Pentax Optio 33L Review
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A newly developed image processing circuit in the Optio 33L offer simple operation. Images play back at the touch of a button, and new images may be recorded any time the camera power is on - even during playback modes. A virtual mode dial on the LCD monitor makes shooting mode selection easier. Simply select the most appropriate mode from the ample choice of Program, Picture, Night Scene, Movie, 3D image, Panorama Assist, Auto Bracketing or Digital Filter modes. Optio 33L also features standalone buttons for frequently used functions related to the composition and playback of images.
The Optio 33L has a 5-point autofocus system with selectable Spot AF. Macro mode allows you to compose shots at a distance of just 0.33ft (0.1m) from your subject and zoom in or out as you please. There's also Infinity-Landscape mode, which is ideal for capturing landscapes and scenery, even when you are shooting through a window. The manual focus function gives you the freedom to achieve exactly the kind of focus you want, while viewing the subject on the LCD monitor. The Optio 33L can even zoom in on one part of the shot for more accurate focusing.
Advanced features abound with White Balance settings for Auto, Daylight, Shade, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light and manual preset. Exposure metering can be selected according to your subject. Choose from Multi-segment, Center-weighted, and Spot metering. Sensitivity to light can be automatic, or manually set to 100, 200 or 400 equivalent. Exposure compensation can be adjusted with a range of +/-2EV in 1/3EV steps. A choice of color, black & white, sepia and a host of Digital Filter modes allow further creative freedom. Sharpness, saturation and contrast can be also be set in 3 different levels to produce the desired results.
There are times when you want to take a shot of yourself. On such occasions, the Optio 33L makes composition much easier with its high-resolution, 1.5 inch LCD monitor that swings up and rotates 180°. You can see exactly how you appear in the frame while still holding the camera. Self portraits can now be composed with the same ease as shots of other people, and you can easily join someone else in the shot. And of the color LCD allows you to check the picture as soon as you have taken it.
The Optio 33L can be connected to a TV for viewing of recorded images and movies and is compatible with both NTSC and PAL systems. The camera is powered by two AA (lithium, NiMH, or alkaline) batteries, one lithium CR-V3 battery or an optional AC adapter. Images and movies are stored on inexpensive CompactFlash memory cards, a 16MB card is supplied.
The Optio 33L includes the following: 16MB CompactFlash, USB cable, video cable, ACDSee™ software, Stereo Viewer, neck strap and lithium CR-V3 battery.
Pentax Optio 33L and the Minolta DiMAGE Xt for comparison
Pentax Optio 33L and a standard CD for size comparison
Pentax Optio 33L Specifications
Specifications as represented by the manufacturer
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