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Olympus E-300 PDF User Manual

Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Olympus Evolt E-300? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Olympus makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the E-300 offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.

That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.

Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Olympus Evolt E-300 below.

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In any case, the E-300 is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera was announced on September 27th, 2004, which means that, as of today, the camera is 6580 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Olympus E-330 as a replacement in the same line of cameras.

Olympus's advanced manual for the E-300

The camera's advanced manual is 212 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the E-300 is included towards the bottom of this webpage.

Don't forget to bookmark this page for future reference (Ctrl-Shift-D on a Windows PC; Cmd-Shift-D on a Mac). Happy browsing!

Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Olympus Evolt E-300 manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.

Download the Manual

If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Olympus's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.

Printed, hardcopy versions of the Olympus E-300 manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.

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Video tutorial for the Olympus Evolt E-300

Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your E-300 by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.

Once again, the Olympus E-300 is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.

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Olympus E-300 FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the E-300.

What type of imaging sensor is used in the E-300?

The camera is build around a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.

Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?

Olympus equipped the E-300 with the TruePic image processor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the E-300?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 400.

What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Olympus Evolt E-300?

Olympus does not publish a shutter rating for the E-300. Yet, shutters in comparable cameras from other manufacturers are said to be good for at least 100 000 actuations. It should be noted, though, that this number represents a Mean Time before Failure. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust an expected shutter life of 100 000 shots over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.

How do I find the shutter count on my E-300?

Olympus embeds the number of shutter actuations in hidden menus. You can check the number of shots that your E-300 has taken up to now by carefully following the steps described on the Olympus E-300 shutter count page.

Does the Olympus E-300 feature an autofocus assist light?

Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.

What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?

The E-300's flash sync speed is 1/180 sec.

Which battery does the E-300 use?

The camera gets its power from the BLM-1 (here at amazon), which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Is there a vertical grip available for the E-300?

Yes, Olympus offers the HLD-3 as an optional accessory to facilitate shooting in portrait orientation and to provide additional battery power.

Further reading

How does the E-300 stack up against available alternatives? In case you are interested in seeing how this camera compares to another one, just make your choice using the following search menu. Alternatively, you can follow any of the listed hyperlinks for comparisons that others found interesting.

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    Core camera specifications

    Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Olympus Evolt E-300.

    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Olympus E-300
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens Four Thirds lenses
    Launch Date September 2004
    Launch Price USD 799
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CMOS
    Sensor Format Four Thirds Sensor
    Sensor Size 17.3 x 13.0 mm
    Sensor Area 225 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 21.6 mm
    Crop Factor 2.0x
    Sensor Resolution 8 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 3 264 x 2 448 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 5.30 μm
    Pixel Density 3.55 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability no Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 400 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 1 600 ISO
    Image Processor TruePic
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.5x
    Top-Level Screen no Top Display
    LCD Size 1.8 inch
    LCD Resolution 134k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen
    Touch Input No touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System Phase-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking Feature
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 2.5 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations
    Silent Shootingno E-Shutter
    Time Lapse Photographyno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium CF or XD cards
    Single or Dual Card Slots Dual card slots
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi
    Body Specs
    Battery Type BLM-1 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)750 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 147 x 85 x 64 mm
    (5.8 x 3.3 x 2.5 in)
    Camera Weight 624 g (22.0 oz)

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