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Olympus EVOLT E-300
4.3 out of 10

Olympus EVOLT E-300

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Olympus E-300 SLR digital camera

10 January 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 7

Olympus E-300

13 December 2006
  • 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.
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Overall 8

Olympus Evolt E300

PC Magazine
25 August 2006
  • 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.
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DP Review
14 August 2006
  • 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 ...
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Olympus EVOLT E-300

26 May 2005
  • 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 on...
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Dc Resource
8 November 2004
  • 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
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[ REVIEW — Olympus E-300 digital SLR ]

7 July 2011
  • 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...
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Overall 5

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Good Gear Guide.au
16 May 2006
  • Summary: The E-300 offers great quality and functionality when used under optimal conditions. However, its performance for action or low-light photography is completely substandard.
  • Pros: 8 megapixel sensor, great image detail within its optimal shooting range.
  • Cons: Unacceptable noise levels when shooting at ISO 800 or higher, continuous shot mode superceded by competitors.
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Overall 8
Value for money 8
Features 8
Ease of use 8
Performance 5
Picture quality 8

Expert Review

Digital Camera Magazine
26 March 2006
  • Summary: Its compact size and performance make it adept at handling most picture-taking situations, so this is a camera that will please just about anyone who’s serious about their photography.
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Olympus E-300 DSLR Review

18 May 2005
  • Excerpt: Following on from their first four-thirds camera, the E1, Olympus have launched the first 4/3 format contender in the budget DSLR market. Pitched against the likes of the Canon 300 / 350D and Nikon’s D70, we take a look at how this camera shapes up.
  • Pros: Stylish looks, Good build quality/feel, Good layout of controls, Offset viewfinder (not breathing on LCD), Value for Money (in kit form), Dust removal system
  • Cons: Lens quality at wide end., Lack of available lenses (temporary), Manual focus only available through menu
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