Olympus E-330 EVOLT Review
The E-330 allows you to change image sharpening, contrast and color saturation each of which have five levels of adjustment. You can also select between sRGB or Adobe RGB output color space. Additionally the E-330 now features preset image parameters as first seen on the E-500.
Image parameter adjustments
- Picture Mode: Vivid, Natural, Muted, Monotone, Sepia
- Gradation: Low Key, Normal, High Key #
- Contrast: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
- Saturation: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 #
- Sharpness: -2, -1, 0, +1, +2
- Monotone filter: Neutral, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green *
- Monotone tint: Neutral, Sepia, Blue, Purple, Green *
* Only available in Monotone and Sepia modes
# Not available in Monotone and Sepia modes
As noted above the E-330 now features five 'Picture Modes'. The first three presets (vivid, natural, muted) essentially differ only by color saturation and sharpness settings. The last two are for black and white output. Each preset equates to the following settings (approximately, this isn't documented):
Hence using mode 'Natural' with a sharpness of +1 should produce approximately the same output as the E-300.
Place your mouse over the label to see a ColorChecker chart shot in each picture mode.
The E-330 provides the independent selection of output color space, you can select from sRGB or Adobe RGB. Sadly, just like with the E-300 and E-500 this option is buried away on the second setup menu (why it can't be on the first menu with the other image parameter options is beyond me).
Images taken in the Adobe RGB color space have their filename prefixed with an underscore (_) this complies with DCF 2.0 (Exif 2.21)*. It looks as though Olympus has fixed the color space issue we discovered in our E-300 review, color response is virtually identical between the two modes (apart from Adobe RGB offering a wider gamut and slightly more contrast). Place your mouse over the label to see a ColorChecker chart shot in the respective mode. (Picture mode Natural used for these samples).
|sRGB||Adobe RGB (converted to sRGB)|
* This has nothing in particular to do with Olympus but this renaming system makes it difficult to keep your images in the correct order if you don't routinely rename them by date/time.
Color space: CIE u'v' Color Distribution chart
Note that in these samples the Adobe RGB image has not been converted to sRGB and so to view it correctly you will have to load it into a color space aware photo application and assign the Adobe RGB color space. (Picture mode Natural used for these samples).
Below each sample is the CIE u'v' Color Distribution chart; larger gray triangle approximately represents the range of color which the human eye can resolve, the inner triangle the available gamut in each color space (sRGB or Adobe RGB).
The E-330 features a the same 'gradation' setting as the E-300 and E-500. It provides the ability to change the brightness of the image to either low key, normal and high key. In reality all this appears to do is apply +0.7 EV or -0.7 EV adjustment to the metered exposure. The three shots below: 1/60 sec (High Key), 1/80 sec (Normal), 1/125 sec (Low Key). (Picture mode Natural used for these samples).
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