|Olympus E-330 - Image format
The fact that the Olympus E330 is able to store the images both in RAW and JPEG format -and even in both at the same time- can only be called logical. By now, most digital SLR cameras are in fact able to do so. However, the Olympus E-330 also provides you with the option to store the photos in TIFF format. In fact, Olympus is the only brand that uses this format to store the images directly. Although TIFF does offer you the highest quality, the image is of a very large size, which may prove unhandy. Moreover, it also lacks the correction options that you would find with RAW. Therefore, it is simply wiser to capture your images in RAW format. And for those who lack the time or energy to convert the image, the Olympus E330 offers plenty of options in the standard JPEG format. More than most cameras in fact, so kudos to Olympus!
Olympus E330 d-SLR - Light metering
As it turns out, Olympus deserve even more credit for the light metering options. Naturally, well-known methods such as multi-segment metering, centre-weighted metering and spot metering are all present. However, the Olympus E330 DSLR does offer a bonus, in the form of a spot meter that is tuned to high or low lights. This method enables you to point the spot meter at something you have decided should be white, or even black, whereupon it adjusts the exposure perfectly. Consequently, you no longer need to calculate how many steps you have to over- or underexpose. This technique isn't entirely new; Olympus used a similar system in the OM-4, a camera that dates back to the 70s of the previous century! This only goes to show how "old" techniques may very well prove valuable in the contemporary digital work environment.
Olympus E-330 reflex camera - White balance
The Olympus E330 offers plenty of options to set the white balance. Setting a correct white balance is of particular importance when photographing in JPEG or TIFF. Although you are able to adjust the colours afterwards, this will always affect the quality and may cause a variety of unwanted colour effects to occur. Therefore, it is best to set the white balance in advance, especially when working in a tricky light situation. Although the automatic white balance of the Olympus E330 does produce good overall results, it isn't entirely flawless. You may opt to set the white balance through several pre-programmed scenes, as well as according to colour temperature. It should be said that to use the latter, one would require a colour meter, which is quite a pricey device. You also have the option to create your own white balance. This means you will have to assign a different function to the image speed button; the one-touch white balance function in fact. Setting the white balance will then prove to be as easy as 1-2-3, although we have to admit that it comes across quite bothersome to have to hand in an important button to do so. The Olympus E500 featured a separate button for this.
|Olympus E-330 digital SLR - Bracketing
However, the list of remarkable assets does not end here! How about using a bracketing feature for the focus? The Olympus E330 enables you to do just this, and captures up to seven images with a slight shifting of the focus distance. You will not be surprised to hear that the standard exposure bracketing feature is also present. In addition, you have the option to apply the bracketing to the flash light. And let me remind you that this camera also offers options for panorama photography, enabling the user to capture panorama shots to his heart's content. When working with the camera, its bold and cheeky features will simply never cease to amaze you!
Olympus E-330 SLR - ISO values
And as if this isn't quite enough, the camera also allows you to experiment with the saturation, the contrast and the sharpness, something that has in fact become quite common. You will not need to change a great deal, the standard results already prove excellent. However, a certain amount of caution is needed when dealing with the sensitivity, which runs up to ISO 1600 on the Olympus E330. This proves to be just a tad too much for the small image sensor. Up to ISO 400, the image turns out wonderfully, but when working with higher ISO values, the noise increases steadily yet rapidly. Although the noise reduction does decrease the noise, it also affects the image, which becomes slightly more blurry. It is up to the user to decide whether he finds this acceptable, or prefers to resort to image editing in RAW.
Olympus E330 SLR - RAW & JPEG format
The settings are not limited to the actual photographing. When capturing your images in RAW and JPEG format at the same time, you are presented with an interesting option if you wish to delete photos. The camera allows you to decide exactly what you want to delete; either the RAW or JPEG, or both at the same time. Although this may seem a slightly over-the-top option, it could prove useful if you -for instance- only intend to publish that single snapshot online; you can simply delete the RAW version and thus create space, whilst keeping the next photo in RAW. This is only a single example of the many options that the Olympus E330 offers. It truly is an all-round digital SLR camera with a lot of potential.