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Nikon D700 vs Olympus E-30

Portability
54
Imaging
58
Features
56
Overall
57
Nikon D700 front
 
Olympus E-30 front
Portability
60
Imaging
48
Features
54
Overall
50

Nikon D700 vs Olympus E-30 Key Specs

Nikon D700
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 6400 (Increase to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 1074g - 147 x 123 x 77mm
  • Revealed October 2008
  • New Model is Nikon D800E
Olympus E-30
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 695g - 142 x 108 x 75mm
  • Introduced March 2009
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Nikon D700 vs Olympus E-30 Overview

Following is a extensive overview of the Nikon D700 vs Olympus E-30, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras by manufacturers Nikon and Olympus. The sensor resolution of the D700 (12MP) and the E-30 (12MP) is relatively well matched but the D700 (Full frame) and E-30 (Four Thirds) use different sensor sizes.

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The D700 was launched 5 months prior to the E-30 so they are of a similar age. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before going through a thorough comparison, below is a quick summary of how the D700 matches up vs the E-30 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D700 over the Olympus E-30

 D700 E-30 
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution922k230kCrisper screen (+692k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus E-30 over the Nikon D700

 E-30 D700 
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Nikon D700 and Olympus E-30

 D700 E-30 
IntroducedOctober 2008March 2009Similar age
Manually focus Very precise focusing
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Nikon D700 vs Olympus E-30 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to carry around your camera, you'll have to factor its weight and proportions. The Nikon D700 provides physical dimensions of 147mm x 123mm x 77mm (5.8" x 4.8" x 3.0") along with a weight of 1074 grams (2.37 lbs) while the Olympus E-30 has measurements of 142mm x 108mm x 75mm (5.6" x 4.3" x 3.0") along with a weight of 695 grams (1.53 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you select at that time. The following is the front view scale comparison of the D700 against the E-30.

Nikon D700 vs Olympus E-30 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the D700 and E-30 is 54 and 60 respectively.

Nikon D700 vs Olympus E-30 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D700 vs Olympus E-30 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's tough to visualize the gap between sensor sizes merely by checking specs. The picture here will provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the D700 and E-30.

All in all, each of the cameras have got the exact same MP albeit different sensor sizes. The D700 includes the bigger sensor which is going to make getting shallower depth of field easier.

Nikon D700 vs Olympus E-30 sensor size comparison

Nikon D700 vs Olympus E-30 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D700 vs Olympus E-30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D700 Portrait photography advice
Olympus E-30 Portrait photography advice
64
manual focus
big sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
low resolution sensor (12MP)
60
manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
features face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Nikon D700 Street photography details
Olympus E-30 Street photography details
53
big sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
more heavy than competitors in class (1,074g)
72
screen articulates
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D700 Sports photography highlights
Olympus E-30 Sports photography highlights
60
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
big sensor size (Full frame)
weather proof
good battery life (1,000 CIPA)
has phase detect autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12MP)
52
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
supports phase detect auto focus
max frames per second very slow (5.0 frames per second)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
low battery life (750 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon D700 Travel photography info
Olympus E-30 Travel photography info
53
good battery life (1,000 per charge)
weather proof
built-in flash
more heavy than competitors in class (1,074 grams)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
49
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
does not have Timelapse recording
low battery life (750 shots)
MP count low (12MP)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D700 Landscape photography information
Olympus E-30 Landscape photography information
67
manual focus
swap lenses (Nikon F mount)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
big sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
good battery life (1,000 shots)
does not have image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
52
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
MP count low (12MP)
low battery life (750 per charge)
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D700 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus E-30 as a Vlogging camera
9
can't record video
18
no video shooting
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Nikon D700 vs Olympus E-30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D700 and Olympus E-30
 Nikon D700Olympus E-30
General Information
Make Nikon Olympus
Model type Nikon D700 Olympus E-30
Class Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2008-10-07 2009-03-24
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed TruePic III+
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 36 x 24mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4256 x 2832 4032 x 3024
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO 25600 -
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW images
Lowest enhanced ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 51 11
Lens
Lens support Nikon F Micro Four Thirds
Available lenses 309 45
Crop factor 1 2.1
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 3 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 922k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen tech TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle HyperCrystal II LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 98 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.72x 0.56x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 5.0 frames/s 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 13.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, Manual, Fill, Red-eye reduction, Slow sync with red-eye reduction, Slow sync, Slow sync 2nd curtain, Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/250 seconds 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Maximum video resolution None None
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 1074 gr (2.37 lb) 695 gr (1.53 lb)
Dimensions 147 x 123 x 77mm (5.8" x 4.8" x 3.0") 142 x 108 x 75mm (5.6" x 4.3" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 80 55
DXO Color Depth rating 23.5 21.3
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.2 10.4
DXO Low light rating 2303 530
Other
Battery life 1000 pictures 750 pictures
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL3e BLM-1
Self timer Yes (2 to 20 sec) Yes (12 or 2 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I) Compact Flash (Type I or II) / xD Picture Card
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at release $2,700 $1,299