Olympus E-300 EVOLT Brief Review


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  • 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: 2005-01-14
  • Final Grade: 0 0.0 Star Rating: Recommended

Olympus E-300 EVOLT
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
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

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.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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