Olympus EVOLT E-330 Performance


Timing and Performance

Good speed for a consumer-oriented digital SLR.

Startup/Shutdown
Power on
to first shot
2.7 seconds
Time it takes for camera to turn on and run SSWF
Shutdown
0.2 seconds
How long it takes to shut down
Buffer clearing time
17 seconds
(8 seconds buffer clearing in LF JPEG)
Worst case buffer clearing time. -- This is the delay after a set of shots before you can remove the card. Some cameras won't shut down until the buffer is cleared.
Mode switching
Play to Record,
first shot
0.2 seconds
Time until first shot is captured
Record to play
2.6 seconds
Time to display a large/fine file immediately after capture
Display
recorded image
0.2 second
Time to display a large/fine file already on the memory card.
Shutter response (Lag Time):
Full Autofocus
0.37 second
Time from fully pressing shutter button to image capture, zoom lens at wide angle position.
Prefocused
0.103 second
Time to capture, after half-pressing and holding shutter button.
Continuous AF
0.43 second
This mode usually shows no speed increase with our static subject; we have no way to measure performance with moving subjects
Manual focus
0.35 second
For most cameras, shutter lag is less in manual focus than autofocus, but usually not as fast as when the camera is "prefocused"
Cycle time (shot to shot)
Single Shot mode
Large Fine JPEG
0.79 second;
4 frames total;
8 seconds to clear
Time per shot, averaged over buffer length or 20 shots, whichever came first
Single Shot mode
640x480 JPEG
0.76 seconds
Time per shot, averaged over 20 shots
Single Shot mode
Large TIFF
0.78 second;
4 frames total;
17 seconds to clear
Time per shot, averaged over buffer length or 20 shots, whichever came first
Single Shot mode
RAW
0.94 second;
4 frames total;
9 seconds to clear
Time per shot, averaged over buffer length or 20 shots, whichever came first
Early shutter
penalty?
YES
Some cameras refuse to snap another shot if you release and press the shutter too quickly in Single Shot mode, making "No" the preferred answer
Continuous mode
Large Fine JPEG
0.32 second (3.1 frames per second);
4 frames total;
5 seconds to clear
Time per shot, averaged over buffer length or 20 shots, whichever came first
Continuous mode
640x480 JPEG
0.32 second (3.1 frames per second);
1 seconds to clear
Time per shot, averaged over 20 shots
Continuous mode
Large TIFF
0.32 second (3.1 frames per second);
4 frames total;
16 seconds to clear
Time per shot, averaged over buffer length or 20 shots, whichever came first
Continuous mode
RAW
0.32 second (3.1 frames per second);
4 frames total;
9 seconds to clear
Time per shot, averaged over buffer length or 20 shots, whichever came first
Flash recycling
4 seconds
Flash at maximum output
Download speed
Windows Computer, USB 2.0
722 KBytes/sec
Typical Values:
Less than 600=USB 1.1;
600-770=USB 2.0 Low;
771-4000=USB 2.0 High

The EVOLT E-330's performance is pretty good here, though start-up time is a little slower because the camera runs the Super Sonic Wave Filter (SSWF) with each start-up. Shutter lag at wide angle zoom setting is quite good (with 14-45mm kit lens), but "prefocus" times (half-pressing and holding down the shutter button before the final exposure) are a little on the slower side compared to other SLRs at 0.103 second. Shot-to-shot cycle times are good, at about 0.79 seconds for large/fine JPEGs, and the camera captures four frames at this rate with an eight-second buffer clearing time. In Continuous-mode, speed is also quite good, at a bit over three frames/second, for up to four shots in succession. (Speeds were similar for TIFF and RAW continuous capture.) Flash recycling time is actually quite speedy at four seconds after a full-power shot. Connected to a computer, download speeds are fast enough to avoid needing a separate card reader, though not the fastest on the market. Bottom line, the E-330 is quite responsive, ready for fast action shots at sporting events and children's birthday parties. The E-330 may be fast enough for some wildlife shots as well, as long as you prefocus and shoot in Continuous mode (preferably at the lower resolutions for a longer sequence). Overall, good performance here.

Battery and Storage Capacity

Battery
Good battery life without live preview, mediocre with either live preview mode.

Operating Mode Number of Shots
Live preview off
400
Live preview A mode
250
Live preview B mode
200

The Olympus EVOLT E-330 uses a custom rechargeable LiIon battery for power, and a battery and charger are included with the camera. Even though runtime is quite good without live preview, we strongly recommend picking up a spare battery and keeping it freshly charged and on-hand for extended outings, or if live preview is used often.

The table above shows the number of shots the camera is capable of (on a fully-charged rechargeable battery), based on CIPA battery-life and/or manufacturer standard test conditions.

(Interested readers can find an English translation of the CIPA DC-002 standards document here. (180K PDF document))

Storage
The EVOLT E-330 accepts CompactFlash, Microdrive, and xD-Picture cards, though no card is included with the camera.

Image Capacity with
256MB Memory Card
Fine Normal Basic Economy TIFF RAW
3,136 x 2,352
Images
43
61
136
204
11
19
File Size
5.9 MB
4.2 MB
1.9 MB
1.3 MB
23 MB
13 MB
Comp.
4:1
5:1
12:1
18:1
1:1
0.8:1
2,560 x 1,920
Images
61
103
204
302
-
-
File Size
4.1 MB
2.5 MB
1.3 MB
846 KB
-
-
Comp.
4:1
6:1
12:1
17:1
-
-
1,600 x 1,200
Images
176
257
507
715
-
-
File Size
1.4 MB
993 KB
504 KB
358 KB
-
-
Comp.
4:1
6:1
11:1
16:1
-
-
1,280 x 960
Images
271
403
749
1124
-
-
File Size
944 KB
635 KB
342 KB
228 KB
-
-
Comp.
4:1
6:1
11:1
16:1
-
-
1,024 x 768
Images
414
605
1124
1573
-
-
File Size
618 KB
423 KB
228 KB
163 KB
-
-
Comp.
4:1
6:1
10:1
15:1
-
-
640 x 480
Images
983
1430
2248
3129
-
-
File Size
260 KB
179 KB
114 KB
82 KB
-
-
Comp.
4:1
5:1
8:1
11:1
-
-

We strongly recommend buying at least a 512MB card, preferably a 1GB one, to give yourself extra space for extended outings.

 

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