Canon SX400 IS vs Olympus E-330

Portability
81
Imaging
42
Features
31
Overall
37
Canon PowerShot SX400 IS front
 
Olympus E-330 front
Portability
65
Imaging
42
Features
40
Overall
41

Canon SX400 IS vs Olympus E-330 Key Specs

Canon SX400 IS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.4-5.8) lens
  • 313g - 104 x 69 x 80mm
  • Released July 2014
Olympus E-330
(Full Review)
  • 7MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 400 (Expand to 1600)
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 616g - 140 x 87 x 72mm
  • Announced March 2006
  • Also Known as EVOLT E-330
  • Replaced the Olympus E-300
  • Replacement is Olympus E-450
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Canon SX400 IS vs Olympus E-330 Overview

Lets look closer at the Canon SX400 IS versus Olympus E-330, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Advanced DSLR by brands Canon and Olympus. There exists a substantial gap between the resolutions of the SX400 IS (16MP) and E-330 (7MP) and the SX400 IS (1/2.3") and E-330 (Four Thirds) have totally different sensor measurements.

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The SX400 IS was released 8 years later than the E-330 and that is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras have different body design with the Canon SX400 IS being a Compact camera and the Olympus E-330 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before diving right into a in depth comparison, here is a quick overview of how the SX400 IS scores versus the E-330 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX400 IS over the Olympus E-330

 SX400 IS E-330 
AnnouncedJuly 2014March 2006More recent by 102 months
Display dimensions3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution230k215kClearer display (+15k dot)

Reasons to pick Olympus E-330 over the Canon SX400 IS

 E-330 SX400 IS 
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Common features in the Canon SX400 IS and Olympus E-330

 SX400 IS E-330 
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch display No Touch display

Canon SX400 IS vs Olympus E-330 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to lug around your camera frequently, you're going to have to factor in its weight and measurements. The Canon SX400 IS comes with physical measurements of 104mm x 69mm x 80mm (4.1" x 2.7" x 3.1") and a weight of 313 grams (0.69 lbs) while the Olympus E-330 has proportions of 140mm x 87mm x 72mm (5.5" x 3.4" x 2.8") and a weight of 616 grams (1.36 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have chosen at the time. Underneath is a front view physical size comparison of the SX400 IS vs the E-330.

Canon SX400 IS vs Olympus E-330 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the SX400 IS and E-330 is 81 and 65 respectively.

Canon SX400 IS vs Olympus E-330 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX400 IS vs Olympus E-330 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very tough to see the contrast between sensor measurements simply by going over technical specs. The graphic below should give you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the SX400 IS and E-330.

As you can tell, both cameras have different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The SX400 IS featuring a tinier sensor will make getting shallower depth of field more challenging and the Canon SX400 IS will deliver greater detail as a result of its extra 9MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop pics a bit more aggressively. The newer SX400 IS will have a benefit in sensor tech.

Canon SX400 IS vs Olympus E-330 sensor size comparison

Canon SX400 IS vs Olympus E-330 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX400 IS vs Olympus E-330 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX400 IS as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus E-330 as a Portrait photography camera
36
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
supports face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
55
manual focus
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
low megapixels (7 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Canon SX400 IS Street photography details
Olympus E-330 Street photography details
52
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
61
has a tilting screen
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
lighter than competition (616g)
lack of image stabilization
low max ISO (400)
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX400 IS Sports photography features
Olympus E-330 Sports photography features
43
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor is small (1/2.3")
low battery pack (190 CIPA)
lack of phase detect autofocus
41
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
sensor has phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (7 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX400 IS Travel photography highlights
Olympus E-330 Travel photography highlights
60
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
low battery pack (190 CIPA)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.4)
50
lighter than competition (616g)
flash built-in
does not have Timelapse function
low megapixels (7 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX400 IS Landscape photography factors
Olympus E-330 Landscape photography factors
41
rather wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.4)
no manual exposure
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
low battery pack (190 shots)
lack of Timelapse mode
45
manual focus
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
exports RAW files
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (7MP)
low max ISO (400)
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX400 IS Vlogging highlights
Olympus E-330 Vlogging highlights
28
rather wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection autofocus
slow max aperture (f3.4)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external microphone support
9
no video shooting
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Canon SX400 IS vs Olympus E-330 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX400 IS and Olympus E-330
 Canon PowerShot SX400 ISOlympus E-330
General Information
Company Canon Olympus
Model Canon PowerShot SX400 IS Olympus E-330
Otherwise known as - EVOLT E-330
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Released 2014-07-29 2006-03-18
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 4+ -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 7 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 3136 x 2352
Highest native ISO 1600 400
Highest boosted ISO - 1600
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 3
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 24-720mm (30.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/3.4-5.8 -
Macro focus range 0cm -
Amount of lenses - 45
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.1
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen size 3" 2.5"
Screen resolution 230k dots 215k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage - 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.47x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/1600s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.00 m -
Flash modes Auto, on, off, slow synchro Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/180s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) -
Highest video resolution 1280x720 None
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 313g (0.69 lb) 616g (1.36 lb)
Physical dimensions 104 x 69 x 80mm (4.1" x 2.7" x 3.1") 140 x 87 x 72mm (5.5" x 3.4" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 190 images -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-11LH -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card
Card slots 1 1
Launch price $229 $1,100