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Olympus EVOLT E-300 DSLR Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 8.33 (out of 10)
"The Olympus E-300 / Olympus Evolt E-300 is the second digital SLR camera based on the FourThirds System. The Olympus E-300 / Olympus Evolt E-300 is an 8 megapixel DSLR that looks a little unusual - Olympus have replaced the traditional pentaprism with a TTL Optical Porro Finder, which uses a horizontal viewfinder with four mirrors instead of a prism and enables the camera to have a more compact flat profile. The Olympus E-300 / Olympus Evolt E-300 can be used with all of the existing E-system lenses, flashguns and accessories. It also offers built-in dust protection, often a problem for DSLR cameras, via its Supersonic Wave Filter. So is the Olympus E-300 / Olympus Evolt E-300 an attractive proposition in a sector of the market that is becoming increasingly more crowded? Read my review to find out."

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Digital Camera 9.50  10-01-05 Read Full Review
To sum up, I liked the E-300's light weight, fast operation, buttons in the right places, and quietness. I could carry it around all day without the slightest feeling of fatigue. Its LiIon battery kept going well beyond 500 shots, and the camera gave an adequate warning that allowed me to continue taking more pictures before I swapped the battery for a fresh one. The metering system performed well, color was right on, and images, when blown up, were as good or better than film-with an impressive dynamic range that gave good shadow detail without blowing out highlights.
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Megapixel 8.63  04-15-05 Read Full Review
The Olympus E-300 (also called the Evolt) has an unusual design for a reflex-type camera. It is part of the Four Thirds system, a system developed in part by Olympus and which makes use of a specially developed CCD with 4:3 proportions and a lens mount optimized for that ratio. Compared to the Olympus E-1, the first Four Thirds camera produced by Olympus, the E-300 is more compact, and offers a new 8-megapixel CCD. But, just like the E1, the E-300 is able to receive any Four Thirds compatible lens, and is sold as a kit with an Olympus Zuiko zoom 14 to 54 mm f3.5-5.6.
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Shutterbug 8.38  05-23-05 Read Full Review
Shortly after the professional Olympus E-1 was introduced in 2003, the company made a commitment to design a more affordable model as well. And Olympus delivered with the E-300 EVOLT for photo enthusiasts who don't want to spend over $1000 on their digital SLR. This camera employs a similar "Four Thirds" CCD sensor found in the E-1, but boasts much higher 8-megapixel (vs. 5-megapixel) resolution. In spite of the lower price, this is definitely not a stripped-down model. While it's missing a few E-1 capabilities, the E-300 EVOLT is a full-featured camera with a few extras such as pop-up flash and multiple Program modes with intelligent automation.
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Photoxels 8.17  05-26-05 Read Full Review
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.
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CNET Reviews 8.00  03-23-05 Read Full Review
The uniquely styled 8-megapixel Evolt E-300 from Olympus enters the expanding field of entry-level, sub-$1,000 digital SLR (dSLR) cameras. As with the more pro-oriented Olympus E-1, the E-300 conforms to the Four-Thirds standard for interchangeable-lens dSLRs, which in theory guarantees interoperability between cameras and lenses from any manufacturer that adopts it in the future. With the E-300 kit, Olympus starts you out with a 14mm-to-45mm, f/3.5-to-f/5.6 zoom lens (28mm-to-90mm in 35mm-equivalent terms), and the camera offers a satisfactory feature set, crisp performance, and good build quality for the price.
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DCViews 8.00  02-11-05 Read Full Review
Olympus will probably go down in history as the company who dared to be different by introducing a completely new camera standard at a time when the digital camera market was already starting to show signs of becoming overcrowded. The FourThirds system, which was introduced as early as 2002 as a co-development between Olympus, Fuji and Kodak, materialised in late 2003 as the 5-megapixel Olympus E-1. For more background information about the FourThirds system, reread our test of the E-1. This model, which Olympus classified as a professional camera at the time, has now been followed up by an affordable 'consumer-level' digital SLR, the Olympus Evolt E-300 (or simply E300 as it is called outside the U.S.). The new model features an 8.0 (effective) megapixel Kodak CCD with supersonic wave filter delivering a maximum image size of 3200 x 2400 pixels. It has many advanced features together with full automatic and manual control over exposure, white balance and flash, to name a few. Based on the FourThirds standard the E-300 SLR model is compatible with Olympus full range of Digital SLR-System accessories. And with shutter speeds from 1/4000 to 60 seconds and ISO settings from 100 to 1600 plus the option to shoot RAW and JPEG images simultaneously and TIFF, it could well have a promising future.
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Digital Camera Info 8.00  06-26-05 Read Full Review
The Olympus EVOLT E-300 is the first 8 megapixel digital SLR on the market to sell for under $900 (USD) with a lens included. The camera contains a unique Supersonic Wave Filter to remove dust from the sensor and is the second camera released by Olympus to follow the Four-Thirds standard for sensor dimensions and lens mount. Four-Thirds is a relatively new system of standardization that allows many different manufacturers (namely Kodak, Olympus, Fuji, Sigma, and Panasonic) to offer a selection of compatible Four-Thirds lenses to each other's SLR bodies. The E-300 body measures 5.8 x 3.3 x 2.5 inches and weighs just about 21 oz. without battery or media. Intrigued consumers can currently find the camera online with a 1445mm, f/3.5 -5.6 kit lens (equivalent to 28-90mm in 35mm format) or just the body alone for under $700.
