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 .
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Excerpt: The problem with digital cameras is that by the time you get used to them they have been superseded by the next generation of digital wonders.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.
Excerpt: The picture quaity of this camera is amazing. The colour reroduction is vibrant even under difficult lighting As for ease of use, the title says it all. I had always wanted to get in to more serious amatuer photography and stumped up the courage with the E-300.
Excerpt: I bought this camera on my honeymoon, on our first stop over which was in Singapore and at the time - this time last year, it was pretty snazzy, I can tell you. Well, a year on, and to be honest, although i'm sure you can pick up something that is just that little bit better, I cant really see how...
Pros: 8 mega pixels
Cons: if you use it at 8 mp all the time - you'll need a large memory card