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Olympus EVOLT E-330 Review

Review Date: Oct 16, 2006

Olympus EVOLT E-330
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Photoxels Editor's Choice 2006

Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer

The Olympus EVOLT E-330 digital SLR is the world's first digital SLR to offer Live viewing through the LCD. This breakthrough technology allows image framing and composition to be performed using the large LCD -- something that most consumers have gotten used to doing on their compact consumer digicams. Until now, dSLRs users have had to content themselves with using their LCDs to view the image only after image capture.

The extra large 2.5-in. Live View color LCD monitor on the Olympus E-330 is in addition to the optical through-the-lens viewfinder. It features HyperCrystal™ technology which makes it easier to view the image on the LCD in sunlight and also provides a wide 160° viewing angle. The LCD's swivel capability lets you shoot over a crowd and get low for dramatic angles.

Olympus EVOLT E-330 Swivel LCD

Like other Olympus digital SLRs, the E-330 boasts a unique Dust-Reduction System. Dust has been an annoying and frustrating issue for digital SLR users requiring frequent cleaning, but Olympus has incorporated a Supersonic Wave Filter™ –- a “digital duster” –- that uses a high-speed vibration to shake and remove dust and other micro particles that might settle on the image sensor. This vibration automatically takes place each time the camera is powered up, and can also be manually initiated through the camera’s menu.

Besides full exposure flexibility, Scene Modes automate many picture-taking situations and ease the transition to dSLR for users coming over from the point-and-shoot digicams. Dual memory card slots conveniently accept xD-Picture Cards and CompactFlash cards, including microdrives.

The Olympus EVOLT E-330 digital SLR is compatible with the extensive line of Olympus' quality Zuiko Digital Specific Lenses™ -- specially designed for optimum results using the Four Thirds System (4/3-System) image sensor. Some OM System lenses can also be used using the optional MF-1 OM Adapter (OM To 4/3 Lens Adapter).

[The Olympus E-330 Live View LCD won the TIPA's Best Imaging Innovation of 2006.]

