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Olympus E330

alaTest has collected and analyzed 520 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the lens and flash are on the whole positive. The performance and value for money also get good opinions, whereas there are some less positive views about the control panel and image stabilizer. There are some mixed views about the shutter.

screen, value for money, performance, flash, lens

stabilizer , control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Olympus E330 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Evolt E-330


Unconventional SLR with Live Previewing

Excellent image quality. Live image previews on bright, 2.5-inch, tilting LCD. The 14-45mm lens is a gem ; Sluggish manual focus. Menus can be confusing. Images somewhat soft at ISO 1600

Sluggish manual focus. Menus can be confusing. Images somewhat soft at ISO 1600

The E-330's live-view capability is a technological breakthrough that you'll find quite useful, especially when you're shooting at odd angles.

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The Olympus EVOLT E-330 introduces a live-preview LCD to the DSLR market, adding a feature that is universal on entry-level cameras to a much more capable and complex machine. The 7.5 effective megapixel EVOLT E-330 has Olympus's gaggle of unusual...

Live display is fun ; Magnified focus works well in adequate lighting ; Construction quality is very solid ; LCD is bright, with great color

Noise at even moderate ISOs ; Slow operation ; Only one control dial ; Upper-level menus have too many entries ; Battery life is shorter than other DSLRs

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Olympus EVOLT E-330 Digital SLR


The Olympus EVOLT E-330 is the world's first interchangeable lens digital SLR to offer a true "Live View" image on the LCD screen, in addition to the optical viewfinder. The design of a normal DSLR camera is such that the mirror remains down, blocking...


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Olympus EVolt E-330


Live preview on LCD is a unique feature--but one that presents both benefits and liabilities.

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Evolt E-330 Digital SLR


The Olympus EVolt E-330 ($1100 as of March 21, 2006) is an upgrade of the company's previous E-300 model. The E-330 is unique among midrange digital SLR cameras in allowing you to use its LCD screen as a viewfinder.

LCD screen can be used as a viewfinder Unlimited continuous shooting

Rear-mounted LCD can be distracting Limited lens selection

The camera's interface is adequate, permitting relatively speedy access to essential controls. And the E-330 includes Olympus's excellent automatic sensor-cleaning mechanism to keep dust from marring your images

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Olympus Evolt E-330


Artwork: Rick Rizner, Chris Manners

LCD screen can be used as a viewfinder ; Unlimited continuous shooting

Rear-mounted LCD can be distracting ; Limited lens selection

Standout LCD plus good optic and image quality, but there's no LCD status display and lens options are limited.

Editor's Choice!

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Olympus Evolt E-330


Type: D-SLR, Maximum Resolution: 3136 x 2352 pixels, Megapixels: 7.5, Media Format: CompactFlash, Media Format: xD-...

First D-SLR to let you compose your shots on its LCD screen. Articulating 2.5-inch LCD.

It may not be a flawless camera, but the Olympus Evolt E-330 stands apart from all other D-SLRs on the market today.


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Olympus E-330


On January 26th 2006 over a year since the introduction of the E-300 Olympus revealed the 7.5 million pixel 'live view' successor, the E-330. The E-330's biggest differentiation to any other digital SLR is its capability to deliver a live view on the...

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...

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,...

The introduction of the E-330 confused us, it was difficult to see where this new camera fitted into the current digital SLR market.

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Olympus Evolt E-330 (w/ Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f3.5/5.6 Zoom Lens)


Can preview shots on LCD; large LCD; very solidly built; strong photo quality

Takes a while to figure out some of the features; kit lens is slow

The Olympus Evolt E-330 is a very good midrange dSLR with unique live scene viewing on its large LCD.

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Olympus E-330 SLR


The excellent image quality of the Olympus E-System takes a giant step forward with the EVOLT E-330. Newly developed specifically for this camera, the 7.5-megapixel Live MOS image sensor, with its high dynamic range, captures photos with accurate true...

Olympus' Dust Reduction System produces spot-free photos with the exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter that uses ultrasonic technology to shake dust off the image sensor every time you turn the camera on. These spot-free photos liberate users from hours...

