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Olympus E30 12.3MP Digital SLR with Image Stabilization (Body Only)

Olympus E30 12.3MP Digital SLR with Image Stabilization (Body Only)
Olympus E30 12.3MP Digital SLR with Image Stabilization (Body Only)


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Olympus E30 12.3MP Digital SLR with Image Stabilization (Body Only)


Olympus E30 12.3MP Digital SLR with Image Stabilization (Body Only)

The Olympus E-30 is the newest addition to the interchangeable-lens digital SLRs (single lens reflex) within the Olympus E-System lineup. This new 12.3-megapixel, FourThirds-compliant camera reinforces the company’s commitment to the standard. Positioned as a mid-level model, this new digital SLR camera is intended for anyone who wants to express their creativity through photography, whether they are just starting out or are a professional with years of experience behind them. The E-30 is a camera that has the speed of the E-3 and the freedom to express oneself with a variety of new creative features, from Art Filters that will let you control the way the image looks from a grainy black and white film to exaggerated colors. From the ability to shoot traditional multiple exposures in Live View for a wedding photographer, to the untraditional multiple exposure of the artistic, the E-30 is the camera for the creative shooter who wants to think differently and shoot in new ways.

  • 12.3-megapixel Live MOS imager for photo-quality prints up to 30 x 40 inches
  • Body only; lenses sold separately
  • 6 Art Filters; enjoy photographs that ordinarily require the use of special lenses, add-on filters, or the use of complex processing techniques
  • 270-degree Swivel 2.7-inch HyperCrystal II LCD; Autofocus Live View with Face Detection
  • Dual card slot; compatible with UDMA-Type I, Type II, MicroDrive and xD Media Cards (not included)

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  1. 51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Initial thoughts after a week with the E-30, February 7, 2009
    By 
    Jill Rains (Columbus, GA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Olympus E30 12.3MP Digital SLR with Image Stabilization (Body Only) (Electronics)

    After owning an Olympus E-510 for 8 months I had been looking forward to an upgrade to the E-3. When Olympus announced the new E-30 in November the upgrade waters became a little muddied. I poured over the differences between the E-3 and the E-30 and then waited for some of the initial Olympus reviews to come out. I further waited to hear from the more well known internet Olympus users and bloggers to see what they had to say. After all, they were used to shooting Olympus and had done so with most of the models currently out. Once I knew that the E-30 performed similarly to the E-3 I knew now that I had to pick one over the other. But which one?

    Basically, any camera purchase will be based on a personal style and liking and not everyone chooses the same system or the same camera within a system. Gotta love diversity!

    What I knew about Olympus that I already liked were the Zuiko lenses, the in body image stabilization, the smaller, lighter (but not cheap feeling) bodies, the image quality, the live view, the intuitive design of the menu system, their dust reduction capabilities, and their built-from-the-ground-up digital system.

    I chose the E-30 over the E-3 because of two main reasons:

    One was the fact that the E-30 contained much of the innovation and performance of the E-3, but with newer technology. In the digital world, I felt that was a plus.

    The second was the actual weight difference. While I think the weather sealed body of the E-3 is great for someone who actually will need it, I couldn’t see myself shooting in the rain. Since I have a bit of arthritis in my hands and wrists already, the lighter body of the E-30 was a better fit for me.

    My thoughts on the overall performance of the E-30 is that it performs just as I had hoped it would. It’s fast and responsive.

    The 11 point auto focus points were a nice jump from the 3 points with my E-510 and after figuring out how to change from one to the other, it became pretty easy to handle.

    The larger 2.7 in screen was nice, not to mention the fact that it can tilt and swivel. I sort of missed the tilt and swivel option from when I owned a Canon S5 IS.

    I noticed a difference in the dynamic range too. I wasn’t blowing out highlights as easily as I did with the E-510. Less “blikies” are always a good thing!

    The image quality doesn’t disappoint and the 12.3mp allows for larger prints.

    I haven’t used the art filters yet, but I’m sure it’ll be just one more thing that I can play around with. It definitely doesn’t distract or degrade the high quality you get with this camera!

    If you want to upgrade from the E-4XX or E-5XX models this camera will not disappoint. If you are looking at this as a new DSLR purchase it will be a great camera for you as well.

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  2. 30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Welcome Addition to the E-System Lineup, January 28, 2009
    By 
    MEDISIN (North Carolina, USA) –
    This review is from: Olympus E30 12.3MP Digital SLR with Image Stabilization (Body Only) (Electronics)

    As an early adopter of the E-500 and it’s quality kit lenses, I’ve had my eye on the flagship, tank-like E-3 as my next Oly body. Then the announcement in November that Olympus was set to introduce a mid-range camera that built on many of the successes from both the E-5X0 and the E-3. Having mulled over the decision for two months, reading every review, watching every video and scrutenizing the owners manual I pulled the trigger on the E-30 with the 14-42mm “standard grade” kit lens. Tough decision to make with the E-3 body’s selling for the same price as the E-30! What ultimately convinced me was the E-30 offered everything I loved about the E-3 in a slightly smaller package.

    First impressions:
    Feels great in hand! Good weight distribution, nice balance. Bright beautiful, viewfinder – huge improvement over the E-4X0 and E-5X0 models. LCD has excellent contrast and renders colors accurately. Back lit top panel display is easy to read. Faster focus in hybrid live view than I expected. Shutter is a bit metallic but not intrusive.

    Pros:
    Live view for checking focus in macro and composing cityscape’s at night.
    Articulating screen for getting shots on or near the ground.
    SSWF “battle-tested” dust removal system.
    Image stabilized body that works with all FourThirds lenses.
    Built-in leveler that detects pitch and roll to help snap straighter shots.

    Cons:
    xD card slot is a waste of space and should be replaced with SDHC.
    I could do without the “creative filters”. Some may find them interesting.
    The 14-42 kit lens included is nothing to write home about. Feels a bit toyish but responds well on the E-30 and is very lightweight.

    My early impressions aside, everybody has different needs for a camera/system, the E-30 feels right at home with how I shoot. Let your style/needs dictate the tools you use.

    Availability is still patchy as of late January 2009. Mine shipped from Adorama (helpful, fast) and there are several “package deals” from other Amazon vendors which offer the venerable Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Digital ED SWD Lens for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras and Olympus FL-50R Electronic Flash for Olympus Digital SLR Cameras along with the E-30 body.

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  3. 12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic and Fun Camera!, April 6, 2009
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    C. Luke (Sacramento, CA) –
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    This review is from: Olympus E30 12.3MP Digital SLR with Image Stabilization (Body Only) (Electronics)

    I’d been debating about buying this camera for a while. I have an E-1 and an E-510 which both work just fine. I have a lot of lenses which means I’m not switching brands anytime soon. I kept telling myself I didn’t NEED the E-30, but then I got to see one in person and I fell in love! It’s the perfect size for me… a little larger than the 510 but it handles the larger lenses very well. I LOVE the art filters – and the fact that if you shoot Raw + jpg, then you get the jpg with the art filter and the original Raw in case you didn’t like the effect! :) I might not use the filters that often, but I love having options. ;)

    I love the articulating screen – that was one of the biggest selling factors for me. What amazes me though is the vibrant colors this thing produces… straight out of the camera I’m floored with how wonderful the pictures are. IT’s 100 times better than my 510. I loved my 510, but this camera is amazing. :) BUY ONE! NOW! lol….

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