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Olympus E-300 vs Olympus E-330

Portability
67
Imaging
41
Features
31
Overall
37
Olympus E-300 front
 
Olympus E-330 front
Portability
65
Imaging
41
Features
40
Overall
40

Olympus E-300 vs Olympus E-330 Key Specs

Olympus E-300
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 400 (Raise to 1600)
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 624g - 147 x 85 x 64mm
  • Announced January 2005
  • Alternative Name is EVOLT E-300
  • Newer Model is Olympus E-330
Olympus E-330
(Full Review)
  • 7MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 2.5" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 400 (Expand to 1600)
  • No Video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 616g - 140 x 87 x 72mm
  • Introduced March 2006
  • Alternate Name is EVOLT E-330
  • Superseded the Olympus E-300
  • Updated by Olympus E-450
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Olympus E-300 vs Olympus E-330 Overview

Let's examine more closely at the Olympus E-300 versus Olympus E-330, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras and both are sold by Olympus. The sensor resolution of the E-300 (8MP) and the E-330 (7MP) is pretty well matched and they use the same exact sensor size (Four Thirds).

Photography Glossary

The E-300 was manufactured 14 months before the E-330 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before going straight into a thorough comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the E-300 grades vs the E-330 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-300 over the Olympus E-330

 E-300 E-330 

Reasons to pick Olympus E-330 over the Olympus E-300

 E-330 E-300 
IntroducedMarch 2006January 2005Fresher by 14 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen sizing2.5"1.8"Bigger screen (+0.7")
Screen resolution215k134kCrisper screen (+81k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-300 and Olympus E-330

 E-300 E-330 
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Olympus E-300 vs Olympus E-330 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry your camera often, you will want to factor its weight and volume. The Olympus E-300 has outside dimensions of 147mm x 85mm x 64mm (5.8" x 3.3" x 2.5") accompanied by a weight of 624 grams (1.38 lbs) whilst the Olympus E-330 has sizing of 140mm x 87mm x 72mm (5.5" x 3.4" x 2.8") and a weight of 616 grams (1.36 lbs).

Check the Olympus E-300 versus Olympus E-330 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are using at the time. Underneath is the front view measurements comparison of the E-300 versus the E-330.

Olympus E-300 vs Olympus E-330 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the E-300 and E-330 is 67 and 65 respectively.

Olympus E-300 vs Olympus E-330 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-300 vs Olympus E-330 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its tough to visualize the contrast between sensor sizing just by looking at specs. The visual underneath will help provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the E-300 and E-330.

All in all, both of those cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit different MP. You should expect the Olympus E-300 to resolve more detail due to its extra 1 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop photographs far more aggressively. The older E-300 is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Olympus E-300 vs Olympus E-330 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-300 vs Olympus E-330 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-300 vs Olympus E-330 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Olympus E-300 Portrait photography advice
Olympus E-330 Portrait photography advice
48
you can focus manually
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
no liveview
resolution not great (8MP)
54
has manual focus
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
low megapixels (7 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Olympus E-300
Street photography with Olympus E-330
51
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
no moving screen
no image stabilization
max ISO too low (400)
60
screen tilts
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
lighter than average in class (616g)
does not have image stabilization
maximum ISO low (400)
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-300 Sports photography features
Olympus E-330 Sports photography features
37
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
no liveview
slow frames per second (3.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
resolution not great (8 megapixels)
40
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (7 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-300 Travel photography features
Olympus E-330 Travel photography features
45
has built in flash
no Timelapse mode
resolution not great (8 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
50
lighter than average in class (616g)
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse function
low megapixels (7 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Olympus E-300 Landscape photography highlights
Olympus E-330 Landscape photography highlights
43
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
exports RAW formats
screen is small (1.8 inches)
no liveview
no image stabilization
resolution not great (8 megapixels)
max ISO too low (400)
no Timelapse mode
45
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
screen is small (2.5 inch)
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (7 megapixels)
maximum ISO low (400)
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-300 Vlogging advice
Olympus E-330 Vlogging advice
9
no video
9
no video shooting
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Olympus E-300 vs Olympus E-330 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-300 and Olympus E-330
 Olympus E-300Olympus E-330
General Information
Make Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus E-300 Olympus E-330
Otherwise known as EVOLT E-300 EVOLT E-330
Class Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Announced 2005-01-10 2006-03-18
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 8 megapixels 7 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3
Full resolution 3264 x 2448 3136 x 2352
Max native ISO 400 400
Max boosted ISO 1600 1600
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 3 3
Lens
Lens mounting type Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Number of lenses 45 45
Focal length multiplier 2.1 2.1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 1.8 inch 2.5 inch
Display resolution 134k dot 215k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage - 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.47x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 secs 60 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 3.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash settings Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/180 secs 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Max video resolution None None
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 624 grams (1.38 lbs) 616 grams (1.36 lbs)
Dimensions 147 x 85 x 64mm (5.8" x 3.3" x 2.5") 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
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I or II) Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $800 $1,100