View Full Version : Seeking Feedback From E-30 Users

Jerry M
11-03-2009, 03:00 PM
Can anyone with experience with the E-30 give some feedback with their experience with this camera.
I am especially interested with your experience with the speed of focus in low light and what lenses your using.
What is the highest ISO you are using in low light?
How does the camera perform in incandecent light?
Any insight is welcome.

11-03-2009, 03:05 PM
I'm not sure you'll get a lot of responses to that question here, as there aren't a lot of Olympus uses. You could try www.fourthirdsphoto.com

Jerry M
11-03-2009, 04:01 PM
Thanks for the tip, I didn't know that existed.
Funny thing though, when I tried to search the forum I couldn't get past the image verification. I must have tried 12 times. Seemed like there may have been a lot of information, but the site wasn't very co-operative.

11-03-2009, 06:28 PM
I don't have an E-30, but the E-620 is supposed to have the same sensor and image processing. I always keep my ISO as low as I can, but I'd go up to 2000 before I never find it acceptable. Sometimes I go higher but usually am not thrilled with the results. There's no easily defined cutoff between good and bad, 800 is usually acceptable, but sometimes I think only 200 is good enough. It depends on what you are doing.

My E-620 does well in incandescent light when set to Auto WB, I think the E-30 is the same. You can easily set up one-touch white balance and use a white card (I did this too), or you can use the "tungsten" preset, or you can use liveview and dial in your own white balance. Lots of ways.

Can't say about focusing 'cause I don't have one.

The 14-54mm II lens seems natural and is an all around good choice. What do you want photograph?

Jerry M
11-05-2009, 05:28 AM
I use my e-410 mostly for family occasions (typically indoor) and for use on vacations.

Thanks for the input.

11-05-2009, 12:57 PM
Hi -

My experience with the E30 has been very, very good. I've been a decades-long Olympus user (first OM-1 in 1973!) and I use the E30 primarily with the outstanding 12-60 lens.

If you let the camera do its thing, it scales very nicely up to ISO 1000, which while a tad grainy remains eminently usable.

The following were taken during a recent birthday outing: All hand-held, ISO between 200 and 1000, exposure varying between 180th and 1/5th sec, 12-60 lens, usually f2.8...



These two were taken in virtually no light and with very slow shutter speeds:



Here the ISO dropped to 200 and higher shutter speeds came into play...



Let these be a simple indication that you can indeed get some rather nice results under less than optimum conditions...


PS: the E30+12-60 is extraordinarily well matched and has slam-dunk extremely fast autofocus...