Olympus E-30

Released November, 2008
  • 12.2 MP
  • Four Thirds 18 x 13.5 mm NMOS
  • 2.7" LCD
As ever we'd recommend using RAW+JPEG when allowing the camera to apply such radical image adjustments.
by DPReview (Mar, 2009)
9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Olympus E-30

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Olympus E-30
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Olympus E-30
Focus lag


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Olympus E-30
continuous shooting


What do the experts think?

Olympus E-30
Reviews from techradar.com, dpreview.com, 1001noisycameras.com and reviews.cnet.com


Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

Olympus E-30

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Olympus E-30

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Olympus E-30
530 ISO
1,284 ISO
1,183 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Olympus E-30
5 fps
Pentax K10D
3 fps

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

Olympus E-30
21.3 bits
24.2 bits
23.5 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

Olympus E-30
10.4 ev
13.9 ev
13.6 ev

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Olympus E-30

Personally, I'm also a big post-processing nut, and I prefer to fine-tune any effect I'm applying to the picture I'm working on - it's something I enjoy doing, and - for me - it's at least half the creative process.

In addition, Olympus throws its new Art Filters presets into the mix, a set of six effects-Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale and Light, Grainy Film, Light Tone, and Pin Hole-that the E-30 applies during shooting.


8.1 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Where Olympus is slightly different to other manufacturers is that you rarely see much difference in sensor resolution from model to model (we'd expect the entire range to be 12 megapixels by the end of the year - and to stay there for quite some time).
by DPReview (Mar, 2009)
While at the 'Off' setting at ISO 1600 and above luminance noise (grain) becomes quite intrusive chroma noise is fairly well under control which seems to suggest that even in the 'Off' setting Olympus is applying chroma NR to the JPEGs at higher ISOs.
by DPReview (Mar, 2009)
I really enjoyed the two months I spent with it, and was constantly impressed by the output under ISO 800.
by DPReview (Mar, 2009)


My advice: If you're planning on spending more than $1,000 for a body, don't skimp on the lens; though a lot more expensive, the 12-60mm is far nicer and more flexible than the 14-42mm kit lens.
by c|net (Feb, 2009)
With separate settings for wide-angle end and the telephoto-end if it's a zoom lens.
by DPReview (Mar, 2009)
On the right side of the lens mount is the lens release button, on the left side the depth of field preview button.
by DPReview (Mar, 2009)


There's perhaps a touch more detail in the 50D image but the greater sharpening and contrast of the Olympus give a much punchier image overall.
by DPReview (Mar, 2009)
Below you can see the seven available views including grid overlay and the comparison screen for exposure compensation and white balance preview.
by DPReview (Mar, 2009)
The viewfinder is pretty good as well: it's large and bright, with plenty of information.
by c|net (Feb, 2009)

Image quality

The JPEG quality is superb, with excellent dynamic range and a slightly more subtle approach to color and contrast than we're used to from Olympus, giving results that look great 'out of the can' but respond well to post processing too.
by DPReview (Mar, 2009)
These modes apply very slightly different levels of contrast, saturation and sharpness.
by DPReview (Mar, 2009)
Although using a similar sensor as the E-30's Panasonic is taking a different noise reduction approach on the G1 on which the luminance noise reduction is much less heavy-handed.
by DPReview (Mar, 2009)


And so, whilst I applaud Olympus for adding a fun feature that actually produces pretty cool results - and gives novices access to professional looking effects - I can't get that excited about the first implementation of Art Filters.
by DPReview (Mar, 2009)
A lot of the E-30's competitive appeal will depend upon the trend in the street prices of it and its competitors.
by c|net (Feb, 2009)
Below is a small gallery of E-30 JPEGs shot with various Art Filters (mostly Pin Hole, Grainy B&W and Pop Art as they're the most useful for non-portrait photography).
by DPReview (Mar, 2009)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Megapixels 12.2 MP
Resolution 4032 x 3024
Size Four Thirds
Area 18 x 13.5 mm
Crop factor 2.0x
Pixel size 19.9 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Contrast detection


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentaprism
Coverage 98%
Magnification 1.02x
Viewfinder size 0.51x

form factor

Size 142 x 108 x 75 mm
Thickness 75 mm
Weight 665 g
Is weather sealed No


Video None


Type LCD
Size 2.7"
Resolution 230 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes


Min 60 s
Max 1/8000 s


Max continuous shooting 5 fps
Continuous shooting 5 fps, JPEG


Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization Sensor shift
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