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Nikon Df vs Olympus E-30

Portability
59
Imaging
65
Features
62
Overall
63
Nikon Df front
 
Olympus E-30 front
Portability
60
Imaging
48
Features
54
Overall
50

Nikon Df vs Olympus E-30 Key Specs

Nikon Df
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Increase to 204800)
  • No Video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 760g - 144 x 110 x 67mm
  • Introduced December 2013
Olympus E-30
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 695g - 142 x 108 x 75mm
  • Released March 2009
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Nikon Df vs Olympus E-30 Overview

Below is a extensive overview of the Nikon Df versus Olympus E-30, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras by competitors Nikon and Olympus. There is a significant difference between the image resolutions of the Df (16MP) and E-30 (12MP) and the Df (Full frame) and E-30 (Four Thirds) possess different sensor sizes.

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The Df was launched 4 years later than the E-30 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before going straight into a in depth comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the Df matches up vs the E-30 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon Df over the Olympus E-30

 Df E-30 
ReleasedDecember 2013March 2009More recent by 58 months
Screen dimension3.2"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution921k230kSharper screen (+691k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus E-30 over the Nikon Df

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

Common features in the Nikon Df and Olympus E-30

 Df E-30 
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Touch screen Absent Touch screen

Nikon Df vs Olympus E-30 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to lug around your camera regularly, you will want to factor its weight and size. The Nikon Df has outer measurements of 144mm x 110mm x 67mm (5.7" x 4.3" x 2.6") accompanied by a weight of 760 grams (1.68 lbs) and the Olympus E-30 has specifications 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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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you select during that time. Underneath is the front view proportions comparison of the Df against the E-30.

Nikon Df vs Olympus E-30 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the Df and E-30 is 59 and 60 respectively.

Nikon Df vs Olympus E-30 top view buttons comparison

Nikon Df vs Olympus E-30 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is hard to picture the contrast between sensor measurements just by reviewing specifications. The graphic here will offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the Df and E-30.

Plainly, both of these cameras posses different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The Df due to its bigger sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF simpler and the Nikon Df will offer you extra detail utilizing its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will help you crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The newer Df should have a benefit in sensor technology.

Nikon Df vs Olympus E-30 sensor size comparison

Nikon Df vs Olympus E-30 Screen and ViewFinder

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

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon Df
Portrait photography with Olympus E-30
79
has manual focus
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
features face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
60
has manual focus
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detect focus
supports RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
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Street Comparison

Nikon Df Street photography factors
Olympus E-30 Street photography factors
60
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports RAW files
weather proofing
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
72
screen articulates
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
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Sports Comparison

Nikon Df Sports photography features
Olympus E-30 Sports photography features
70
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
features tracking focus
weather proofing
better than average battery pack (1,400 CIPA)
comes with phase detect autofocus
max fps low (6.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
52
great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
terrible battery pack (750 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon Df
Travel photography with Olympus E-30
60
better than average battery pack (1,400 CIPA)
weather proofing
resolution is good (16MP)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
does not have selfie friendly display
49
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
does not have Time Lapse mode
terrible battery pack (750 per charge)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon Df Landscape photography features
Olympus E-30 Landscape photography features
71
has manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3.2")
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports RAW files
weather proofing
better than average battery pack (1,400 CIPA)
no image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse mode
52
has manual focus
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports RAW formats
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
terrible battery pack (750 CIPA)
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon Df as a Vlogging camera
Olympus E-30 as a Vlogging camera
9
can't record video
18
can't shoot video
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Nikon Df vs Olympus E-30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon Df and Olympus E-30
 Nikon DfOlympus E-30
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Olympus
Model type Nikon Df Olympus E-30
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Introduced 2013-12-20 2009-03-24
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Expeed 3 TruePic III+
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 36 x 23.9mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 860.4mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4928 x 3280 4032 x 3024
Max native ISO 12800 3200
Max enhanced ISO 204800 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Lowest enhanced ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 39 11
Cross type focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens support Nikon F Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses 309 45
Focal length multiplier 1 2.1
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen sizing 3.2 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 921k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology TFT-LCD HyperCrystal II LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 98 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x 0.56x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 6.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 13.00 m
Flash options Auto FP High-speed sync, front-curtain sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction, Auto, Manual, Fill, Red-eye reduction, Slow sync with red-eye reduction, Slow sync, Slow sync 2nd curtain, Off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash sync 1/250 seconds 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Max video resolution None None
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Optional None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 760 gr (1.68 pounds) 695 gr (1.53 pounds)
Dimensions 144 x 110 x 67mm (5.7" x 4.3" x 2.6") 142 x 108 x 75mm (5.6" x 4.3" x 3.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 89 55
DXO Color Depth rating 24.6 21.3
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.1 10.4
DXO Low light rating 3279 530
Other
Battery life 1400 shots 750 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL14,EN-EL14a BLM-1
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10, or 20 secs) Yes (12 or 2 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card Compact Flash (Type I or II) / xD Picture Card
Storage slots Single Single
Launch cost $2,747 $1,299