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Olympus EVOLT E-330
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Olympus EVOLT E-330  
Type Type Interchangeable Lens Live View Digital SLR Camera
Media Compact Flash Card (Type I, II), Micro Drive, xD-Picture Card (Dual Slot)
Imaging Size 17.3mm x 13.0mm
Lens Mount Four Thirds Mount
Compatible Lens Zuiko Digital, Four Thirds System Lens
Number of Effective Pixels 7.5 million pixels
Image Sensor Type Live MOS sensor, (4/3 type MOS solid-state image sensor)
Effective Pixel Number 7.94 million pixels
Aspect 4:3
Filter Array Primary color filter (RGB)
Filter LPF Fixed type
IR Cut Filter Hybrid Type
Dust Protection Filter Supersonic Wave Filter
Recording System Recording Format DCF (JPEG), TIFF, RAW
Type of File Format JPEG, TIFF Ver. 6.0 (Exif 2.2), RAW (12bit)
RAW + JPEG Recording Yes
File Size RAW | 3136 x 2352 | Uncompressed | Approx. 12.9MB
TIFF | 3136 x 2352 | Uncompressed | Approx. 21.6MB
SHQ | 3136 x 2352 | 1/2.7 | Approx. 5.7MB
HQ | 3136 x 2352 | 1/4 / 1/8 / 1/12 | Approx. 4.0/1.8/1.2MB
SQ | 2560 x 1920 | 1/2.7 / 1/4 / 1/8 / 1/12 | Approx. 4.0/2.4/1.2/0.8MB
SQ | 1600 x 1200 | 1/2.7 / 1/4 / 1/8 / 1/12 | Approx. 1.4/0.9/0.5/0.3MB
SQ | 1280 x 960 | 1/2.7 / 1/4 / 1/8 / 1/12 | Approx. 0.9/0.6/0.3/0.2MB
SQ | 1024 x 768 | 1/2.7 / 1/4 / 1/8 / 1/12 | Approx. 0.6/0.4/0.2/0.1MB
SQ | 640 x 480 | 1/2.7 / 1/4 / 1/8 / 1/12 | Approx. 0.2/0.2/0.1/0.1MB
Viewfinder Type Eye level Porro Mirror type Optical View Finder
View field coverage Approx. 95%
Magnification Approx. x 0.93 with 50mm Lens set to infinity on -1 [m-1]
Eye Point 18.0 mm (-1 [m-1])
Diopter Adjustment Built-in type -3.0 to +1.0 [m-1]
Focusing Screen Fixed type
Mirror Side Swing Quick Return Mirror
Viewfinder information AF frame, Shutter speed, Aperture value, AF confirmation mark, Flash, White balance, AE lock, Number of storable still pictures, Exposure compensation value indication, Metering mode, Battery check, Exposure mode, Record mode
Eye Piece Shutter Built-in type
Depth of Field Preview Possible (Drive Button Customization).
Selectable in optical viewfinder or on LCD monitor.
LCD Monitor Type HyperCrystal LCD (TFT Color LCD)
Size 2.5 Inch
Pixel Number 215,250 pixels
View field coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Control +/- 7 steps
Live View A mode: Full Time Live View with AF function.
B mode: Macro Live View with MF
Auto Focus Type TTL Phase Difference Detection System
Focus Mode Single AF (S-AF) / Continuous AF (C-AF) / Manual Focus / S-AF + MF/ C-AF + MF
Focus Area 3 points
Detection Range EV 0 to 19 (ISO 100)
Focus Area Selection Automatic Selectable/Manual Selectable
AF Assist Lamp Built-in Flash type
AF Lock Locked by first position of Shutter Button/ AE/AF Lock Button (Customizable)
Exposure Control Light Metering System TTL Full Aperture Light Metering by 49 Zones Multi-pattern Sensing System
Light Metering Mode Digital ESP / Center Weighted Average / Spot / Highlight Spot / Shadow Spot (Approx. 2% Spot)
Detection Range Digital ESP / Center Weighted Average; EV 1 to 20 (50mm F2, ISO 100) Spot; EV 3 to 17 (50mm F2, ISO 100)
Exposure Mode Program with Program Shift / Shutter Priority / Aperture Priority / Manual / Scene Program AE / Scene Select AE
Scene Program AE Portrait / Landscape / Macro / Sports / Nigh Scene & Portrait (Underwater Macro and Underwater Wide selectable)
Scene Select Portrait / Landscape / Landscape & Portrait / Night Scene / Nigh Scene & Portrait / Children / Sports / High-Key / Low-Key / Reducing Blur / Macro / Nature Macro / Candle / Sunset / Firework / Documents / Beach & Snow / Underwater Macro / Underwater Wide / Panorama
ISO Sensitivity AUTO/100/200/400 (AUTO: 100-400) Expandable to 800/1600
Exposure Compensation Up to +/- 5 EV in each 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV step
AE Lock Locked by first position of Shutter Button / AE/AF Lock Button (Customizable)
