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Top of camera controls

The control layout on the top of the E-330 has changed slightly compared to the E-300. Firstly there is the exposure compensation button just behind the shutter release (same as E-500), the mode dial has moved over to the left slightly and the AEL/AFL and AF point buttons (which used to be 'under your thumb') have disappeared.

Some settings such as exposure compensation are changed by holding a button and turning the main dial, my annoyance with this control, just as with the E-500 was that you have to turn it quite slowly otherwise the camera can't 'keep up' with exactly how many clicks you have dialed in.

Buttons

Button
 
Function
 
Exposure Compensation

 • -5.0 EV to +5.0 EV
 • 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps

Exposure Mode Dial

Icon
 
Mode
 
P

Programmed Auto (Flexible)

The Program AE on the E-330 is flexible, this means that you can select one of a variety of equal exposures by turning the main command dial (rear of camera) left or right. Minimum shutter speed in is 8 seconds (at ISO 100).

Example (1/3 EV steps):

 • 1/160 F3.2 (turn CCW a click) Ps
 • 1/125 F3.5 (turn CCW a click) Ps
 • 1/100 F4.0 (metered) P
 • 1/80 F5.0 (turn CW a click) Ps
 • 1/60 F5.6 (turn CW a click) Ps

A

Aperture Priority Auto

In this mode you select the aperture and the camera will calculate the shutter speed for the exposure (depending on metered value; metering mode, ISO). Aperture is displayed on the viewfinder status bar and the LCD monitor (if INFO display is on), turn the main dial to select different apertures. A half-press of the shutter release causes the cameras exposure system to calculate the shutter speed, if it's outside of the cameras exposure range the shutter speed will blink.

 • Range depends on lens max. and min. apertures (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps)

S

Shutter Priority Auto

In this mode you select the shutter speed and the camera will calculate the correct aperture for the exposure (depending on metered value; metering mode, ISO).Shutter speed is displayed on the viewfinder status bar and the LCD monitor (if INFO display is on), turn the main dial to select different shutter speeds. A half-press of the shutter release causes the cameras exposure system to calculate the aperture, if it's outside of the cameras exposure range (for instance trying to take a shot at 1/500s in darkness) the aperture will show 'Lo' or 'Hi'.

 • 60 seconds - 1/4000 sec (in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps) 

M

Full Manual Exposure

In this mode you select the aperture and the shutter speed from any combination of the above (and additionally Bulb shutter). Turn the main dial to adjust either shutter speed or aperture, press the exposure compensation button (+/-) to switch between the two. The viewfinder display will indicate how close you are to the metered exposure (+/- 5 EV). In addition a graphical representation is shown on the LCD monitor.

Scene: Portrait

Selects large apertures (low F numbers) to provide narrow depth of field, this creates the out of focus 'blurred' background effect which enhances portrait photographs.
Image parameters: Sharpness -1.
Scene: Landscape

Selects smaller apertures (high F numbers) to provide larger depth of field (foreground and background appear in focus). This mode also appears to adjust color balance to optimize blues and greens.
WB: Daylight, Image parameters: Sharpness +1, Contrast +1.
Scene: Macro

Selects an aperture above F4.0 to improve sharpness from the lens, also enables the continuous manual focus mode (S-AF + MF).
Scene: Sport

Selects large apertures (small F numbers) to achieve the fastest possible shutter speed to try and freeze fast action and avoid blurring. Enables continuous AF (C-AF).
Scene: Night Scene and Portrait

Enables noise reduction and configures the camera for optimum night exposures (although for some reason the camera picks Daylight WB, this won't work in a city night shot environment). Also enables Slow Sync flash.
WB: Daylight, Image parameters: Sharpness -1, Contrast -2. Flash: Slow Sync
SCENE Custom Scene

Allows you to select one of the fourteen built-in scene modes (each is shown on the LCD monitor with an image sample and short description):

• Portrait
• Landscape
• Landscape & Portrait
• Night Scene
• Night Scene & Portrait
• Children
• Sports
• High Key
• Low key
• D Image Stabilization (ISO boost)
• Macro
• Natural Macro
• Candle
• Sunset
• Fireworks
• Documents
• Panorama (req. special xD card)
• Beach & Snow
• Under Water Wide (req. underwater housing)
• Under Water Macro (req. underwater housing)

Minimum shutter speeds

Note that the minimum shutter speed varies in P and A mode depending on sensitivity.

  ISO 100 ISO 200 ISO 400 ISO 800 ISO 1600
P 8 sec 4 sec 2 sec 1 sec 1/2 sec
A 60 sec 60 sec 60 sec 30 sec 15 sec
S 60 sec
M 60 sec + Bulb
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