All-purpose digital SLR with live view LCD and professional quality underwater housing system
30 November 2011
Excerpt: At this year's PMA -- the Mecca of shows for professional photographers -- Olympus product manager Sally Smith Clemens pointed out that in the digital era, unlike in the olden days of film, cameras change very quickly.
Pros: Competent digital SLR suitable for above and underwater use, “Live View” via bright 2.5-inch wide viewing angle LCD, LCD can be rotated into different positions (not with housing), Polycarbonate underwater housing provides view inside, seals perfectly, Brackets and pivots allow directing the external flash just right, Fully automatic settings for beginners yield very good pictures, Large number of scene modes make for easy picture taking, Dual card slots (CF and xD), ...
Cons: Onscreen menus needlessly sparse and cryptic, Underwater assembly with flash is large, negatively buoyant, and has many little parts that can get lost. Brackets and pivots hard to adjust
Conclusion: The 7.5 mega-pixel capture allows the photographer to produce bigger than A3 images without a hitch. The 14x digital zoom, or 14-45mm (28-90mm 35mm equivalent) Zuiko lense is a very handy range and with the ISO range producing great images up to 800 ISO there will be plenty of satisfied Olympus enthusiasts. Other than the ‘Pro’ settings of ‘Manual’, ‘Shutter’ control and ‘Aperture’ control, there is the standard ‘Program’ option and a compact camera feature ‘Scene’ mode.
Conclusion: The introduction of the E-330 confused us, it was difficult to see where this new camera fitted into the current digital SLR market. It's more expensive than the more traditional (but in my opinion better) E-500 yet offers very little more other than live view. Olympus has tried to address one complaint we (and others) had about the E-300, and that's the design and styling.
Pros: Good resolution at lower sensitivities (no real difference to eight megapixels), Good vivid color response, more 'consumer appeal' type (selectable Picture Modes), Low noise up to ISO 400, gets softer at ISO 800, too soft at ISO 1600 (JPEG), New metering sensor a vast improvement over the E-300, Unique live view feature (although in my opinion poorly implemented), Good range of image parameter adjustment (color, tone, sharpness), Kelvin white balance option, all white...
Cons: Very small viewfinder and darker (difficult to see fine detail, difficult to check focus), Recommended sensitivity ISO 100 - 400, images at ISO 800 usable, ISO 1600 not really, Poor noise reduction algorithm, blurs the image too heavily at ISO 1600, always on, Noise tends have the appearance of color mottle not 'film like' grain (needs chroma NR), Live view 'A mode' is noisy in medium/low light, smaller frame coverage, inaccurate DOF, No metering in live view 'B mode'...
Excerpt: IT'S HERE -- LIVE PREVIEW IN A DSLR! Olympus pulled it off, with its new 7.5MP (effective) Evolt E-330 DSLR ($1,000 street, body only). It's the first DSLR to offer a live color preview in its LCD monitor. This, along with its excellent resolution, color accuracy, and overall image quality, make the Evolt E-330 a welcome successor to the earlier E-300. But are its live preview and other improvements worth the extra price you pay for the E-330?
Excerpt: One basic difference between digital point-and-shoot cameras and interchangeable-lens digital SLRs is the function of their external LCD screens. On point-and-shoots the screen is used both for composing pictures and for reviewing them once they've been taken. On a D-SLR the screen is used only for reviewing pictures; as with film SLRs, you have to compose through the optical viewfinder.
Conclusion: Olympus E-330 FourThirds digital SLR camera At least Olympus cannot be accused of lacking creativity, something that is perfectly illustrated by the introduction of the Olympus E330 digital SLR. Not only does the Olympus E330 feature a bold and eccentric design, it is also filled to the brim with peculiarities. Peculiarities that allow us a glimpse into the possible future of digital cameras.
Summary: As a follow-up to the E-300, the Olympus EVOLT
E-330 is a successful improvement with excellent
image quality up to ISO 400, with ISO 800 usable.
It also handles and operates better and provides
lots of customizable settings. The Olympus 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital Lens
captures extremely sharp and detailed images and
can be purchased as a kit with the Olympus E-330.
Excerpt: We've just received a production Olympus E-330 (Evolt), the first true DSLR with a live preview capability and the first DSLR with a next-generation Live MOS image sensor - our initial impressions will be posted here. I thought I'd just mention that there has been some impatience noticed from some over the limited content of this hands-on preview, to date.
Excerpt: Physical Views The Olympus E-1 , the Evolt E-330 and the Evolt E-300 for comparison Continue on to Page Two Olympus EVOLT E-330 Specifications Type Interchangeable lens digital SLR camera Body Die-cast aluminum chassis, aluminum top cover, polycarbonate Lens Mount Four-Thirds mount Media xD-Picture Card, CompactFlash Card, Type I or II, Microdrive FAT 16/32 compatible Image Sensor Type 4/3 type Live MOS Size 17.3 mm (H) x 13.0 mm (V) Number of Pixels 7.50 Megapixels...