Excerpt: Great camera. ISO has problems above 500 and pretty much useless above 1600. Has fantastic colors and great definition. It is a fantastic studio camera with controlled lighting. I like the out of camera jpgs. It's hard to push the dark areas very far before it gets really noisy.
Excerpt: As long as you recognize the camera's limitations, it is a great and solid tool. With such great optics, and used at low ISO, whenever possible, it is capable of outstanding results. The rest is up to you and your talent, as it is with every camera. The best camera in the world won't give you the winning shot if you don't have a good eye. Of course, as with every camera, it has its disadvantages, but you learn to live with them.
Summary: Olympus is not a very famous brand in Brazil if we talk about SLR cameras. I bought my first from a Olympus Brazilian seller because it seems to be a good opportunity to migrate to digital. At that moment my cameras were Nikon FM 2 that I still used for a long time even after buy the Olympus. I also have a Nikon D 700 that I use with the same lens I used to use with the FM 2 The Olympus is a second option when I need a lighter equipment and have good light conditions.
Summary: As a committed Olympus user, I added the E-30 to the E-3, E-620 and E-510. The E30 is very similar to the E3 and was very easy to use right out of the box. The increase from 10mp to 12mp is appreciated but is not a reason to upgrade. The E30 is not weatherproofed like the E3. For most folks that is not a deal breaker either. The picture quality is typical of Olympus cameras with very good JPEG shots right out of the camera.
Summary: I started out with an E-510, went to the 520, then took a couple of steps back and started using the E-1 and the E-500, then added the E-3 to my bag which saw about 6 months use, but all the jumping around came to an end the day I bought the E-30. After exactly two months, I've sold all my old Olympus gear (except the E-1) and I'm happy to say that I'm very satisfied with my purchase of the E-30. The E-30 is not just an E-3 packed into a smaller body, it's much more!
Summary: This camera is beautiful to regard and so easy to hold. It is well-built; nothing cheesy or flimsy about it. As a matter of fact, it's pretty big and heavy as far as DSLRs go these days. If it were weatherproof (and sported a titanium chassis), this would be the replacement for Olympus's flagship, the E-3. What takes Olympus cameras from the "good" category to the "great" is the glass: Zuiko Digital (ZD) lenses rate amongst the best in the solar system.
Good in daylight...night shooting takes some time..
Chan Teng Heng, Amazon
31 August 2009
Summary: Owned this camera for few months now. Have been an Olympus user for sometime (3-4 years). My views therefore compare with other cameras available. What I like: *fast focus with the 14-54Mk II lens. Wow..first time I used it, it was fast, compared to the older 14-54mm lens and the older 510 & 520, the latter two which I subsequently sold. *light weight, compared to E3, but heavy compared to e510 and e520.
Excerpt: 12-60mm lens is superb. Used it with old E 510 where it was a bit front heavy, now well balanced on E 30. Viewfinder is much better, but at the cost of more weight. Bought after price went down for less than D90, where it belongs. High ISO performance not the best, but f2.8 lens makes up for most of that. The only thing that would make me consider Canon or Nikon, is that I could control them from my iphone.
Excerpt: Hello, got the camera a few weeks now! It works fine and gives very good photographs. (after the Nikon-d40x, the e-520 was a little disappointing....this is much - much better!) Olympus, keep up the good work! Problems: NO problems yet!
Excerpt: You really have to try this camera and see for yourself what it can do and how well it can do it. Image quality is fantastic when using this with the 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Zuiko digitial lens. Just used it for a swim meet and it did a great job of catching all the action with a 5FPS coupled with one of the fastest autofocus systems available, the results were worth every penny spent. Exposure and focus was spot on.