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Olympus E-300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 391 reviews of Olympus E-300. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and image quality. The price and usability also get good views. Some have doubts about the image stabilizer. There are some mixed reviews about the low light performance and exposure.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus E-300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 user reviews of Olympus E-300 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on People really like the portability and price. The image quality and performance also get good feedback, but many are critical about the image stabilizer and viewfinder.

usability, performance, image quality, price, portability

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76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2020

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (

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...

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (

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.

Jul, 2005

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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 ...

Feb, 2005

Expert review by : Daniel Grotta, Sally Wiener Grotta (

Olympus Evolt E300


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

Well-built. 8-megapixel digital SLR for the price of an entry-level 6MP D-SLR. Possesses all important features and functions. Olympus's "sonic clean" capability keeps dust off the sensor.

Evolt's porroflex optical viewing system isn't as bright as a traditional pentaprism. AF Assist consists of annoying preflashes rather than a separate light. Image quality, while good, should be better for an 8MP camera. USB 1.1 is too slow for the...

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Feb, 2005


Expert review by : Phil Askey (

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.

Jan, 2005

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Olympus E review: Olympus E


This beauty-challenged Olympus offers unmatched build quality, snappy performance, and top resolution for its class, but low-light shooters and metering novices may prefer alternatives.

Good interface; lets you trade resolution for speed; well-designed body; high resolution.

Can't focus closer than eight inches; buttons somewhat randomly placed.

Despite its flaws, this E-20N feels great and produces 5-megapixel images that should satisfy most.

Mar, 2002

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Olympus E-300 SLR


Physical Views Canon Digital Rebel and E-300 for size comparison Olympus E-300 and E-1 for comparison Differences Between the E-300 and E-1 E-300 E-1 Number of Pixels 4/3-type Full Frame Transfer CCD, 8 million pixels effective, Primary color filter...

Nov, 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...

Apr, 2005

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


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Nov, 2004

Expert review by : Peter K. Burian (

Olympus' E-300 EVOLT An Affordable 8-Megapixel Digital SLR


Shortly after the professional Olympus E-1 was introduced in 2003, the company made a commitment to design a more affordable model as well. And Olympus delivered with the E-300 EVOLT for photo enthusiasts who don't want to spend over $1000 on their...

Impressive resolution, pleasing color, contrast and flash effects, moderate digital noise at ISO 100-400 ; Super Sonic Wave filter highly effective in removing dust from CCD sensor ; Overall speed should satisfy most owners, although burst depth is not...

In default (fully automatic) settings, some unpredictable exposure and white balance errors as well as overexposure with flash ; Low image sharpness calls for a high level of Unsharp Masking in Photoshop ; Pronounced digital noise at ISO 800 and...

In terms of overall speed and low-light focusing, the E-300 EVOLT is a competent performer that will satisfy most photo enthusiasts. Those who often shoot sports action may need an even faster camera. As with any digital SLR, it's worth buying a...

May, 2005

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