Summary: When you are ready to take the leap to an SLR camera, an entry-level model is a wise choice. If you haven't already invested in lenses, the Four Thirds system that the Olympus E-300 uses will protect your lens investment for the future.
Summary: The metering issue notwithstanding, the E-300's image quality is very good, the kit lens is compact and lightweight and the camera packs in so much kit (+/-5 steps of exposure compensation is a very good example) it opens up rich tapestry of photography for those upgrading from compact digital...
Pros: Handling, sRGB and Adobe RGB capture, RAW+JPEG capture, Supersonic Wave (dust removal) Filter, customisable exposure steps, good noise reduction and helpful Olympus Master software.
Cons: Slow USB 1.1 connectivity, underexposure issues with localised highlights in a scene.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: 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 automatic white balance, indoors better under flu...
Cons: 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 be detected in fine repeating detail, Noise ...
Conclusion: 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. But be prepared for slightly slower-than-average performance and darker through-the-lens viewing than with other D-SLRs we've seen.
Pros: 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.
Cons: 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 large images that the Evolt creates.
Summary: Judging by the number of reviews of this affordable
digital SLR, there is an enormous amount of interest
about the Olympus EVOLT E-300 . Featuring
8.0 megapixel resolution, a large 4/3 image sensor,
an exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter that eliminates
dust from the image sensor every time you turn
Excerpt: The Olympus EVOLT E-300 (it's just
called the E-300 outside of the U.S.) is the first
consumer digital SLR to use the FourThirds system.
The FourThirds system (co-developed by Olympus, Fuji,
and Kodak) was first seen on the Olympus E-1, which
was released in 2003.
Pros: Very good photo quality (but see issues below), Great deal for an 8MP D-SLR with a lens, Full manual controls, Robust performance, Many white balance options, including ability to set the color temperature, Solid low light focusing performance, No redeye, As with all D-SLRs, its expandable, RAW, ...
Cons: Images seem a bit soft, with muddy details; high ISO performance not quite as good as competition, Very occasional vignetting from kit lens, No USB 2.0 High Speed, Burst mode, startup time a little slower than D70, Only three focus points
Excerpt: $1599 4 stars The E-300 is the Olympus entry into the sub $2000 digital single lens reflex market. It uses the Four Thirds technology of the E-1 and increases the resolution of the sensor from 5 megapixels to 8.
Pros: The E-300 is a curious looking camera because the viewfinder mirror is hinged to swing horizontally, which means there is no prism bump on top of the body. This design re-think has not resulted in reduced bulk, it has merely redistributed the weight and volume. It is still a large and heavy camer...
Cons: The E-300 is a curious looking camera because the viewfinder mirror is hinged to swing horizontally, which means there is no prism bump on top of the body. This design re-think has not resulted in reduced bulk, it has merely redistributed the weight and volume. It is still a large and heavy camer...
Summary: 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.