Olympus E-420 vs Olympus E-30

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      Overview

      In this comparison, we will evaluate the Olympus E-420 and the Olympus E-30, highlighting the advantages of each over the other, discussing their pros and cons, shared strengths and weaknesses, and providing a rating based on their available features and specifications to assist you in choosing the one that best suits your needs.

      Olympus E-420 was introduced in June 2008 and Olympus E-30 was introduced in March 2009. Let us first list highlights of the models.

      Olympus E-420 Highlights

      • 10.0 MP Micro Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
      • 100 - 1,600 Native ISO
      • 3 Focus Points
      • 2.7" 230k dot Fixed Screen
      • Optical (pentamirror) Viewfinder
      • 3.5 fps Continuous Shooting
      • Built-in Flash

      Olympus E-30 Highlights

      • 12 MP Micro Four Thirds CMOS Sensor
      • 100 - 3,200 Native ISO
      • 11 Focus Points
      • Image Stabilization
      • 2.7" 230k dot Fully Articulated Screen
      • Optical (pentaprism) Viewfinder
      • 5.0 fps Continuous Shooting
      • Built-in Flash

      Now that we've looked at the most essential specifications and gained a basic understanding of these cameras, we can delve into more details and see the differences between them.

      Pros and Cons

      In this section we present pros and cons of Olympus E-420 and Olympus E-30.

      PROS

      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      •   Live View Autofocus
      •   Built-in Flash
      •   Light - 426 g (0.94 lb / 15.03 oz)
      •   Orientation Sensor
      •   Face Detection
      •   Live View Autofocus
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Fully Articulated Screen
      •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
      •   Built-in Flash
      •   Orientation Sensor

      CONS

      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      •   No Video Capture
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Low Resolution Sensor - 10.0 Megapixel
      •   1,600 Highest Native ISO
      •   Timelapse Recording
      •   3 Focus Points
      •   No Face Detection
      •   No Image Stabilization
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   Low Max Continuous Shooting - 3.5 fps
      •   Low DxO Overall Score - 56
      •   No HDMI Output
      •   No Built-in Microphone
      •   No Microphone Input
      •   No Headphone Output
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
      •   No Built-In Bluetooth
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Short Battery Life - 500 shots
      •   No Video Capture
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Low Resolution Sensor - 12 Megapixel
      •   3,200 Highest Native ISO
      •   Timelapse Recording
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   Low DxO Overall Score - 55
      •   No HDMI Output
      •   No Built-in Microphone
      •   No Microphone Input
      •   No Headphone Output
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
      •   No Built-In Bluetooth
      •   No Environmental Sealing


      And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

      AVERAGE

      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      •   100 Lowest Native ISO
      •   Screen Size - 2.7"
      •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/180 sec
      •   100 Lowest Native ISO
      •   Screen Size - 2.7"
      •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
      •   Weight - 695 g (1.53 lb / 24.52 oz)
      •   Battery Life - 750 shots

      Advantage of Olympus E-420

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Olympus E-420 over Olympus E-30.

      Olympus E-420 vs Olympus E-30
      Higher DxO Color Depth 21.5 vs 21.3
      Higher DxO Overall Score 56 vs 55
      Lighter 426 g (0.94 lb / 15.03 oz) vs 695 g (1.53 lb / 24.52 oz)

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      Advantage of Olympus E-30

      This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Olympus E-30 over Olympus E-420.

      Olympus E-420 vs Olympus E-30
      Higher Sensor Resolution 10.0 Megapixel vs 12 Megapixel
      Higher Native ISO 1,600 vs 3,200
      More Powerful Processor TruePic III vs TruePic III+
      Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736 vs 4032 x 3024
      More Focus Points 3 vs 11
      Face Detection vs
      Image Stabilization vs Sensor Shift
      Screen Type Fixed vs Fully Articulated
      Top LCD Screen vs
      Higher Viewfinder Coverage 95% vs 98%
      Higher Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent) 0.46x vs 0.51x
      Higher Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) 1/4000 sec vs 1/8000 sec
      Higher Max Continuous Shooting 3.5 fps vs 5.0 fps
      Higher Flash Sync Speed 1/180 sec vs 1/250 sec
      Multi-Segment Metering vs
      Center Weighted Metering vs
      Spot Metering vs
      Higher DxO Low Light ISO 527 vs 530
      Longer Battery Life 500 shots vs 750 shots

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      Common Strengths and Weaknesses

      We already listed pros and cons of each model. However, you may also find useful to look at their common strengths and weaknesses shown side-by-side.

