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Olympus Evolt E-330 - First Live View Digital SLR Announced
by Ben Stafford -  1/26/2006

In a very exciting development, Olympus has announced the Evolt E-330, the world's first interchangeable lens digital SLR with a live display on the LCD.  In current digital SLR cameras, a mirror, blocking the image sensor, is used to provide the optical viewfinder with the shot.  Once the shutter is released, the mirror swings out of the way so the sensor can capture the image.  Olympus has managed to be the first to market with a product that overcomes the physical and technical hurdles of providing an optical viewfinder and live view LCD.

Olympus Evolt E-330

The Olympus Evolt E-330 features the "Live View" LCD, a 2.5 inch, articulated screen that allows a real-time view to frame the shot and the ability to shoot overhead or low angle shots.   The side swinging mirror that first appeared on the low-profile E-300 appears on the new E-330 to help enable the Live View.  The HyperCrystal LCD also displays 215K+ pixels and has a 160 degree viewing angle.

Olympus Evolt E-330

Olympus Evolt E-330

Getting past the Live View, the camera has a 7.5 megapixel MOS sensor, Olympus' Dust Reduction System that knocks dust off the sensor with ultrasonic vibrations, and the TruePIC Turbo image processor. 

The camera will be available in a one lens kit, along with a Zuiko Digital 14-45mm f3.5-f5.6 lens (28-90mm 35mm-equivalent).  The camera will be available in March.  The single lens kit will have an estimated street price of $1099.99 and the body only has an estimated street price of $999.99.

Olympus is also introducing the PT-E02 underwater housing so you can enjoy the benefits of the Live View LCD up to 196 feet underwater.  However, the underwater housing will cost more than the camera, at $1219.99.

Olympus Evolt E-330 Summary Specifications

Olympus Evolt E-330