As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Olympus E-330 is also often compared to pro digicams. The Olympus E-330's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the E-520) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-L1)

Competitor classes

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-330 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 2.7"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes much lower resolution photos (7.4 MP vs 10 MP), has much more startup delay (2700 ms vs 1300 ms) and has much more shutter lag (370 ms vs 135 ms).

Olympus E-520

Olympus E-520
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the E-520 (vs the E-330)

  • Much higher true resolution: 10 MP vs 7.4 MP
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the E-520 (vs the E-330)

  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the E-520 and E-330

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (136×92×68 mm) vs Prosumer size (140×87×72 mm)
  • Thin: 2.7" vs 2.8"
  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1
similar age

Significant advantages of the DMC-L1 (vs the E-330)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-L1 (vs the E-330)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Larger: Prosumer size (146×87×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (140×87×72 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3" vs 2.8"

common strengths of the DMC-L1 and E-330

  • Very long exposure times: 60 seconds vs 60 seconds

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Olympus E-330 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a much larger screen (2.5" vs 1.8"), is significantly smaller (prosumer size (140×87×72 mm) vs large (134×91×156 mm)), has a screen which flips out, has a CMOS-family sensor (NMOS vs CCD) and is newer (january 2006 vs august 2003).

However, on average it has fewer storage slots (1 vs 2).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828

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2 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-F828 (vs the E-330)

  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-F828 (vs the E-330)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs NMOS
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly larger: Large (134×91×156 mm) vs Prosumer size (140×87×72 mm)

common strengths of the DSC-F828 and E-330

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror