Olympus E-330 EVOLT Review
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.
• -5.0 EV to +5.0 EV
• 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps
Exposure Mode Dial
Programmed Auto (Flexible)
Aperture Priority Auto
Shutter Priority Auto
Full Manual Exposure
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.
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.
Selects an aperture above F4.0 to improve sharpness from the lens, also enables the continuous manual focus mode (S-AF + MF).
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
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):
• Landscape & Portrait
• Night Scene
• Night Scene & Portrait
• High Key
• Low key
• D Image Stabilization (ISO boost)
• Natural Macro
• 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|
|M||60 sec + Bulb|