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Sunday 12th February 2006
Written by Dennis Hissink
Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm lens Olympus E-330 Evolt camera body
Olympus E-330 EVOLT Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 lens Olympus E-330 EVOLT Camera Body
Olympus E-330 EVOLT Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 lens Olympus E-330 EVOLT Camera Body
The Olympus E-330 digital SLR comes with a standard zoom lens. The Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 is a lightweight lens with a focal length of 14-45mm which is equivalent to 28-90mm wide angle standard zoom on a 35mm film camera. The Zuiko Digital 14-45mm lens features a new multi coating on the first 2 lenses that contributes to removal from the ghost or flare, which is easy to appear through a wide-angle lens. An aspherical lens element and Ultra High-refractive Index glass ensures an excellent quality. Additionally the Olympus Zuiko 14-45mm adopts a floating technique for the focusing system to materialize the closest focusing distance of 0.38m in the entire zoom range. Olympus Zuiko Digital lenses meet the high demands of digital SLR photography providing edge-to-edge sharpness and very high light utilisation. They are featuring near telecentric optics for highest image quality and based on the FourThirds standard they enable bright, compact and lightweight design. Handling the Olympus E-330 body for the first time I immediately liked the design. The Camera lies very stable in your hand and compared to its predecessor, the E300, the grip has improved; it gives you a more secure feeling. Compared to other regular digital SLR cameras the design of the Olympus E-330 is quite different. It looks more like the advanced mega zoom digital camera than a typical SLR camera. The Olympus E-330 digital SLR camera incorporates a built-in flash that needs to be activated manually via a flash release button. In the grip of the camera you will find a small led. This led indicates the status of the self-timer. First, the self-timer lamp lights up for approximately 10 seconds, then it blinks for approximately 2 seconds and the picture is taken. However, the led has another function; remote control receiver. The optional remote control needs to be pointed at the remote control receiver of the camera within the effective area (approx. 5 m indoor, 3 m outdoor). Powerful lighting such as direct sunlight, fluorescent light or devices emitting electrical or radio waves could narrow the effective area.
External flash Super Sonic Wave Filter Pixel mapping
Olympus E-330 External flash
Olympus E-330 Pixel mapping
Olympus E-330 External flash Olympus E-330 Super Sonic Wave Filter Olympus E-330 Pixel mapping
Besides a built-in flash the Olympus E-330 digital SLR camera features a hot shoe so you will be able to use an external flash. The external flashes communicate with the camera, allowing you to control the Olympus E-330's flash modes with various available flash control modes, such as TTL Auto and Super FP flash. The external flash can be mounted on the Olympus E330 d-SLR by attaching it to the camera's hot shoe. The camera incorporates a dust reduction function to keep dust from getting on the image pickup device and to remove any dust or dirt from the image pickup device surface with ultrasonic vibrations. Every time the Olympus E-330 is activated the dust reduction starts working. The SSWF indicator will blink while dust reduction is working. The pixel mapping feature allows the Olympus E-330 to check and adjust the image pickup device and image processing functions. Approximately once a year is recommended. After using the monitor or taking continuous shots, wait for at least one minute before using the pixel mapping function to ensure that it operates correctly. Before starting, put on the lens cap and close the eyepiece shutter.
Shading compensation Playback on TV USB 2.0 interface
Olympus E-330 Shading compensation
Olympus E-330 Playback on TV
Olympus E-330 Shading compensation Olympus E-330 Playback on TV Olympus E-330 USB 2.0 interface
A unique feature is the shading compensation. In some cases, the edges of the image may be shadowed due to the properties of the lens. The shading compensation function compensates by increasing brightness at the dark edge of the image. This function is especially useful when a wide-angle lens is used. You are not able to use this function in combination with a tele converter. The Olympus E-330 comes with a video cable and features, of course, a video interface to connect the camera to a monitor or big screen. Sharing your favourite moments with family and friends on different occasions is a matter of connecting the camera to a TV set. Turn the camera on and enjoy all those captured shots on a big screen. The set-up menu lets you select between NTSC and PAL. The Olympus E-330 d-SLR is equipped with a USB 2.0 interface. Unfortunately the interface is not the Hi-speed version but a Full Speed one. Full speed will enable the E-330 camera to transfer the captured images at a rate of up to 12Mbps. Hi-Speed, however, would provide up to 480Mbps. Besides connecting the camera to your desktop or notebook you could also make use of a Hi-Speed card reader.
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