Olympus E-300 SLR Review

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Olympus Evolt E300 Digital SLR

Flash, I/O, Storage & Power

The Evolt's manual popup flash slides forward as it opens to provide an adequate angle of illumination and maintain a low profile when closed. In addition, because the flash slides to the front of the camera body, it offers broad, even flash coverage without the shadow vignette from the lens when shooting close up.

This is a TTL-controlled flash with modes for Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchro (1st curtain or 2nd curtain selectable) and Fill-in. The X-synch speed is 1/180 sec. or less (FP 1/30 - 1/4000 sec.) and up to 1/4000 sec. with "Super FP" flashes. The flash output is controllable ±2 EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps.

The Olympus FL-20, FL-36 or FL-50 external flash units can be attached to the Evolt's hot shoe and offer full TTL flash control. The FL-20 and FL-36 may be used in tandem with the built in flash.

Olympus Camedia FL-50

Designed specifically for use with digital cameras, the Olympus FL-36 rounds out the comprehensive lineup of "designed for digital" accessories for the E-System Digital SLR cameras and other prosumer models from Olympus. The FL-36 flash offers the robust and full-featured functionality of the larger FL-50 combined with cost effectiveness.

The FL-36 Electronic Flash is specifically designed for digital with an accurate 1/8 step illumination control to provide the precision required by digital cameras, while minimizing illumination reduction. The built-in wide-angle diffuser panel will allow the flash to provide even illumination with wide angle lenses like the new Zuiko Digital 14mm-45mm zoom. The inclusion of a lockable bounce and swivel mechanism offers a variety of bounce photography options including left-right, as well as top-bottom in addition to a compact zoom head to accommodate lenses from wide angle to telephoto.

Olympus Camedia FL-50

The FL-36 also features a newly designed energy circuit that improves recharge rates and enables the flash to operate on just two AA batteries or one CR-3 Volt lithium. In addition, the FL-36 incorporates an ultra-precision mounting technology communicating with the E-1 and E-300 for control. The FL-36 is compact, lightweight and extremely portable, and is approximately 25% shorter and 35% lighter than the larger FL-50 flash, a significant space and weight savings.

The FL-36 Flash Compact achieves higher guide numbers than comparable SLR film cameras even while maintaining wide-angle light distribution. The Guide Number is 117 feet (36 meters) at ISO 100. You'll notice the difference when using it in combination with a wide-angle lens on the EVOLT. Accurate, 1/8-step illumination control provides the precision required by digital cameras, while minimizing illumination reduction near the screen.

The FL 36 features the FP mode for syncro at shutter speeds up to 1/4000 sec. In both FP- TTL Auto and FP-Manual modes. Standard TTL-Auto, Auto and Manual flash modes are also available.

Olympus Evolt E300 Digital SLR

The Evolt E300 features camera to PC communication with a USB 1.1 port.

Images can be viewed on an external monitor via the Video Out port, the signal is selectable for NTSC or PAL format.

The DC IN jack on the bottom is for the optional AC-1 power adapter.

Olympus Evolt E300 Digital SLR

Images are stored on CompactFlash cards, Type I or II and Microdrives. The E300 is FAT and FAT-32 compatible so it can use Microdrives and cards with more than 2GB of capacity.

Approximate File Sizes

RAW 13.5 MB 3264 x 2448 -
TIFF 23.3 MB 3264 x 2448 -
SHQ 6.1 MB 3264 x 2448 1/2.7
HQ 4.3 MB 3264 x 2448 1/4
HQ 1.9 MB 3264 x 2448 1/8
SQ 5.9 MB 3200 x 2400 1/2.7
SQ 4.1 MB 3200 x 2400 1/4
SQ 1.9 MB 3200 x 2400 1/8
SQ 4.0 MB 2560 x 1920 1/2.7
SQ 2.4 MB 2560 x 1920 1/4
SQ 1.2 MB 2560 x 1920 1/8
SQ 1.4 MB 1600 x 1200 1/2.7
SQ 0.9 MB 1600 x 1200 1/4
SQ 0.5 MB 1600 x 1200 1/8
SQ 0.9 MB 1280 x 960 1/2.7
SQ 0.6 MB 1280 x 960 1/4
SQ 0.3 MB 1280 x 960 1/8
SQ 0.6 MB 1024 x 768 1/2.7
SQ 0.4 MB 1024 x 768 1/4
SQ 0.2 MB 1024 x 768 1/8
SQ 0.2 MB 640 x 480 1/2.7
SQ 0.2 MB 640 x 480 1/4
SQ 0.1 MB 640 x 480 1/8

Olympus Evolt E300 Digital SLR

The Evolt E300 is powered by a BLM-1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack that fits up inside of the hand grip. This is a 7.2v approx. 1500mAh high capacity battery and is used in several other Olympus cameras (E-1, C-8080WZ, C-5060WZ). The charge time is approx. 2 hours in the supplied BCM-2 charger.

Olympus Evolt E300 Digital SLR

The EVOLT can accommodate the HLD-3 Battery Holder that holds one or two BLM-1 Li-Ion batteries. With two batteries, the EVOLT can capture almost double the number of images possible with only one battery. The HLD-3 has a shutter release button located at its base to enable vertical shooting, a remote socket for use with the RM-CB1 Cable Release, and a standard tripod socket.

The HLD-3 is easily attached to the Evolt E300 by removing the battery door and BLM-1 battery pack and then tightening it up to the tripod socket. The HLD-3 has another tripod socket on its base so you don't lose that functionality. The Evolt E300's battery door is held safely on the top of the HLD-3 so it doesn't get lost.

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