Olympus Evolt E-330

Last Update: Review & Sample Photos @ ImagingResource (added on 19.02.07)

Olympus Evolt E-330 is the first Digital SLR camera with interchangeable lens system & Live View which enables you for framing of shots without the need to look through the view finder. This DSLR camera also featuring a tilting, multi-angle LCD measuring a large 2.5”/ 6.4cm allowing you for capturing shots from unusual angles, such as in crowds or during macro photo sessions effortless. Olympus Evolt E-330 has 7.5 megapixel MOS sensor, with built-in flash, dual slot for CF and xD picture-cards and a supersonic wave filter for dust reduction.

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>> REVIEWS (last update:19.02.07)

ImagingResource reviewed the Olympus Evolt E-330 and wrote:
“Most consumers without a special need for a utilitarian camera would do better learning to love the greater speed offered by a single-viewfinder SLR. You’d think you’d get that greater speed with this spiffy hybrid Olympus E-330 SLR, but I think most users will be so overwhelmed by the viewfinder choices that they’ll only use one. Those who will spend enough to buy an SLR with a Live View LCD will probably default to the LCD, and they’ll never know the value of real-time image framing with a big, bright viewfinder. Because I’m used to shooting more conventional SLRs, I default to the optical viewfinder, and I use the LCD after capture, just like I do with other SLRs. The E-500 offers only one viewfinder, is lighter, and is a joy to use, for $200 to $300 less. The viewfinder on the E-330 is just too dim to give you the full benefit, and the other two modes are also compromises. The Olympus E-330 is very much a niche camera. It’s not bad, it’s just not for everyone. “

Photoxels reviewed the new Olympus Evolt E-330 and wrote:
“We find that the AF is very responsive and images snap quickly into focus. The pop-up flash is used as an AF Illuminator to aid in focusing, so pop it up when it’s dark and hard to obtain focus. The strobed light from the flash is pretty strong, so be careful not to blind your live subject(s). Of course, if you do not intend to use flash, set it to No Flash in the menu, and then you can pop it up to simply function as an AF Illuminator…”

ComputerActive reviewed the new Olympus Evolt E-330 and wrote:
“The camera is easy to use, generally, with a selection of basic modes such as landscape, macro and night shooting, as well as fully automatic and fully manual controls. Image quality is very good – there’s a 7.5 megapixel CCD inside – and there is little noise on most images…The Olympus E-330 is a mightily expensive yet very clever camera that can make taking high quality pictures much easier..”

Megapixel reviewed the new Olympus Evolt E-330 and wrote:
“The built-in flash of the E-330 is powerful, and using the 14 to 45 mm kit lens at the wide angle end — equivalent to a 28 mm — the built-in flash has no trouble providing even lighting with no light falloff in the corners. Moreover, the power of the flash can be adjusted, and it can even be used to capture close up shots. Worth noting however, with the E-330 the flash must be open for the auto focus assistance to operate, as it uses short pre-flashes instead of a separate AF Assist lamp, and it must be opened manually.”

DPExpert reviewed the new Olympus Evolt E-330 and wrote:
“The joy of using a single lens reflex camera is in the through-the-lens previewing of the image. The bigger and brighter the viewfinder the better. So anyone considering the E-330 should take time to check the small, dark viewfinder to see if you can live with it. We would prefer the Olympus E-500, the cheaper and more conventional alternative. And compared with the Nikon D70s and Canon 350D the Olympus is an expensive camera.”

TrustedReviews reviewed the new Olympus Evolt E-330 and wrote:
“Performance-wise, the E-330 is a bit of a mixture. Its start-up time is about two seconds, rather slower than the effectively instant start up times of most DSLRs. It can shoot 10 shots in around six seconds in SQ quality mode and continuous shooting, somewhat slower than the 3fps claimed in Olympus’ press materials.”

Steve’sDigicams reviewed the new Olympus Evolt E-330 and wrote:
“Its image quality, flexibility and viewfinder compete favorably with the high-end consumer digicams, and its scene modes offer the ease of use needed by less-experienced photographers. But while the E-330 competes well with the prosumer cameras, its performance lags its amateur dSLR competition, most notably in autofocus performance/flexbility and continuous shooting. What makes the E-330 stand out is the Live View feature, offering a hybrid of prosumer digicam and dSLR viewfinders, and enabling you to enjoy the advantages of each in a single camera.”

DCRP reviewed the new Olympus Evolt E-330 and wrote:
“Photo quality on the E-330 was excellent in my opinion. The camera took properly exposed photos with accurate colors, minimal purple fringing, with the trademark “smooth” (some would say soft) look of a digital SLR. The biggest negative for the E-330 is its price. Is it worth paying almost $1100 for the E-330 kit, when you can get a Canon Rebel XT with a lens or the very capable Olympus E-500 dual lens kit for $700? Would I, Jeff Keller, pay four hundred dollars more for a live view feature? Probably not. But, since I’m not the one shopping for a camera here, you need to decide if its worth the extra money (not to mention the tradeoffs) for this often useful feature.”

