Olympus E-330

Olympus E-330 front

Olympus E-330 overview

Olympus E-330 is Olympus's Advanced DSLR digital camera initially announced on March of 2006. The camera houses a 7MP, CMOS Four Thirds sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 3136 x 2352. The camera is referred to as "EVOLT E-330" in some markets.

Olympus introduced this model in order to upgrade the older Olympus E-300 (Read Full Comparison) & subsequently released the updated Olympus E-450 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to upgrade this model.

The E-330 comes in at #80 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & all round #723 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can check our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.

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Olympus E-330 history

The Olympus E-330 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Olympus-E-5 front thumbnailOlympus E-5
E-330 vs E-5
12MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2011
Olympus-E-450 front thumbnailOlympus E-450
E-330 vs E-450
10MPFour Thirds4.0 fps2009
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Olympus-E-30 front thumbnailOlympus E-30
E-330 vs E-30
12MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2009
Olympus-E-3 front thumbnailOlympus E-3
E-330 vs E-3
10MPFour Thirds5.0 fps2008
Olympus-E-510 front thumbnailOlympus E-510
E-330 vs E-510
10MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2007
Olympus-E-330 front thumbnailOlympus E-3307MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2006
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Olympus-E-500 front thumbnailOlympus E-500
E-330 vs E-500
8MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2005
Olympus-E-300 front thumbnailOlympus E-300
E-330 vs E-300
8MPFour Thirds3.0 fps2005

Olympus E-330 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Olympus E-330 based on factors which are normally seen as useful in a digital camera.

above average min ISO (100)
exports RAW files
has a tilting screen
has built in flash
has phase detect auto focus
lighter than competition in class (616g)
manual focus
sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
swap lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
can't record video
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
maximum ISO low (400)
no external mic socket
no HDMI socket
no headphone socket
no image stabilization
no Time Lapse function
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
screen has low resolution (215 thousand dots)
screen is small (2.5 inches)
sensor resolution low (7MP)
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Olympus E-330 Sensor specifications

The specification of the sensor in the Olympus E-330 is 17.3mm x 13mm (Four Thirds). The 225 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 3136 x 2352 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3.

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The CMOS sensor has 7MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 - 400. This ISO can be increased electronically to a high of 1600. RAW format is supported which means that the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath displays the E-330's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The E-330 sensor has a crop factor of 2.1 and is showcased in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus E-330 dimensions

Olympus E-330 weighs in at 1.36 lb (616 grams / 21.73 ounces) & has outer dimensions of 140mm x 87mm x 72mm (5.5" x 3.4" x 2.8"). The weight of general Advanced DSLR camera is 776 grams so the Olympus E-330 is lighter in comparison with various competitors.

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Down below is a image of the Olympus E-330 besides a soft drink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.

Olympus E-330 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button arrangement on the E-330.

Olympus E-330 topview buttons dials

Olympus E-330 Lens specifications

The E-330 works with the Micro Four Thirds mount and has 162 lenses to select from. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the E-330.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Panasonic-Lumix-G-20mm-F1.7-II-ASPH lensPanasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 II ASPH20mmf/1.7 87g
Olympus-Zuiko-Digital-17.5-45mm-f3.5-5.6 lensOlympus Zuiko Digital 17.5-45mm f3.5-5.618-45mmf/3.5-5.6 210g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-12.5mm-F12 lensPanasonic Lumix G 12.5mm F1213mmf/12.0 45g
Voigtlander-Nokton-25mm-F0.95-Type-II-Micro-Four-Thirds lensVoigtlander Nokton 25mm F0.95 Type II25mmf/0.95 435g
Rokinon-14mm-f2.8-IF-ED-MC-Four-Thirds lensRokinon 14mm f2.8 IF ED MC14mmf/2.8 552g
Olympus-M.Zuiko-Digital-17mm-f1.8 lensOlympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f1.817mmf/1.8 120g
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Panasonic-Lumix-G-Vario-HD-14-140mm-F4-5.8-OIS lensPanasonic Lumix G Vario HD 14-140mm F4-5.8 OIS14-140mmf/4.0-5.8 460g
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Olympus E-330 Connectivity

The E-330 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send files and oftentimes adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

Several applications even give a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external display. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB port.

