Pentax Optio 330 Review
By Movable Type Admin
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The Optio 330 is billed by Pentax as "the world's smallest and lightest 3 megapixel, 3X optical zoom digital camera available on the market (compared to all other 3-megapixel digital cameras with a 3x zoom as of June 28,2001). And indeed it is small, measuring a mere 3.6" wide, 2.3" high, and 1.2" thick and weighing in at 8.5 ounces, including battery and CF card. Such a compact design was achieved by using an ultra-compact zoom lens and integrating the CPU, ASIC, and memory chip into an MCM (Multi Chip Module). The result is a stylish design that is flat and easy to carry, with an attractive and highly durable stainless steel exterior.
The full-featured Optio 330 offers a selection of five shooting modes including Standard, Night Scene, Metered Manual (exposure up to 15 seconds), Movie, and Multiple-exposure as well as options for exposure, focusing, and flash. High-quality images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels is possible thanks to its 3.34 megapixel, primary color filter CCD. The high- performance 3X zoom lens (equivalent to 37-111mm in 35mm format) delivers high image resolution and low image distortion and is further enhanced by a 2X smooth digital zoom. To ensure that images are crisp and clear, seven-point wide autofocus and spot AF are both available. Spot AF can be centered in the frame or the user can select the focus point anywhere within the image area on the LCD monitor.
Accurate exposures are assured with a choice of six-segment metering, center-weighted metering, and spot metering. Exposure compensation is available with a range of +/-2EV in 1/3EV steps. Exposure levels can be viewed in histogram format during shooting and playback. The Optio 330 has six white balance modes, including Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light and Manual.
The Optio 330 can also record movies with a duration of up to 30 seconds at 15 frames/sec. (recording pixels: 320 x 240 pixels). Movies are recorded in AVI format and can be easily played back on your PC. When you want to view your recorded images, you can do so with the 1.6-inch LCD monitor. To search for an image, use the nine-image display screen. And, with a 4X magnification, images can be enlarged to check for accurate focus and small details.
The Optio 330 is compatible with CompactFlash Type I memory cards and comes standard with a 16MB card. It is powered by its own rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which is included with the camera along with a charger. It can also be powered by an optional AC adapter. The Optio 330 utilizes Epson's PRINT Image Matching technology, which ensures that the camera and a PIM-enabled printer work perfectly together to produce the best prints possible.
Pentax Optio 330 and the Nikon Coolpix 885 for comparison.
Compare the size of the Optio 330 to a pack of non-100 cigarettes.
Pentax Optio 330 Specifications
|Type||Compact-type digital still camera with built-in zoom lens, autofocus, auto exposure and auto flash.|
|Sensor||3.34 megapixel (total pixels)|
3.24 megapixel (effective pixels)
1/1.8 inch interline transfer CCD with primary color filter.
|Color Depth||10 bits x 3 colours|
|Recording Pixels||2048 x 1536|
1024 x 768
640 x 480
|Sensitivity||Auto, fixed (equivalent to ISO 100, 200)|
|File Formats||Still - JPEG (Exif 2. 1), DCF, DPOF.|
Movie - AVI
|JPEG Quality Levels||"Good", "Better", "Best"|
|Storage Media||CompactFlash (CF) card Type 1|
|Lens||Pentax power zoom 7.6mm-22.8mm|
(Equivalent to 37 - 111 mm in 35mm format) F2.6-F4.8
7 elements in 6 groups, (2 dual-sided aspherical elements).
|Focusing System||TTL contrast detection autofocus system.|
Manual focus/Infinity-landscape mode available.
|Focusing Areas||7-point autofocus and spot.|
|Focusing Range||Autofocus: Normal 0.4m (1.31ft) to infinity.|
Macro 0.14m (0.46ft) to 0.5m (1.64ft).
Manual focus: 0.14m (0.46ft) to infinity.
|Metering System||Multi-segment metering|
or Spot metering.
||±2 EV (1/3 steps).|
|Movie||Shooting time: approx. 1 - 30 sec.|
|Shutter||Programmed AE electronic lens shutter with CCD electronic shutter. |
Shutter speed: approx. 1/2000 to 15 sec.
|Drive Modes||One shot|
and Remote control.
|Flash||Built-in series-control auto flash. Automatic discharge under low lighting condition in auto modes. Flash-on and flash-off modes. "Red-eye" reduction features employs a single discharge.|
|White Balance||Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten Light and Fluorescent Light, and Manual setting.|
|Color Modes||Color, black & white and sepia.|
|Digital Zoom||Shooting 1x-2x, Playback 1x-4x|
|Optical Viewfinder||Actual-image zoom viewfinder with diopter adjustment from -3m-1 to +1m-1.|
|LCD Monitor||1.6 inch, TFT color LCD.|
|Interfaces||TV output terminal (NTSC/PAL), USB terminal, and DC input terminal|
|Power Sources||D-L12 3.7v/900mAh lithium-ion battery, rechargeable (supplied)|
or AC adapter (optional).
|Dimensions||92 (W) x 59 (H) x 31 (D) mm (D; max 34.5mm)|
(3.6 x 2.3 x 1.2/1.4 inches).
|Weight||205g (7.2 oz.) without batteries and CF card.|
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