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

by Olympus
26 customer reviews

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  • 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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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.

Manufacturer's Description

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, 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: 5.6 x 3 x 4.2 inches ; 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001K3JPRA
  • Item model number: E30 Body
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,524 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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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 7, 2009
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.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By MEDISIN on January 28, 2009
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.

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.

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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Luke on April 6, 2009
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Sarma on January 5, 2010
I started out with an E-510, went to the 520, then took a couple of steps back and started using the E-1 and the E-500, then added the E-3 to my bag which saw about 6 months use, but all the jumping around came to an end the day I bought the E-30. After exactly two months, I've sold all my old Olympus gear (except the E-1) and I'm happy to say that I'm very satisfied with my purchase of the E-30.

The E-30 is not just an E-3 packed into a smaller body, it's much more! The AF system seems vastly improved over the E-3, the LCD screen is slightly better, IQ at higher ISOs is a lot more usable as there is no banding and the overall size is a lot more manageable.

Let me start with some Pros:

1. AF system is a huge upgrade, the E-30 seems to have an AF system which is much more sure footed and accurate than the E-3. The biggest plus is the ability to perform micro adjustment on the AF. The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Four Thirds Lens for Olympus and Panasonic Digital Cameras is one of my favourite lenses which unfortunately had AF problems on every 4/3s body, but with the E-30, I've dialled in an AF adjustment and it works flawlessly! In the S-T-D mode the AF is simply spectacular, locking focus in very, very low light! In short, the AF is a huge upgrade from the E-3.

2. IQ is an improvement over all other 4/3s bodies. In fact the IQ of the E-30 came closes to what I was used to seeing from the E-1; accurate white balance and excellent colours with lovely saturation and just the right amount of contrast. The sharpening is a touch too much for my taste, but keeping it at -1 makes the images look a lot nicer with lesser noise.
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