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Olympus EVOLT E-30

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Olympus E-30: Camera Test

Pop Photo
1 March 2012
  • Excerpt: Olympus has thrown its latest DSLR, the 12.3-megapixel E-30, into a very crowded pool. At $1,300 (street, body only; $1,400 with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED lens), it's about the same price as the 10.1MP E-3 ($1,317 street, body only) on the Olympus roster. And it's surrounded by a host of competing 12-15MP cameras in the $700-$1,400 price bracket.
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Overall 7
7.1

Expert Review

DP Review
24 August 2009
  • Summary: 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 options). The problem is that its price and positioning put it into direct competition with some of the best cameras on the market today, and in that context, it struggles to stand out from the crowd.
  • Pros: 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 parameters (but not enough latitude in terms of contrast and saturation), Efficient DR enhancement setting (Auto-Gradation), Efficient sensor-shift image stabilization system (around 2.5 stops), Vertical panning image stabi...
  • Cons: 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 white balance and presets in artificial light, Nice though it may be, the viewfinder is visibly smaller than the E-3 and APS-C cameras in this class, Lower resolution screen than the competition, Long, unstructured menus make...
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Overall 7
7.0

Olympus E-30

PC Magazine
23 August 2009
  • Conclusion: The Olympus E-30 produces superbly sharp pictures, but at higher ISOs its images get extremely noisy—plus it's missing a lot of niceties we'd like in a higher-end D-SLR.
  • Pros: Very sharp pictures. Fast. In-camera Photoshop-esque effects. Swiveling LCD.
  • Cons: Noisy at high ISOs. A bit pricey. No HDMI-out.
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Camera Test: Olympus E-30

Pop Photo
29 June 2009
  • Excerpt: Olympus has thrown its latest DSLR, the 12.3-megapixel E-30, into a very crowded pool. At $1,300 (street, body only; $1,400 with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko ED lens), it's about the same price as the 10.1MP E-3 ($1,317 street, body only) on the Olympus roster. And it's surrounded by a host of competing 12-15MP cameras in the $700-$1,400 price bracket.
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Olympus E-30: Hands On

Pop Photo
14 June 2009
  • Excerpt: The new Olympus E-30 ($1,300, estimated street, body only) has six of these in its ample bag of tricks, along with some high-end capabilities inherited from the flagship Olympus E-3. It's also the first Olympus DSLR to crack the 10-megapixel barrier, with a 12.3MP Live MOS sensor.
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Overall 10
10
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 9
9.0
Ease of use 9
9.0
Picture quality 10
10
Durability 9
9.0

Expert Review

LetsGoDigital
27 May 2009
  • Conclusion: Olympus E-30 digital SLR camera Olympus is fond of the limelight, and has worked on the FourThirds system for the last few years. It once started in 2003 with the E-1 and we have witnessed, in particular over the last few years, an enhanced speed of introducing innovative improvements and renewals. Live View was adopted by Olympus at an early stage; an extremely compact and light DSLR (E410/E420) also came rolling off the Olympus fabrication line.
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Digital Photography Now
23 March 2009
  • Excerpt: Until now, the Olympus Four Thirds platform DSLR line up included the E-420 and E-520, competing for the budget-conscious photographer, and the E-3, a semi-professional model. Today's announcement of the E-30, which is scheduled to be available early in January 2009, plugs the gap between the E-520 and E-3.
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Expert Review

Dc Resource
12 February 2009
  • Excerpt: The E-30 ($1299, body only) is a midrange digital SLR that fits between the E-520 and the flagship E-3 in Olympus' line-up. The easiest way to describe the E-30 is this: take the E-3, subtract the weather-sealing, then add a higher resolution sensor, a new image processor, a larger LCD, and "art filters".
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[REVIEW—OLYMPUS E-30 DSLR]

DPexpert
7 July 2011
  • Summary: Olympus have plugged a hole in their DSLR line-up with this camera that fits in the same price slot as the Canon 50D. Fewer pixels would be nice, and we note that Akira Watanabe, manager of Olympus Imaging’s SLR planning department, said last week: "Twelve megapixels is, I think, enough for covering most applications most customers need. We have no intention to compete in the megapixel wars for E-System.
  • Pros: This is an excellent camera that produces fine images, but special mention must be made of the lens. Mechanically and optically it is outstanding. Zoom and manual focus are smooth and auto focus is fast and accurate. Contrast and resolution right across the frame are excellent. The smaller sensor also helps with overall sharpness because of the greater depth of field at any focal length compared with the larger APS-size sensors.
  • Cons: This is nit picking, but we would have liked a little more damping (resistance) in the manual focus mechanism.
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Overall 9
9.0

Olympus E-30 review

PC Advisor
26 September 2009
  • Summary: The new Olympus E-30 digital single-lens reflex camera (SLR) from Olympus combines a solid feature set with a truly creative personality.
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