First DSLR to offer live color preview LCD.
Ultrasonic dust removal system on sensor.
Big, swiveling 2.5-inch LCD monitor.
Wimpy burst mode (4 frames at 3 fps).
3-zone AF not the most advanced for $$.
Battery life takes a hit in live mode.
OLYMPUS EVOLT E-330 Certified Test Results
Resolution: Excellent (1740Vx1780Hx1595D lines).
Color accuracy: Excellent (Avg. Delta E: 7.97).
Highlight/shadow detail: High.
Contrast: Normal; adjustable in 5 steps, except in Low or High Key modes.
Noise: Very Low at ISO 100, Low at ISO 200, Moderately Low at ISO 400-1600.
Image quality: Excellent from ISO 100to 200, Extremely High from ISO 400to 1600.
AF speed: Extremely Fast in bright light (EV 12 to 10) from 0.45 to 0.49 sec. Very Fast at EV 8. Fast in moderate light (EV 6 to 4), from 0.85 sec to 0.97 sec. Moderately Fast in low light (EV 2 to 1), from 1.05 to 1.07 sec. In very low light (EV 0), reaches its limit with a Slow rating at 1.57 sec.
Burst rate: In tests using a Kingston 4GB Ultimate 100X CF card, captured up to 4 Super High Quality JPEGs or RAW images at 3 fps and stored them all within 6 sec.
Viewfinder: The etched focusing screen (below) shows 4/3 ratio image area and 3 selectable AF zones with a cross type in center.
CIPA battery life rating: About 400 shots with rechargeable BLM-1 Li-ion battery. Live preview reduces to as few as 200 shots.
Size/weight (body only): 5.52x3.42x2.74-in., 1.37 lb with battery.
Viewfinder accuracy: 94% (Excellent).
Magnification: 0.89X (Excellent)
Street Price: $1,000.
For info: www.olympusamerica.com, 888-553-4448.
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