      STRENGTHS Olympus E-420 Olympus E-30
        Live View Autofocus
        Built-in Flash
        Orientation Sensor
      WEAKNESSES Olympus E-420 Olympus E-30
        No Video Capture
        Small SensorMicro Four ThirdsMicro Four Thirds
        Low Resolution Sensor10.0 Megapixel12 Megapixel
        Low Native ISO1,6003,200
        Timelapse Recording
        Few Focus Points311
        Low Resolution Screen230k dot230k dot
        Low DxO Overall Score5655
        No HDMI Output
        No Built-in Microphone
        No Microphone Input
        No Headphone Output
        No Built-in GPS
        No Built-In Wi-Fi
        No Built-In Bluetooth
        No Environmental Sealing

      Screen and Viewfinder

      Screen

      Olympus E-420 and Olympus E-30 have 2.7" screens with 230k dot resolution. Olympus E-420 has a Fixed screen Olympus E-30 has a Fully Articulated screen which makes it selfie and vlogger friendly and generally very useful for video shooting.

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      Olympus E-30 with Fully Articulated screen


      Viewfinder

      Olympus E-420 has a built-in Optical (pentamirror) viewfinderOlympus E-30 has a built-in Optical (pentaprism) viewfinder. Olympus E-420 has 95% coverage with 0.92x (0.46x 35mm equivalent) magnification and Olympus E-30 has 98% coverage with 1.02x (0.51x 35mm equivalent) magnification.

      Sensor

      Olympus E-420 features a 10.0 megapixel Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor with dimensions of 17.3 x 13 mm and a total area of 224.9 mm2. Its native ISO range is 100 - 1,600. Olympus E-30 features a 12 megapixel Micro Four Thirds CMOS sensor with dimensions of 17.3 x 13 mm and a total area of 169 mm2. Its native ISO range is 100 - 3,200.


      Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how different sensors compare with each other:

      Sensor size chart
      Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
      Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
      Image cannot be displayedFull Frame36 x 24 mm864 mm23:21x
      Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
      Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
      Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
      Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
      Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
      Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
      Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

      Photography Features

      Olympus E-420 is equipped with TruePic III processor and can take pictures up to 3648 x 2736 resolution. It can also take pictures with lower resolution like 3200 x 2400, 2560 x 1920, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480 with 4:3 aspect ratios. Olympus E-30 is equipped with TruePic III+ processor and can take pictures up to 4032 x 3024 resolution. It can also take pictures with lower resolution like 3200 x 2400, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480 with 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 aspect ratios.


      Lens Mount

      Cameras have Four Thirds lens mount. Due to their Micro Four Thirds sensor their crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is equal to 2x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length times 2.


      In-Body Image Stabilization on Olympus E-30

      Olympus E-30 has a built-in Sensor Shift in-body image stabilization (IBIS). This means that you are still getting vibration reduction when camera is paired with non-image stabilizied lenses. It also works with lenses with optical image stabilization and in combination can achieve even better compensation.

      Connectivity, Battery and Storage

      USB Inputs

      Both models have USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) inputs for data transfer.


      Battery

      Olympus E-30 comes with BLM-1 battery pack with battery life of 750 shots.


      External Storage Slots

      Cameras have a single Compact Flash (Type I/II), xD Picture Card card slot.

      Other Features

      Shutter

      Shutter speed can go up to 1/4000 sec on Olympus E-420, and up to 1/8000 sec on Olympus E-30. Olympus E-420 can shoot continuously up to 3.5 fps. Olympus E-30 can shoot continuously up to 5.0 fps.


      Flash

      Cameras have built-in flash with maximum range of 12.00 m at ISO 100 on Olympus E-420 and 13.00 m on Olympus E-30. They also accept external flash which can be connected via Hot Shoe to Olympus E-420 and via Hot Shoe or PC Terminal to Olympus E-30. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/180 sec on Olympus E-420 and 1/250 sec on Olympus E-30.

      Physical Parameters

      Olympus E-420 body has dimensions of 130 x 91 x 53 mm (5.12 x 3.58 x 2.09") and Olympus E-30 body has dimensions of 142 x 108 x 75 mm (5.59 x 4.25 x 2.95"). Olympus E-420 weighs 426 g (0.94 lb / 15.03 oz) and Olympus E-30 weighs 695 g (1.53 lb / 24.52 oz).

      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      130 mm

      91 mm

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      142 mm

      108 mm

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      91 mm

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      108 mm

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      53 mm

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      75 mm

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      Size comparisons of Olympus E-420 and Olympus E-30

      Olympus E-420 and Olympus E-30 for Different Types of Photography

      We give scores to the cameras for six types of photography based on their features and specifications. Let us see how suitable they are for each type of photography.

