Olympus E330 - world's first dSLR with live view

Posted on Friday, January 27 2006 @ 21:30 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Olympus' new 7.5 megapixel E330 digital SLR camera is world's first to feature continuous live views directly on the LCD. Enabling the framing of compositions without the need to look through the ocular, it allows digital SLR photographers to see what’s going on around them while they shoot, significantly enhancing flexibility.

The Olympus E-330 represents a breakthrough in digital SLR photography. For the first time it gives users the freedom to see their subjects live on the camera’s tilting, multi-angle LCD. This means that macro photographers needn’t lie in the mud to frame ground-level subjects any more, and portrait photographers can keep constant eye contact with their model or client. Moreover, underwater photographers will finally have the freedom to see what they shoot through their diving mask.

This camera will be available in March 2006.

  • World’s first Live View digital SLR with two modes:
    • A Mode – Full Time Live View with incorporated AF
    • B Mode – Macro Live View with 10x magnification for accurate manual focusing
  • 7.5 million pixels Live MOS sensor
  • Multi-angle 6.4cm/2.5” HyperCrystal LCD (215,250 pixels)
  • Supersonic Wave Filter for dust protection
  • TTL Optical Porro Finder design
  • Based on FourThirds Standard
  • Single AF, continuous AF and manual focusing, plus S-AF+MF and C-AF+MF
  • 49 area AE sensor
  • ESP, centre-weighted average and spot exposure metering plus high light basis and shadow light basis spot metering
  • Professional AE lock functionality
  • Sequential shooting at up to 3.0fps
  • IR Hybrid Type Cut Filter for equalisation with human eyes
  • 1/3 EV ISO steps
  • ISO up to 1600
  • TruePic TURBO image processor
  • P/S/A as well as full manual operation
  • 20 scene modes, 7 creative modes plus 4 exposure modes
  • Dual slot for CompactFlash/Microdrives and xD-Picture Cards
  • Built-in pop-up flash
  • User-friendly with detailed and simplified display modes
  • Weight: 550g, size: 140x87x72mm
  • Compatible with the complete range of Olympus E-System lenses and many accessories, including the FL-36 flash and the ME-1 magnifier
  • Available as camera body only or in kit containing camera body, 14-45mm (28-90mm) 1:3.5-5.6 lens, BLM-1 rechargeable battery pack with BCM-2 charger
  • Optional underwater case PT-E02 available from May 2006

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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