Pentax Optio 330 Review

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Pentax Optio 330

Features & Controls

Pentax Optio 330 Pentax Optio 330

The Optio 330 employs an ultra-compact F2.6-F4.8 Pentax 7.6-22.8mm power zoom with a 37 - 111mm equivalent in 35mm format.   It's an all-glass lens constructed with 7 elements in 6 groups, including 2 dual-sided aspherical elements. When powered down the lens will automatically retract into the camera and is protected by a builtin lens cap.

Featuring a 7-point, TTL contrast detection autofocus system with selectable focus points or a Spot focus option. The AF range is from 1.3ft to infinity in normal mode and from 0.46ft to 1.64ft in macro mode. Manual focusing is available from 0.46ft to infinity and it has a fixed infinity/landscape setting.

Pentax Optio 330

The zoom lens control is on the upper right corner of the back. This switch also serves as the zoomed-playback and thumbnail index control in Play mode.

Pentax Optio 330

The eyelevel, real-image zoom viewfinder has a frame coverage of about 85% and a diopter adjustment. The two LEDs indicate the flash and focus status.

Pentax Optio 330

There are dedicated buttons for the Flash mode (functions as the Delete button in play mode), Drive mode (Selftimer, Remote, Continuous), it's the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) button in play mode and Focus mode (Macro, Infinity, Manual Focus), this is the Protect / Unprotect button in play mode.

The MENU button calls up or dismisses the onscreen menu system. The 4-way selector switch is for navigating menu options, you press the OK button in the center to accept selections. The DISPLAY button controls the 1.6-inch color LCD and the information displayed on it.

Pentax Optio 330

On top you'll find the power On/Off button and the Mode Dial with the shutter release in the center. The Mode Dial has positions for Play, Record, Night Scene, Manual Record, Movie and Multiple Exposure mode.

Pentax Optio 330

Images and movie clips are stored on CompactFlash Type I cards, Pentax provides a 16MB size CF card with the camera. The ejector button pushes the card out just far enough to catch the edge of it with your fingernail.

Pentax Optio 330

There is a miniature USB connector on the side that is also where you plug the video cable when connecting the camera to a TV set. Below that is the DC IN port for an optional AC power supply or external battery pack.

Pentax Optio 330

A tiny camera requires a tiny battery. The Optio 330 is powered by a proprietary D-L12 (3.7v @ 900mAh) rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It also comes with the D-BC2 external charger that fully charges the battery in 120 minutes or less.

Pentax claims 125 shots (50% with flash) or 75 minutes of playback time per charge. As with all cameras that use proprietary batteries, I highly recommend that you buy at least one more of these batteries and keep it charged and ready.

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