Product Specifications

The Olympus E-330 represents a breakthrough in digital SLR photography. For the first time it gives users the freedom to see their subjects live on the camera's tilting, multi-angle LCD. This means that macro photographers needn't lie in the mud to frame ground level subjects any more, and portrait photographers can keep constant eye contact with their model or client. Moreover, underwater photographers will finally have the freedom to see what they shoot through their diving mask. This innovation is made all the better due to superior image quality by using a highly advanced Live MOS sensor with 7.5 million pixels. As with all Olympus E-System products, the Olympus E-330 incorporates the Supersonic Wave Filter to protect the image sensor from harmful contaminants that can enter the camera during lens changes. Generating ultra-high-speed vibrations, dust and other particles that can affect image quality are shaken off and then captured on a special adhesive membrane. The function is invoked at each start-up of the camera or can be manually executed at any time. Catering to virtually all users' needs and preferences, this model offers a full manual exposure mode, semi-manual aperture or shutter priority options plus the convenience of automatic shooting. In addition, 20 scene modes and 7 creative modes will have the ideal solution in store for nearly every photographic situation. New features include an anti blur option, nature macro and xD-Panorama mode plus two underwater modes. A special Live View Boost function also increases the brightness of the view on the 2.5"/6.4cm HyperCrystal LCD for easy framing, even in dim lighting. Numerous professional options ensure first-class image capture. A 49 area AE sensor with sophisticated AE algorithm, for example, provides accurate exposure values for ESP metering. Black & white shooting is available with the possibility to add color filters - as used in analog photography. A one-touch white balance option, AF-lock functionality and depth of field preview continue the pro-level features of the Olympus E-330. To evaluate exposure levels of individual compositions, the camera offers a Histogram function. And with both CompactFlash and xD-Picture Card slots, this model gives photographers extra flexibility for extended shooting and lets them choose the type of storage medium they prefer. Users also have the choice between saving their data in JPEG, TIFF and RAW format. Despite all these functions, the camera is easy to handle. Thanks to the TTL optical porro design, the lightweight, ergonomic body is incredibly compact. To further enhance shooting ease, users can choose the amount of on-screen information they want to see: from advanced information for experienced photographers to just the general details for beginners. The full advantages of SLR photography are available to Olympus E-330 owners due to compatibility with virtually the entire E-System range of accessories. In addition to the extensive line-up of lenses, specialized accessories such as various flash units are available too.


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus BLM-1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / xD-Picture Card / Microdrive / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M/CompactFlash / Microdrive / xD-Picture Card / xD-Picture Card Type H / xD-Picture Card Type M

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach/snow / Candle / Children / Document / Fireworks / High key / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Low key / Macro / Night scene / Night scene with portrait / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Reducing blur / Sports mode / Sunset / Underwater macro / Underwater wide/Beach/snow / Children / Documents / Fireworks / High key / Landscape / Landscape-portrait / Low key / Night scene / Night scene with portrait / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Reducing blur / Sports mode / Underwater macro / Underwater wide/Landscape / Portrait mode / Macro / Beach/snow / Landscape-portrait / Children / Fireworks / Panorama assist / Night scene / Sports mode / Sunset / Candle / High key / Night scene with portrait / Underwater macro / Underwater wide / Low key / Reducing blur / Documents / Nature macro


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus/Olympus EVOLT

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.6/F/3.5-5.6 / F/3.5-6.3/F/3.5-6.3 / F/3.5-5.6
Lens for SD:Body only/Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm and 40-150mm lenses/Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm lens / Olympus Zuiko Digital 18-180mm lens/Olympus Zuiko Digital 18-180mm lens / Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm lens
Max Focal Length:180mm / 45mm/45mm/45mm / 180mm
Min Focal Length:14mm/14mm / 18mm/18mm / 14mm
Optical Zoom:10 / 3.2/3.2/3.2 / 10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:13.0 x 17.3mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):13.0 x 17.3 mm
Optical Sensor Type:Live MOS
Sensor Dust Reduction: Yes
Sensor Resolution:7.5Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Eye-level porro prism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100-400 / ISO 1600 / ISO auto (100-400)/ISO 1600 / ISO auto (100-400) / ISO 100-400
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Black & White Red filter / Black & White Yellow filter / Neutral / Vivid / Black & White Blue filter / Black & White Orange filter / Black & White Green filter / Flat/Black & White / Black & White Blue filter / Black & White Green filter / Black & White Orange filter / Black & White Red filter / Black & White Yellow filter / Flat / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid/Black & White / Black & White Blue filter / Black & White Green filter / Black & White Orange filter / Black & White Red filter / Black & White Yellow filter / Muted / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF / RAW / RAW + JPEG/JPEG / RAW / RAW + JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical