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EVOLT E-300

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What are the main features of the EVOLT E-300?

  • Four Thirds System standard-compliant dedicated digital design and a class-leading, full frame transfer 8-megapixel (effective) CCD for high image quality.
  • Attractive new low-profile design with 85mm body height for outstanding portability.
  • Dust Reduction System and metal body components for high reliability.
  • Outstanding operating ease with fast SLR response for enjoyable shooting.
  • A wide range of shooting functions for enhanced versatility.
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      What kind of materials are used for the camera body?

      The top cover of the camera is made of aluminum with a die-cast aluminum chassis underlying it to secure outstanding rigidity.

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      How can I download the images on my camera to a computer?

      The simplest method is to use OLYMPUS Master software to transfer the files. 

      This model ships with OLYMPUS Master version 1. Complete instructions for transferring files using this version may be downloaded by clicking here.

      This model also supports OLYMPUS Master 2. Complete instructions for transferring files using OLYMPUS Master 2 may be downloaded by clicking here.

      To request a free download of OLYMPUS Master 2, click here. It is not necessary to uninstall OLYMPUS Master version 1 before installing and using OLYMPUS Master 2.

      Note: Adobe Reader® software is required to view PDF files. It is available as a free download from Adobe's web site. Click here to download the latest version of Adobe Reader.

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      Does the EVOLT E-300 support the Olympus wireless RC flash system?

      The EVOLT E-300 does not have an RC mode and so cannot communicate with electronic flashes in the Olympus wireless RC flash system when those flashes are in RC mode. However, when connected to these electronic flashes via hot shoe or the optional FL-CB05 Hot Shoe Flash Cable, the EVOLT E-300 can communicate with them in traditional TTL modes.

      When using the Olympus wireless RC flash system flashes with the EVOLT E-300, adjust the ISO sensitivity and aperture value of the electronic flash in AUTO mode to the same values as on the camera or change the shooting distance in MANUAL mode. You can also emit the flash wirelessly as a slave flash.

      Olympus wireless RC flash system flashes, such as the FL-50R and the FL-36R, and the FL-CB05 Hot Shoe Cable can all be purchased online from The Olympus Store.

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      How do I update the firmware in the EVOLT E-300 camera body and Olympus E-System lenses?

      Firmware updates of Olympus E-System digital SLR bodies and Zuiko® Digital lenses are performed using OLYMPUS Master® or OLYMPUS Studio® software. Each version of the software has an Update Camera function that is used to initiate the update procedure.

      Below are the locations of the update functions in the various software versions:

      • OLYMPUS Master 1.x: On the opening page, click on Update Camera or, in the Browse window's menu bar, click on Online Service > Update Camera.
      • OLYMPUS Studio 1.x: In the Browse window's menu bar, click on Help > Update Camera.
      • OLYMPUS Master 2.x: In the Browse window's toolbar, click on Update/Language.
      • OLYMPUS Studio 2.x: In the Browse window's toolbar, click on Update/Language.

      Before updating, mount an Olympus Zuiko Digital lens to the camera body and set the camera body's PC MODE to STORAGE. Connect the camera to a computer via its bundled USB cable. The computer must be connected to the Internet because the download and installation are managed online from the Olympus server. The camera battery should be fully charged. When these prerequisites are met, launch the software and click on the update function.

      The update process will first poll the camera and lens to determine what firmware versions are currently installed. It will then ask if you want to search for a newer version. If it finds a newer version, you will be prompted to perform the update. Step-by-step instructions will guide you through the process.

      Follow the on-screen instructions carefully. If you deviate from the instructions, the firmware installation may not be complete and the firmware may become corrupted. If this occurs, the camera will have to be sent to an Olympus Repair Service Center to have its firmware replaced. Do not do a firmware update during a storm or when there is a risk of losing power because this will also cause a corrupted firmware installation.

      Once the firmware is updated, it is not possible to go back to a previous version.

      You can check the firmware version of your camera or attached lens at any time when the camera is not connected to the computer. Open the camera menu and go to the (Custom 2) menu, scroll to FIRMWARE and toggle right. The LCD will display the firmware version for the camera body and currently mounted lens.

      Lenses can be upgraded individually using the same update process even if the camera body already has the most current firmware. Mount a different lens on the body and repeat the update process as though you were updating the camera body.

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      I don't own an E-System camera body. How can I update the firmware of my E-System lens?

      Olympus Imaging Corp., Panasonic Corporation and Sigma Corporation offer a joint firmware update service that makes it possible to download and install firmware for one another's Four Thirds System-compliant lenses when the lenses are attached to any of the companies' Four Thirds System-compliant cameras. Therefore, the lens firmware can be updated by mounting the lens to a Panasonic camera body.

      To update the firmware of an E-System lens when mounted to a Panasonic camera body, refer to the Panasonic support Web site.

      For more information on the joint firmware update service, visit the Four Thirds System Web site.

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      Can I use the EVOLT E-300 to update the firmware of any Four Thirds System-compliant lens?

      The answer depends on what company manufactured the lens.

      Olympus Imaging Corp., Panasonic Corporation and Sigma Corporation offer a joint firmware update service that makes it possible to download and install firmware for one another's Four Thirds System-compliant lenses when the lenses are attached to any of the companies' Four Thirds System-compliant cameras. The service is not available for Four Thirds System-compliant lenses manufactured by other companies, such as Kodak, Fuji and Sanyo.

      Panasonic/Leica and Sigma lenses mounted to an Olympus E-System camera body can be updated using the software packaged with the camera. Click on the appropriate link below for complete instructions.

      Update using OLYMPUS Master 2.x.
      Update using OLYMPUS Master 1.x/ OLYMPUS Master Plus 1.x.
      Update using OLYMPUS Studio 1.x / OLYMPUS Viewer 1.x.

      For more information on the joint firmware update service, visit the Four Thirds System Web site.

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      Is there a Dust Reduction System in the camera?

      Yes, when you turn on the camera or activate the pixel mapping feature, the Supersonic Wave Filter automatically vibrates to knock off dust in front of CCD.

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      What kind of focus modes are available with the EVOLT E-300?

      There are four focus modes: S-AF (Single auto focus), C-AF (Continuous auto focus), MF (Manual Focus), and S-AF/MF (Simultaneous mode).

    • (SINGLE Auto Focus): Focusing is performed once when the shutter button is pressed halfway.

    • C-AF (CONTINUOUS Auto Focus): The camera repeats focusing while the shutter button is pressed halfway.

    • (MANUAL FOCUS): The function allows you to manually focus on any subject while looking through the viewfinder.

    • SIMULTANEOUS USE of S-AF mode and MF mode: You can fine-adjust focus manually by turning the focus ring after AF is performed in the S-AF mode.

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      Is there "3:2 Resolution" mode available in the camera?

      No.

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      Can I apply exposure compensation on the camera?

      Yes, you can compensate for exposure in the range of +/- 5EV by selecting 1EV, 1/2EV or 1/3EV steps.

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      What kind of image adjustment functions are available on the EVOLT E-300?

    • SHARPNESS - The function is to adjust sharpness of capturing images.
    • CONTRAST - The function is to adjust contrast (distinction between light and dark) of capturing images.
    • SATURATION - The function is to set color depth of capturing images.
    • GRADATION - In this function, you can select the brightness of an entire image. It is suitable when you want to add a brighter effect to a bright object (Hi Key) and a darker effect to a dark object (Low Key).
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      Does the EVOLT E-300 have the ability to switch color space?

      Yes, you can select either sRGB or AdobeRGB.

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      What kind of playback modes are available in the camera?

      There are playback modes such as single-frame, Index (you can select the number of frames to display on the monitor from 4, 9 or 16 frames), Close-up (2x through 10x magnification), Slideshow (display the stored images one after another in succession) or playback images by rotating.

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      Is there any terminal to connect an external flash?

      There is a built-in Hot Shoe in which an optional Safe Sync Hot Shoe to PC Sync Adapter (Item # 200329) can be used to connect a PC sync connector cable. You can locate this item through our dealers, or by the Olympus Emporium.

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      Why does the EVOLT E-300 camera have a built-in flash?

      The EVOLT E-300 model has been developed to allow everyone to easily enjoy superior digital imaging performance with a consumer-oriented digital SLR camera.

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      What is a sliding pop-up system built-in flash, and is there any difference with an ordinary pop-up flash?

      A new flash mechanism that slides forward as it pops up assures an adequate angle of illumination while contributing to the camera's low-profile body design. The flash offers broad, even coverage with minimal illumination drop-off at the periphery. In addition, the new design allows a dedicated external flash to be used in tandem with the built-in flash.

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      Will the settings be retained in the camera after turning off the power?

      Yes. The camera holds current settings including any changes you have made while turning off the power. If you prefer the original settings you can use the RESET function to reset to the factory default settings.

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      Will the camera automatically enter Sleep mode (standby) or turn off?

      The camera enters Sleep mode over a certain amount of time when not being operated. You can select the time to enter the Sleep mode from OFF, 1, 3, 5 or 10 minutes.

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      Can I control brightness in the LCD monitor?

      Yes, you can control the monitor brightness up to +/- 7 steps.

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      Can I replace the focusing screen?

      No, it is a fixed focusing screen.

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      Does the EVOLT E-300 have illuminated auto focus frames in the viewfinder?

      Yes, one of three auto focus frames will be lit up in the viewfinder.

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      What kind of metering modes are available in the camera?

      There are three metering modes: Digital ESP, Center Weighted Averaging and Spot.

    • DIGITAL ESP - The camera meters and calculates the light levels or light level differences in the center and other areas of the image separately.
    • CENTER WEIGHTED AVERAGING - The metering mode provides the average metering between the subject and the background lighting, placing more weight on the subject at the center.
    • SPOT - The camera meters a very small area around the center of the subject, defined by the spot metering area mark in the viewfinder.
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      Is the EVOLT E-300 camera body splashproof?

      No, the EVOLT E-300 was not designed to be used in severe environmental conditions. The Olympus E-3 would be more appropriate for use in severe conditions.

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      After turning on the camera, how long does it take until the camera is ready for shooting ?

      It takes approximately 1.5 seconds.

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      How long is the write time when data is being written to the memory card?

      RAW - Approximately 4.2 seconds

      TIFF - Approximately 8.5 seconds

      SHQ - Approximately 2.4 seconds

      HQ - Approximately 1.3 seconds

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      How many focusing points are there provided in the camera to measure distance to a subject?

      Normally the camera measures the distance to the subject using the 3 auto focus frames (left, center and right auto focus frames) in the viewfinder and selects the most appropriate point automatically. You can also select any one of the three points.

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      How wide is the detection range of metering?

      In Digital ESP metering and Center Weighted Averaging metering, the detection range is EV2 through EV20. In Spot metering it is EV3 through EV17 (50mm F2, equivalent to ISO100).

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      Does the EVOLT E-300 have digital zoom?

      No.

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      How long does it take to charge the BLM-1 Li-ion battery with the bundled battery charger, the BCM-2?

      It takes approximately 5 hours to fully charge a BLM-1 battery.

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      How many pictures can be taken with the fully charged BLM-1 Li-ion battery?

      When using a fully charged Olympus Rechargeable Li-ion battery BLM-1, the EVOLT E-300 can take approximately 400 photos with flash.

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      Can I use the built-in flash and an external flash simultaneously?

      Yes, please see the following table:


      Optional Flash

      Flash Control Mode

      Capacity

      FL-50

      TTL Auto (Super FP flash)/ TTL Auto/ Auto/ Manual/ Manual (Super FP flash)

      The FL-50 flash can be connected with the E-300 camera through flash power grip: FP-1 and flash cable: FL-CB05.

      FL-40

      Auto/ Manual

      The external flash cannot be used with the built-in flash.
      * Only Auto and Manual mode can be set in the concurrent use of FL-40 and the built-in flash. (For their specification design, E-300 and FL-40 can not communicate in TTL Auto and R-TTL Auto modes.)

      FL-36

      TTL Auto (Super FP flash)/ TTL Auto/ Auto/ Manual/ Manual (Super FP flash)

      The external flash can be used with the built-in flash.

      FL-20

      TTL Auto/ Auto/ Manual

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      Can I take pictures while viewing subjects through the monitor of the camera?

      No, you cannot because the Electronic Controlled Focal Plane Shutter and Mirror is in front of the CCD.

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      How can I use the bundled Eye Piece Cover?

      The Eye Piece Cover is the cover that attaches to the viewfinder. The eye piece cover prevents light from entering the viewfinder when shooting with your eye away from the viewfinder.

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      Can I use the camera control function for remote shooting or data storing in a computer in OLYMPUS Studio?

      You can operate camera control functions in the OLYMPUS Studio 1.2 software program except when using Continuous AF or when selecting Sport in the shooting mode, which uses Continuous AF.

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      What kind of memory cards can I use in the EVOLT E-300 camera?

      You can use Compact Flash cards (Type I and II) and Microdrive. By connecting with the CF Card adapter (MACF-10), xD-Picture Card media can also be used. Basically, you can use any manufacturer's Compact Flash Card in the EVOLT E-300.

      The following Microdrive cards are verified as compatible with the EVOLT E-300 camera:

      DSCM Series - DSCM-10340, DSCM-10512, DSCM-11000

      3K4 Series - HMS360402D5CF00, HMS360404D5CF00

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      What accessories are available for the EVOLT E-300?

      Click here to view the System Chart for the EVOLT E-300.

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      What kind of battery can be used in the camera?

      The bundled Rechargeable Li-ion battery (BLM-1) is recommended.

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      What lenses can be attached to the EVOLT E-300 camera?

      ZUIKO DIGITAL Four Thirds System lenses can be used with the EVOLT E-300.

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      Can I use the BCM-2 in foreign countries?

      The charger can be operated within the range of 100V to 240V AC (50/60Hz). When using the charger abroad, you many need a plug adapter to convert the plug to fit the shape of the AC wall outlet. Please do not use a converter, it may cause the charger to malfunction.

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      Can I take pictures with the EVOLT E-300 camera with a wireless remote control?

      Yes, the RM-1 optional multi-functional remote control can be used with the camera.

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      Can I use a remote cable release with the camera?

      The remote cable RM-CB1 can be connected to the power battery holder HLD-3.  The RM-CB1 remote cable cannot be connected to the camera body directly.

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      Can I use the Tele Converter: EC-14 with ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 or ZUIKO DIGITAL 40-150mm F3.5-4.5 lens?

      Yes. It is suggested to use manual focus only.

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      What is the power battery holder HLD-3?

      The HLD-3 power battery holder can hold two Li-ion rechargeable batteries (BLM-1). This enables you to use the camera twice as long as a single use battery. Additionally the holder provides remote cable connector and shutter button, which is convenient to take pictures while holding the camera vertically.

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      Can I use an AC adapter with the EVOLT E-300?

      There is an optional AC adapter, the AC-1.

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      When attempting to install OLYMPUS Studio® on a computer running Macintosh™ OS X 10.5.x ("Leopard"), I get the following error: The current user does not have administrative privileges. Log on as an administrator. What should I do?

      Download the latest version of OLYMPUS Studio by clicking here. Run the installer file (OS222EN.dmg). This will overwrite the previous installation of OLYMPUS Studio and allow you to use the application in your environment.

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      When attempting to install OLYMPUS Master® on a computer running Macintosh™ OS X 10.5.x ("Leopard"), I get the following error: The current user does not have administrative privileges. Log on as an administrator. What should I do?

      Download the latest version of OLYMPUS Master 2 by clicking here. Run the installer file (OM211EN.dmg). This will overwrite the previous installation of OLYMPUS Master 2 and allow you to use the application in your environment.

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      After I attach a lens to the camera body, my camera seems unable to secure autofocus. This problem is intermittent, and it affects multiple lenses. Is my camera broken?

      If the problem occurs with every shot taken with every accessory lens, the camera may indeed be broken. However, if the problem occurs sporadically -- and chiefly only after attaching or switching lenses -- then it is possible the lens(es) may not have been attached properly.

      Remove the lens from the camera and look at the silver mount. Nine gold-colored pins are arranged below the mirror in an arc. These pins must make firm contact with the gold-colored touch points on the back of the lens. This happens naturally when the lens is attached properly, but if the lens is not locked into place then one or more pins may not receive sufficient pressure to maintain contact during use.

      To attach a lens to the camera body, align the lens attachment mark (red circle) on the camera mount with the alignment mark (raised red knob) on the side of the lens. Then insert the lens into the camera’s body. Rotate the lens clockwise and listen for a click. The click is an audible indication that the lens lock pin has snapped into place on the back of the lens and has secured the lens in the proper position.  The lens lock pin is the small silver pin on the lens mount in between the mirror and the lens release button.

      Do not press or hold down the lens release button while attaching a lens to the mount.  The lens release button forces the lens lock pin to retract into the camera so that the lens can be removed without breaking the pin.  If the button is held down while attaching the lens, it may not align with the hole on the back of the lens after the button is released.  This will result in a situation in which the lens is attached to the camera mount but is not locked into place.  It is possible that this condition will prevent the lens from making and retaining a firm connection to the camera.  This will inhibit autofocus and may increase the lag time between shots.

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      After inserting an 8GB Hitachi Microdrive™ memory card into the card slot, the card access lamp blinks and I am unable to shoot. Why is this happening?

      When using an 8GB Hitachi Microdrive cards in the EVOLT E-300, the card access lamp may blink for up to two to three minutes the first time the card is inserted into the card slot. When the card access lamp stops blinking, the camera is ready to shoot.

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