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Olympus introduces new in-between E-30 digital SLR

Olympus unveils the E-30, the latest addition to their E dSLR series, filling the gap between the E-3 and the E-400 / E-500 series. The new E-30 features a High-Speed Imager AF for Live View shooting, and a dual-axis variable-angle LCD monitor. Furthermore the new model is equipped with a newly developed 12.3-megapixel high-speed Live MOS Sensor, new TruePic III+ image processing engine, and an image stabilization system. The camera complies with the Four Thirds standard, and is scheduled for the first quarter of next year...

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All about the new Olympus E-30 digital SLRFour Thirds System compliant intermediate-level model with Art Filter function for creative photographic expression

Olympus Imaging Corporation (President: Masaharu Okubo) today announced the launch of the E-30, the latest addition to the Olympus E-System series of interchangeable lens type digital SLR cameras. Positioned as a mid-level model, the E-30 is intended for anyone who wants to express their creativity through photography, whether they are an amateur just starting out or a profession with years of experience behind them. The E-30 complies with the Four Thirds System standard, and is scheduled to go on sale in the first quarter of the year 2009.

Olympus E-30 main features

Easy-to-apply Art Filters for enhanced creativity, a choice of 9 different aspect ratios, High-Speed Imager AF for responsive Live View shooting, a dual-axis variable-angle HyperCrystal II LCD monitor, and other features for versatile photographic expression
A newly developed 12.3-megapixel high-speed Live MOS Sensor, new TruePic III+ image processing engine, and a built-in image stabilization system that offers up to 5EV* of effective compensation
High-speed 11-point full twin cross AF, high-speed 5 fps continuous shooting, high-speed 1/8000 sec. shutter, and other high-speed performance features inherited from the E-3
The E-30 is positioned as a mid-level model between the E-520 and the E-3 models. In addition to inheriting the superior image quality and high-speed performance of the E-3, it offers a wealth of new features designed to expand the photographer's range of creative and artistic expression.

Six Art Filters, including a bright, colorful, Pop Art filter and a dreamy, ethereal, Soft Focus filter, enable anyone to easily achieve modes of photographic expression that ordinarily require the use of special lenses, add-on filters, or the use of complex image processing techniques. Although the E-30's standard aspect ratio is 4:3, it offers a choice of 9 different aspect ratios, including wide-screen 16:9 and medium-format 6:6. In addition, it makes Live View shooting more enjoyable with a High-Speed Imager AF that enables autofocusing with compact-camera ease, and a dual-axis, variable-angle monitor that supports both horizontal- and vertical-format Live View shooting.

The highest standard of image quality is assured by the E-30's newly developed 12.3-megapixel, high-speed Live MOS Sensor and new TruePic III+ image processing engine. It also boasts a built-in image stabilization system that offers up to 5EV* steps of shake compensation, and works with the entire range of Four Thirds System lenses, from wide-angle to telephoto, as well as macro and fisheye lenses.

The E-30 also offers outstanding high-speed performance, and incorporates the same 11-point, twin-cross AF sensor, 5 fps high-speed continuous shooting, and 1/8000 sec. high-speed shutter featured on the Olympus E-3.

To provide an ever-wider range of offerings for entry-level, intermediate, and professional digital SLR photographers, Olympus will continue to develop and expand its lineup of digital SLR systems that comply with the Four Thirds System standard.

*  In-house testing

Olympus E-30 other features

• Multiple-exposure function with LCD monitor display of current view on top of previously captured image
• Auto gradation adjustment to prevent blown highlights and blocked-in shadows
• Face & Background Control for beautifully balanced exposures of foreground subjects and background scenery
• Perfect Shot Preview to enable comparison of the results of various settings adjustments before actual shooting
• Reliable Dust Reduction system
• Built-in flash with Commander function for wireless off-camera flash synchronization
• Large optical viewfinder with 98% field of view and 1.02x magnification
• Shooting information display via top-mounted LCD panel and Super Control Panel LCD monitor display for superior visibility
• High-precision, 49-zone metering system
• Easy activation of shooting functions via sample image selection
• Versatile bracketing functions for ISO, white balance, exposure, and flash
• Lightbox view with enlargement function for easy side-by-side comparison of images
• Indication of the level gauge in/on the viewfinder, Control panel, Rear LCD monitor

Additional information: All about the new Olympus E-30 digital SLR
November 5, 2008
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