Olympus AZ-330 Super Zoom/Infinity Zoom 330/IZM330 (QD)
|Infinity SuperZoom 330|
image by Tim Williams (Image rights)
Released in 1990, two years after the award winning IZM300, the 330 is a lesser known product: so much so that it does not appear on Olympus' global site, only showing up on the US website (with all but one of the links/images for its page orphaned). This camera is similar, if not identical to the AZ330 Superzoom.
The 330 has a range of in-built features that are usually only found on higher-end SLR cameras (such as double exposure mode); in terms of Olympus' product line, it would sit below the otherwise similarly featured 'L' Series as it is not an SLR. With a 38-105mm zoom lens, the 330 follows on from the 300 with a viewfinder that is coupled to the lens zoom - while it is not an SLR, the viewfinder zooms to represent the lens's view (the 300 was reportedly the first camera to feature this functionality).
Perhaps the most notable feature of this camera is the lens cap - it doubles as an IR shutter remote.
- DX film coding ISO 25-3200
- Automatic film load and rewind
- ± 1.5EV exposure compensation (in 1/2 steps)
- Center-weighted average or spot metering
- Focusing range: 0.8 m — infinity (at 38 mm)
- Aperture range F4.5 - F6
- Flash: auto, red-eye and fill-in
- Single shot, continuous drive (at 1.3 frames per second) or double exposure modes.
- Passive or continuous subject-tracking auto-focus
- User-controlled or continuous subject-tracking zoom
- LCD display
- IR Remote Control (on lens cap) with 1 or 3 second setting; the battery for this unit apparently cannot be replaced.
image by Tony Kemplen (Image rights)