Compared to... (features & specifications)

The E-330 is a difficult camera to place, it's some $300 more than the similar Canon EOS 350D kit and $100 more than the ten megapixel Sony DSC-R1 which offers live view on its LCD and a better lens with a larger zoom range (although non-removable).

On paper the E-330 is obviously packed with features and offers advantages such as the Super Sonic Wave Filter, the tilting LCD (although the R1 has this) and slightly better continuous shooting. However its disadvantages are noteworthy, these include its higher price, the small and now darker viewfinder, USB 1.1 transfer speed, lack of a status LCD and slower startup time. This page is intended to provide a feature comparison, when making a decision it's always important to put more weight on the final result (the image quality), which we have already addressed and comparisons you will find on the following pages.

Olympus E-330 EVOLT

Canon EOS 350D

Sony DSC-R1
Announced 26 Jan 06 17 Feb 05 8 Sep 05
Price (w/lens) $1,099 Kit
(28 - 90 mm equiv. FOV
  F3.5 - F4.5 lens)
$779 Kit
(28.8 - 88 mm equiv. FOV
  F3.5 - F5.6 lens)
(24 - 120 mm equiv. FOV
  F2.8 - F4.8 lens)
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Body Plastic Plastic Plastic
Sensor type 7.4 megapixel NMOS 8 megapixel CMOS 10 megapixel CMOS
Sensor size 17.3 x 13.0 mm 22.2 x 14.8 mm 21.5 x 14.4 mm
Dust protection Supersonic Wave Filter None None
Lens mount Four Thirds Canon EF / EF-S n/a (non-removable lens)
FOV crop 2.0x (Four Thirds) 1.6x n/a
Shading comp. Yes, optional No No
Modes Auto, P, S, A, M, 5 preset scene (15 via menu) Auto, P, A, S, M, A-DEP, 6 preset scene Auto, P, S, A, M, 4 preset scene
JPEG compression User definable (HQ or SQ) Fixed (2 levels) Fixed (2 levels)
Image params Sharpness (5 settings)
Saturation (5 settings)
Contrast (5 settings)
Gradation (3 settings)
5 preset parameter sets
Contrast (5 settings)
Sharpness (5 settings)
Saturation (5 settings)
Color tone (5 settings)
3 preset parameter sets
Sharpness (3 settings)
Tone / Contrast (4 settings)
Saturation (3 settings)
RAW file size ~ 13 MB ~ 8.5 MB ~ 20 MB
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB sRGB, Adobe RGB sRGB (2), Adobe RGB
ISO 100 - 400 (1/3 EV steps)
500 - 1600 via boost
100 - 1600 (1 EV steps) 160 - 3200 (1 EV steps)
EV steps 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV 1/3 or 1/2 EV 1/3 EV
Exp. compen. +/- 5.0 EV +/- 2.0 EV +/- 2.0 EV
Flash exp compen. +/- 2.0 EV +/- 2.0 EV +/- 2.0 EV
Metering 49 area sensor 35 area sensor Unknown
Metering modes ESP, CW Avg, Spot 35 zone, Partial, CW Avg Multi-pat, CW Avg, Spot
Shutter 60 - 1/4000 sec 30 - 1/4000 sec 30 - 1/2000 sec
Flash X-sync 1/180 sec 1/200 sec 1/2000 sec
AF system 3-point
TTL Phase Differential
TTL CMOS sensor
5 area
TTL CMOS sensor
AF mode Single, Continuous One shot, AI Servo, Auto Auto, Single, Continuous
AF area mode Auto, Single Single, Dynamic Auto, Center, Spot flex
AF assist Flash strobe, must be up Flash strobe, must be up Orange lamp
Continuous *1 JPEG: 3.1 fps, 8/∞ images
RAW: 3.1 fps, 4 images
JPEG: 2.9 fps, 27 images
RAW: 2.9 fps, 6 images
JPEG: 3.1 fps, 3 images
RAW: n/a
Self-timer 2 or 12 sec 10 sec
(3 sec with mirror lock-up)
10 sec
Mirror lock-up Yes, with custom delay Yes, custom function n/a
WB Auto, 7 preset, Manual, Kelvin Auto, 6 preset, Manual Auto, 5 preset, Manual
WB fine tuning Yes Yes Yes
Bracketing AE, White Balance, Manual Focus AE, White Balance AE
Flash release Electronic (manual / auto) Electronic (manual / auto) Electronic (manual / auto)
Flash sync Front or Rear curtain, Manual control (4 levels) Front or Rear curtain Front or Rear curtain
Viewfinder Optical Porro Finder
Eyepoint: 16 mm
Magnification: 0.9x
94% frame cover
(-3.0 to +1.0 m-1 dioptre)
Eyepoint: 21 mm
Magnification: 0.8x
95% frame cover
(-3.0 to +1.0 m-1 diopter)
Electronic Viewfinder
0.44" TFT LCD
235,200 pixels
100% frame cover
(Unspecified dioptre adj.)
Viewfinder view Small, dark Medium Medium
LCD 2.5", 215,250 pixels
Flip-out and tilt up / down
1.8", 115,000 pixels 2.0", 134,000 pixels
Flip-up and rotate
LCD live view Yes, two modes
A Mode: 92% frame cover
B Mode: 100% frame cover
* No AF in B Mode
* 10x mag for MF in B Mode
No Yes
100% frame cover
Orientation sensor Yes Yes No
Custom functions n/a, 2 setup menus 9 functions with 24 settings n/a, 4 setup menus
Storage CF FAT16 / FAT32
xD-Picture Card
CF FAT16 / FAT32 CF FAT16 / FAT32
MS / MS Pro
Power Lithium-Ion BLM-1 Lithium-Ion NB-2LH Lithium-Ion NP-FM50
Connectivity USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 speed) USB 2.0 (Hi-speed) USB 2.0 (Hi-speed)
Play modes 7 display modes 3 display modes 3 display modes
Play edit RAW development No Resize (copy), Rotate
Rec. rev. delete No Yes No
Text comment No Yes (set via PC software) No
PictBridge Yes Yes Yes
Dimensions 140 x 87 x 72 mm 127 x 94 x 64 mm 139 x 168 x 97 mm
Weight (w/lens) 907 g (w/kit lens) 724 g (w/kit lens) 995 g
Remote release Infrared (optional) Wired (optional)
Infrared (optional)
Wired (optional)
Vertical grip No Yes, optional No
Status LCD No (uses LCD monitor) Rear of camera, backlit No (uses LCD/EVF)
Command dials One top One top One top rear, One back
Power on 1.5 - 1.7 sec Virtually instant 0.9 - 1.5 sec
Shutter release Very fast Fast Very fast
Build quality Very good Good Very good
Grip comfort Good Poor Good
Supplied software Average Very Good Average

*1 Results of our own testing, with a fast card the E-500 can shoot JPEG until the card is full