The 'Live View system employed in the E-330Press Release:
With its new E-330, Olympus introduces the fourth SLR body in the award
winning Olympus E-System and expands the horizons of photography by
including live view on the LCD screen of a digital SLR for the first
This ground-breaking innovation enables framing of shots without the
need to look through the viewfinder, allowing users to remain aware of
what’s going on around them while they shoot – a
significant advantage for reportage or sports photographers. As the
image is relayed live on a large bright LCD screen measuring
2.5”/ 6.4cm framing the subject is made much easier in
when using a conventional viewfinder is too awkward, such as when
photographing underwater. And as the large LCD can be tilted or
swivelled to virtually any angle, the versatility of the Olympus E-330
is extended even further.
The E-330 has been equipped with the latest-generation 7.5 million
pixel MOS sensor for high speed and sensitivity. And, to safeguard
image quality against dust contamination, Olympus’s exclusive
Supersonic Wave Filter once again appears on an E-System SLR.
For ultimate versatility, the Olympus E-330 is compatible with the full
range of Olympus E-System accessories. It will be supplied with a ZUIKO
DIGITAL 14-45mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens (equivalent to 28-90mm on a 35mm
camera)** and, from March 2006, will be available from High Street
camera shops priced at around £900.
Continuous live view on a
tilt and swivel monitor
As the world’s first digital SLR to feature a continuous live
view on its LCD screen, the Olympus E-330 gives photographers a
previously unheard of degree of flexibility. The camera’s TTL
optical porro design has made it possible to fit the E-330 with two
separate image sensors, enabling two different live view modes. Mode A,
for Full Time Live View framing, utilises a CCD mounted in the
viewfinder’s optical path to return a 92% field of view and
retains full AF functionality. Meanwhile, Mode B locks the mirror in
the up position and uses the camera’s Live MOS sensor to
Macro Live View with a 100% field of view. This latter mode is
especially helpful when focusing macro subjects, as it provides the
freedom of complete manual focus control aided by the facility to
magnify the central section of the displayed image by 10x.
To get the maximum benefit from the dual live views, Olympus has
equipped the E-330 with a large, 2.5”/6.4cm multi-angle
the LCD screen of which employs HyperCrystal technology, assuring
extra-fast response times and providing viewing-angles of 160°.
angle of this monitor can be adjusted by the photographer, so that the
best view of the subject can be seen on the LCD screen. This feature
makes composing photos taken above the head, over the top of crowds, or
shot from waist height surprisingly easy, removing the chance of
pointing the camera in the wrong direction. Macro photographers in
particular will appreciate this feature as they won’t need to
bend themselves into uncomfortable positions to look through the
viewfinder when framing low level shots.
Keeping track of the many functions on offer has also been made easy,
as the E-330’s large LCD monitor also displays details of the
current camera settings and users have the choice of either viewing
more detailed information or just the general settings.
High-performance 7.5 million pixel Live MOS sensor
For the very best in imaging performance the Olympus E-330 incorporates
a newly-developed latest generation MOS sensor with 7.5 million pixels.
This type of sensor offers image quality comparable to an FFT-CCD but
with the low power requirements of an MOS Sensor. A simple amplifier in
each pixel reduces the number of circuit paths, minimising the surface
area that is unresponsive to light. The effectively enlarged
photosensitive area thereby helps to provide superior image quality, as
well as higher sensitivity with less noise. Responsiveness is similarly
enhanced for fast processing, making the camera capable of delivering a
burst rate of 3.0 frames per second. Coupled with the TruePic TURBO
image processor, results will convince even professional users.
Slots for both CompactFlash and xD-Picture Card feature have been
included so that photographers can choose the type of media on which
they wish to record their results and files can be saved in JPEG, TIFF
and RAW formats.
Professional results for
Photographers who want to give free reign to their creative impulses
will find that the full manual mode, along with the semi-manual
Aperture or Shutter Priority options on the Olympus E-330 have plenty
to offer, whilst others may prefer the convenience of automatic
shooting. On top of these four exposure modes, 20 pre-defined scene
modes and 7 creative modes have been included to cover most
eventualities. These include modes for Nature Macro and xD-Panorama
shooting, as well as two underwater modes and an anti-blur option.
A 49 area AE sensor provides accurate exposure values for ESP metering
using an advanced evaluation algorithm, with conventional
centre-weighted average and spot metering also available. And for more
tricky lighting situations Highlight and Shadow specific spot metering
are on hand to give ultra precise control. A Histogram function is also
included as well as professional AE Lock functionality for camera
customisation. Of course, for additional lighting requirements, the
built-in flash can always be brought into play and for more demanding
flash photography photographers can purchase more specialised flash
guns, such as the FL-36 or FL-50 and ring and twin flash units, from
the Olympus E-System.
