Olympus will add a new Four Thirds System DSLR camera to its line-up early next year, filling the gap between its E-3 and E-520 models.


November 5, 2008: Olympus will add a new Four Thirds System DSLR camera to its line-up early next year, filling the gap between its E-3 and E-520 models.
Designed for photo enthusiasts and high-end amateur photographers, the new E-30 model is the first in a series of ‘double-digit’ cameras that will offer a step-up from the ‘three-digit’ entry-level models and the professional ‘single-digit’ camera. The focus of the new model is on creativity and it will come with a suite of Art Filters that allow users to add a variety of ‘special effects’ to JPEG images captured by the new camera. The following six Art Filters are offered:
Pop Art ““ Intensifies colours and creates strong, vibrant images.
Soft Focus ““ Softens subject detail, providing a classic, soft filter look
Pale Light & Colour ““ Utilises a muted colour palette to create a light image feel
Light Tone ““ Subdues highlights and shadows to create the appearance of soft lighting
Grainy Film ““ Recreates the rich, grainy look and tonality of high contrast black & white film photography
Pin Hole ““ Reproduces the peripheral vignetting and unique colour tone of photos taken with a toy camera.


Front view of the new Olympus E-30.
The E-30 features a new LiveMOS sensor with 12.3 megapixels effective resolution. It also introduces a new TruePic III+ image processor that supports burst speeds of up to five frames/second. Features-wise, the new model sits between the E-3 and E-520. It has the same top panel LCD status display as the E-3 and the same image stabilisation system (which works with all lenses and provides three levels of stabilisation plus up to 5 f-stops advantage over unstabilised cameras ). The E-30 also has the same 11-point AF system as the E-3 – with full twin cross sensors. The system is 50% more sensitive than the sensor in the entry-level models with a range of -2Ev to +19EV over all points.

Both ORF.RAW and JPEG file formats are supported in the E-30, along with simultaneous RAW+JPEG recording. Raw files are losslessly compressed by 65%. The new camera also supports the standard full auto, P, A, S and M shooting modes and adds 11 Scene presets plus five Creative modes. The camera can also identify newer lenses and set AF points accordingly. Details of up to 20 lenses can be stored in the camera. Fine-tuning of exposure levels is available in 1/6EV steps across +/- 1EV in all shooting modes, in addition to the standard exposure compensation range.
The tilting/swivelling LCD monitor is the same 2.7-inch screen as in the E-520 and offers 230,000 pixel resolution plus a wide viewing angle. Live View shooting capabilities are also essentially the same as the E-520, with the addition of a new Live View Perfect Shot preview function that provides 4-in-1 screen previews of exposure compensation settings. Users can zoom in on displayed shots up to 10 times to check focus and depth-of-field. Face Detection for up to eight human faces is also available in Live View mode as well as in playback zoom. A new multi-exposure mode enables users to composite up to three images in Live View mode (including raw shots).


The dual-axis variable-angle HyperCrystal II LCD monitor provides great shooting flexibility.
The viewfinder provides 98% field-of-view coverage plus 1.02x magnification. It includes an all glass prism but is 50% lighter than the E-3’s finder. A new Level Gauge in the finder provides pitch and yaw information in the viewfinder, Live View display and top LCD, allowing users to ensure horizons are level in all shots. Like other E-series DSLRs , the E-30 supports multi-aspect recording. However, the new model offers more options than its predecessors. As well as the standard 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 formats, users can select 6:6, 4:5, 6:7 and 6:5 aspect ratios and the selected aspect crop is shown in Live View, although not in the viewfinder.
The E-30 accepts the same battery grip as the E-3, allowing users to shoot with AA alkaline or NiMH batteries. Released concurrently with the new camera is the Zuiko Digital 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 II lens, which has multi-coated optics and a circular aperture and supports new Live View AF capability. Covering a focal length range equivalent to 28-108mm in 35mm format, it offers close focusing to 22 cm throughout the zoom range. This lens will be offered with the new camera body when it is released in January. Splash- and dust-proof sealing is provided, enabling the lens to withstand hard professional use.


The new Zuiko Digital 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 II zoom lens.

Pricing and actual release dates for the E-30 and lens have still to be finalised. For more information, visit www.olympus.com.au.



