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Olympus E-300 EVOLT
Olympus E-300 EVOLT

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Olympus E-300 EVOLT

Editor's Review

Not just another SLR, the 8-megapixel Olympus E-300 EVOLT distinguishes itself from the rest of the pack with a "supersonic wave filter" which eliminates dust from the camera's image sensor. Poised to compete with the Nikon D70 and the Canon Digital Rebel, the Olympus E-300 is available with a lens for less than $1000. Its body design is unique, as the viewfinder has been shifted to the side, eliminating the hump usually seen on the top of an SLR. The supersonic wave filter is designed to keep the CCD dust free by vibrating briefly at startup (or on command) to remove particles on the image sensor.

Specifications

  • 8.0 megapixels (effective)
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG
  • TIFF
  • and RAW file format
  • ISO range 100-1600
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery. Accepts interchangeable Zuiko digital lenses
  • comes standard with a 14-45mm lens
  • Release Date: Jan 14, 2005

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Olympus E-300 EVOLT Reviews

Olympus E-300 EVOLT Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love this camera (Annie DuBois — 11/15/2006)

I am currently a photo student using both film and digital and this camera has been awesome. It is a great buy for the price and will take awesome photos once you've learned to use the manual mode to your advantage. The only draw back to it is how close you can get to a subject. Although you can always compensate for this in photoshop or buy cropping in any photo program. I only wish buying additional lenses for it were a little cheaper. Overall I love this camera!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Sharpness almost always off! (Jay — 08/16/2006)

I have done everything I can to try and get this camera to give me a good crisp photo. I seem to get one/two out of 10 if I'm lucky. I always have to bring it into a photoshop program and fix it (if it can be fixed). I agree with the the person who said to rethink the purchase of this camera, I've used cheaper smaller digital cameras and when the camera beeped to tell you its in focus it was!

  • 3.0 out of 5
disappointed with sport mode (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I found the e-300 easy to handle and understand the functions, however I do a lot of sport photography mainly rugby and cricket , the e 300 dose not cope well with fast shutter continuous shooting leaving me with many blurred pictures. images just not sharp enough

  • 5.0 out of 5
Olympus E-300, The Strange looking SLR Champ! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just picked up the Olympus E-300 and am very impressed with the camera overall, once I updated to the latest firmware (1.3). I have previously owned the Pentax *ist DS, Nikon D-70, and the Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D digital SLRs and I think overall the E-300 is a more complete camera. The other cameras had there specific good points, but none were good in everything like the E-300. The 3 point auto focus system is a dream. I prefer this autofocus system to all the others (Canon, Nikon, Minolta, and Pentax). Olympus has defineately proved more doesn't aways mean better. My wife owns the Canon Rebel digital SLR and I think the E-300 is a much better camera overall, especially in the body construction. I also like the boxy shape off the camera. I had a guy comment on the look of the camera just yesterday and he said he like the strange look also. I will say the E-300 is not for everyone, but for me it is just right.

  • 4.0 out of 5
No regrets (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned this camera for about seven months. I have little experience with other SLR digital cameras, but that is specifically why I am writing this review. In addition, this is the first camera I have ever owned.

I have always been artistic and for many years I have wanted to try my hand a photography, mainly because I thought I would be good at it. I am happy to report I am good at it and this camera was simple enough for me to figure that out in short order.

I began by using some of the preset modes (landscape, portrait, etc.) and have now figured out how to get better pictures on the manual setting. I think that alone says something about this camera. It is not difficult to learn how to use it.

The only real problem I have is that, while the two lens package is a great deal, purchasing additional lenes is very expensive. I bought the 50x200 lens and it put me back $1K.

If this story sounds like you, I can tell you I have had no regrets about this purchase. My photos have been crisp and sharp. I do use Photoshop and consider that just part of the digital photography process. Generally speaking, I like to play with the lighting and the sharpness a bit. The color saturation level almost never needs adjustment.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent value for money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Went with the 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 & 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 Zuiko Lenses package. Even with an extra battery and the FL-36 Flash, everything still came in under $1000. Camera is rugged, handles well, and the programed modes work as advertised. EV autobracketing very effective. Judging from other people's responses of my photos, the image quality is outstanding. Generally can shot over 4 gigs before even worrying about the battery. Minor complaint: Uses .ORF (Olympic Raw File) instead of standard RAW. You can get a Photoshop plugin — but the ORF still adds needless processing time. Very happy with this purchase — but would also advise checking out the newly released Evolt 500.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Wonderful camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a great camera. It doesn't get enough respect from 'pro' reviewers. Colors are great straight from the camera (jpeg). When I first bought it, there were some metering issues, but thos issues were cleared up with updates. One of the prime reasons I chose this camera over the others that were available in the sub-$1000 price range at the time (Canon DRebel, *ist DS) was because of the great ergonomics. It fit like a glove from the minute I first handled it. Even after the DRebel 350XT, Nikon D50, KonicaMinolta 5D came out, I still would've prefered the Evolt E300.
The ONLY issue I would genuinely consider n issue is the high ISO performance, specifically at ISO 1600. 800 is usable after NoiseNinja or NeatImage.
The kit lenses outshine all of the other kit lens offerings, they are tack sharp. Hands down THE winner here.I have both the 14-45 f3.5-f5.6 lens as well as the 40-150 f3.5-f5.6. They perform quite admirably.
Image quality is excellent. Again, the Oly colors are great. Not oversaturated, comparable to Kodak's Royal Gold film from back in the day (now Kodak High Def film). The images can be printed straight from the camera, without post-processing.
Accessories can be a little pricey. I want to get the Fl-50 flash, but will wait till it comes down a little more, if it does.
All in all, I am very content with my purchase after thousands of shots. for examples, check out my account at pbase at www.pbase.com/shinndigg

