Camera News
by Brad Soo on November 5 2008

Olympus announced a new digital SLR today, the E30 which is placed a notch below their flagship E3 SLR.

Olympus E30
Olympus E30

  • 12.3 effective megapixels (LiveMOS sensor)
  • Four Thirds system lens mount (2x crop factor)
  • Sensor shift image stabilization
  • SuperSonic Wave Filter dust removal
  • 2.7 inch HyperCrystal II rotating LCD
  • New TruePic III PLUS imaging processor
  • Full manual controls with RAW mode and hotshoe
  • Built-in wireless externalflash control
  • 11 point AF (Same as E3)
  • New Art Filters photo effects
  • Large optical viewfinder with 98% coverage and 1.02X magnification
  • Live view; with contrast detect AF (no mirror flipping) and face detection
  • Multiple Exposure mode combines (superimposes) up to 4 photos together
  • 9 different photo aspect ratios to select from
  • 5 FPS burst mode up till 12 RAW or unlimited JPEG photos
  • Dual memory card slots: CF card (Type I and II) and xD-Picture card
  • Uses BLM-1 lithium-ion battery; takes up to 650 shots (CIPA Standard, live view off)
  • Available in January 2009 for $1300 (body only)

Olympus also announced a redesigned lens today. The new Zuiko Digital 14-54 mm f2.8-3.5 version II lens now comes with circular aperture and support for contrast detect AF on the latest Four Thirds digital SLR cameras. It will be available for $600 in January 2009.

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