Other pro-level features including One-Touch White Balance, Depth of
Field Preview and bracketing functions for exposure, white balance and
focus are all geared towards enhancingthe shooting experience and
ultimately ensuring picture quality. Black & white shooting is
available with the option to select colour filters – as used
analogue photography, to alter the contrast of the sky for example.
Ready for all kinds of
Photographers using the Olympus E-330 will benefit from buying into the
broad and ever expanding Olympus E-System of lenses and other
accessories, designed specifically for digital photography. Olympus
provides a solution for virtually any situation, even underwater
photography and every lens features nearly telecentric construction to
enhance digital image capture. A full list of lenses can be found in
the Background information section of this release.
The Olympus E-330 represents a radical new departure in digital SLR
design. With its live view feature, photographers will for the first
time be able comfortably view the image they are taking no matter what
position their camera is placed in. The Olympus E-330 comes in a kit
with a high-performance ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-45mm 1:3.5-5.6 lens
(28-90mm)**, and will be available from March 2006 in camera shops
retailing for around £900.
The Olympus E-330 digital SLR – main features:
Supersonic Wave Dust
- World’s first* Live View digital SLR with two
- A Mode – Full Time Live View with incorporated AF
- B Mode – Macro Live View with 10x magnification
for easy focusing
- 7.5 million pixels Live MOS sensor
- Multi-angle 6.4cm/2.5” HyperCrystal LCD (215,250
- Supersonic Wave Filter for dust protection
- TTL Optical Porro Finder design
- Single AF, continuous AF and manual focusing, plus S-AF+MF
- 49 area AE sensor
- ESP, centre-weighted average and spot exposure metering
plus high light basis and shadow light basis spot metering
- Based on Four Thirds standard
- Professional AE lock functionality
- Sequential shooting at up to 3.0fps
- IR Hybrid Type Cut Filter for equalisation with human eyes
- 1/3 EV ISO steps
- ISO up to 1600
- TruePic TURBO image processor
- P/S/A as well as full manual operation
- 20 scene modes, 7 creative modes plus 4 exposure modes
- Dual slot for CompactFlash/Microdrives and xD-Picture Cards
- Built-in pop-up flash
- User-friendly with detailed and simplified display modes
- Weight: 550g, size: 140x87x72mm
- Compatible with the complete range of Olympus E-System
many accessories, including the FL-36 flash and the ME-1 magnifier
- Available as camera body only or in kit containing camera
14-45mm (28-90mm)** 1:3.5-5.6 lens , BLM-1 rechargeable battery pack
with BCM-2 charger
As with all Olympus E-System cameras, incorporation of the Supersonic
Wave Filter means that the problem of dust entering the camera body and
landing on the image sensor while changing lenses is completely
eradicated. The patented technology ensures worry-free lens changing
anywhere and anytime, enabling users to experience the brilliance of
dust-free pictures. Developed by Olympus, the Supersonic Wave Filter
generates ultra-high-speed vibrations that shake off dust and other
particles, such as pollen grains, which are then captured to prevent
recontamination. This function is activated at each start-up of the
camera, but may also be triggered manually. This ingenious solution
spares users the time and expense of cleaning dusty image sensors or
retouching photos that have been spoiled by black dust spots.
Olympus E-System lenses
ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm (14-28mm)** 1:4.0
ZUIKO DIGITAL 11-22mm (22-44mm)** 1:2.8-3.5
ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-35mm (28-70mm)** 1:2.0 (available 2007)
ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-45mm (28-90mm)** 1:3.5-5.6
ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-54mm (28-108mm)** 1:2.8-3.5
ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 18-180mm (36-360mm)** 1:3.5-6.3 (available end of
ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 35-100mm (70-200mm)** 1:2.0
||Interchangeable lens digital SLR camera with Live View
||ZUIKO Digital, FourThirds System lenses.
||CompactFlash card (Type I and II), Microdrive,
xD-Picture card. (Dual slot).
|Effective pixel number
||7.5 million pixels.
||17.3mm x 13.0mm.
||Live MOS sensor (4/3 type MOS solid-state image sensor).
|Dust protect filter
||Supersonic Wave Filter.
||Eye-level TTL Optical Porro mirror type finder.
|Depth of field preview
||Yes (customised Drive button). Selectable in optical
viewfinder or on the LCD monitor.
||A mode: Framing live
view with AF function.
Field of view: approx. 92%
2 passport templates are available.
B mode: Macro live view with
up with position selectable.
golden section, 8x6 grid, scale.