      Landscape Photography

      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      AVERAGE
      64
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      AVERAGE
      64
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing

      Sports Photography

      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      AVERAGE
      56
      •   1,600 Highest Native ISO
      •   3 Focus Points
      •   No Face Detection
      •   No Image Stabilization
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   Low Max Continuous Shooting - 3.5 fps
      •   Short Battery Life - 500 shots
      •   Orientation Sensor
      GOOD
      70
      •   3,200 Highest Native ISO
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   Face Detection
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
      •   Battery Life - 750 shots
      •   Orientation Sensor

      Wildlife Photography

      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      AVERAGE
      55
      •   1,600 Highest Native ISO
      •   3 Focus Points
      •   No Image Stabilization
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   Low Max Continuous Shooting - 3.5 fps
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Short Battery Life - 500 shots
      •   Orientation Sensor
      AVERAGE
      63
      •   3,200 Highest Native ISO
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Battery Life - 750 shots
      •   Orientation Sensor

      Portrait Photography

      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      GOOD
      70
      •   Small Sensor
      •   3 Focus Points
      •   No Face Detection
      •   No Image Stabilization
      •   Screen Size - 2.7"
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/180 sec
      •   Orientation Sensor
      GOOD
      81
      •   Small Sensor
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   Face Detection
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Screen Size - 2.7"
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec
      •   Orientation Sensor

      Street Photography

      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      GOOD
      79
      •   Small Sensor
      •   3 Focus Points
      •   No Image Stabilization
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 426 g (0.94 lb / 15.03 oz)
      GOOD
      82
      •   Small Sensor
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Fully Articulated Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Weight - 695 g (1.53 lb / 24.52 oz)

      Travel Photography

      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      GOOD
      81
      •   No Image Stabilization
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 426 g (0.94 lb / 15.03 oz)
      •   Short Battery Life - 500 shots
      GOOD
      80
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   Fully Articulated Screen
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Weight - 695 g (1.53 lb / 24.52 oz)
      •   Battery Life - 750 shots

      Evaluations

      We evaluate Olympus E-420 and Olympus E-30 and give them scores of 55 and 61 out of 100 recpectively. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      OVERALL
      55
      OVERALL
      61

      Sensor

      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      AVERAGE
      65
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Low Resolution Sensor - 10.0 Megapixel
      •   100 Lowest Native ISO
      •   1,600 Highest Native ISO
      •   Low DxO Overall Score - 56
      AVERAGE
      65
      •   Small Sensor
      •   Low Resolution Sensor - 12 Megapixel
      •   100 Lowest Native ISO
      •   3,200 Highest Native ISO
      •   Low DxO Overall Score - 55

      Photo

      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      AVERAGE
      59
      •   Timelapse Recording
      •   No Image Stabilization
      •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
      •   Low Max Continuous Shooting - 3.5 fps
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/180 sec
      GOOD
      75
      •   Timelapse Recording
      •   Image Stabilization
      •   High Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/8000 sec
      •   Max Continuous Shooting - 5.0 fps
      •   Max Flash Sync Speed - 1/250 sec

      Video

      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      BAD
      0
      •   No Image Stabilization
      BAD
      0
      •   Image Stabilization

      Focusing

      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      GOOD
      78
      •   3 Focus Points
      •   No Face Detection
      •   Live View Autofocus
      GOOD
      81
      •   11 Focus Points
      •   Face Detection
      •   Live View Autofocus

      Screen and Viewfinder

      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      AVERAGE
      64
      •   Fixed Screen
      •   Screen Size - 2.7"
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot
      GOOD
      80
      •   Fully Articulated Screen
      •   Screen Size - 2.7"
      •   Low Resolution Screen - 230k dot

      Connectivity

      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      POOR
      40
      •   No HDMI Output
      •   No Built-in Microphone
      •   No Microphone Input
      •   No Headphone Output
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
      •   No Built-In Bluetooth
      POOR
      40
      •   No HDMI Output
      •   No Built-in Microphone
      •   No Microphone Input
      •   No Headphone Output
      •   No Built-in GPS
      •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
      •   No Built-In Bluetooth

      Battery, Storage and Physical

      Olympus E-420

      Olympus E-30

      POOR
      43
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Light - 426 g (0.94 lb / 15.03 oz)
      •   Short Battery Life - 500 shots
      POOR
      43
      •   No Environmental Sealing
      •   Weight - 695 g (1.53 lb / 24.52 oz)
      •   Battery Life - 750 shots


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