Olympus has announced the E-30, which fits into the E-System lineup above the E-520 as a mid-range advanced digital SLR, while the E-3 remains at the top as the flagship Olympus DSLR. Beyond the new Art Filters and Multiple Exposure function, the company says that the E-30 delivers the same high-precision performance and imaging quality demanded by professional photographers who use the E-3, as well as the consumer-friendly features found on the E-520, and several new offerings all its own.

As with all Olympus DSLRs, the new camera provides advanced Dust Reduction and in-body mechanical Image Stabilization so that every Four Thirds lens is stabilized. The new camera also offers TruePic III+ Image Processor and Full Time Autofocus Live View. These features are coupled with a new 12.3-megapixel high-speed Live MOS image sensor to capture breathtaking images.

Adding to the line of Four Thirds-compliant lenses, the ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 II is also being announced today. It boasts high-speed Imager AF support for Live View shooting and a circular aperture mechanism for higher imaging performance.

New to the E-30 is technology that Olympus says conveniently helps photographers transform a basic image that faithfully represents the scene into an image that carries emotional impact. The new Art Filters replicating dramatic effects as you shoot using the Autofocus Live View LCD. The effects include Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, and Pin Hole.

With the new camera’s Multiple Exposure function it is possible to combining images shot in different locations and moments, lending your photos another dramatic dimension. The E-30 can combine up to four images in a single photograph, overlaying various subjects to create a montage that blends all the elements together. Thanks to the new TruePic III+ Image Processor you are able to accurately compose, capture and combine your images on the fly directly on the camera’s LCD.