Jun 26, 2005

Olympus EVOLT E-300 Review

The Olympus E-300, also known as the Olympus EVOLT is the latest entry in a line of digital SLRs based on the "Four Thirds" standard developed jointly by Olympus and Kodak, first announced in fall of 2002. The first Four Thirds camera was the Olympus E-1 SLR, aimed at the professional market, but the new Olympus E-300 brings the Four Thirds system down to a price range accessible to amateur and "enthusiast" shooters. The E-300 uses the same lenses and sensor format as the original E-1, but offers an impressive 8-megapixel resolution, and will ship with a new ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-45mm lens. 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.

Olympus EVOLT E-300

Today, DigitalCameraInfo.com posted their review of the E-300. They weren't overjoyed with it however. Here is one of their less damning quotes-
"In the end, the Olympus EVOLT E-300 is certainly inferior to the Canon Rebel XT and Nikon D70s in most regards; however, the E-300’s solid construct and affordable price makes a place for it in the sub-$1,000 D-SLR market. Also, the camera’s Supersonic Wave Filter offers more than a glimmer of hope that DSLRs can handle dust better than they do right now. The Olympus optical system has also traditionally been as good as you could get and in the future, it could potentially reestablish itself among the industry leaders. In sum, the strongest attributes of the EVOLT E-300 do not create a strong case for purchasing the camera; however, they should encourage consumers to take a close look at Olympus’s next DSLR."

Check out the entire Olympus EVOLT E-300 review here.