Summary: In good lighting, setting film speed, shutter speed, apeture etc.. to auto works just fine. If your going to be doing low light or fast moving stuff, you're going to need to take over, and then there's a lot of stuff to screw up.
Pros: It was a great deal when I bought is $xxx ago; now it's a crazy deal. Very well constructed, high speed (boot and picture rate). Slick auto-focus. Oh, and the pics are awesome (you'll be amazed just how many bugs are crawling around in flowers...)
Cons: The Olympus photo software both sucks and blows, especially on a mac. Camera only has USB 1.1, so you need an 2.0 external card reader if you're going to be taking RAWs.
Summary: i did lots of researching, internet and stores, on most of the novice friendly slrs's out there. i really wanted the canon rebel xt because it's the lightest one out there and pretty sharp looking. when i was unwilling to pay the price i took a serious look at the olympus e300.
Summary: While I wouldn't consider the E-300 a direct competitor to the EOS20 (much more expensive)its performance is a little behind the REBELXT in some aspects (burst capacity & images@ISO800+) IT IS ALSO HUNDRED$ LESS.
Summary: I compare the Evolt to the E20, which I owned for several years. In comparison, the Evolt looks like this: 1) Very lightweight. 2) Much higher dynamic range (in RAW), contrast, sharpness, shot to shot speed. No Photoshop sharpening required.
Excerpt: It's a pity the E300 is no longer available, because I think it's a fantastic tool. I bought the E300 twin lens kit after my first digital camera, the discontinued Nikon Coolpix 4500 expired. Actually, that camera took some beautiful photographs and was incredibly versatile.
Pros: Lovely images images, superb construction .
Cons: Less convenient than a compact . Auto - white balance and metering occassionally incorrect .
Conclusion: I have found this a very good camera to use if you select your subject carefully. The camera is slow to focus in bad light, which can be very frustrating ( if only wildlife would stay still ).Using Olympus manual macro lenses and attachments adds a new dimension to the camera and the inbuilt flash...
Pros: good resolution, extremly tough, sharp images.easy menus.
Excerpt: I have had this camera for about a year now, and it is incredibly reliable. i would just like to start this review by saying that i have not had a single problem with this camera to this date. the camera has full manual mode, with aperture priority and shutter priority also.
Pros: Compact and fun to use, compatable with OM lenses with adapter .
Excerpt: The problem with digital cameras is that by the time you get used to them they have been superseded by the next generation of digital wonders. This is the case with the E-300 from Olympus, which is now being phased out for the E-500.
Excerpt: My husband bought me this camera for my birthday, and I just can't believe how good it is. This is my first digital SLR and I was a bit nervous that I wouldn't be able to cope with the complexity of an SLR. But it is absolutely brilliant. If you want to use it as a point and shoot camera, you can.