CNET First Look
Olympus E-30A great general-purpose dSLR, the Olympus E-30 offers an attractive alternative for advanced shooters not yet wedded to a system.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi, I'm Lori Grunin, Senior Editor with CNET.com and this is the Olympus E-30. The E-30 is Olympus's answer to sort of the Nikon D90 and sort of the Canon 50D. I say sort of, because its price falls in between the two and it's priced closer to the 50D, but it doesn't deliver some of the performance at high ISO's that you'd expect from a camera like that. It's fast. It has the same AF system that the E3 has, which is one of the fastest AF systems we've seen. It's also a pretty well designed camera. Some things that are really nice are, it has a full LCD read out on top, it has an articulated LCD which pretty much no one else except for Olympus and Sony offered these days. Olympus introduced its Art Filters with this model as well. I found them really fun to use and actually kind of addictive. They need more features to be really usable in a camera of this class like most Olympus cameras it has in-body image stabilization using censorship. The camera's interface design is -- you know different than the more traditional ones that you see with Nikon and Canon. As of Sony's digital SLRs most of the controls that you have appear on the LCD and you just scroll through them and make your selections rather than direct buttons and knobs. Overall, I really like the E-30. I did run into a couple image quality issues mostly with its exposures, however you can tweak the settings to get it more mid-tonally oriented and to produce combination of highlights and shadows that you want. Otherwise, if -- you know with the good lens, the E-30 can do this really sharp, really nice photos and I really enjoyed shooting with it. I'm Lori Grunin and this is the Olympus E-30. ^M00:01:49 [ Music ]