Product type

Single-lens reflex Live View digital camera with interchangeable lens system


CompactFlash Type I/II (UDMA), Microdrive, xD-Picture Card (Dual-Slot)
Number of recordable pictures

Screen size

17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V)

Lens mount

Four Thirds mount

No. of effective pixels

12.3 megapixels

Product type

4/3″ High-Speed Live MOS Sensor

Total no. of pixels

Approx. 13,100,000 pixels

Aspect ratio

1.33 (4:3)

Dust Reduction System

Supersonic Wave Filter (dust reduction system for image sensor)

Recording format

DCF, DPOF compatible / Exif, PRINT Image Matching III

File format

RAW (12-bit lossless compression), JPEG, JPEG+RAW

Recording image size

[RAW] 4032 x 3024 pixels
[JPEG] 4032 x 3024 pixels – 640 x 480 pixels


Eye-level single-lens reflex viewfinder

Field of view

Approx. 98%

Viewfinder magnification

Approx. 1.02x (-1m-1, 50mm lens, infinity)

Eye point

Approx. 24.2mm (-1m-1)

Diopter adjustment range

-3.0 – +1.0m-1

Focusing screen

Fixed, Neo Lumi-Micro Mat screen
(Interchangeable; FS-3 Focusing Screen is available at an Olympus authorised service centre.)

Eyepiece shutter

EPC-1 Eyepiece Cover (included)

Live View

Live MOS Sensor, 100% field of view, Exposure compensation pre-view, White balance adjustment preview, Gradation auto preview, Face detection preview,Perfect shot preview, MF/S-AF possible, 5x/7x/10x magnification possible*1


Grid line, AF frame, AF point, Shooting information, Histogram, IS mode

Optical preview (viewfinder)

Available with preview button

Live preview

Available (when registered to Fn button)


Built-in (Imager sensor shift type image stabilization)


3 modes (I.S.1, I.S.2, I.S.3)

Focal length setting


Effective compensation range

Max. approx. 5 EV steps (depends on the lens type and shooting conditions)

Product type

HyperCrystal II LCD (semi-transmissive TFT colour LCD)


2.7 inches, Approx. 230,000 dots

Playback field of view


Brightness control

15 levels

Colour temperature control

15 levels

AF system

TTL phase-difference detection AF, High-speed imager AF

Focus mode

Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus (MF) / S-AF + MF / C-AF + MF
(C-AF/C-AF+MF not available with the High-speed Imager AF)

Focusing point

11-points-full twin cross sensor (TTL phase-difference detection), 11 areas

Focusing point selection

All target, Dynamic-single target, Single target (TTL phase-difference AF) / Single, All, Face Detection (High-Speed Imager AF)

AF luminance range
(TTL phase-difference AF)

EV -2 – 19 (at 20 °C, ISO 100)

AF illuminator
(TTL phase-difference AF)

Built-in flash (flash-off mode and extern flash available)

AF lock

Locked at first position of Shutter button in Single AF mode / AFL button (customizable)
(AF lock available with AFL button on Live View)

Focus tracking
(TTL phase-difference AF)

Interlocked with Continuous AF mode

Focus aid


AF fine adjust

±20 steps (settings for up to 20 lenses can be registered)

Metering system (TTL open-aperture metering system)

(1) Digital ESP metering (49-point multi pattern metering)
(2) Centre weighted average metering
(3) Spot metering
(4) Spot with Highlight control
(5) Spot with Shadow control

Metering range

EV 1 – 20 (at normal temperature, 50mm f2, ISO 100)

Exposure mode

(1) AUTO
(2) P: Programme AE (Programme shift can be performed)
(3) A: Aperture priority AE
(4) S: Shutter priority AE
(5) M: Manual
(6) Scene programme AE
(7) Scene select AE

Scene program AE

Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sport, Night+Portrait, Children, High Key, Low Key, Digital Image Stabilization, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Documents, Panorama (available with the Olympus xD-Picture Card), Fireworks, Beach & Snow

ISO sensitivity

Auto / Manual (ISO 100 – 3200) (selectable in 1/3 or 1 EV steps)

Exposure compensation

±5 EV (selectable in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)

AE lock

Locked at first position of Shutter button / AEL button (customizable)

Exposure bracketing

3 or 5 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV steps selectable

ISO bracketing

3 frames in 0.3, 0.7, 1 EV steps selectable

Exposure reference adjust

±1 EV range selectable in 1/6 EV steps

Auto white balance

Hybrid detection system with High-Speed Live MOS Sensor and dedicated external sensor

