Digital SLRs: Olympus E-300 / Evolt E-300
Olympus E-300 / Evolt E-300
Olympus E-300 / Evolt E-300The 8 million pixel Olympus E-300 digital SLR has a lean and unconventional form, as a result of replacing the penta prism by a TTL Optical Porro Finder. It combines full SLR performance, perfect handling and a reasonable price.

Based on the FourThirds Standard, this compact SLR model is compatible with the complete range of Digital SLR-System accessories, including the high-precision lenses. The optics feature near telecentric construction to draw maximum performance from the camera's Full Frame Transfer CCD. It incorporates a Supersonic Wave Filter that ensures dust and other foreign particles do not interfere with the function of the CCD.

The TruePic TURBO image processor further boosts picture quality and the processing speed.

The Olympus E-300 comes in a kit with a 14-45mm ZUIKO DIGITAL lens.

Compatible lens ZUIKO Digital, FourThirds System lens
Lens mount FourThirds mount
   Chassis Aluminium die-casting
   Outer shell Top cover: aluminium
Other: plastic
Media Compact Flash card (Type I and II), Microdrive
Effective pixel number 8 million pixels
Image size 17.3mm x 13.0mm
Image sensor
   Type 4/3 type Full Frame Transfer CCD solid-state image sensor
   Total pixel number 8.89 million pixels
   Aspect ratio 4:3
   Filter array Primary colour filter (RGB).
   LPF Fixed type
   Dust protect filter Supersonic Wave Filter
   Type Eye-level TTL Optical Porro Finder
   Field of view Approx. 94%
Magnification Approx. 1.0x with a 50mm lens set to infinity at -1 diopters
   Eye point 20mm at -1 dioptres
   Diopter adjustment Built-in type -3.0 to + 1.0 dioptres
   Focusing screen Fixed type (Neo Lumicron Mat Screen)
   Mirror Side swing quick return mirror
Viewfinder information AF point (super impose), AF frame, AE lock, AF confirmation, metering mode, exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture value, white balance, exposure compensation value, flash, battery level indicator, record mode, number of storable still pictures.
   Depth of field preview Yes (customised OK button)
   Eye cup Interchangeable type EP-3 supplied
   Eye piece shutter Eye piece cap supplied
   Type TTL Phase difference detection system
   Focus modes Single AF, continuous AF and manual focus
Detection range EV 0 to 19 (ISO 100)
   Focus areas 3 points
   Focus area selection Automatic and manual selection
   AF assist lamp Built-in flash, optional Olympus dedicated flashes
AF lock Locked by first position of shutter release button
   Focus tracking Available in continuous AF mode
   Focus aid Available
Manual focus Available by rotating focus ring, manual focus operation in AF mode (customised)
Exposure control
  &nbspLight metering system; TTL open aperture light metering with 3-zone multi-pattern sensing system
Light metering modes Digital ESP, centre-weighted average and spot (about 2%)
Detection range Digital ESP, centre-weighted average: EV 2 to 20 and spot EV 3 to 17 (50mm f2, ISO 100)
Exposure modes Programme with programme shift, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
   Scene Programmes Portrait, Macro, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports
   Scene select Portrait, Macro, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Landscape with Portrait, Night Scene with Portrait, Fireworks, Sunset, High Key, Document, Museum, Beach & Snow, Candle
   Exposure compensation Up to +/- 5 EV in each 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
AE lock Locked by first position of shutter release or AEL button (customised)
   Exposure bracketing 3 frames in +/- 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps (selectable)
   Auto ISO 100 to 400
   Manual ISO 100/200/400. Expandable to 800/1600.
   Type Electronically controlled focal plane shutter
Shutter speed P, Ps: 1 - 1/4000;
A,S: 30 - 1/4000;
M: 1/4000 - 30 sec and
bulb (up to 8 min.)
Scene Programme and Scene Select 4 - 1/4000 (depends on selected mode)
   X-synch speed X = 1/180 sec.
Super FP up to 1/4000 sec.
   Shutter release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
