Summary: Small, sexy and surprisingly efficient. And we’re not just talking about Heroes’ Hayden Panettiere – the E30 has superb image quality, rock-solid stabilisation and plenty of cutting-edge features.
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...
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.
A great digital SLR camera for anyone who wants to make the leap from a compact camera.
Good Gear Guide.au
1 July 2009
Summary: Despite its noisy images, we recommend the E-30 for anyone who is considering making the leap from an advanced compact camera to a D-SLR. It’s an easy camera to use, and the Live View mode will make it a relatively smooth transition.
Pros: Live View mode works very well, good on-screen menu system, fast performance, more than 30 shots in high-speed burst mode, useful scene modes
Cons: Optical viewfinder is uncomfortable to use, images displayed noticeable noise at ISO 400, no physical focus mode switch
Summary: The E-30 is a brave attempt by Olympus to offer something different in the mid-range DSLR market, with a strong emphasis on in-camera creative effects that actually prove to be fun to use. The Multiple Exposure mode in particular is a great example of making a traditional photographic technique easier.
Conclusion: Na een intensieve praktijktest gecombineerd met de technische testen van het DIWA Lab komen we al snel tot de conclusie dat de Olympus E30 een zeer serieuze DSLR is die een zeer uitgebreide functionaliteit te bieden heeft. Weliswaar wordt de camera op enkele puntjes afgetroefd door de sterke concurrentie, het totaalbeeld dat de camera biedt is er een van een DSLR camera die absoluut sterk staat en overtuigt.