Olympus E-30 SLR Review

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Controls, Function, Record and Custom Menus



Olympus E30

Pressing the INFO button in capture mode displays the Super control panel, a screen full of settings and parameters currently in use, or the electronic level.

    All of these settings can be displayed on the top half of the Super control panel: Date, Shooting mode, Battery check, Flash charging, My Mode, Shutter Speed, Exposure Compensation, Exposure Level Indicator, Flash intensity, Multiple exposure, Super FP flash, Noise reduction, Auto bracket, RC mode, Image Stabilizer, AF illuminator, Internal temperature warning, Aperture value, Exposure compensation value and the exposure level.

    On the bottom, all of these settings can be accessed and changed via the OK button and 4-way controller: ISO sensitivity, Flash mode, Flash intensity control, Memory Card, White Balance, Sequential shooting/Remote Control/Self-Timer, AF mode/AF target, Record mode, Picture mode, Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, Gradation, B&W Filter, Picture Tone, Face Detection, Metering mode, Aspect Ratio and Number of storable pictures.




Olympus E30

You can hand select any or all of the 11 AF points within the AF area for your focus point.



Olympus E30

There are 5 different AF modes available on the E30: Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual Focus. Single and Continuous can also be combined with Manual Focus for the last two. Manual focus can also be set to the Fn button, allowing you press the Fn to quickly switch to manual focus.


Olympus E30

When the IS system is turned on, it has 3 settings. I.S. 1 is on, I.S. 2 only works vertically allowing you blur your image side to side, and I.S. 3 only works horizontally allowing you to blur your images vertically.




Olympus E30

ISO Sensitivity:

    Auto, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200



Olympus E30

White Balance Settings:

    Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Fluorescent 1,2,3, Lamp, Flash, Manual and Custom based on Kelvin temperature.


Olympus E30

EV compensation is adjusted on the top of this screen. It adjusts in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 1 EV, with a total range of �5 EV.




Olympus E30

When using the screen for shooting in Live View mode, you will have the option the display any of the above sets of info. Face detection mode and 10x zoom are also available for fine focus adjustments.




Olympus E30

This is your AF selection screen in Live View mode.


Record Menu Options


Olympus E30

Camera 1 menu options:


    Card Setup - All Erase or Format
    Custom Reset - When powered up the camera will be reset to one of two custom settings
    Picture Mode - Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom
    Gradation - Auto, High Key, Normal, Low Key
    Resolution - RAW, L SuperFine, L Fine, M Normal, S Normal, RAW+LSF/LF/MN/MS
    White Balance - Auto, Sunny, Cloudy, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent 1/2/3, WB Flash,
      One-Touch or Custom (2000-14000�K)
    ISO - Auto, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500 or 3200
    Noise Reduction - Auto, On or Off
    Noise Filter -Off, Low, Standard or High

Camera 2 menu options:

    Metering - Digital ESP or ESP+AF, Center-weighted average, Spot, Hi Spot (highlight control),
      SH Spot (shadow control)
    Flash RC Mode - On or Off
    Exposure Intensity Control �3EV with 1/3 EV steps
    Auto Focus Mode - Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual Focus, Single AF + MF, Continuous AF + MF
    Auto Focus Area - Auto Multi (all 11), Single, Dynamic Single
    Anti-Shock - Off, 1 sec to 30 sec
    Auto Exposure Bracketing - Off, 3 or 5 frames 0.3EV, 0.7EV, 1.0EV
    White Balance Bracketing - A-B: 3F 2,4,6 step; G-M: 3F 2,4,6 step
    Flash Bracketing - 3F 0.3, 0.7, 1.0EV
    ISO Bracketing - 3F 0.3, 0.7, 1.0EV
    Multiple Exposure - Off, 2,3,4 Frames; Auto Gain on or off, Overlay on or off



Custom Settings


Olympus E30

Custom menu options:

    (A) AF/MF - AF Illuminator, Focus ring,C-AF Lock, AF Area Pointer, AF Sensitivity, ... set up,
      Reset Lens, Live View AF mode
    (B) Button/Dial - Dial Function, Dial Direction, AEL/AFL, AEL/AFL Memo, Fn, My Mode Setup,
      Button Timer, AEL/AFL=Fn, 4-way control function
    (C) Release/Drive - RLS Priority S, RLS Priority C, Low Frames Per Second
    (D) DISP/Sounds/PC - Sound, Sleep, Backlit LCD, 4 h Timer, USB Mode, Live View Boost,
      LV Frame Rate, Face Detection, INFO Setting, Level Gauge
    (E) EXP/Metering/ISO - EV Step, ISO Step, ISO-Auto Set, ISO-Auto, AELMetering, Bulb Timer,
    (F) Flash Custom - X-Sync., Slow Limit, Flash/EV Compensation, Auto Pop Up
    (G) Resolution/Aspect/Color/WB - All WB, Color Space, Shading Comp., Set Resolution and
      Compression, Pixel Count, Image Aspect, Aspect Shooting
    (H) Record/Erase - Quick Erase, RAW+JPEG Erase, File Name, Priority Setting, dpi Setting
    (I) Camera Utility - Cleaning Mode, EXT. WB Detect, AF Focus ADJ., Exposure Shift, Battery Type,
      Battery Warning Level, Level Adjust


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