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Olympus EVOLT E-300 Review

Review Date: May 26, 2005

Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer

Photoxels Editor's Choice 2005 Award

Executive Summary

This Olympus EVOLT E-300 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

Crouching Lion
150mm (300mm), Program, ESP, 1/60 sec., F10 and ISO 400

Judging by the number of reviews of this affordable digital SLR, there is an enormous amount of interest about the Olympus EVOLT E-300. Featuring 8.0 megapixel resolution, a large 4/3 image sensor, an exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter that eliminates dust from the image sensor every time you turn on the camera, easy-to-use scene modes, and compatibility with the full line of Zuiko Digital Specific Lenses, we can see why Olympus fans get very excited with the EVOLT E-300. This is a well-designed and constructed digital SLR that provides excellent image quality, a fine degree of control with intuitive and fast operation.

The Olympus 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Lens that you can purchase with the Olympus EVOLT E-300 as a kit captures extremely sharp and detailed images. You can also purchase a 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 Zuiko Digital Lens (we recommend that you get the camera and both lenses as a special kit for less than if all three items were purchased separately) that adds a telephoto range. With a 2x crop factor, you then have the 35mm equivalent of a 28-300mm wide-angle 10x optical zoom lens.

The Olympus EVOLT E-300 will appeal to two groups of photographers: the professional photographer looking for a backup digital SLR, and the advanced amateur photographer ready to graduate to a digital SLR offering full control and exposure flexibility. The Olympus EVOLT E-300 has full exposure flexibility and provides a degree of fine control in its settings that professional photographers will appreciate. Or, just set it to Programmed Auto (or one of the 14 Scene Modes), and first-time dSLR users can shoot away and still obtain great results.

The Olympus EVOLT E-300 has a fast and precise autofocus system that works well even in low-light situations. When autofocus is difficult to achieve in extreme low-light, pop-up the flash and you can use it as an AF Illuminator. The EVOLT E-300 has a hot shoe and accepts external flash systems. The Olympus Electronic Flash FL-36 integrates tightly with the camera exposure and zoom system and has a flash head that can be zoomed, rotated up/down and right/left to provide bounced light to your subject. It also incorporates a more powerful red light AF Illuminator. You can even use the onboard pop-up flash together with the FL-36 to set up more complex lighting situations.

The Olympus EVOLT E-300 is a dSLR with professional features but at an affordable price. The camera with the two digital lenses can be obtained at a street price below US $1,000. I would recommend also adding the Olympus Electronic Flash FL-36, and you then get a complete system that allows you to cover all possible situations outdoors and indoors.

See if you fit the Olympus EVOLT E-300 User Profile below:

Olympus EVOLT E-300
User Profile
Desire a quality 8 MP resolution digital SLR camera with excellent professional image quality.
Want fast response times with virtually no shutter lag.
Want fast and precise auto focus.
Want a full-featured digital camera with many pro features.
Want interchangeable lenses.
Want ability to add on optional accessories, including powerful external flash.
Want auto-clean image sensor.


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