Exposure Bracketing 3 or 5 Frames in +/- 1, 2/3, or 1/3 EV step
White Balance System WB mode Auto WB, Preset WB, One-touch WB
Preset WB Lamp1(3000k) / Fluorescent 1 (4000k) / Fluorescent 2 (4500k) / Fluorescent 3 (6600k) / Daylight (5300k) / Cloudy (6000k) / Shadow (7500k)
WB Compensation R-B/G-M up to +/- 7 step in each 2 mired step for each Auto / Preset setting
WB Bracketing 3 Frames with +/- 5/10/15 mired steps
Color System Color Space sRGB / AdobeRGB
Picture Mode Vivid / Natural / Flat / B&W / Sepia
Color Saturation 5 levels in each Vivid, Natural and Flat mode
Sharpness 5 levels in each Picture mode
Contrast 5 levels in each Picture mode
Filter Yellow / Orange / Red / Green in B&W mode
Toning Sepia / Blue / Red / Green in B&W mode
Gradation 3 levels
Shutter Type Electronic Controlled Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter Speed Auto,P,Ps: 1/4000 to 2 Sec,
S: 1/4000 to 60 Sec,
M: 1/4000 to 60 Sec and Bulb (up to 8 minutes)
Self Timer 12 or 2 Sec. (possible to cancel)
Remote Control Wireless with bulb function by RM-1 (Optional)
Drive System Drive Mode Single/Sequential Shooting
Sequential Shooting Speed Frame Rate Approx. 3 fps.
Max. Frame Number on Sequential Shooting RAW; TIFF; SHQ JPEG: 4 Frames
JPEG HQ, SQ: 15 Frames minimum, Max. number of frames depends on compression ratio and pixel number
Built-in Flash Type TTL Auto/Manual
Built-in Flash Yes. Flash Guide Number: 13
Pop-up Manual
Synchronization Mode Auto/Red-eye Reduction/Slow synchro/Fill-in
X-Sync Speed X = 1/180 Sec
Intensity Control Up to +/- 2 EV in each 1, 1/2, or 1/3 EV step
Syncro Timing 1st curtain and 2nd curtain selectable
Hot Shoe TTL Auto with FL-20/FL-36/FL-50
Playback Display Mode Single / Zoom ( 2 / 3 / 4 /6 / 8 / 10 / 14x) / Index (4 / 9 / 16 /25 frames) / Calendar View / Slide Show / Light Box View
Information Exposure Mode, Metering Mode, Shutter Speed, F-Stop, Compensation level, ISO, Color Space, WB Mode, WB Compensation Level, Focal Length, Focus Area, File type, Picture Mode
Exposure Level View Y,R,G,B Histograms, High Light Point Warning
Video Signal Output Yes
Menu Information Image, Camera, Play Back, Custom, Setup
Menu Languages English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean
Erase/Protect Function Erase Mode Single/All/Selected
Image Protect Mode Single/Selected
PC Interface USB 2.0 Full Speed
Power Supply Battery Rechargeable Li-ion battery Pack BLM-1/Optional 3x CR123A with LBH-1
Size/Weight Dimensions 5.5 x 3.4 x 2.8 inches (140 x 87 x 72mm)
Weight Approx. 19.4 oz. (550g); Without Batteries and CF Card
Environment Temperature Operating Range: 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
Storage Range: 4°F to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C)
Humidity Operating Rang
Included Accessories Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f3.5/5.6 Zoom Lens (if purchased with lens kit)
BLM-01 Li-ION Rechargeable Battery and BCM-2 Charger
USB 2.0 Cable & Video Out Cable
Strap, Body Cap
Front Lens Cap, Rear Lens Cap, Lens Hood (if purchased with lens kit)
OLYMPUS Master CD, User Manual, QuickStart Guide, Registration Card
Optional Accessories EX-25mm Macro Extension Tube
EX14 1.4x Teleconverter Lens
FL-36 TTL Strobe
FL-50 Flash
FL-20 Flash
Flash Bracket (FL-BK01)
SRF-11 Ring Flash
STF-22 Twin Flash
Battery Charget BCM-1
Battery Pack BLM-1
HV-1 High Voltage Power Pack
BN-01 NiMH Battery For HV-1
ME-1 Eyecup
Camera Case CS-3SH
MF-1 OM Adapter (OM To 4/3 Lens Adapter)
FL-CB 02 Hotshoe To 5 Pin TTL Connector Cable
PTE-02 Underwater Housing System
MSRP Body only US$ 999.99
with 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 Lens US$ 1099.99

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Olympus Evolt E-330 Digital SLR
Body Only with 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6
Zuiko Digital Lens
with 18-180mm f/3.5-6.3
Zuiko Digital Ultra Zoom Lens

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