Olympus Evolt E-330 digital camera resource
Last update: Feb. 2nd, 2012
Feb. 2nd: Lenses section updated
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data and reference manuals
- The advanced manual can be downloaded here.
The basic manual is available here.
- The Quick Start Guide is available here.
- See here the FAQs
of Olympus America.
E330 complete specifications
- Software for the E330 can be downloaded here.
- The E330 uses a new 7.5MPixel live NMOS sensor.
Reviews and previews
There are a number of previews so far, but few full reviews are
has full size samples of the Olympus E330
- See here for an overview
of what you can do with different key combinations.
RAW file format
- Olympus has released a codec
for Windows Vista.
The codec is a piece of software running under Windows Vista with which
Vista can import and display RAW images of all Olympus DSLRs.
- The Adobe Camera RAW
plugin for Photoshop supports E330 RAWs.
- There is also the Photoshop
plugin from Olympus, which allows to import RAW images into
Photoshop starting from version 6.0.
- Another good RAW converter is Olympus
- To convert Olympus E-330 RAW files you can use the software which
came with the camera.
- Otherwise at the moment other RAW converters (Adobe, Silkypix,
Capture One, RSE) do not support yet the E330 RAW file format. But it
should be just a matter of time until this is the case.
- Here are the preliminary results of a card
write speed test with the E330. It appears that the E330 tops out
at 10MB/s, making it one of the fastest DSLRs currently on the market.
- The E330 takes both CF and xD cards.
- Generally speaking there is no reason to use xD cards, since CF
cards are cheaper.
- We still don't have a write speed test, but probably the Olympus
E330 writes to the memory card as fast the E500, and in any case with
at least 10MB/s.
- November 20th: firmware
v1.3 for the E330 available
- Improved the focusing
accuracy when using the EC-20 Teleconverter.
- June 22nd: Olympus releases firmware
v1.2 for the E330:
- AF is possible in Live-View B mode
(macro live view). (S-AF operates in A mode (full time live view) by
pressing the AEL/AFL button).
- Improved exposure precision
when taking pictures in the macro mode using SPOT metering.
- April 26th: Olympus has released the firmware
v1.1 for the E330:
- Improved image quality of 10x
enlargement in Live-View B mode (macro live view).
- Live-View B mode (macro live view)
can be used in underwater macro mode and underwater wide mode. (Only
when the mode dial is customized.)
- Changes made to Korean
- Check here
to see if firmware updates for the E330 are available.
- To install the firmware follow the procedure described at the Olympus
aberrations / Purple fringing
- To remove chromatic aberrations you can process the RAW image
with the Adobe Photohop RAW plugin (when this supports E330 RAW files).
- To remove chromatic aberrations with
an image editor (desaturation of the magentas):
- It is very simple to remove chromatic
aberrations from an image. Simply use a photo editor and set the
level of magenta (also green where this makes sense) to the minimum. In
some images you might have to set the saturation level of red to the
It might also make sense to limit the processing to the affected area
select the affected image area and only process that).
filter and other filters
- A polariser filter helps to obtain deep
blue skies and to remove unwanted reflections. Consider the following
(both images taken with the polariser filter):
Perhentian island image
Same image with polariser rotated
by 90 degrees
- See the difference ? In the picture
to the right, the polariser filter substantially reduced the amount of
light reflected by the water surface making the sea ground more visible
and made the sky more dark.
- Polariser filters are also useful when
the lower part of the image is dark and the top (the sky) too bright.
- Have a look at Darwin
Wigget's page on filters for further information on polariser,
blue-yellow polariser, graduated neutral density and other filters
- See also Jeremy
McCreary's page on filters
- Here is a complete list of all accessories
available for the E330.
- The ME-1
eyecup magnifier enlarges the view by 20%. The eyecup incorporates
two lenses and measures 40 x 30 x 12mm.
- The FP-1 Power Flash grip is designed for use with the FL-50
high-voltage pack and can be used in combination with the flash unit's
built-in power supply to provide fast flash charging for an extended
number of shots. The head is can be rotated by 180° for increased
- There is also a BCM-1 fast battery charger - recharges the BLM-1
battery in two hours instead of five.
Digital Accessories compatibility page: lists all accessories and
if they are compatible with the E330.
BLM-1 battery and cheaper 3rd party alternatives
- According to Federico del Vall 3rd party BLM-1 batteries fail in
Been recently to Ushuaia -
(Patagonia, Argentina) and found Oly's BLM-1's made sense.
I have three different
compatible batteries and tree Olympus, two for each cam.
