- 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
- Size Comparison
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 #60 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & all around #444 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. Remember to test our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your customized criteria.
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.
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Olympus E-30 Gallery
You can check the E-30 from different angles in the gallery below.
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.
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.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Below is a visual of the Olympus E-30 with a soda to help you to get a sense of its scale.
The top view below will show the button design on the E-30.
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.
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.
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.
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.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
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.
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.
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.