Olympus E-30 vs Nikon D90

by Enche Tjin on December 28, 2009

Both Olympus E-30 and Nikon D90 are designed for advanced amateur. Both cameras also share almost the same price range and size. Here are their differences:

olympus-e-30Olympus E-30 pro cons

  • 4/3 12 mp Live MOS sensor (2x crop ratio)
  • Built-in image stabilization
  • 2.7″ 230k dots Swivel LCD screen
  • Slightly bigger dimension, 100g heavier
  • 6 Art filters (Built-in photo processor): Grainy BW, POP art, soft focus, light tone, pale, pinhole.
  • 5 fps continuous shooting
  • Wireless flash available
  • About 20% Smaller viewfinder
  • Acceptable image up to ISO 800
  • About $100 more expensive

nikon-d90-lensNikon D90 pro cons

  • 12 mp APS-C CMOS sensor (1.5x crop ratio)
  • Acceptable image up to ISO 3200
  • Lens-based image stabilization
  • 3″ Hi-res 910k dots LCD screen
  • Slightly smaller dimension, 100g lighter
  • HD 720p video recording limited to 5 minutes / video
  • Wireless flash commander (CLS) available
  • 4.5 fps continuous shooting

From the comparison above, Nikon D90 looks to have a better value. It has bigger sensor which later translate to better image quality especially in low light condition. Smaller sensor also means that the viewfinder size is smaller. D90 also has video recording mode. On the other hand, Olympus has built-in stabilization. This feature is great if you have many older lenses and prime lenses, but it is half to one stop worse than lens-based stabilization. Olympus E-30 also has unique swivel LCD screen that works well with live view, unfortunately the screen is not as high quality as Nikon D90 LCD screen. Unique to Olympus E-30 are the art filters. These art filters automatically process your photos. It is fun to use, especially for people who don’t know or don’t want to do photo editing in the computer.

The bottom line is, if you are new buyer into DSLR market, Nikon D90 provides better value for money. Olympus has some features that stand out, but most of them are not deal breaker for many photographers. However, if you currently have many Olympus or four thirds system lenses, and looking for camera body to upgrade, Olympus E-30 is quite a significant upgrade from Olympus E-520 or E-420.

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Ari Sa'n December 28, 2009 at 7:11 am

Nice comparison!
(and not only because my D90 comes out pretty good :-) )

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