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Olympus E-30 highlights

Olympus has announced the new mid-range digital slr camera on 5th November 2008. Compare to camera with the same price range ( Canon 40D, Nikon D90, Pentax k20D ) , Olympus E-30 offers something different.

It inherited many features from Olympus flagship E-3. A tilt-swivel 2.7″ lcd screen, improved image stabilization up to 5 stops and on board post processing features such as art filter and multiple exposures.

Without further due, this is some key differences between this camera with others
based on their specification.

Olympus E-30 vs Canon 40D

  • 40D has slightly bigger lcd screen but can’t swivel.
  • 40D has faster burst rate (6.5fps compared to E-30 around 4-5 fps).
  • E-30 offers 2 extra megapixel resolution.
  • E-30 has tilt-swivel lcd screen with improved live view mode.
  • E-30 offers improved body stabilization (up to 5 stops, 2 extra modes for panning)

Olympus E-30 vs Pentax k20D

  • Pentax k20d has 2 megapixel extra resolution (14 vs 12 megapixels)
  • Pentax k20d has water proof body, while E-30 has not.
  • E-30 has continuous shooting up to 5 fps, k20d only has 3 fps.
  • E-30 also has swivel lcd screen with improved live view mode.

Olympus E-30 vs Nikon D90

  • The size between both camera is almost the same.
  • Nikon’s unique feature is ability to record movie.
  • Nikon D90 has higher iso setting (up to 6400).
  • E-30 has swivel lcd screen with improved live view mode.
  • E-30 offers improved body stabilization (up to 5 stops, 2 extra modes for panning)

Olympus E-30 vs E-520

  • E-30 expand the iso setting up to 3200. Although there is no test yet, but we can expect the E-30 performs better from E-520.
  • E-30 body is bigger and has tilt-swivel lcd screen.
  • E-30 body offers greater control, handle and built.
  • E-30 has faster burst rate (5 fps vs 3 fps)
  • E-520 is way cheaper, it has only half the price of E-30.

Olympus E-30 vs E3

  • Olympus flagship camera E-3, around $100-200 more expensive has a slightly bigger body and view finder and it is water splash proof body, while E-30 is not water proof.

Along with this camera, Olympus also announced a new lens Zuiko 14-54mm f/2.8-33.5 II that supports the fast contras detect Live View.

In conclusion, this camera is all around camera that designed for enthusiasts or beginner in dslr. Many features are user-friendly and post processing become easier with art filters and multiple exposure on board. .

From the specification, this camera has some advantages over some camera in $1000 range, and that is why this camera will be price slightly higher in the market $1200-1300. But I think $1100-1200 is a great price. I believe most users will be satisfied of the camera’s performance and user friendliness. The camera will be available on January 2009.

Other thing to consider is the lens selection and the fact that Olympus System is a micro four third system which has unique framing 4:3 instead of 3:2 that we find in many others. Also the crop factor is 2 not 1.5 or 1.6 like camera on the other brands.