Olympus E-30 Review

Review Date: January 28th 2009
Author: Mark Goldstein

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Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

Specifications

Type
Body material Glassfibre reinforced plastics
Lens mount Four Thirds mount
Image Sensor
Type 4/3 '' Hi-Speed Live MOS sensor
Effective pixels 12.3 Megapixels
Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB)
Aspect ratio & area 4:3 / 17.3 x 13.0 mm
Full resolution 13.1 Megapixels
Engine
Type TruePic III
Filter
Dust reduction filter Supersonic Wave Filter
IR cut filter Hybrid type
LPF filter Fixed type
Viewfinder
Viewfinder type Eye-level single-lens view finder
Field of view Approx. 98 %
Magnification Approx. 1.02 x with a 50mm lens set to infinity at -1 dioptres
Depth of field preview Yes Preview button
Eye point 24.2 mm at -1 dioptres from eyepiece lens
Diopter adjustment -3.0 - +1.0 diopter /
Focusing screen Interchangeable by service (Neo Lumi-Micron Mat Screen)
Mirror Quick return mirror
Viewfinder Information Yes
Eye piece shutter Eye-piece cap EPC-1 supplied
Live View
Information 100% field of view, exposure adjustment preview, white balance adjustment preview, gradation auto preview, face detection preview, perfect shot preview, gridline displayable, 5x/7x/10x magnification possible,
Image Stabiliser
Type Sensor shift
Modes Two-dimensional or one-dimensional activation
Effective Compensation Range Up to 5 EV steps
Focusing System
Method TTL phase difference detection system, contrast detection system (with 25mm 1:2.8, 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6, 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6, 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6, 14-54mm 1:2.8-3.5 II)
Focus areas 11 points / fully biaxial, automatic and manual selection
AF illuminator Yes , Built-in flash (external flash available)
AF lock Yes , Locked by first position of shutter release button in single AF mode, AE/AF lock button (customised)
Focus tracking Yes , Available in continuous AF mode
Manual focus Yes , Available by rotating focus ring, available for setting manual focus operation in AF mode (customised)
Single AF Yes
Single AF + MF Yes
Continuous AF Yes
Continuous AF + MF Yes
Detection range -2 - 19 EV (ISO 100)
AF fine adjust +/- 20 steps (settings for up to 20 lenses can be registered)
Exposure System
Exposure compensation +/- 5 EV / 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps
Exposure bracketing 3 / 5 frames / +/- 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, 1 EV steps
ISO bracketing 3 frames / 1/3, 2/3, 1 EV steps
Exposure Modes
Programme automatic Yes
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual Yes
Multi-Exposure
Max. number of frames 4 frames
Auto gain control Yes
Frame assistance Live View
Light Metering
Method TTL open aperture light metering
Zones 49 zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
Detection range 1 - 20 EV (50mm, 1:2, ISO 100)
ESP light metering Yes
Spot metering Yes
Centre weighted metering Yes
Highlight Yes
Shadow Yes
Art Filter
Pop Art Emphasizes colors and creates bright, vibrant images with a pop-art tone
Soft Focus Gives images a light, ethereal look and evokes a dreamy, mystical mood
Pale & Light Colour Utilizes muted color tonalities to create a mood of reflection and nostalgia
Light Tone Subdues highlights and shadows to reflect the ambience of a perfectly illuminated scene
Grainy Film Recreates the rich, grainy look and tonality of black & white photography, imparting a dramatic feel to images
Pin Hole Reproduces the peripheral vignetting and unique color tone of photos taken with a pin hole camera
Sensitivity
Auto ISO 200 - 3200 (customizable, default ISO 200 - 800)
Manual ISO 100 - 3200 in 1/3 or 1 EV ISO steps
Shutter
Shutter type Computerised focal-plane shutter
Shutter release Soft Touch Electromagnetic
Self timer 12 s / 2 s
