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: 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.
Conclusion: The metering issue notwithstanding, image quality is very good, the kit lens is neat and lightweight and the camera packs in so much kit (+/-5 steps of exposure compensation is a very good example) that it opens up a rich tapestry of photography for those moving from compact digital cameras or...
Pros: Simultaneous RAW and JPEG capture, a Supersonic Wave filter, customisable exposure steps (1/3rd, 1/2 or 1EV steps), great noise reduction processing, well thought out Olympus Master software
Cons: USB 1.1 connectivity, rather odd metering glitch, startling underexposure issues for images with localised areas of brightness
Excerpt: Le but d'Olympus avec le E-300 est de présenter un reflex numérique au standard 4/3 (standard développé en partenariat avec plusieurs firmes dont Fujifilm et panasonic) équipé d'un capteur huit millions de pixels avec nettoyage par ultrasons et le tout pour un prix très compétitif.