  • 4.0 out of 5
Bigger then I thought (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My first digital SLR and I was intimidated by the size and weight of the Evolt 300. My other camera is an Olympus C50. I am really a novice at photography and cameras. Once I got the nerve to use the camera, at first on the program settings, it was so simple. I am now very familiar with most of the features and enjoy using my E-300.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Rethink it... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I like this camera. It is well built, easy to use, good ergonomics, nice feel - ooops, I left out picture quality. Even with all the settings "massaged", I can't get good quality photos out of this camera. My Sony T1 (5MP) took better photos. The color is off, the focusing is off, the sharpness is off. I just don't understand how a camera the size of a credit card could take better pictures than this thing. I have had many, many SLR's and other digital cameras from Fuji, Nikon, Sony, Pentax etc. and this just wasn't worth the $900 at Costco. Nice camera, but if you can't tell the difference in the photos - what's the point?? I realize this isn't the glowing review of the others here, but that is my take on it. Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any suggestions on camera settings, (I think I have tested them all!). PWR

  • 5.0 out of 5
Superb camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I decided about 6 months ago that there were good enough digital cameras at an affordable price to change from my dynax 5 film slr. Foolishly I went for the none slr dimage a200 - ouch!!! Now there's a bad decision. Luckily, the camera shop had a 14 day exchange policy. I then got my lovely E300. It has dealt with everything I've thrown at it, indoors and out. The picture quality is excellent with really vibrant colour reproduction and whether you're using the preset or manual settings it is so easy to use it's ridiculous (manual or auto). I think you may have gathered by now I like this camera - just buy one - you won't regret it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very good pictures easy to use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had this camera about a week and am very impressed with the features it has.
A very good value especially with the second zoom lens being included.
This is a very well built slr camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best value in the entry level digital SLR market! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is the best value for the money in the entry level digital SLR market, in my opinion. With the current price reduction for the two lens kit you just can't beat it. It performs beautifully, the colors are exceptional and the two lens kit is superior to any entry level kit lens on the market. If you don't already own a bunch of Nikon or Canon lenses then this camera is worth serious consideration. Even if you do have some Nikon or Canon lenses why not go all digital? If you are just getting into the digital SLR arena, this is a great camera to base a growing system on.

  • 5.0 out of 5
outstanding performance (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Sharp colours, fast operation, easy software, and great value. If I could only say four things. Blows the cannon 6.1 meg slr out of the water. Originally concerned about the three AF points, but not for long. It allowes for faster focusing, and faster shots overall. Mine came with 2 lens. Both with F-3.5. Again better then the cannon. Would recommend to anyone. (beginner or pro,)

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great handling & quality (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'd had many years experience with film SLR's, but never could afford a DSLR until I found the E-300. I immediately liked the ergonomics, handling, quality, & resolution. I'd highly recommend the E-300 to either novices, amateurs, or pros. John Michael Addams

  • 5.0 out of 5
The Best Value in Digital SLRs! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

You've all seen the specs for this camera, so there's no need to repeat those facts. The 8 Mpixel images are incredibly sharp! I use this camera for astrophotography using a Four Thirds to OM series lens adapter that Olympus gave to me for free. With this adapter, all Olympus OM-mount lenses can be used with this camera. Also, Photoshop CS can read and process the 12-bit Olympus RAW images, thus preserving the large image dynamic range. I highly recommend this camera!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Can't say enough good things about this camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
This camera takes great pictures indoor and out. The pro reviews are pretty much right on the money. The only reason I didn't give the E-300 a 5 star is the ISO @800, 1600 performance at very low light. However I must say the built in flash does a pretty good job of balancing things out so I rarely need to go above 400. I don't take too many night shots except for portraits and they came out very well. One thing that surprised me is how well this camera takes picture in auto(P) mode. Gives comfort knowing I can snap a quick shot if need be without worrying how the picture will turn out.
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