Olympus E-30

Olympus E-30 front
  • 12MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.7" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 695g - 142 x 108 x 75mm
  • Launched March 2009
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Olympus E-30 overview

Olympus E-30 is Olympus's Advanced DSLR camera originally revealed on March of 2009. The camera includes a 12MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4032 x 3024.

The E-30 ranks at #59 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & all around #449 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to test our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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Below is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Olympus E-30 family

The Olympus E-30 is part of a family of products. You can view the complete range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Olympus-E-5 front thumbnailOlympus E-5
E-30 vs E-5
12MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2011
Olympus-E-30 front thumbnailOlympus E-3012MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2009
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Olympus-E-3 front thumbnailOlympus E-3
E-30 vs E-3
10MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2008
Olympus-E-510 front thumbnailOlympus E-510
E-30 vs E-510
10MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2007
Olympus-E-330 front thumbnailOlympus E-330
E-30 vs E-330
7MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2006
Olympus-E-500 front thumbnailOlympus E-500
E-30 vs E-500
8MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2005
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Olympus-E-300 front thumbnailOlympus E-300
E-30 vs E-300
8MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2005

Olympus E-30 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of pros and cons of the Olympus E-30 based on criterias that are oftentimes viewed as necessary in a camera.

above average min ISO (100)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
has built in flash
has phase detect autofocus
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
includes Top LCD display
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
screen can move to multiple angles
screen is selfie friendly
supports face detect autofocus
you can focus manually
can't shoot video
does not have HDMI socket
does not have headphone socket
does not have mic socket
does not have Time Lapse recording
not so great battery (750 shots)
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames/s)
screen has low resolution (230 k dots)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small screen (2.7")
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Olympus E-30 Sensor info

The Olympus E-30 features the TruePic III+ chip. The dimension of the sensor on the Olympus E-30 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor can resolve 4032 x 3024 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor based). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 12 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 100 to 3200. RAW files are saved which means that the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture below displays the E-30's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The E-30 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is pointed out in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus E-30 dimensions

Olympus E-30 weighs about 1.53 pounds (695 gr or 24.52 oz) & the volume of the camera is 142mm x 108mm x 75mm (5.6" x 4.3" x 3.0"). The weight of normal Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr and the Olympus E-30 is lighter in comparison with its rivals.

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Below is a visual of the Olympus E-30 with a soda to help you to get a sense of its scale.

Olympus E-30 dimensions scale

The top view below will show the button design on the E-30.

Olympus E-30 topview buttons dials

Olympus E-30 Lens info

The E-30 fits the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses that you can buy. Below is some of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the E-30.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Tokina-Reflex-300mm-F6.3-MF-Macro-Micro-Four-Thirds lensTokina Reflex 300mm F6.3 MF Macro300mmf/6.3 298g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-300mm-F4-IS-Pro lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital 300mm F4 IS Pro300mmf/4.0 1270g
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Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-9-18mm-f4.0-5.6 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f4.0-5.69-18mmf/4.0-5.6 280g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-ED-40-150mm-f4.0-5.6 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.640-150mmf/4.0-5.6 220g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-25mm-F1.7-ASPH lensPanasonic Lumix G 25mm F1.7 ASPH25mmf/1.7 125g
Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-100-300mm-F4-5.6-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS100-300mmf/4.0-5.6 520g
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Venus-Laowa-Argus-33mm-F0.95-CF-APO-FourThirds-Mount lensVenus Laowa Argus 33mm F0.95 CF APO33mmf/1590g
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Olympus E-30 Connectivity

The E-30 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that feature NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can copy pictures and sometimes change settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Many applications even stream a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external monitor. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Olympus E-30 Video info

Olympus E-30 does not capture video. If you are wanting a camera to take only pictures, this is not a problem.

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Olympus E-30 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Olympus E-30 so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.

Olympus E-30 Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus E-30 includes a 2.7" fully articulated display screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

It has got a selfie friendly display to take self portraits and group photos if needed. Please note that the display has no touch support. The E-30 also includes a Top LCD display so its possible to quickly checkout your settings.

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The ViewFinder specs for Olympus E-30 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 98 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.56x

Viewfinders are quite handy for bright outdoor conditions which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.

Olympus E-30 Shutter info

Olympus E-30 continuous shooting speed is 5.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000s.

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Olympus E-30 Flash and Hot shoe info

Olympus E-30 features both inbuilt flash as well as external flash ability. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/250s.

Olympus E-30 Autofocus info

Olympus E-30 features both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker and precise in comparison with Contrast Based focusing. The camera includes Face detect making it valuable for people photography.

It includes 11 focus points to pick from. Olympus E-30 has got manual focusing if required for low light occasions or you need more accurate focusing control.

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Olympus E-30 Battery life

The battery (BLM-1) in the Olympus E-30 is built to last for 750 clicks with respect to the CIPA specifications which is less compared with it's rivals. The general Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 has got the highest possible (2260) battery life for this type of cameras.

Following is a listing of Advanced DSLR cameras having the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
E-30 vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
E-30 vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
E-30 vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
E-30 vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Olympus E-30 for specific styles of photography

The following illustration provides a overview of the Olympus E-30 for specific styles of photography. To look at more, browse to the specific section below.

Olympus E-30 as a Portrait photography camera

The Olympus E-30 gets a rating of 60 which is moderate, meaning that it is relatively suited for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support together with the option to utilize off-camera lighting.

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focusing manually
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
features face detection focusing
exports RAW formats
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)

Olympus E-30 Street photography info

Coming in at a very good points tally of 72, the Olympus E-30 is a respectable fit to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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screen articulates
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats

Olympus E-30 as a Sports photography camera

A decent sports photography score of 52 means the Olympus E-30 is relatively suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have fantastic autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
comes with phase detect auto focus
slow fps (5.0 frames per second)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
low battery life (750 shots)

Olympus E-30 Travel photography info

Size is very important in selecting a camera for travel. In general, the Olympus E-30 gets a moderate 49 for a travelling camera which makes it fairly acceptable for your journeys.

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built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
missing Timelapse recording
not so great battery life (750 CIPA)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)

Olympus E-30 Landscape photography advice

For anyone who is planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most significant factor will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus E-30 and it's decent score of 52 as a landscape camera is reasonably acceptable compared to its rivals.

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you can focus manually
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
tiny screen (2.7")
low MP (12 megapixels)
terrible battery power (750 CIPA)
doesn't have Time Lapse function

Olympus E-30 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging preferably should come with a moving display screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Olympus E-30 is just not acceptable as a vlog camera as it comes to a dreadful rating of 18.

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can't shoot video

Olympus E-30 Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the E-30, here is a list of the top ranked cameras that fall under the family of Advanced DSLR.

The chart followed below provides you a summary of the E-30 compared to it's top ranked competitors suggested earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you may look into as alternative options. To see a full comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Olympus E-30
Advanced DSLR
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
TruePic III+
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4032 x 3024
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
Lens support
Micro Four Thirds
Total lenses
Crop factor
Type of display
Fully Articulated
Display size
Display resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Display technology
HyperCrystal II LCD
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
98 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Slowest shutter speed
60 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
13.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, Manual, Fill, Red-eye reduction, Slow sync with red-eye reduction, Slow sync, Slow sync 2nd curtain, Off
External flash
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
1/250 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Maximum video resolution
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
695 grams (1.53 lbs)
Physical dimensions
142 x 108 x 75mm (5.6" x 4.3" x 3.0")
Battery life
750 photos
Battery type
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (12 or 2 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
Compact Flash (Type I or II) / xD Picture Card
Card slots
Retail pricing