PCWorld reviewed the new Olympus Evolt E-330 and wrote:
“The new EVolt’s image quality is good, with good detail and sharpness. Like many other Olympus cameras, the E-330 comes with factory settings that add a big contrast and saturation boost to your images. If you think it’s too much, you can easily tone down the effects by adjusting in-camera settings. If you shoot in RAW mode, you won’t have this problem.
For certain situations, the LCD viewfinder is very handy, but in general, people choose an SLR because they want a traditional through-the-lens camera experience. Moreover, LCDs are difficult to see in low light, and they don’t show the full dynamic range of a scene, which can affect your creative decisions.”

Popular Photography Magazine reviewed the new Olympus Evolt E-330 and wrote:
“Noise is also improved at higher ISOs; it doesn’t reach Moderately Low until ISO 400. After that, noise reduction kicks in, holding noise down to Moderately Low even at ISO 1600, with about a 10 percent loss in resolution. (We also noticed a slightly higher dynamic range in the highest-quality JPEG images compared with the E-300, but this is not as obvious when you shoot in RAW or TIFF modes.)
The bottom line on this Evolt? It’s a splendid improvement over the E-300 in terms of image quality and AF sensitivity. And for the few hundred dollars more than you’d spend on the older E-300 ($600, street) or the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT ($750, street), you get the only DSLR capable of a live color preview — and a big, swiveling LCD monitor to enjoy it on.”

ePhotozine reviewed the new Olympus Evolt E-330 and wrote:
“In summary the positive points of the Olympus E-330 are: Excellent image quality at up to ISO400, Innovative live-view screen, Quality of the bundled kit lens, Build quality and design
The negative points: Archaic three-point autofocus system. Having to open the menu each time you want to manually select a focus point is a real chore, Images at ISO1600 are noisier than images from competing cameras, Reflective screen cover can make it difficult to see in bright light”

PopPhoto.com has a preview podcast on the Olympus Evolt E-330;
“Olympus recently became the first camera maker to announce a DSLR with a full-time, color, live-preview LCD, when it unveiled the Evolt E-330. Since users can frame their photos on the LCD, they don’t have to use the optical viewfinder. Plus, this opens up new options for underwater shooting that never existed before when using a DSLR.”

Time.com reviewed the new Olympus Evolt E-330 and wrote:
“Live view is very useful for all sorts of out-of-the-ordinary shooting. When I was testing it using an Olympus macro lens, I could manually focus the camera without craning my neck out of whack. In a crowd of people, I adjusted the articulating LCD to point downward, then held the camera aloft to take overhead shots. ”

CNET reviewed the new Olympus Evolt E-330 and wrote:
The good: Can preview shots on LCD; large LCD; very solidly built; strong photo quality.
The bad: Takes a while to figure out some of the features; kit lens is slow.
The bottom line: The Olympus Evolt E-330 is a very good midrange dSLR with unique live scene viewing on its large LCD. ”

DPNow previewed the new Olympus Evolt E-330 and wrote:
“Live view operation in Mode A and Mode B hold no surprises – using it makes one wonder why it wasn’t introduced a long time ago. Noise – a simple side by side image comparison with an E-500 seems to indicate a significant improvement in noise suppression with the E-330.”

CNET has a preview on the new Olympus Evolt E-330 and wrote:
“Upside: Obviously, the big upside is the live LCD preview, and the fact that Olympus has implemented it the right way, by equipping the camera with an LCD that flips out and swivels for maximum viewing flexibility
Downside: As with any first-of-its-kind product, the Olympus E-330 is, to some extent, an unknown quantity. We won’t know until we try the camera whether the LCD viewing implementation works well or if its new Live MOS sensor (just a CMOS chip, presumably) is up to snuff.”

Shawn barnett had his hands on the Olympus Evolt E-330 and wrote his review at Imaging-Resource:
“As for the various tweaks to the existing E-300 design, I have to say I like most of them. The grip is much better, with a more normal cut. It could be a little deeper and flatter inside, but it’s comfortable and not as unusual as the E-330. There also seems to be less weight on the left side of the body, making for less twisting force when you’re holding the camera one-handed. The entire look is still quite unusual, but more appealing overall, with attractive accents and curves.
The LCD is big, very much dominating the back of the camera, but all controls are still where they ought to be. I’m a little perplexed by the LCD’s design accents, putting a thick rectangular LCD with hard edges and a silver accent on a camera with few other hard edges makes it seem like an afterthought.”

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>> SAMPLE PICTURES (last update: 19.02.07) | back to top

- Olympus Evolt E-330 Sample Pictures @ ImagingResource
- Olympus Evolt E-330 Sample Pictures @ Photoxels
- Olympus Evolt E-330 Sample Pictures @ Megapixel
- Olympus Evolt E-330 Sample Pictures @ TrustedReviews
- Olympus Evolt E-330 Sample Pictures @ Steve’sDigicams

>> FIRMWARE | back to top

- Download Olympus Evolt E-330 Latest Firmware Update v1.1 (April’06)

>> USER MANUALS | back to top

- Download Olympus Evolt E-330 Advanced Manual
- Download Olympus Evolt E-330 Quick Start Guide

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