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alaTest has collected and analyzed 515 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the value for money and image quality are overall positive. The size and usability also get good views, but many are critical about the features and energy efficiency. The storage and lens get mixed reviews.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax+Optio+330 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Pentax Optio 330GS Digital Camera Camera


WHAT'S HOT: The Optio 330GS offers a nice balance of useful features and a comparatively low $300 price. And it can do a couple of parlor tricks that most point-and-shoots can't. First, the LCD rotates out 180 degrees, so you can frame your shots with...

Pentax gave the Optio 330GS a handy (albeit limited) collection of advanced controls for intermediate photographers, including a spot focus option and spot, center-weighted, and averaging metering. For managing your photos once you've moved them to...

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Pentax Optio 330GS


Pentax's low-priced 3-megapixel camera includes a fold-out LCD for easy self portraits.

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Pentax Optio 330GS Digital Camera (Pentax-18102)


The Optio 330GS is a traditional point-and-shoot in form and function-suitable for the casual photographer who's looking for a moderately priced camera.


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Pentax Optio 330gs


Like other models in the Optio series, the Optio 330GS is amazingly compact and easy to carry, with dimensions of just 4.0" (W), 2.5" (H), and 1.5" (D) and weighs only 6.3 oz. The 3X zoom lens is equivalent to a 38-114mm lens in 35mm format and...

The image processing circuitry makes the Optio 330GS a robust performer. The user can easily choose from a range of shooting modes, such as Auto, Full selectable, Night Scene, and Movie. There's individual buttons for frequently used functions accessed...

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Pentax Optio 330RS


PENTAX expands its digital product line by introducing two innovative digital cameras, the 4-Megapixel Optio 430RS and the 3-megapixel Optio 330RS . Following last year's Optio 430 and Optio 330 twins, these two new models inherit the same stylish, compac

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Pentax Optio 330


It's a big picture, but in reality the Optio 330 is about half the size of how the image above will look on your screen. It measures just 92 x 62 x 31 mm (3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 in) and that makes it only just bigger than Kyocera's tiny S3. The Optio 330 was...

Good colour, good white balance presets ; Lens exhibited hardly any chromatic aberrations ; Low noise at ISO 200, camera appears to have some flat area noise reduction ; Live view histogram ; Ultra-compact size, light weight ; Fast performer, good...

Lens resolution lets down its 3 megapixel label ; Noisy lens extension and zoom motor ; Produces 'overly contrasty' images ; Images can seem 'over-processed' and almost video like ; Unsophisticated bayer interpolation / sharpening algorithms ;...

The Optio 330 is a camera which left me with a luke warm feeling. There are lots of things to like about the Optio 330, it operates quickly, the user interface is friendly and easy to understand, there are lots of manual features you can 'grow into',...

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Pentax Optio 330


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,...

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...

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Digital Cameras - Pentax Optio 330 GS Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


Although the Pentax Optio 330 GS offers only fully automatic exposure control, its array of exposure options extends its ability well beyond the typical boundaries of the point and shoot category (much like the previous Optio 230). The addition of a...

Picture mode offers seven presets, including Landscape, Flower (brighter, more saturated colors), Portrait, Self-Portrait, Soft, Surf & Snow, and Sunset modes. These are definitely useful when shooting under more challenging conditions, automatically...

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Digital Cameras - Pentax Optio 330 RS Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


Exposure can be manually or automatically controlled on the Optio 330 RS, a nice feature for novices wanting to learn more about photography - the convenience of fully automatic exposure when you want it, or full manual control when you'd like to...

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Pentax Optio 330GS


There are an awful lot of compact cameras out there these days. So how does the 330GS fare against the competition? Find out in our review

Good quality photos ; Compact, well-designed body ; Has an AF illuminator lamp ; Lots of controls for a point-and-shoot camera ; Bracketing options rarely seen even on expensive cameras ; Histogram in record and playback modes

Flip-out LCD not very useful (since it can't rotate) ; No sound in movie mode ; No shutter speed/aperture controls ; Bundle isn't great ; Expensive

While not really a standout in any area, the Pentax Optio 330GS does hold up against the competition. This small camera takes good quality pictures (though a little soft), offers a decent amount of manual controls, and is easy to use. The multiple...

Product Specifications

Within the stylish exterior of the Optio33ORS lies a heart of precision. It has a high-performance 3X optical zoom lens (equivalent to 37 mm in 35min format), offers the digital clarity of 3.2 effective megapixels and has a 1/1.8 inch CCD assisted by advanced image processing technology. All these features and more in a sleek, ultra stainless steel body that will fit in pocket or purse. Try the Optio33ORS for yourself and experience a higher level of compact digital performance.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:CR-V3

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.6in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in/Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:3D image / Close-up / Landscape / Night mode / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Soft snap / Sunset & moon / Surf & snow/3D image / Landscape / Macro / Night mode/Landscape / Night mode/Night mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.6-4.8/F/2.6-5.0
Max Focal Length:17.4mm/22.8mm
Min Focal Length:5.8mm/7.6mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"/1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )/9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:3.2Megapixel/3.3Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer: None

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image/Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:2/2.7
ISO (Max):200/250/400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400/ISO 125 / ISO 250
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Green / Pink / Purple / Red / Sepia / Slim / Yellow/Black & White / Color / Sepia/Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:EXIF / JPEG/JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical