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Olympus E30 12.3MP Digital SLR with Image Stabilization with 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

by Olympus
4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • 12.3-megapixel Live MOS imager for photo-quality prints up to 30 x 40 inches
  • Includes 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
  • 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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Technical Details

Product Description

Product Description

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.

From the Manufacturer

Manufacturer's Description

Through the centuries, legendary artists have expressed their individuality by relying on active imaginations and keen eyes to produce artistic masterpieces that alter reality to reveal a profound truth or feeling. The Olympus E-30 digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera is a powerful tool that takes the art of photography to new creative heights by offering the artistic freedom to capture what you see in your mind’s eye, not just what you see through the camera lens.

Like a brush stroking color across a blank white canvas, the E-30 delivers instant artistic gratification. Its ease of use and power to transform the everyday into something artistic will appeal to painters, graphic designers, illustrators and Web designers, those with an eye for fashion and artists from all walks of life, not just photographers. New Art Filters and Multiple Exposure change how we create images, unleashing a digital imaging experience unlike any other that produces striking works of art inside the camera without the need for costly computer image editing software.

Olympus E-30 digital SLR highlights

Beyond the new Art Filters and Multiple Exposure function, the E-30 delivers the same high-precision performance and imaging quality demanded by professional photographers who use the E-3, as well as the consumer-friendly features found on the E-520, and several new surprises all its own. As with all Olympus DSLRs, the new camera provides advanced Dust Reduction and in-body mechanical Image Stabilization so that every Four Thirds lens is stabilized. The new camera also offers TruePic III+ Image Processor and Full Time Autofocus Live View. These features are coupled with a new 12.3-megapixel high-speed Live MOS image sensor to capture breathtaking images

Olympus E-30 Digital SLR Highlights

Express Your Inner Artist with 6 Art Filters
Six new Art Filters allow users more ways to express their inner artist, creating a unique and new view of your subject. Couple these with the other creative functions, such as Multiple Exposure Live View, and take your creative expression to the next level. Select from Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, or Pin Hole Camera. Select an Art Filter and take pictures with Live View to see your results right on the LCD. This technology conveniently helps photographers transform a basic image that faithfully represents the scene into an image that carries emotional impact.
  • Pop Art: Enhances colors, making them more saturated and vivid, creating high-impact pictures that express the joyful, lighthearted feeling of the Pop Art style of the 1960s.
  • Soft Focus: Creates an ethereal, otherworldly atmosphere that renders subjects in a heavenly light without obscuring details.
  • Pale & Light Color: Encloses the foreground of an image in flat gentle light and pastel colors reminiscent of a flashback scene in a movie.
  • Light Tone: Renders shade and highlight areas softly to lend an elegant air to the subject.
  • Grainy Film: Evokes the feeling of documentary footage shot in monochrome with grainy, high-contrast film.
  • Pin Hole: Reduces the peripheral brightness of an image as though it were shot through a pin hole, connecting the viewer intimately with the subject at the center of the picture.
Art Filters are easily activated via the mode dial on the left side of the camera body, and the effects are viewable right on the new camera’s 100 percent accurate swivel 2.7-inch Live View HyperCrystal LCD when using the E-30 in Live View mode or when reviewing the captured image.

Evolving Live View: Autofocus Live View with Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology
Autofocus Live View with Face Detection (up to 8 faces) and Shadow Adjustment Technology; to expand the creative shooting possibilities with your DSLR. This is the most advanced Live View to date with imager AF and advanced functions to free the user and give them power to express themselves in new ways. It’s even easier to capture the shot with the 2.7-inch swivel LCD, providing 270 degrees of movement. Also, fine-tune your AF default position of the lens with AF Adjust Control. You can use the AF sensor to fine-adjust the focusing position to a range of +/-20 steps (-: closer, +: toward). Fine-adjust the AF default value and register the setting. You can also register the setting according to the lens.

Olympus E-30 digital SLR highlights
Swivel Live View LCD: Freedom to Move You Unlike others with fixed LCDs, the new camera’s 100 percent accurate 270 degree swivel 2.7-inch Live View HyperCrystal LCD can be rotated freely so photographers can compose at tough angles, including overhead and down low, without feeling like a contortionist. Because Live View enables an E-30 photographer to communicate face-to-face with subjects and still have everything in the frame with the camera body out of the way, an encouraging smile or wink of the eye can be used with a shy or nervous subject to get the desired results.

During composition, settings like white balance and exposure can be selected, and their impact is seen instantly on the LCD, thanks to Live View. Real-time monitoring offers amazing versatility and creative control. The LCD displays 230,000 pixels in vivid color and includes HyperCrystal technology, which offers many times the contrast of conventional LCD monitors for easier viewing in both preview and playback. It also provides a wide viewing angle of 176 degrees, which ensures images can be composed from even the most obscure angles. The 2.7-inch LCD makes viewing icons and text on the camera’s menu a squint-free process.

Olympus In-body Image Stabilization
In-body Image Stabilization allows any lens to produce images free from the blur of camera shake and in low-light situations - from the 8mm Fisheye to the 300mm focal length. No need to spend money on expensive image stabilized lenses; it works with all FourThirds Lenses.

Multi-Aspect Ratio Shooting
Since photography is a form of expression that is essentially based on clipping a scene, framing is an important component of style. The E-30 provides nine aspect ratios including the standard 4:3, as well as 16:9 for impressive, cinematic-style images, and 6:6, which is available with medium format cameras, plus 3:2, 5:4, 7:6, 6:5, 7:5 and 3:4. By selecting the aspect ratio before shooting and easily reviewing images on the LCD throughout the shoot, the Multi-Aspect function adds a new means of expression to your photography.

Digital Leveler: The Three-Axis Sensor Detects the Slightest Tilt of the Camera Body
The E-30’s Digital Leveler indicates the alignment of the camera related to the horizon, either on the rear LCD screen or in the viewfinder. The direction of the camera body identifies the tilt in both Roll and Pitch. The tilt of camera (roll and pitch) is displayed in the finder, on the control panel and on the LCD. The indication in the finder and on the control panel will change into the level gauge one second after pressing the shutter button (exposure indication is displayed before pressing shutter button). The starting point can be adjusted (zero degree point), and the tilt can be adjusted even when there is not a horizontal or vertical line on the screen.

On the Fast-Track, with 11 Point Twin Cross Sensor and SWD Lenses
The World's Fastest AF system is part of the E-30, matched only by the E-3. 11 Point Twin Cross AF and SWD Lenses combine to provide the World’s Fastest AF. Matched to a quick 5 frame per second burst rate, and top shutter speed of 1/8000 seconds you can capture all your photos.

12.3-megapixel Live MOS Imager
A newly developed high-specification Live MOS sensor with 12.3 million effective pixels is featured. Provides high resolution to faithfully reproduce subject details, with rich tones and natural, vibrant colors to satisfy the users’ aesthetic demands. Reading speed has been increased to support 5 fps shooting.

Proven Dust Reduction System
An industry first and proven technology. The SSWF vibrates at a rate of more than 30,000 times per second at power-on. Change lenses in dusty conditions or anywhere without worrying about ruined photos.

TruePic III+ Image Processing
Maximizes the performance of the lenses and the 12.3-megapixel Live MOS sensor. Three image-processing technologies deliver even more faithful imaging, with a richer range of tonal expression and more natural color reproduction, especially for large-format prints.

Program Camera Control (Landscape, Sport Action/Sport, Night Scene Portrait, Macro)
The Program Landscape mode sets the camera to maximize the depth of field, while Sports or Action gives you faster shutter speeds to stop action. Macro is designed for close-up photography where greater depth is a must, and Night Scene Portrait-mode adjusts the camera shooting a portrait, allowing the background to come through for a pleasing image.

5 Metering Modes (Matrix, Center Weight, Spot, Spot+Highlight, Spot+Shadow)
Five ways to measure subject brightness: The advanced 49-area Matrix ESP meter, , Center weighted averaging metering, and 3 types of spot metering. 2% Spot Meter, Spot Meter with Highlight bias for shooting a white subject with detail, and Spot Meter with Shadow to capture black color with detail.

Wireless Flash
With the RC Data Transfer no external commander is required thanks to the commander function incorporated into the built-in flash of the E-30. You can control remotely up to 3 groups (A/B/C) of flash arrays with different flash modes and other settings, giving you more lighting options. The E-30 makes using multiple remote flashes easy and lets you control them right from the camera.

Dual Card Slot
UDMA-Type I, Type II, MicroDrive and xD Media Card

Shutter MTF
The E-30 Shutter life is 100,000 exposures, making it one of the best in its class.

1/8000 sec 30 sec + 1/250 X-Sync
The 1/8000 sec high-speed shutter enables instant shooting, while X = 1/250 sec is ideal for daylight synchro photography. Thanks to this high-speed shutter, shooting at maximum aperture is possible under a wide-range of conditions, enabling the superior imaging power of Zuiko Digital lenses to be enjoyed to the fullest. What’s more, the high-speed, high-precision mechanical shutter has cleared a 150,000 continuous shot durability test.

PC Flash Sync
Designed so you can use Studio flashes via in-body ISO standard PC sync.

11 Scene Select Modes
11 easy-to-use scene select modes are preset shooting modes that optimize the camera’s settings to ensure great shots. c
Pixel Mapping
The pixel-mapping feature allows the camera to check and adjust the image pickup device and image processing functions.

Additional New Features of the E-30 Include:
  • AF Focus Adjustment: use the AF sensor (when set to [Hybrid AF] or [AF Sensor]) to fine-adjust the focusing position to a range of ±20 steps
  • Lens Data Set: fine-adjust the AF for each lens. You can register the adjustment values for up to 20 lenses.
  • Focus Target Selection
  • AE Fine Adjustment
  • Smooth Live View (Frame Rate): change the frame rate of the Live View display
  • Customizing of information display: change what appears when you select the "INFO" button
  • Customized Battery Check Level: for use with the HLD-4 Battery Grip
  • 34 languages
What's in the Box
E-30 Body, 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens, USB Cable, Video Cable, Li-Ion Battery Pack (BLM-1), Li-Ion Battery Charger (BCM-2), Shoulder Strap, OLYMPUS Master 2 Software CD-ROM, Manuals and Registration card

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 6.5 x 5.8 inches ; 5.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • ASIN: B001K3JPS4
  • Item model number: E30 14-42mm Kit
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,190 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 5, 2008

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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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I bought the Canon G10... a great p&s digital camera, but quickly realized that I really wanted a DSLR.

I used and loved the Olympus OM-2S film SLR for many years, so I decided to sell my G10, throw in some extra money, and get a digital SLR that would make me feel like I used to feel while shooting my OM...

The E30 is THAT camera. I haven't regretted my decision at all. The E30 takes great shots.. and the kit lens is pretty nice too... better than some Canikon piece of junk.

Rebel-what? D90-who?

Olympus might be the underdog, but who do you like to root for in the movies? That's right... the underdog. And sometimes the underdog just doesn't get the respect he deserves.

If you have some old Olympus OM glass already, you can't go wrong... throw the adapter on there and shoot those old manual lenses. What a treat. There's a 2X crop factor (a 50mm lens becomes a 100mm) but it's still GREAT glass, and the pictures look amazing.

There are rumors that the Olympus E-5 (pro model replacing the E-3) might be out soon... so if you are hardcore, or want to spend a lot of cash, you might want to wait. But for the average almost-pro shooter, I think the E30 is a damn fine camera.

And don't listen to the 4/3 sensor haters out there. I love the 4/3 sensor. I want to marry the 4/3 sensor. I love the way "4/3 sensor" sounds as it rolls off my tongue. All of this full-frame sensor stuff is nonsense. How many HUGE 21 megapixel files do you need on your hard-drive?

I challenge anyone to look at a well-made shot from the E30 and honestly say that it doesn't look fine.

NIKON: played out.
CANON: boring.
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I own the Olympus E-510 and previously purchased the E-3. I sold the E-3 because I found it too heavy to carry all day in the wetlands photographing birds. The E-30 has excellent image quality, auto focusing, ease of use and is just the right weight and ergonomic fit for me. I find the E-30 extremely intuitive to use. I would have liked the body to be weather sealed like the E-3 but that would have made it too heavy. All in all, the camera is a joy to use and I would recommend it (and have) to anyone wanting a quality product at a fair price from Amazon.
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Upgraded from an e620. Wanted the larger body to balance with my larger lenses (12-60, 70-300). The autofocus speed is better, overall operation faster. Viewfinder is much better than e620. Really enjoy looking through VF now, the high eye point is really great too. Lot's of people say that image quality is slightly better than e620 which shares same sensor/pipeline. I agree. It is slight, but noticeable.

Amazon's shipping was fast, no problems there. Price is right. Got mine for $899 with lens. Price fluctuates, so check before you buy.
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By S. Law on December 14, 2010
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I have owned my Olympus E-30 for over a year now and have taken thousands of photos many of which you can see at [...]. I debated for quite a while between this and the Nikon D90. At the time the Olympus E-30 was just a little more money in the kit that I got, but since I didn't have any old Nikon lenses or anything I had to worry about working with it, and since I knew of the quality of the Zuiko lenses and after comparing images taken under lab conditions on [...] I opted to go with the Olympus. I have really been completely happy with this awesome camera. If I could change one thing, based on what I know now I would have bought the body only and then bought the Zuiko 12-60mm f2.8 lens. I bought the kit with the 14-42mm zoom and have since bought the 12-60mm. What a GREAT combination the E-30 and the 12-60mm lens make. If you are thinking about a quality DSLR camera and don't care about the fact that it doesn't do video, like I didn't, and don't have lenses from Canon or Nikon that you are trying to use with your new DSLR then I would highly recommend the Olympus E-30.
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