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Olympus E-330 Video specifications

Olympus E-330 does not record video. In case you are shopping for a digital camera to take only pictures, this might not be a problem.

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Olympus E-330 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing for the Olympus E-330 so you need to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.

Olympus E-330 Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus E-330 is equipped with a 2.5 inch tilting display supporting a resolution of 215 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the display screen has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Olympus E-330 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • Coverage 95%
  • Magnification 0.47x

Viewfinders can be quite helpful for sunny outdoor conditions which can make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Olympus E-330 Shutter specifications

Olympus E-330 has the capability to shoot continuously at 3.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Olympus E-330 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Olympus E-330 has both in-built flash as well as external flash ability. The maximum flash sync is 1/180s.

Olympus E-330 Autofocusing specifications

Olympus E-330 has both Phase Detect Autofocus as well as Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker & accurate in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing.

The Sensor supports 3 focus points to pick from. Olympus E-330 has the ability to use manual focus in case it is needed for low light or you want to have more precise control on focus.

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Olympus E-330 Battery life

The typical Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 offers the highest (2260) battery life for this range of cameras.

Listed below is a listing of Advanced DSLR cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Olympus E-330 for various categories of photography

The following graph displays a summation of the Olympus E-330 for various categories of photography. To look at more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Olympus E-330 Portrait photography advice

The Olympus E-330 gets a score of 54 which is reasonable, and means the camera is somewhat adequate for portrait photography. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support plus the option to use off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
MP count low (7 megapixels)

Olympus E-330 as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a reasonable points tally of 60, the Olympus E-330 is relatively suitable to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.

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screen tilts up and down
decent sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than competition (616 grams)
does not have image stabilization
low maximum ISO (400)

Olympus E-330 Sports photography information

A awful sports photography points tally of 40 indicates the Olympus E-330 is just not appropriate for taking photos of sports. A camera must have excellent tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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sensor size is decent (Four Thirds)
has phase detect auto focus
slow fps (3.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
low megapixels (7 megapixels)

Olympus E-330 Travel photography features

Size is pretty critical when selecting a camera for travel. All round, the Olympus E-330 gets a average 50 as a travelling camera which is somewhat suitable to take on your holidays.

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lighter than average in class (616 grams)
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse recording
MP count low (7MP)
does not feature selfie friendly screen

Landscape photography with Olympus E-330

When you are planning to pick a camera for landscape pictures, the most vital aspect is going to be image quality. The Olympus E-330 at it's awful rating of 45 as a landscape camera is just not appropriate among its rivals.

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has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW files
screen is small (2.5 inch)
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (7 megapixels)
max ISO too low (400)
missing Time Lapse recording

Olympus E-330 Vlogging advice

A vlogging camera should have a moving display, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Olympus E-330 is just not appropriate as a vlog camera as it receives a awful rating of 9.

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no video recording

Olympus E-330 Alternatives

If you need replacements to the E-330, here is a selection of the highest scored cameras which fall into the family of Advanced DSLR.

The line graph listed below gives you a summary of the E-330 vs it's top ranked competitors mentioned above.

There are a bunch of cameras you might look at as alternate options. To browse through a full comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Olympus E-330
Also called as
Advanced DSLR
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Four Thirds
Sensor dimensions
17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Full resolution
3136 x 2352
RAW support
Max native ISO
Max boosted ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Screen diagonal
2.5 inches
Resolution of screen
215 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
60 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash modes
Auto, Auto FP, Manual, Red-Eye
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize
1/180 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Max video resolution
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
616 gr (1.36 lbs)
Physical dimensions
140 x 87 x 72mm (5.5" x 3.4" x 2.8")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
Compact Flash (Type I or II), xD Picture Card
Card slots
Price at launch