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Photographic 8.00  03-23-05 Read Full Review
Olympus's new EVOLT E-300 is an 8-megapixel interchangeable-lens digital SLR that sells for under $1000 including a wide-to-tele zoom lens, making it just 2/3rd the cost of the next-lowest-priced 8-megapixel digital SLR. And that's just for starters. This sturdy camera also features good performance, a unique design, a Supersonic Wave Filter that automatically shakes dust off the image sensor every time you switch the camera on, and lots more.
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Photo Tidbits 7.88  05-04-05 Read Full Review
This is a detailed, technical review of the Olympus E-300, which became available in the U.S. on December 11, 2004. It is based on a final, retail version of that digital camera, bought at my own expense, with Version 1.0, 1.1, and 1.2 of the firmware (upgraded while the review was being refined). The E-300 (called Evolt in the U.S., why?) is the first affordable digital SLR from Olympus, following in the footsteps of the E-1 of last year, of which I hold a high opinion. Having owned both the E-10 and E-20 fixed-zoom SLRs and three high-end, non-SLR Olympus models, I grew to like the way in which Olympus designers make their compromises (if any camera maker says theirs don't make any, they are just lying).
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Spot Photo 7.63  01-20-05 Read Full Review
I really liked that Olympus E-300 / Evolt presents all most important options on the back of the body. Flash mode, ISO, white balance, picture quality, exposure compensation, focus mode and exposure mode selection all have their own buttons. Press it and then use thumbwheel to switch between options, very handy.
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Imaging-Resource 7.60  03-12-05 Read Full Review
(Updated 3/12/2005) - The Olympus EVOLT E-300 digital SLR is entering an increasingly crowded d-SLR market, with aggressive price and feature competition among a number of manufacturers. With an 8-megapixel sensor, rugged build quality, and several unique features though, it could offer a good choice for many users. Its combination of very extensive Scene modes with full-featured exposure and creative control could make it uniquely suited to situations where both novice and experienced shooters need to share the same camera.
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DPReview 7.05  01-10-05 Read Full Review
The E-300 ('EVOLT' in North America) became the second ever Four Thirds System digital SLR when it was announced by Olympus at Photokina this year. The camera features an eight megapixel Kodak 4/3 Type CCD sensor, a Four Thirds lens mount and an unusual Optical Porro Finder. The viewfinder uses four mirrors instead of a prism, its sideways swinging mirror lends to the camera's flat-top profile. Instead of the image from the lens being directed upwards to the viewfinder prism it is directed rightwards and then up to the viewfinder which is offset from the lens axis.
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DCResource 7.00  01-15-05 Read Full Review
Updated! The Olympus EVOLT E-300 (it's just called the E-300 outside of the U.S.) is the first consumer digital SLR to use the FourThirds system. The FourThirds system (co-developed by Olympus, Fuji, and Kodak) was first seen on the Olympus E-1, which was released in 2003. The E-300 takes man
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Mac World 7.00  04-22-05 Read Full Review
After several years of producing expensive, higher-end film SLRs, Olympus has finally entered the consumer digital SLR market with the first SLR that conforms to the 4/3 standard, a lens and image-sensor spec that has yet to be widely adopted. Priced at $999, the new Evolt E-300 competes directly with Canon's $999 EOS Digital Rebel XT and Nikon's $1,299 D70. While I'm glad to see Olympus finally entering this market, I'm a little disappointed that its first foray is a camera that falls more in the "catch-up" category than in the "setting-the-standard" category. Nevertheless, the E-300 delivers very good quality photos in a body that's comfortable to hold and easy to use.
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PC Magazine 7.00  02-17-05 Read Full Review
The Olympus Evolt E-300's flat top and elongated body make this camera look more like the Olympus Camedia C-8080 Wide Zoom, an enthusiast-type digital camera, than a digital SLR. Yet despite its unusual profile, the Evolt is a true single-lens reflex -- an SLR -- with an eye-level through-the-lens optical viewfinder and interchangeable lenses. And for less than $1,000 for body and starter lens, it's far and away the least expensive 8-megapixel D-SLR on the market. But while it's a very good camera, the image quality isn't quite what we'd hoped to see. Still, if $1,000 is your price ceiling, this is the best camera we've seen for the money, beating out the Canon EOS Digital Rebel.
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Quesabesde.com 7.00  12-15-04 Read Full Review
This review has been translated from Spanish to English by Google. The "automated" english translation makes it interesting, but still a good read. Although at a first moment digital market SLR was won by professional cameras - or with professional pretensions -, the usuary amateur of this type of machines has its small hollow nowadays. Olympus now bursts in into this market with the second machine of its system Four Thirds, the E-300, ready to put in consolidated hardships to the D70 and 300D of Nikon and Canon, respectively. Not in vain, megapĂ­xeles of resolution appears with 8 , a new system of reflection without pentaprisma, the impeccable mechanism of cleaning of the CCD of the house and a good arc of sensitivities ISO
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Pocket-Lint -----  05-02-05 Read Full Review
The E-300 is the second, Four Thirds D-SLR from Olympus and provides a value for money entry point into the world of the D-SLR, competing well on price in the now very competitive D-SLR market. It's somewhat chunky design will look odd to SLR novices (its main target market, so a tad worrisome if you ask me) but comes about because of the unique porro-mirror (rather than pentamirror) viewfinder set up. The reflex mirror flips sideways directing the light-path to the right (as opposed to upwards) to the very slightly gloomy-to-use viewfinder.
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