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Olympus E-330
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Overview
TypeDigital single-lens reflex
Lens
LensInterchangeable Four Thirds mount
Sensor/medium
Sensor17.3 x 13.0 mm Four Thirds System Live MOS sensor
2x FOV crop
Maximum resolution3136 x 2352 (7.4 effective Megapixels)
Film speedISO 100 to 400 in 1/3, or 1.0 EV steps
Limiter for 800 or less / expandable 1600
Storage mediaCompactFlash Type I/II, Microdrive, xD-Picture Card
Focusing
Focus modesSingle AF ( S-AF )
Continuous AF ( C-AF )
Manual Focus ( MF )
S-AF + MF
C-AF + MF
Focus areas3-point TTL Phase Difference Detection System
Focus bracketing5/7 frames ( 2-step focusing available in each mode )
Exposure/metering
Exposure modesProgram automatic
Aperture automatic
Shutter automatic
Manual setting
Scene programme
Scene select
Exposure meteringTTL open-aperture metering system
Metering modesDigital ESP metering (49-point multi pattern)
Centre weighted
Spot (approx. 2%)
Spot with Highlight control
Spot with Shadow control
Flash
FlashBuilt in Pop-up, Guide number 13m at ISO 100, hotshoe
Flash bracketing3 frames in 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1EV steps
Shutter
ShutterComputerised focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed range1/4000 sec - 60 sec
Bulb mode (up to approx. 8 minutes)
1/180s X sync
Continuous shooting3 frame/s up to 4 RAW/TIFF images or
JPEG (depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression)
Viewfinder
ViewfinderOptical 0.93x Porro prism
Image processing
White balance7 settings ( 3000K - 7500K )
+/-7 steps in each R-B/G-M axis
WB bracketing3 frames. 2/4/6 steps selectable in each R-B/G-M axis
General
LCD screen2.5" (63.5 mm) TFT LCD, 215,000 pixels
BatteryBLM-1 Li-ion battery
WeightApprox. 550g ( body only)

The Olympus E-330 is a DSLR launched on 30 January 2006, using the Four Thirds System lens mount standard. Its main feature is its live image preview functionality, permitting an image to be previewed on the LCD screen. While live image preview is not new in compact digital cameras, the E-330 is significant because it was the first digital SLR to offer this feature. With the ability to digitally zoom in 10× before taking a picture, it is very well suited for exact manual focussing, for example in macro photography.

Unlike many other digital SLRs, the E-330 used a second sensor in the viewfinder chamber which was fed by splitting 20% of the light from the viewfinder. The advantage of this implementation is that the camera's autofocus and exposure systems are fully functional and there is no shutter lag. This mode is known as Live Preview A. The E-330 also offers a liveview mode using the main sensor known as Live Preview B or Macro Live Preview; however on initial release, autofocus in this mode was disabled, but firmware update 1.2 released on 22 June 2006 allowed autofocus to take place on pressing the AEL/AFL button, dropping the mirror briefly to allow AF lock to be acquired. There is additional shutter lag due to the extra close/open at the beginning and the end of the exposure cycle. Sony have adopted a similar liveview implementation in their digital SLRs which also place a second sensor in the viewfinder chamber although a moving mirror to allow all light to go to this sensor avoids the dark viewfinder problem the e-330 suffered from.

The E-330 also offers a 7.5-megapixel image sensor, and has an articulated LCD monitor which tilts up and down for waist-level and over-the-head photography. It was the first interchangeable lens DSLR to offer this feature.

The E-330 uses Olympus' patented Supersonic Wave Filter dust reduction system to shake dust from the sensor during startup and when requested by the user; this largely eliminates the problem of dust accumulation on the surface of the image sensor.

The camera offers the following "scene" modes: Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Children, Sport, High Key, Low Key, D Image Stabilization, Macro, Nature Macro, Candle, Sunset, Fireworks, Documents, Panorama, Beach & Snow, Underwater Wide, Underwater Macro.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 and the Leica Digilux 3 are both built using the same basic inner mechanism from the Olympus E-330, and thus also share the live preview function. Unlike the E-330 however, neither the L1 or Digilux 3 incorporated the second sensor in the viewfinder chamber and could only produce the liveview output from the main sensor. They still suffered from the same darker viewfinder as they shared the same mirror to divert 20% of the light for the non-existent secondary sensor. However, they were able to use AF on the main sensor by briefly dropping the mirror from their launch, and offered live histogram, live white balance preview and live metering during main sensor Live Preview, which the E-330 did not. On the other hand, all three manufacturers suggested that the eyepiece should be blocked during main-sensor live preview to prevent light ingress affecting the process, but only the E-330 included a built-in eyepiece shutter, operated by a lever next to the eyepiece.

Discover more about Olympus E-330 related topics

Digital single-lens reflex camera

Digital single-lens reflex camera

A digital single-lens reflex camera is a digital camera that combines the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor.

Macro photography

Macro photography

Macro photography is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects and living organisms like insects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size . By the original definition, a macro photograph is one in which the size of the subject on the negative or image sensor is life size or greater. In some senses, however, it refers to a finished photograph of a subject that is greater than life size.

Dust reduction system

Dust reduction system

A dust reduction system, or dust removal system, is used in several makes of digital cameras to remove dust from the image sensor. Every time lenses are changed, dust may enter the camera body and settle on the image sensor.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

The Lumix DMC-L1 is Panasonic's first DSLR camera, and was announced in February 2006. This camera adheres to the Four Thirds System lens mount standard, making it the first non-Olympus Four Thirds camera, and thus confirming that the Four Thirds System is a semi-open standard such that compatible camera bodies can be built by different companies.

Leica Digilux 3

Leica Digilux 3

The Digilux 3 is a digital single-lens reflex camera introduced by Leica on 14 September 2006. The Digilux 3 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1 are similar specification cameras, using the Four Thirds standard lens mount and featuring a 7.5 Megapixels live view N-MOS sensor, but the Digilux 3 has modified firmware including DNG output. Both the Panasonic and Digilux 3 cameras come standard with the same interchangeable Leica Elmarit 14–50 mm f/2.8–3.5 optically image-stabilized zoom lens. The Leica D system includes also the Leica Summilux 25 mm f/1.4 lens.

Source: "Olympus E-330", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympus_E-330.

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