Anti Shock Yes Release delay: 1 - 30 s
Shutter Speeds
Shutter speed range 1/8000 - 60 s (in 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps)
Bulb mode Up to 30 minutes (selectable longest time in the menu, default: 8 minutes
Shutter speed P, Ps 1/8000 - 60 s
Shutter speed A priority 1/8000 - 60 s
Shutter speed S priority 1/8000 - 60 s
Shutter speed scene mode 1/8000 - 60 s
White Balance
AUTO WB system Hybrid detection system with High-speed Live MOS sensor and dedicated external sensor
Selectable steps in Kelvin 8 steps (3000 - 7500 K)
Overcast Yes
Shade Yes
Tungsten Yes
Sunlight Yes
Flourescent 1 Yes
Flourescent 2 Yes
Flourescent 3 Yes
White balance adjustment +/- 7 in each A-B / G-M axis (in Auto WB, preset WB mode & one-touch WB)
Custom WB 1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K - 14000K)
One-touch white balance 1 custom settings can be registered
White balance bracketing 3 frames / +/- 2, 4, 6 mired steps
Sequence Shooting
Speed (H) Approx. 5 fps
Speed (L) 1 - 4 fps
RAW Mode 14 frames
JPEG Mode Depends on compression ratio or number of pixels (Large Normal mode: approx. 280 frames with SanDisk Extreme IV 4 GB)
Image Processing
Colour space sRGB / AdobeRGB
TruePic III Yes
Sharpness + Contrast 5 levels
Saturation 5 levels
Contrast 5 levels
Black & White filter Yellow, Orange, Red, Green
Black & White toning Yellow, Orange, Red, Green in Black & White and Sepia mode.
Picture mode Vivid, Natural, Portrait, Muted, Monotone, Custom (default setting: Natural)
Gradation 4
Internal Flash
Guide number 13 (ISO 100)
Flash compensation +/- 3 EV / 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV steps
Bracketing 3 frames / 1/3, 2/3, 1 EV steps
External Flash Control
X-sync speed 1/250 s / 1/8000 s
Type TTL AUTO, AUTO, MANUAL, FP TTL AUTO, FP MANUAL
Synchronisation modes Auto, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow syncro with red-eye reduction, Slow syncro, 2nd curtain and slow syncro, Fill-in for exclusive flash
Intensity +/- 3 EV / 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps
Built-in flash and wireless flash control from the camera body
Compatible external flash FL-50R, FL-36R
Control method Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light
Modes TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual
Number of channels 4 channels
Group setting 3 groups
LCD
LCD type HyperCrystal II LCD
Monitor size 6.9 cm / 2.7 ''
Resolution 230000 dots
BrightCapture Yes
Brightness adjustment 15 levels
Top Display
Displayed information
Activated AF points Yes
BKT notification Yes
B/W mode notification Yes
Drive mode Yes
Exposure compensation indication Yes
Exposure mode Yes
Flash mode Yes
Focus mode Yes
ISO Yes
Metering mode Yes
Number of storable frames Yes
Record mode Yes
White balance Yes
White balance compensation value Yes
Back light timer 8 s
Super Control Panel
Displayed information
Metering mode Yes
Exposure mode Yes
Aperture value Yes
Shutter speed Yes
Exposure level view Yes
Flash compensation value Yes
Exposure compensation indication Yes
AE bracketing Yes
ISO Yes
Colour space Yes
Picture mode Yes
Gradation Yes
Colour saturation compensation value Yes
Sharpness compensation value Yes
Contrast compensation value Yes
White balance Yes
White balance compensation value Yes
Noise reduction Yes
AEL notification Yes
Flash mode Yes
Focus mode Yes
AF frame Yes
Drive mode Yes
Record mode Yes
Number of storable frames Yes
Memory card Yes
Battery indicator Yes
Super Control Panel (Flash)
Displayed information
AF illuminator disactivated notification
AEL notification
Aperture value
Bracketing
Built-in flash intensity
Colour space
Exposure compensation indication
Exposure mode
Flash compensation value
Group settings
Noise reduction
Shutter speed
Wireless channel setting
View Images
Index 4, 9, 16, 25, 49, 100 frames
Calendar Yes
Zoom Yes 2 - 14 x
Slide show Yes
Rotation Yes
Light box Yes
Histogram in playback mode Yes
Shooting information Histogram ( independent luminance / RGB available), Highlight / Shadow point warning, AF frame, Shooting information
Erase / Protect / Copy Function
Erase modes Single, All, Selected
Image protect mode Single, Selected
Copy mode Single, All, Selected
Recording Formats
RAW 12 bit
RAW & JPEG Yes
JPEG Yes
JPEG compression 1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8, 1/12 SHQ 1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8, 1/12 HQ 1/2.7, 1/4, 1/8, 1/12 SQ
Image Size
Aspect ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 6:6 / 5:4 / 7:6 / 6:5 / 7:5 / 3:4
RAW 4032 x 3024 compressed /
Large 4032 x 3024 Super Fine / 6.8 MB / frame
4032 x 3024 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 4.7 MB / frame
4032 x 3024 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 2.2 MB / frame
4032 x 3024 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 1.5 MB / frame
Middle 3200 x 2400 Super Fine / 5.3 MB / frame
3200 x 2400 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 3.7 MB / frame
3200 x 2400 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 1.7 MB / frame
3200 x 2400 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 1.1 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Super Fine / 3.6 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 2.2 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 1.1 MB / frame
2560 x 1920 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.7 MB / frame
Small 1600 x 1200 Super Fine / 1.3 MB / frame
1600 x 1200 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.8 MB / frame
1600 x 1200 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.5 MB / frame
1600 x 1200 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.3 MB / frame
1280 x 960 Super Fine / 0.8 MB / frame
1280 x 960 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.5 MB / frame
1280 x 960 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.3 MB / frame
1280 x 960 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.2 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Super Fine / 0.5 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.4 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.2 MB / frame
1024 x 768 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.1 MB / frame
640 x 480 Super Fine / 0.2 MB / frame
640 x 480 Fine (compression: 1/4) / 0.2 MB / frame
640 x 480 Normal (compression: 1/8) / 0.1 MB / frame
640 x 480 Basic (compression: 1/12) / 0.1 MB / frame
Still Image Recording
EXIF Yes
PIM Yes
DPOF Yes
DCF Yes
Image Editing
RAW data edit Yes
Red-eye reduction Yes
Sepia Yes
Black & White Yes
Resize Yes
Correction of saturation Yes
Shadow Adjustment Technology Yes
Level Gauge
Detection 2-axes
Display Rear LCD monitor, viewfinder, control panel
Menu
Menu languages in camera 34 languages / 27 European languages (e.g. English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish)
Customisation Options
Fn Button Off, one-touch WB, test picture, preview, Live View, AF home setting, MF, record format, exposure mode, My Mode
Custom preset options 2
My Mode 2 settings storable
Power Supply
Battery BLM-1 Li-Ion battery (included)
Sleep mode 1, 3, 5, 10 min. and off selectable.
Finder Shooting Approx. 750 shots with BLM-1 under CIPA testing standard (with 50% flash light)
Environment
Temperature 0 - 40 C operating temperature / -20 - 60 C
Humidity 30 - 90 % operation humidity / 10 - 90 %
Size
Dimensions (WxHxD) 141.5 x 107.5 x 75.0 mm
Weight 655 g (body only)
Interface
Media Dual slot for CompactFlash card (Type I and II), Microdrive and xD picture card
USB 2.0 High Speed Yes
Video out Yes NTSC or PAL selectable
Infrared Yes
DC input Yes
Synchro socket Yes
   
Page 1
Introduction / Ease of Use
Page 2
Image Quality
Page 3
Sample Images
Page 4
Design
Page 5
Specifications
Page 6
Conclusion

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