Preset white balance

8 settings (3000K – 7500K)

One-touch white balance

1 setting can be registered

Custom white balance

1 setting can be registered at Kelvin temperature (2000K – 14000K)

White balance compensation

±7 steps in each A-B / G-M axis (in Auto/Preset/One-touch WB mode)

White balance bracketing

3 frames in 2/4/6 steps selectable in each A-B / G-M axis

Colour matrix

sRGB, Adobe RGB


Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom (default setting: Natural)

Adjustment parameter

Contrast and Sharpness level available in 5 steps for each mode /Saturation level available in 5 steps for Vivid, Natural, Muted or Portrait /Gradation level available in 4 steps for Custom

Filter effect

Yellow, Orange, Red or Green filter available for Monotone

Picture tone

Sepia, Blue, Purple or Green tone available for Monotone


4 settings (Auto, High key, Normal, Low key) available

Product type

Computerized focal-plane shutter

Shutter speed

AUTO mode: 2 – 1/8000 sec., P(Ps)/A/S/M mode: 60 – 1/8000 sec. (Bulb: available)
(selectable in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)


Operation time: 12 sec., 2 sec. (cancel available)

Remote cable release

Available with optional RM-UC1 Remote Cable (bulb control also available)

Remote control

Available with optional RM-1 Remote Control (bulb control also available)

Anti shock mode

Available (selectable from 1 to 30 sec.)

Drive mode

Single-frame shooting, Sequential shooting, Self-timer, Remote control

Sequential shooting speed

H mode: Approx. 5 frames/sec., L mode: 1 to 4 frames/sec. selectable

Flash control mode

TTL Auto (TTL pre-flash mode), Auto, Manual

Built-in flash

Retractable flash (auto pop-up type), GN=18 (ISO200), GN=13 (ISO100)

Flash mode

Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync. (1st curtain), Fill-in, Slow sync. (1st curtain), Slow sync. (2nd curtain), Manual (Full, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Off

Synchronization speed

1/250 sec. or less (Super FP: 1/125 – 1/8000 sec.)

Flash intensity control

Up to ±3 EV in 0.3, 0.5 or 1 EV steps selectable

Flash bracketing

3 frames in 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 EV steps selectable

Compatible external flash

FL-50R, FL-36R

Control method

Triggered and controlled by built-in flash light (Olympus Wireless RC Flash system compatible)

Flash control mode

TTL Auto, Auto, Manual, FP TTL Auto, FP Manual

Number of channel

4 channels

Number of group

3 groups


Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Colour, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole

Number of frames

Up to 4 frames

Multi-exposure function

Auto gain control, Live View, Playback (RAW) + Multi-exposure

Aspect ratio

4:3, 3:2, 16:9, 6:6, 5:4, 7:6, 6:5, 7:5, 3:4




Rear LCD monitor, Viewfinder, Control panel

Playback modes

Single-frame, Index (4/9/16/25/49/100 frames), Calendar, Close-up (2 – 14x), Slideshow, Picture rotation (auto mode available), Light box

Information display

Histogram (independent luminance/RGB available), Highlight/Shadow point warning, AF frame, Photographic information, Off

My mode

2 settings can be registered


2 settings can be registered

Erasing function

Single frame, all frames, selected frames (with protect function)

Copy between media

Single frame, all frames, selected frames

RAW picture editing

RAW development

JPEG editing

Gradation auto, Monotone, Sepia, Red-eye fix, Saturation, Resize, Trimming, Aspect

Picture composition

Up to 4 frames, Gain compensation available (0.1 – 2.0)

Print function

Print reservation (DPOF), Direct print (PictBridge compatible)

PC interface

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed for storage and camera control

USB/Video connector

Dedicated multi-connector (Video: NTSC/PAL selectable, optional RM-UC1 Remote Cable available)

Flash attachment

Hot shoe, External flash connector (x attachment)


DC-input (optional AC-1)


BLM-1 Li-ion Battery (included)

Sleep mode

Available (after 1, 3, 5, 10 min. selectable)

Power Battery Holder

Optional HLD-4 available


141.5 mm (W) x 107.5 mm (H) x 75 mm (D) (excluding protrusions)


Approx. 655 g (body only)