The new DSLR camera from Olympus is designed for the experienced SLR enthusiasts as well as first time DSLR users with its Art Filters for creative photography.
Click to enlarge
The camera features a live pre-viewable Art Filters and convenient multi-exposure capability with image overlay and non-linear multi-exposure compositing for creative photography, a high-speed sensor-based autofocus for responsive Live View AF shooting, nine aspect ratios, dual axis, variable-angle 2.7 inch HyperCrystal II LCD monitor, a 12.3-megapixel high speed Live MOS sensor, new TruePic III+ image processing engine, built in image stabilization, 5 five frames per second (fps) continuous shooting, 1/8000 sec. maximum shutter speed, and 1/250th flash synchronization speed.
According to Olympus, the “Art Filter” shooting mode in the E-30 provides real-time digital simulation of traditional film processing or optical filter effects that can be previewed in Live View, providing the photographer with a powerful tool for creative expression. The set of six “Art Filters” consist of a colour intensifying filter, a grainy black and white film filter, two filters that simulate soft lighting effects, a soft focus filter, and a pinhole camera effect filter.
The E-30’s intuitive multi-exposure function simplifies multi-exposure photography by providing an overlay of a previous image onto a live preview of the current scene. A separate non-linear compositing function enables the photographer to combine previously captured raw pictures in playback review mode, providing the photographer with the flexibility to create multi-exposures of scenes that can be far separated in time and location, without the use of a computer and time-intensive editing software.
The E-30 offers a choice of nine aspect ratios for image capture, including the popular wide-screen 16:9 and medium-format film 6:6 ratio formats. Live View photography with the High-Speed Imager AF enables auto-focusing with compact digital camera ease. The versatile flip-out variable-angle LCD screen makes both horizontal and vertically oriented Live View shooting easy displaying the live scene in the format chosen.
A new digital level-gauge provides real-time display of camera pitch and roll, displaying information in the optical viewfinder, on the LCD screen in the Live View mode and on the top LCD display.
Pricing and Availability
The E-30 is scheduled for release in Australia in January 2009 with pricing to be announced at a later date.