Olympus E-330 SLR Review
By Movable Type Admin
Flash, I/O, Storage & Power
The Evolt's auto/manual popup TTL-controlled flash has modes for Auto, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchro (1st curtain or 2nd curtain selectable) and Fill-in. The X-synch speed by default is 1/180 sec. but can be changed in setup to (1/180, 1/160, 1/125, 1/100, 1/80, 1/60), with Super FP flashes the X-sync is 1/30 - 1/4000 sec. The flash output is controllable ±2 EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps.
The Olympus FL-20, FL-36 or FL-50 external flash units can be attached to the E-330's
hot shoe and offer full TTL flash control and can be used in tandem with the popup flash.
Designed specifically for use with digital cameras, the Olympus FL-36 rounds out the comprehensive lineup of "designed for digital" accessories for the E-System Digital SLR cameras and other prosumer models from Olympus. The FL-36 flash offers the robust and full-featured functionality of the larger FL-50 combined with cost effectiveness.
The FL-36 Electronic Flash is specifically designed for digital with an accurate 1/8
step illumination control to provide the precision required by digital cameras, while
minimizing illumination reduction. The built-in wide-angle diffuser panel will allow
the flash to provide even illumination with wide angle lenses like the new Zuiko
Digital 14mm-45mm zoom. The inclusion of a lockable bounce and swivel mechanism offers
a variety of bounce photography options including left-right, as well as top-bottom in
addition to a compact zoom head to accommodate lenses from wide angle to telephoto.
The FL-36 also features an energy circuit that improves recharge rates and enables the flash to operate on just two AA batteries or one CR-3 Volt lithium. In addition, the FL-36 incorporates an ultra-precision mounting technology communicating with the E-1, E-300, E-330 and E-500 for control. The FL-36 is compact, lightweight and extremely portable, and is approximately 25% shorter and 35% lighter than the larger FL-50 flash, a significant space and weight savings.
The FL-36 Flash Compact achieves higher guide numbers than comparable SLR film cameras even while maintaining wide-angle light distribution. The Guide Number is 117 feet (36 meters) at ISO 100. You'll notice the difference when using it in combination with a wide-angle lens on the EVOLT. Accurate, 1/8-step illumination control provides the precision required by digital cameras, while minimizing illumination reduction near the screen.
The FL-36 features the FP mode for syncro at shutter speeds up to 1/4000 sec. In both FP-
TTL Auto and FP-Manual modes. Standard TTL-Auto, Auto and Manual flash modes are also
Images can be viewed on an external monitor via the Video Out cable, the signal is selectable for NTSC or PAL format.
There is no external power or flash PC sync port.
The E-330 can be remotely operated with the optional RM-1 wireless
infrared controller. The maximum effective range is approx. 16.4 feet indoors
and 9.8 feet outdoors (in front, within 15° of center of the camera).
Images are stored on CompactFlash cards, Type I or II and Microdrives or xD-Picture
Card media. The E-330 is FAT and FAT-32 compatible so it can use cards
with more than 2GB of capacity.
Approximate File Sizes
The Evolt E-330 is powered by a BLM-1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack that fits up
inside of the hand grip. This is a 7.2v approx. 1500mAh high capacity battery and is
used in several other Olympus cameras (E-1, E-300, E-500, C-8080WZ). The charge time is
approx. 2 hours in the supplied BCM-1 charger.
The E-330 with its large, live preview LCD makes an excellent underwater camera. The optional Olympus PT-E02 underwater housing allows the E-330 to be used at depths up to 60 meters (196 ft.). The camera has two scene modes (Underwater Wide and Underwater Macro) that help you get optimal color balance and exposure when using the UW housing. The PT-E02 will be available in April 2006.
The PT-E02 underwater case can be combined with lens ports to create a system that supports professional underwater photography using a digital SLR camera and ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses. The PT-E02 can be used with the PPO-E01, PPO-E02, PPO-E03 and PPO-04 underwater lens ports (already on sale) 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.
Download the E-330/PT-E02 System Chart (.pdf).
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