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Olympus E330 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
The Olympus E330 DSLR is able to support two types of memory cards: CompactFlash cards and the xD Picture Card. The latter is indeed a logical choice; after all, Olympus is one of the founders of the xD Picture Card. Equipping the camera with an additional slot for CompactFlash proves to be a clever move indeed, which greatly increases the exchangeability. CompactFlash is available in a larger variety of storage capacities and speeds. For now at least, as xD Picture memory cards will also become available in higher capacities.
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Olympus E-330 - Required storage capacity
The Olympus E330 offers a resolution of 7.5 million pixels. Although this is slightly less than that of its predecessor, it certainly isn't significant. However, these types of resolutions do require quite a share of storage capacity. This doesn't limit itself to memory cards; larger hard disks would also prove handy. I would recommend a memory card with a minimum of 1GB for photographing. A RAW file already proves 12.9MB in size, whilst a TIFF is an astounding 21.6MB. This should make it clear why it's wiser to capture your images in RAW than in TIFF, especially when you want to achieve the maximum quality. JPEG offers the choice between several resolutions, each featuring four compression modes. The minimum compression is 1/2.7, which translates to a 5.7MB file when working with the maximum resolution. This is still quite a reasonable file, which easily suffices to produce large prints. The following table shows the amount of images that fit onto a 1GB card.

Considering 1GB of storage capacity:
RAW - 3136x2352 pixels - 12.9MB - 78 images
TIFF - 3136x2352 pixels - 21.6MB - 46 images
JPEG - SHQ 1/2.7 - 3136x2352 pixels - 5.7MB - 178 images
JPEG - HQ 1/4 - 3136x2352 pixels - 4.0MB - 256 images
JPEG - HQ 1/8 - 3136x2352 pixels - 1.8MB - 568 images
JPEG - HQ 1/12 - 3136x2352 pixels - 1.2MB - 852 images
JPEG - SQ 1/2.7 - 2560x1920 pixels - 4.0MB - 256 images
JPEG - SQ 1/4 - 2560x1920 pixels - 2.4MB - 426 images
JPEG - SQ 1/8 - 2560x1920 pixels - 1.2MB - 852 images
JPEG - SQ 1/12 - 2560x1920 pixels - 0.8MB - 1280 images
JPEG - SQ 1/2.7 - 1600x1200 pixels - 1.4MB - 730 images
JPEG - SQ 1/4 - 1600x1200 pixels - 0.9MB - 1136 images
JPEG - SQ 1/8 - 1600x1200 pixels - 0.5MB - 2048 images
JPEG - SQ 1/12 - 1600x1200 pixels - 0.3MB - 3412 images
JPEG - SQ 1/2.7 - 1280x960 pixels - 0.9MB - 1136 images
JPEG - SQ 1/4 - 1280x960 pixels - 0.6MB - 1706 images
JPEG - SQ 1/8 - 1280x960 pixels - 0.3MB - 3412 images
JPEG - SQ 1/12 - 1280x960 pixels - 0.2MB - 5120 images
JPEG - SQ 1/2.7 - 1024x768 pixels - 0.6MB - 1706 images
JPEG - SQ 1/4 - 1024x768 pixels - 0.4MB - 2560 images
JPEG - SQ 1/8 - 1024x768 pixels - 0.2MB - 5120 images
JPEG - SQ 1/12 - 1024x768 pixels - 0.1MB - 10240 images
JPEG - SQ 1/2.7 - 640x480 pixels - 0.2MB - 5120 images
JPEG - SQ 1/4 - 640x480 pixels - 0.2MB - 5120 images
JPEG - SQ 1/8 - 640x480 pixels - 0.1MB - 10240 images
JPEG - SQ 1/12 - 640x480 pixels - 0,1MB - 10240 images
Olympus E330 - SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash
As is common with a digital SLR camera, the user is not offered the option to capture video clips. Remarkable is the difference in speed between the xD Picture card and the SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash memory card, which is most noticeable when storing large files. In all honesty, if you notice a factor 4 - 5x difference in speed, you do seriously start to wonder what the surplus value of the xD card slot is, if any. As far as I'm concerned, the buffer, which fits 4 high resolution images, offers sufficient capacity. Naturally, no one would object to a larger buffer, but we shouldn't forget to stay realistic and keep the price/quality ratio in mind.

Olympus E330 digital SLR - Fast memory card
The Olympus E330 features a very decent buffer indeed, which is not likely to be used when working with JPEG. Of course, this does depend on your choice of card. Both the CompactFlash cards and xD Picture Cards are available in a variety of speeds. During the testing period, however, we only had the standard xD card to work with, which isn't exactly the fastest of the bunch. When opting for CompactFlash, an Extreme III by SanDisk proves to be an excellent choice; it enables you to keep working at a pleasant pace. The Ultra II version too is likely to suffice, but the standard blue cards are simply too slow for the Olympus E330.

Olympus E-330 FourThirds camera - BLM-1 Lithium Ion battery
The Olympus E330 uses a BLM-1 Lithium Ion battery. We have had previous encounters with this battery, which features a power capacity of 7.2V 1500mAh, when working with the other FourThirds system cameras. During the practice tests, we were able to capture a considerable amount of images with a fully charged battery. As there are various ways to use the camera (Live view mode A and B), the amount of images may differ from what you achieve when working with the camera in a single Live view mode. The numbers that Olympus state seem realistic. This translates to approximately 200 - 250 images in combination with Live View, and approximately 380 - 420 images when only using the camera's viewfinder. Live view does cost quite a bit of power, which is why we would recommend purchasing a second battery to those who intend to use this feature frequently.
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