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Olympus E-300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 752 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and performance. The usability and lens are also mentioned favorably. Views about the viewfinder and focus are mixed. Many are critical about the low light performance and shutter.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Olympus E-300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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The Olympus FE-300 represents an emerging class of digital cameras targeted at the beginner wooed by double-digit megapixels. At 12 megapixels, the FE-300 is one of several cameras that reach an all-time high resolution for point-and-shoots. When...

12-megapixel resolution ; Low noise and high dynamic range at ISO 50 and 100 ; Lightweight, portable design ; Innovative Perfect Shot Preview for advanced point-and-shooters ; Included Shooting Guide for beginners

Poor color and white balance accuracy ; High noise levels and poor dynamic range above ISO 100 ; Painfully slow processing time ; Blurring at the edges of the frame ; Uneven flash ; Uneasy handling and flash/shutter positioning ; Scattered menu system...

2007 is the year manufacturers thrusted 12-megapixel resolutions into point-and-shoots. With hopes that the alluring high megapixel count would be enough to win over consumers, competing cameras came from every major manufacturer. But the 12-megapixel...

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Olympus Evolt E-300 Camera


The Olympus EVolt E-300 digital SLR ($900 with lens, $800 otherwise) comes with a slew of creative features. Once you master them--particularly the exposure controls--you can take some truly dazzling photos. Digital photographers looking to move beyond...

Well suited for enthusiasts and novices

Lens selection limited

Unfortunately, the E-300 requires specific lenses. Unlike the digital SLRs from Canon, Nikon, and Pentax, there is no massive base of existing 35mm film camera lenses to choose from. If you're starting from scratch, buying clean used lenses for these...

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Olympus EVolt E-300


This rugged SLR is fast and can shoot in long bursts, but it requires specific lenses.

Though the lenses available are limited, the E-300 delivers high image quality, and its features are well suited to photographers of all skill levels.


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Olympus EVOLT E-300 Digital Camera Review


The Olympus EVOLT E-300 is the first 8 megapixel digital SLR on the market to sell for under $900 (USD) with a lens included. The camera contains a unique Supersonic Wave Filter to remove dust from the sensor and is the second camera released by...

-Solid construction -Excellent options to control white balance -Colorful menu - helps organize subsections -Innovative design (always applaud the effort) -On/off switch help organize dials and add speed -Secure port door covering USB and video...

-Limited autofocus system -Images are fraught with noise -Limited ISO range -Poor color reproduction resulting in drab, flat tones -Horribly uncomfortable right-hand grip (like sleeping on a broken futon) -Unacceptably high noise levels for near...

While there are significant design flaws and performance issues painfully apparent on the E-300, there is still a lot to value in a sub-$900 digital SLR. Foremost, the EVOLT E-300 is an inexpensive 8 megapixel camera with a solid build and durable...

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Olympus Evolt E300 review by PC Magazine


A good affordable choice for serious amateurs who want high-resolution images, lots of control, and access to a growing assortment of Four Thirds ...


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Olympus E-300 EVOLT Review


The E-300 ('EVOLT' in North America) became the second ever Four Thirds System digital SLR when it was announced by Olympus at Photokina 2004. The camera features an eight megapixel Kodak 4/3 Type CCD sensor, a Four Thirds lens mount and an unusual...

Good resolution, almost as good as the more expensive Canon EOS 20D, Good color, contrasty images with consumer-appeal 'punch' (can be adjusted), Noise free images at ISO 100, Wide range of image parameter adjustment (color, tone, sharpness), Good...

Recommended sensitivity ISO 100 - 400, images at ISO 800 usable, ISO 1600 not really, Demosaic artifacts on JPEG and Olympus Master processed RAW, Images not per-pixel as 'crisp' as from other D-SLR's (image processing / low pass?), Moire artifacts can...

When Olympus first revealed the E-300 at Photokina last year it wasn't too much of a surprise, many of us had been expecting (wishing) them to introduce a 'consumer level' digital SLR with a Four Thirds system mount for some time.

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Olympus E-300 SLR


The EVOLT doesn't look like other digital SLRs because Olympus has eliminated the bulky pentaprism found on the top of traditional SLR cameras. The EVOLT uses a new Olympus TTL Optical Porro Finder coupled with a side-swing mirror box, that gives the...

Most other digital SLR cameras use traditional 35mm film lenses which deliver insufficient light at the edges of a digital camera's image sensor. This can result in reduced sharpness and color definition, particularly when shooting with wide-angle...

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Olympus E-300 SLR 11/8/2004)

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Olympus E-300 Review


The Olympus E-300 / Olympus Evolt E-300 is the second digital SLR camera based on the FourThirds System. The Olympus E-300 / Olympus Evolt E-300 is an 8 megapixel DSLR thatlooks a little unusual - Olympus have replaced the traditional pentaprismwith a...

The Olympus E-300 achieves the difficult feat of offering a wealth of features, great ease of use and good image quality at a price point that would have been difficult to believe only a couple of years ago. £600 / $900 / €800 for an 8 megapixel...

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Olympus EVOLT E-300 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


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Product Specifications

The EVOLT E-300 is a 100% digital SLR camera that eliminates any photographic limitations. A powerful 8 megapixel CCD combines with interchangeable Zuiko digital lenses, exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter and other cutting-edge technologies for world-class images. Advances in design make for a durable and portable compact camera you can take and trust anywhere. With impressively fast shooting and operating speeds that ensure you never miss a photo op, and the ability to switch lenses and add flashes so you never miss a beat. The EVOLT features an Olympus exclusive patented ultrasonic technology, the Supersonic Wave Filter, to reduce the effects of micro dust settling on the image sensor and impacting the image quality. Located between the shutter and the CCD, the Supersonic Wave Filter uses high-speed ultrasonic vibration to cause most types of dust to fall away from the image sensor so it will not appear in photographs. The EVOLT E-300 also lets you capture fast-paced action with a quick 2.5 frames per second burst mode, and keeps you shooting fast for longer periods of time with its 64MB image memory buffer and separate working memory for camera controls. Standard with the EVOLT E-300, the Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 lens (equivalent to 28mm - 90mm in 35mm photography) delivers superb image quality from edge-to-edge. Its 3.2x zoom covers a broad range, with close-ups coming out crisp and clear as near as 15 inches/38cm. A new multi-coating minimizes ghosting and flaring that can occur while the sturdy metal lens mount ensures rugged durability.


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/CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach/snow / Candle / Document / Fireworks / High key / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Macro / Manor shot / Night scene / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Sports mode / Sunset/Beach/snow / Candle / Document / Fireworks / High key / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Macro / Museum / Night scene / Night scene with portrait / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Sunset/Landscape / Portrait mode / Macro / Beach/snow / Landscape-portrait / Self-portrait / Fireworks / Night scene / Sports mode / Sunset / Candle / Document / High key / Manor shot


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus/Olympus EVOLT

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-3.5/F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm and 40-150mm lenses/Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm lens/Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-54mm lens
Max Focal Length:45mm/54mm
Min Focal Length:14mm
Optical Zoom:3.2/3.9
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:CCD
Sensor Resolution:8Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level porro prism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 1600 / ISO auto (100-400)/ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (100-400)
Special Effects:Black & White / Contrast compensation / Luminance Key / Saturation / Sepia/Contrast compensation / Saturation/Saturation / Contrast compensation
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF / RAW / RAW + JPEG/JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical