he OM30 was also released in 1983. It was called OM F on some markets. It existed in chrome and in black finish.
It was Olympus's first step towards an autofocus SLR camera. It was a true autofocus with one lens only, the 35–70mm AF zoom which had a motorized focusing ring, using three AAA batteries to operate it. With the other OM-mount lenses, correct focus was assisted with an indicator in the viewfinder.
The OM30 met quite limited success; Olympus' early autofocus system wasn't particularly accurate, fast or useful compared to its competitors. Minolta changed the camera market forever in 1985 with the Maxxum 7000, at which time Olympus made one more attempt at an AF OM body — the OM707 released in 1986. Again, this was a case of too little, too late and Olympus transferred focus in AF away from the OM system and into the IS line of cameras.
The OM30 is like the OM20 except for the following differences:
focusing aid LED's in viewfinder
F2/F4 switch for focus system
In-Focus trigger cord socket (allowing pictures to be taken automatically as soon as the image is brought into focus)
automatic focus with the Zuiko 35–70 AF zoom
no PC flash socket
no exposure compensation warning.
The OM-30 also takes 5 SR44 batteries which mount in a compartment on the left hand side of the front of the camera. In place of the normal battery compartment is a switch to turn off the beeper.