• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 12.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • APS-C 369.0mm2
  • 20.9 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Olympus E30 advantages over Nikon D500

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Lighter weight
    655g vs 856g
    Lighter weight
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Nikon D500 advantages over Olympus E30

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs No
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Better color depth
    24.0 vs 21.3 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,324 vs 530 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.0 vs 10.4 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1240 vs 650 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    19 months vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    2359k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.67x vs 0.51x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    20.9 vs 12.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    1638400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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  • Superb image quality; Great high ISO performance; Rugged, comfortable camera body; Sharp articulating touchscreen display; Excellent AF point frame coverage; Fast continuous shooting speeds; 4K UHD video; Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth.

  • Somewhat large for an APS-C camera; Expensive for a DX camera; 4K UHD video doesn't offer full DX field-of-view; No built-in flash; Still uses contrast-detect for Live View AF; Dual slots use two different card types (XQD and SD).

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-520

Olympus E30
Olympus E-520
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Top deck display
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
Nikon D500
Olympus E-520
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $700
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Internal flash

Compared to Olympus E-620

Olympus E30
Olympus E-620
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Top deck display
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
Nikon D500
Olympus E-620
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $800
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Internal flash

Compared to Olympus E-5

Olympus E30
Olympus E-5
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
  • $1700
  • 4/3
  • Longer stills battery life
  • HDMI out
Nikon D500
Olympus E-5
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $1700
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Internal flash

Compared to Pentax K-3 II

Olympus E30
Pentax K-3 II
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Internal flash
  • $846
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Nikon D500
Pentax K-3 II
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $846
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Pentax KP

Olympus E30
Pentax KP
  • $1299
  • 4/3
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Top deck display
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Nikon D500
Pentax KP
  • $1897
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1000
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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