BLM-1's are rated at -10 °C worst case, so I made no worries. But at this temperature, quite
common around Ushuaia these days, while a BLM-1 would last one to two
of my photoshooting days at 20°C, lasted no more than an hour or so. Compatibles failed after no more
than 10 minutes.
So set to the task of
heating the batteries to ~30° for half an hour, and found the BLM-1
could still be used once more for one hour, and the compatibles too,
but for other 10 minutes or so. But then none.
At these temperatures (-10-0 °C) Oly's BLM-1's are worth their price. On the other hand, in Salta,
(north Argentina) where temperature is nice troughout the year, both
types endured quite the same.
- Warthog did his own comparison test of original
Olympus BLM-1 batteries and 3rd party ones (page is in Finnish!):
- I tested this
original Olympus batteries (3 pieces, two of them 2,5 years, one is 9
months old) and two replacement batteries (2 years old). I used 15 Ohm
resistor, pictures taken every minute with my E-300 and Canon TC-80N3
timer remote controller. I tried QuickTime to record my measurements,
but that timer is more practical.
Original batteries are
expensive, but very good. Replacement batteries are cheap and good....
results of replacement batteries
results of Olympus batteries & evaluation of both batteries
- See this
which contains an overview of currently available BLM-1 battery clones:
Olympus BLM-1 (original), PS-BLM1 (7DayShop.com), WT-BLM1
(SterlingTek.com), Energizer OM-1, Hahnel HL-M1, UNiROSS VB104295,
WinTop PS-BLM1 and e-Film (Delkin) BLM1. The author rates the batteries
according to construction, capacity, (low voltage) protection and cost.
It appears that not all 3rd party alternatives are created equal.
- Test added which shows
capacity the original Olympus BLM-1 battery and cheap 3rd party
alternatives have. With the batteries I had (one original and two 3rd
party ones) I measured the following:
- Original Olympus battery: 1299 mAh
- 3rd party battery 1: 1077
- 3rd party battery 2: 744
- This is OK, since
the Olympus original BLM-1 battery costs 17 times more than the 3rd party
alternatives I bought.
- The complete test results
are available here.
- The original BLM-1 battery from Olympus is rated at 7.2 Volt and
1500 mAh. The alternatives have voltages of 7.2 or 7.4 Volt and
capacities of 1300 or 1500 mAh.
- The voltage difference is no problem:
- The 7.2 Volt which Olympus officially quotes varies in reality
between 6.7 Volt (discharged battery) and 7.7 Volt (fully charged
battery). These are voltages measured under a pretty heavy load of over
1 Ampere (battery loaded with a 6.8 Ohm resistor).
- With no load the measured voltages become 7.37 Volt in a
discharged state (emtpy battery screen showing) and 8.2 Volt (battery
=> In other words, it's highly
irrelevant if the battery is rated at 7.2 or 7.4 Volt - the camera can
withstand 7.7 Volts without problems.
- The capacity difference is also something not to worry about.
There is no big difference between 1500 and 1300 mAh (we are talking of
a 10% difference), but the 3rd party battery costs a fraction of the
- Personally I bought two 3rd party BLM-1 batteries in August 2004
from a Hong Kong eBay seller.
- Price per battery was
US $ 5.49 and the total cost including
shipping was US $17.
- The batteries arrived
in 10 days to my home in Germany.
- I tested one of
these cheap "counterfeit" batteries. It lasted
for over 600 shots (SHQ, all with the LCD on, about 10% with flash) and
still had juice left when I got tired and interrupted the test. It just
fast battery charger (this has been reported by Rod in the Olympus E510
My results are the
Oly charger took around 5 hours to get to a
full charge and the Vidpro about half that (which is what they
advertise). BUT, it could be the second battery I charged on the Vidpro
didn't need that much charging - what I did wasn't under very
controlled conditions re residual charge before recharging.
The Vidpro (US $30)
charger base is a little larger than the
Oly, and also has an AC to DC module (a little smaller than the Oly
unit itself) that plugs into the AC wall socket whereas the Oly unit
accepts AC directly with the supplied AC cord. Both the Oly &
Vidpro accept 100v-240v, but the big difference I like is that the
Vidpro has a 12v DC (vehicle, etc.) adapter allowing the batteries to
be charged in the field.
photography with the Olympus E330
- The site Infrared
photography with your digital camera contains interesting
about infrared photography with Olympus cameras and an overview of
filters with their spectral characteristics.
- These sites contain useful information about infrared photography
with digital cameras:
Digital infrared photography - site devoted to digital infrared
photography with image galleries, information about filters and
equipment and links.
Infrared Photography page
- excellent information resource devoted to infrared photography with
Olympus cameras. Information about infrared filters, exposure settings,
focus, post-processing, sample images and links.
