Price When Reviewed: 706
Pros: Olympus’ live-view feature opens up some interesting, mostly specialized, shooting applications, such as high-magnification telephoto or macro photography.
Cons: Overall, the E-330 is expensive considering the alternatives, especially as few users are likely to benefit from the live-view options.
The release of Olympus’ E-330 digital SLR is something of a surprise. The company recently introduced the E-500 to replace the E-300 as the company’s entry-level digital SLR. The new E-330 is prettier, but you can’t miss the similarities between it and the E-300.
The new model adopts the same unorthodox sideways-swinging reflex mirror and viewfinder system of the original E-300. Minus the traditional pentaprism, the net result is a low-slung body more closely resembling a high-end all-in-one than a digital SLR.