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Olympus E-30 vs Olympus E-300

Portability
60
Imaging
48
Features
54
Overall
50
Olympus E-30 front
 
Olympus E-300 front
Portability
67
Imaging
42
Features
31
Overall
37

Olympus E-30 vs Olympus E-300 Key Specs

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
  • Released March 2009
Olympus E-300
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 400 (Raise to 1600)
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 624g - 147 x 85 x 64mm
  • Revealed January 2005
  • Also referred to as EVOLT E-300
  • Updated by Olympus E-330
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Olympus E-30 vs Olympus E-300 Overview

Here, we are reviewing the Olympus E-30 and Olympus E-300, both Advanced DSLR cameras and they are both sold by Olympus. There exists a large gap among the resolutions of the E-30 (12MP) and E-300 (8MP) but both cameras boast the identical sensor measurements (Four Thirds).

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The E-30 was brought out 4 years after the E-300 which is a fairly serious difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras feature the same body design (Mid-size SLR).

Before getting into a in depth comparison, here is a simple introduction of how the E-30 matches up versus the E-300 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-30 over the Olympus E-300

 E-30 E-300 
RevealedMarch 2009January 2005Newer by 52 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display size2.7"1.8"Larger display (+0.9")
Display resolution230k134kSharper display (+96k dot)
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Reasons to pick Olympus E-300 over the Olympus E-30

 E-300 E-30 

Common features in the Olympus E-30 and Olympus E-300

 E-30 E-300 
Focus manually Very precise focusing
Touch display Absent Touch display

Olympus E-30 vs Olympus E-300 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to travel with your camera, you need to consider its weight and proportions. The Olympus E-30 comes with outer dimensions of 142mm x 108mm x 75mm (5.6" x 4.3" x 3.0") along with a weight of 695 grams (1.53 lbs) whilst the Olympus E-300 has measurements of 147mm x 85mm x 64mm (5.8" x 3.3" x 2.5") with a weight of 624 grams (1.38 lbs).

Take a look at the Olympus E-30 and Olympus E-300 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are utilising at that time. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the E-30 versus the E-300.

Olympus E-30 vs Olympus E-300 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the E-30 and E-300 is 60 and 67 respectively.

Olympus E-30 vs Olympus E-300 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-30 vs Olympus E-300 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be hard to visualise the contrast in sensor dimensions simply by looking through specifications. The pic here might offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-30 and E-300.

To sum up, each of the cameras feature the identical sensor size but not the same megapixels. You can anticipate the Olympus E-30 to result in extra detail having its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics way more aggressively. The newer E-30 is going to have an edge in sensor technology.

Olympus E-30 vs Olympus E-300 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-30 vs Olympus E-300 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-30 vs Olympus E-300 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-30 Portrait photography highlights
Olympus E-300 Portrait photography highlights
60
focusing manually
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports face detect focus
supports RAW files
low resolution (12 megapixels)
49
focusing manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
doesn't have liveview
megapixel count low (8MP)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-30
Street photography with Olympus E-300
72
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
52
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
low maximum ISO (400)
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Sports Comparison

Olympus E-30 Sports photography factors
Olympus E-300 Sports photography factors
52
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
comes with phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
bad battery pack (750 CIPA)
37
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with phase detect auto focus
doesn't have liveview
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (8 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-30 Travel photography advice
Olympus E-300 Travel photography advice
49
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
missing Time Lapse function
bad battery pack (750 CIPA)
low resolution (12MP)
45
flash built-in
missing Time Lapse mode
megapixel count low (8MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-30 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus E-300 as a Landscape photography camera
52
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
screen is small (2.7 inches)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
bad battery pack (750 shots)
missing Time Lapse function
43
focusing manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
small screen (1.8 inches)
doesn't have liveview
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (8 megapixels)
low maximum ISO (400)
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-30 Vlogging advice
Olympus E-300 Vlogging advice
18
lack of video recording
9
lack of video recording
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Olympus E-30 vs Olympus E-300 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-30 and Olympus E-300
 Olympus E-30Olympus E-300
General Information
Brand Name Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus E-30 Olympus E-300
Also referred to as - EVOLT E-300
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Released 2009-03-24 2005-01-10
Physical type Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip TruePic III+ -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 8 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Full resolution 4032 x 3024 3264 x 2448
Max native ISO 3200 400
Max boosted ISO - 1600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 11 3
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 45 45
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inch 1.8 inch
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 134 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology HyperCrystal II LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 98% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.56x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 5.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 13.00 m -
Flash options Auto, Manual, Fill, Red-eye reduction, Slow sync with red-eye reduction, Slow sync, Slow sync 2nd curtain, Off Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/250 seconds 1/180 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Max video resolution None None
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 695 grams (1.53 pounds) 624 grams (1.38 pounds)
Physical dimensions 142 x 108 x 75mm (5.6" x 4.3" x 3.0") 147 x 85 x 64mm (5.8" x 3.3" x 2.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 55 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.3 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.4 not tested
DXO Low light score 530 not tested
Other
Battery life 750 photos -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model BLM-1 -
Self timer Yes (12 or 2 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type Compact Flash (Type I or II) / xD Picture Card Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Card slots Single Single
Launch cost $1,299 $800