manual controls, and then some; RAW format supported...

A little too expensive ; Camera clips highlights more often than it should; images are a bit noisier than the best cameras in this class ; Viewfinder smaller than most of competition ; Contrast detect AF in live view is very slow, and only supports a...

Overall, the Olympus E-30 is a very competent digital SLR, and one which I can highly recommend. I do think that it costs about $200 - $300 more than it should, though I imagine prices will trickle down over time. Whether you want to spend the $1300...

Product Specifications

The E-30 is for photographers looking to turn ordinary moments into extraordinary masterpieces. 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.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus BLM-1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Microdrive / xD-Picture Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-3.5/F/2.8-4.0/F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Olympus Zuiko Digital 12-60mm lens/Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm lens/Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm lens
Max Focal Length:42mm/54mm/60mm
Min Focal Length:12mm/14mm
Optical Zoom:3/3.9/5
Special Functions:Wide angle / Zoom
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:13.0 x 17.3mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):13.0 x 17.3 mm
Optical Sensor Type:Live MOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:12.3Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-3200 / ISO auto (200-3200) / ISO auto (200-800)
Special Effects:Black & White Green filter / Black & White Orange filter / Black & White Red filter / Black & White Yellow filter / Custom Effect / Grainy Film / Green / Light Tone / Monotone / Muted / Orange / Pale & Light Colour / Pin Hole / Pop Art / Portrait / Red / Sepia / Soft Focus / Vivid / Yellow
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical