Pentax Optio 330gs Review
Features & Controls
The Optio 330GS is equipped with a Pentax power zoom 5.8mm-17.4mm (Equivalent to 38mm-114mm in 35mm format) f/2.6-f/5.0, 6 elements in 5 groups (1 aspherical elements). When powered down the lens will automatically retract into the camera and is protected by a builtin lens cap.
Featuring a 5-point, TTL contrast detection autofocus system with selectable
Spot focus option. It also has a focus assist illuminator to aid the AF in low
light conditions. The AF range is from 1.31ft to infinity
in normal mode and from 0.33ft to 1.64ft in macro mode. Manual focusing is
available from 0.33ft to infinity and it has a fixed infinity/landscape setting.
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.
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.
The built-in flash has modes for auto flash, fill-flash in low lighting and
backlight condition, flash-on and flash-off and "Red-eye" reduction function
which employs a single discharge.
The flash working range in Wide Angle is approx. 0.7 - 5.9m (ISO 200) and
Tele approx. 0.5 - 2.7m (ISO 200).
The 1.6-inch color LCD monitor swings out through a 180° arc to face forward
to make it easy to capture self-portrait shots.
There are dedicated buttons for the Flash mode (functions as the Delete button in play
mode) and Focus mode (Selftimer, Macro, Landscape, Manual Focus), it's the image
Protect 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, press the OK
button in the center to accept selections. The DISPLAY button controls the
color LCD and the information displayed on it.
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 Auto, PICTure
(Landscape, Close-up, Portrait,
Self-portrait, Soft, Surf & Snow and Sunset),
Night Scene, Movie and 3D mode.
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.
There is a miniature connector on the side to facilitate both the USB 1.1 data cable and
the Audio / Video cable for connection to a TV set. Below that is the DC IN port for
an optional AC power supply or external battery pack.
The Optio 330GS is powered by either two AA-size batteries or one of the CR-V3 type batteries. As always, we recommend the use of NiMH rechargeable batteries, they're reusable, carry more power than alkalines and they'll save you money in the long run.
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