Olympus E-30 SLR Review

Camera Features:
Flash, Viewfinder and Metering

Built in Pop-up Flash

The built-in retractable TTL popup flash unit is easy to operate, just press the release button (the lightening bolt icon on the side of the flash) when the flash is required - the flash does not pop up automatically. It has a Guide number of 13 (100/m) or 18 @ ISO200. Flash modes available are Auto, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction slow sync., Slow sync at 1st curtain, Slow sync at 2nd curtain, Fill-in, Manual (1/4, 1/16, 1/64), Off..

External Flashes

PENTAX AF200FG auto flash unit

Olympus FL-36

Designed specifically for use with digital cameras, 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.

PENTAX AF200FG auto flash unit

The FL-36 also features an 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, E-300 and E-500 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 . 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 E30

The E30 uses and Eye-Level single-lens reflex viewfinder with 1.02X magnification and 98% field of view. The viewfinder has a diopter adjustment of -3.0 - +1m-1 and optical preview via the preview button. Around the viewfinder is a soft rubber eyepiece (Eyecup FO) that fits comfortably against your face or eyeglasses. The optional ME-1 eyecup with magnifying lenses can be attached to the E30 in place of the bundled standard eyecup. The ME-1 magnifies the original view field in the finder by 1.2x (approximately 20%), making it easier to check focus and framing.

Olympus E30


  • AF Target
  • Spot Metering Area
  • Top Line:
  • Super FP Flash
  • Metering Mode
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture Value
  • Shooting Mode
  • Number of storable sequential pictures
  • Image Stabilizer
  • ISO sensitivity
  • Battery Check
  • Bottom Line:
  • Flash
  • AF Conformation
  • Flash Intensity Control
  • AE Lock
  • White Balance
  • Exposure Level
  • Auto Bracket
  • ISO Sensitivity Value
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