- Also see the Infrared
photography page of the Apogee magazine: this is an interesting
general introduction to infrared photography with digital cameras.
length in mm
(multiply by 2 to get
rectilinear ultra wide angle
| Not available, filters
cannot be screwed on
DC HSM 10-20
length in mm
(multiply by 2 to get
- Prime lenses (fixed focal
- Extension tubes,
teleconverters and adapters
Tube for double magnification
|| 1.4x teleconverter
||Adapter to connect OM lenses to
- John Foster has an article about legacy lenses (OM Zuiko's) on the E-330 on his
- With the panasonic / olympus technical relationship, it seems the
pana flashes are clones of oly equipment. So pana flashes will work in
TTL mode, and viceversa.
- The Olympus E330 has a standard flash hotshoe and can
- Try out the Metz flash units - cheap and reliable. Alternatively
try the FL-36 or other Olympus flash units.
- See here
for how to measure the trigger voltage of your flash.
the Olympus E330 with a computer
- The E330 has two modes specific for underwater photography
(underwater wide, underwater macro).
- The Olympus PT-E02 underwater housing allows the E-330 to be used
at depths up to 60 metres. The PT-E02 will be available in April 2006.
The PT-E02 can be used with the PPO-E01, PPO-E02, PPO-E03 and PPO-04
underwater lens ports for underwater photography using the E-330
digital SLR camera and a variety of ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses. The PT-E02
also supports underwater TTL photography using an external flash unit.
- Here is the PT-E02
underwater case system chart.
- The site Digideep.com
is an online directory for digital underwater photography.
- Interesting forum for underwater photography: DigitalDiver.net
by Kurt Stege, is a free tool to recover deleted images from a memory
card. Recommended, alough it involves more work an e tool of
- These software tools are not free, so since Convar's software is
available for free, there is no real need to use them:
- Check this site: Digital
Christian Grau has some software
tools to fix damaged memory cards. The software used to be free, now
also has a software tool (Photorescue) for repairing damaged memory
although it's not free.
is another tool. Price is $39.95.
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- The picture files of the Olympus E330
contain the complete exposure information (aperture, exposure time,
leng, white balance etc.).
- To read this data you can use these
by Ryuuji Yoshimoto. Haven't tried the software myself, but it looks
Image Viewer, by Michal Kowalski. This is the one I'm using.
from his homepage:
"EXIF viewer is a simple image
viewer application for photos taken with digital cameras. It's capable
of reading EXIF information embedded in photos as well as little
Because small thumbnail is already present in most photos displaying it
is really fast.
EXIF viewer can also provide
detailed information about photos (shutter speed, aperture, etc.) and
list them for comparison purposes.
EXIF viewer also displays image
histogram. It also features copying/moving and deleting of selected
Single photograph can be displayed in separate window or in a full
by Friedemann Schmidt. I'm using this one too. It can rewrite EXIF data
to images which lost it due to processing with a software package which
doesn't support EXIF. Quoting from his site:
"Exifer is a nearly free software
(you only should send me a postcard if you're using Exifer frequently)
with which you can manage the metadata (EXIF/IPTC) of pictures taken by
digital cameras. Because many image processing software destroys this
when saving such files, the idea was to create a backup of the metadata
before editing it in any software, and then, after that to restore it
into the processed file. With Exifer you can do this very easily. "
- Below are the steps necessary to connect the E330 to a linux
||here are the
steps (I'm on Suse 9.0 ):
1. boot Suse
$ sudo tail
* use external
-> "USB" must be set to "PC" (not "PRINT")
* set playback
mode on cam
* make sure
camera is turned off
with USB cable
2. turn camera
* drive icon
appears on desktop: sda1
-> properties: device /dev/sda1 mounted at /media/sda1)
on it would mount the cam and open it in Konqueror
=> convenient thumbnail previews)
-f for USB stuff)
... or just
wait a moment
4. get the
$ mount | grep
$ mount /media/sda1
$ mount |
on /media/sda1 type vfat (rw,nosuid,nodev,sync,user=tobi)
$ cd /media/sda1/dcim/100olymp/
$ cp -i ./*
$ mv -i ./*
$ umount /media/sda1
$ mount |
- Brian Miller created a page about using
C-5050Zoom Digital Camera with Linux. Tons of detailed information
on how to interface a 5050 with Linux. This information probably also
holds for a E330.
- The page Using
the Olympus Camedia C-3040 Zoom Digital Camera with Linux and USB
Micheal Schubart contains a description on how to download photos from
an Olympus 3040 to a computer running Linux with USB. The procedure
there should also apply to an Olympus E330.
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