Olympus 7030

Olympus Stylus 7030 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 140g - 93 x 56 x 26mm
  • Launched January 2010
  • Also Known as mju 7030
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Olympus 7030 summary

Olympus 7030 is Olympus's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally launched on January of 2010. It features a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4288 x 3216. It is also known as "mju 7030" in other markets.

The 7030 is placed #132 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over-all #1019 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please check out our Advanced camera finder to get camera results based on your custom requirements.

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Below is a diagram of multiple factors used in the rating system.

Olympus 7030 history

The Olympus 7030 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can look at all previous and more recent models alongside important specifications.

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Olympus 7030 Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of positives and negatives of the Olympus 7030 based on aspects that are oftentimes regarded as useful in a digital camera.

built in zoom lens (28-196mm 7.0 x zoom)
comes with HDMI support
comes with tracking focus
decent MP (14MP)
flash built-in
good minimum ISO (64)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
rather wide (28mm)
does not have selfie friendly screen
external flash not possible
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of phase detect autofocus
lack of RAW format
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low quality video (640 x 480 pixels)
low resolution screen (230 thousand dot)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no articulating screen
no headphone jack
no manual exposure
no manual focus
no microphone jack
no shutter priority
no Timelapse recording
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
slow max aperture (f3.0)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
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Olympus 7030 Sensor information

The Olympus 7030 houses the TruePic III processor chip. The sensor spec on the Olympus 7030 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4288 x 3216 pixels with aspect ratios of 16:9 and 4:3. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14MP and includes a standard ISO range of 64 to 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not saved which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below displays the 7030's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The 7030 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus 7030 dimensions

Olympus 7030 weighs in at 0.31 pounds (140 gr / 4.94 ounces) and the overall size of the camera is 93mm x 56mm x 26mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr and the Olympus 7030 is less heavy than other competitors.

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Below is a pic of the Olympus 7030 next to a soft drink to help you have a sense of its size.

Olympus Stylus 7030 dimensions scale

The top view here will highlight the button design on the 7030.

Olympus Stylus 7030 topview buttons dials

Olympus 7030 Lens information

The 7030 is equipped with a fixed lens with a focal range of 28-196mm giving it a 7.0 x zoom which is definitely not outstanding however it will be valuable in a few cases.

At it's widest 28mm, it provides an aperture of f3.0 making it quite sluggish and not ideal in low light situations and you will likely struggle to capture good bokeh. You will likely also need to boost your ISO which causes noisy shots. For the long end, 196mm comes with f5.9 which is quite slow and you may have to use slower shutter speeds.

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Olympus 7030 Connectivity

The 7030 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras with NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily transfer images and usually adjust settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.

Several apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external monitor. A good number of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

Photography Glossary

Olympus 7030 Video information

The highest possible video resolution on the Olympus 7030 is 640 x 480 and it can save in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is terrible by today's standards. You should really strive for at least FUll HD resolution for good video. The body does not offer a mic or headphone jack which means you have zero control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to shop for another camera if you want better sound in your videos.

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Olympus 7030 Weather Sealing

Olympus 7030 does not have environment sealing so rainy conditions can damage the camera.

Olympus 7030 Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus 7030 features a 2.7 inch fixed display with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Olympus 7030 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be really beneficial for bright outdoor situations which can make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Olympus 7030 Shutter information

Olympus 7030 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Olympus 7030 Flash and Hot shoe information

Olympus 7030 has got just built in flash with missing external flash support.

Olympus 7030 Autofocus information

Olympus 7030 has got only Contrast Based AF and doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & accurate than Contrast Based focusing.

It also boasts Tracking AF for moving subjects. Olympus 7030 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing can be good for low light situations or you want to have more precise focusing control.

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Olympus 7030 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the best (470) battery life for this type of cameras.

Following is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Olympus 7030 for specific forms of photography

The following chart provides a outline of the Olympus 7030 for specific forms of photography. To see more, browse to the specific section below.

Olympus 7030 Portrait photography highlights

The Olympus 7030 has a points tally of 28 which is awful, meaning that it is not really appropriate to use for portrait photos. Taking portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support and flexibility to work with off-camera lighting.

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good resolution (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Olympus 7030 as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a modest points tally of 57, the Olympus 7030 is somewhat suited to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Olympus 7030 as a Sports photography camera

A awful sports photography score of 39 means the Olympus 7030 is not really appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera must have good autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
megapixel count decent (14MP)
comes with tracking focus
max fps low (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus

Olympus 7030 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is really important when getting a camera for travel. Overall, the Olympus 7030 gets a very good 65 as a travelling camera which is a respectable pick to take with you on your journeys.

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megapixel count decent (14MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)

Olympus 7030 as a Landscape photography camera

For anyone looking to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the most essential aspect is going to be image quality. The Olympus 7030 at it's awful rating of 37 as a landscape camera is not really appropriate compared to its rivals.

Photography Glossary
fairly wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
lack of manual exposure
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse mode

Olympus 7030 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging preferably should have a articulating display screen, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Olympus 7030 is not really appropriate for vlogging as it receives a awful score of 29.

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fairly wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
does not feature selfie friendly display
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
no external mic port

Olympus 7030 Alternatives

If you are shopping for alternatives to the 7030, here is a selection of the top ranked cameras that fall into the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram below provides you a bird's eye view of the 7030 compared to it's top rated competitors suggested earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you may take into account as alternative options. To browse through a detailed comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Olympus Stylus 7030
Also Known as
mju 7030
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
TruePic III
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
16:9 and 4:3
Highest Possible resolution
4288 x 3216
RAW format
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-196mm (7.0x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
2.7 inch
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
5.70 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in
External flash
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
140 grams (0.31 pounds)
Physical dimensions
93 x 56 x 26mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 1.0")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
SC/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots
Launch pricing