Olympus E-330

Released January, 2006
  • 7.4 MP
  • Four Thirds 18 x 13.5 mm NMOS
  • 2.5" LCD
The E-330’s LCD monitor is a particularly nice one, with a diagonal size of 2.5in and a resolution of 215,250 pixels, which is nice and sharp.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
8.5 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Olympus E-330

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

E-330
n.d.
EOS 70D
n.d.
E-420
n.d.
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

E-330
6.7
EOS 70D
10.0
E-420
9.5
Focus lag

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

E-330
7.8
EOS 70D
9.6
E-420
9.3
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

E-330
9.0
EOS 70D
9.5
E-420
9.4
Reviews from trustedreviews.com and dpreview.com

8.5

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

E-330
8.5
EOS 70D
9.6
E-420
9.4

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Olympus E-330

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

E-330
370 ms
EOS 70D
75 ms
E-420
138 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

E-330
103 ms
Alpha A6000
22 ms
D7100
54 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

E-330
2,700 ms
D7100
300 ms
Nikon D610
300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

E-330
3 fps
Alpha A6000
11 fps
EOS 70D
7 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

E-330
400 photos
EOS 6D
980 photos
D7100
950 photos

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Olympus E-330


7.0
0.8 sec, F5.6, ISO 100 At the lowest ISO setting the E-330 produces an exceptionally smooth image and accurately captures subtle variations in tone.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Sensor

When working on a RAW file you can think of the other adjustments as being applied after the RAW engine has 'developed' the image.
by DPReview (Mar, 2006)
If you want to develop a RAW file into a JPEG or TIFF without using any of the other 'Edit' features you can simply use the 'RAW' option on the toolbar.
by DPReview (Mar, 2006)
It provides a fairly wide range of workflow, browsing, organization, conversion and output features including more advanced RAW conversion that you find in Olympus Master.
by DPReview (Mar, 2006)

Lens

Olympus optics have a good reputation, and there is a decent range of E-Series lenses available.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
In B Mode ('Macro live view') the mirror flips up, the shutter opens and the live view is provided by the E-330's unique 'Live MOS' sensor.
by DPReview (Mar, 2006)
Live View does on the whole work, certainly it's best in good light or in Mode B for assessing depth of field and accurate focus for macro work.
by DPReview (Mar, 2006)

Screen

To the right of the focusing screen is an LCD status column with various items of information including metering mode, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation etc..
by DPReview (Mar, 2006)
One advantage of using B Mode Live View is that you can get an exact representation of focus point and depth of field on the LCD screen.
by DPReview (Mar, 2006)
As with previous E-xx0 series cameras increasing sharpness also increases the visibility of jagged artifacts around highlights.
by DPReview (Mar, 2006)

Live view

It's more expensive than the more traditional (but in my opinion better) E-500 yet offers very little more other than live view.
by DPReview (Mar, 2006)
Finally there is no doubt that this camera can produce excellent results (at lower sensitivities) and that the live view may be the deal maker for some people.
by DPReview (Mar, 2006)
In addition every adjustment is repeated on the viewfinder LCD, once you get used to the position of controls it's easy to adjust settings without removing your eye from the viewfinder (assuming live view is not active).
by DPReview (Mar, 2006)

Image quality

In addition, circuit technology refinements were made to boost light utilisation efficiency and improve image quality.
by DPReview (Mar, 2006)
I found the colour rendition to be both smoother and more subtle, with better overall saturation.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
There are three pre-set colour modes, which can be individually customised with adjustments for contrast, sharpness and saturation, and each white balance setting can also be customised with different colour settings.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type NMOS
Megapixels 7.4 MP
Resolution 3136 x 2352
Size Four Thirds
Area 18 x 13.5 mm
Crop factor 2.0x
Pixel size 32.9 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 400 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 400 ISO to 1,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG

focus system

Type Contrast detection

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.93x
Viewfinder size 0.47x

form factor

Size 140 x 87 x 72 mm
Thickness 72 mm
Weight 616 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Is a smart camera No
Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None

video

Video None

display

Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 215 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 60 s
Max 1/4000 s

performance

Max continuous shooting 3 fps
Battery life 400 photos
Continuous shooting 3 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 370 ms
Shutter lag 103 ms
Startup delay 2,700 ms
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