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: 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 cameras or swapping over from film.
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.
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. It is also a camera that has enough potential to grow with you as your confidence and photographic knowledge increases. I've owned several D-SLRs and have always been disappointed with the results.
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. Ce reflex se comporte très bien pour de la photo de paysages mais il semble beaucoup moins à l'aise avec la photo d'action.