   Self-timer 12 or 2 sec.
Drive system
   Drive modes Single and sequential shooting
   Sequential shooting speed Approx. 2.5 fps
   Max. frame number on 
   sequential shooting
RAW/TIFF 4 frames,
JPEG (depends on compression ratio and pixel number)
White balance system
   Auto WB system Advanced detection system with CCD imager
   Preset WB 8 type (3000k -7500k)
Custom mode 1 custom settings by one-touch WB
   WB compensation Up to +/-7 steps for both auto and preset settings.
2000-6000K; 100K step,
6000-8000K; 200K step,
8000-10000K; 500K step.
   WB bracketing 3 frames with 2,4,6 steps
   Image processing TruePic TURBO
   Colour space sRGB/Adobe RGB.
   Colour saturation 5 levels
   Sharpness 5 levels
   Contrast 5 levels
   Monotone Black and white mode, sepia mode
   Graduation 3 levels (high key, normal, low key)
Built-in flash
   Type Slide pop-up type, TTL auto
Synchronisation modes Auto, red-eye reduction, slow syncro, 2nd curtain slow syncro, fill-in, manual
Guide number Approx. 13
External flash control
   Type TTL auto FP/TTL auto for Olympus dedicated flash, auto or manual
Synchronisation modes Auto, red-eye reduction, slow synchro, 2nd curtain slow synchro, fill-in for exclusive flash
   Intensity control Up to +/- 2 EV in each 1, 1/2 or 1/3 EV step for exclusive flash
Multi-flash control Yes (control built-in and external flash independently with FL-36)
Control panel
Control panel information Metering mode, exposure mode, aperture value, shutter speed, exposure level indicator, exposure compensation value, exposure compensation indicator, AE bracket, image quality adjustment, ISO, colour space, monotone, hi/lo key, colour saturation compensation value, sharpness compensation value, white balance, white balance bracket, noise reduction mode, AE lock, flash mode, flash compensation value, focus mode, AF frame, drive mode, record mode, number of storable still pictures, number of storable pictures, battery check.
Playback monitor
   Type Hyper crystal LCD panel
   Size 1.8 inch/4.6cm
   Pixel number 134,000 pixels
   Field of view Approx. 100%
   Brightness control +/- 7 steps
Playback functions
Display mode Single, zoom (2 - 10x), index (4,9,16 frames), slide show, rotation
   Information Histogram, high light point warning, AF frame, exposure mode, metering mode, shutter speed, f-stop, compensation level, ISO, colour space, white balance mode, focal length, focus area, file type, contrast level, sharpness level
Erase/protect function
   Erase modes Single, all
Image protect mode Single
Recording system
   Type of recording format DCF, DPOF compatible, EXIF2.2 compatible, PRINT Image Matching II compatible
   Type of file format JPEG, TIFF (RGB 8 bit), RAW (12 bit)
   RAW+JPEG recording Yes
Images sizes 3264 x 2448
3200 x 2400
2560 x 1920
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960 
1024 x 768
Image Editing
   RAW development Yes
   JPEG editing Yes (monotone, resize)
PictBridge Yes
   Category Shooting menu 1, shooting menu 2, playback menu, custom menu, setup menu
Languages English (default), German, Spanish, French. Optionally, one language can be downloaded via internet.
   PC interface USB: mini B (storage, camera control)
   Video signal output NTSC or PAL selectable
    Synchro socket Hot shoe
   Remote control Wireless by RM-1 or RM-2 / wired by RM-CB1 with HLD-3
   DC in DC in jack (optional AC adapter AC-1)
Power supply
   Battery Rechargeable Li-Ion battery pack BLM-1
   AC adapter Optional AC adapter
   Dimensions 146.5 x 85 x 64mm
   Weight Approx. 580g (without batteries and CF card or cap)
   Battery check Automatic check
Sleep mode Yes (1,3,5,10 min. selectable)
   Date/time saving Approx. 5 months using built-in-battery
   Temperature Operating range: 0°C to 40°C. Storage range: -20°C to 60°C.
   Humidity Operating range: 30 to 90%. Storage range: 10% to 90%.
Box contents E-300 body, USB cable, video cable, Li-Ion battery pack (BLM-1), Li-Ion battery charger (BCM-2), shoulder strap, Olympus Master CD-ROM, instruction manuals, warranty card.

source: Olympus

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