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Pentax Optio 33L

alaTest has collected and analyzed 203 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and image quality. The value for money and usability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the reliability and shutter. There are some mixed opinions about the storage and battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio 33L is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Pentax Optio 33L


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...

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...

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Pentax Optio 33L


The Optio 33L has a 3x, 5.8-17.4mm lens, the equivalent of a 38-114mm lens on a 35mm camera, a range from moderate wide-angle to modest telephoto. Maximum aperture ranges from f/2.6 to f/5, depending on the lens' zoom position, while minimum aperture...

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Pentax Optio 33L


Pentax's Optio 33L camera has a handy swivelling LCD (180 degress-it can be at the top, face the back of thr camera for example), 3.2MP and unique 3D image mode. The zoom lens is a Pentax 3x (38-114mm) which is quite sharp and no sign of barrel...


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Pentax Optio 33L


I have this camera. I had it for a little while, its really good quality. takes great photos!!!

the only things is my friend spilt beer all over it. and i need to know where i could take it to get it fixed, or see whats wrong. Could i take it back where i got it, and get it fixed for free or what I need someones help on thas. It stil works, it...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 33L (Susan99, 27 Apr 06)


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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 33L (bazarov, 28 Nov 05)


I took this camera on an around-the-world trip in 2004, spanning such extreme places as Siberia, Egypt, Vietnam, China and France. During this trip, the camera accompanied me on a variety of activities, such as skiing in the Alps, hiking in the...

Low-light performance is average at best, and the flash is not helpful outdoors. Construction is good against the elements, but I noted that the buttons began to loose their touch after prolonged use. Still, it survived well over 10,000 shutters over...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 33L (dragra, 19 May 05)


I didn't know this little camera is still selling today in our fast paced world of digital disposables. Afret seeing Edgart' post I realized it, this means it got a long seller. I got mine 2 years ago [after short & frustrating period with Canon'...

No problems after 2 1/2 years of frequent use ; Optio 33L Bonus side ; flexible LCD-screen ; high fun factor ; live histogramm view ; reliable & precise metering ; very good tonal response ; AF good also in weak light ; grid overlay option on screen ;...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 33L (edgart, 18 May 05)


Just bought one for my son for his school trip abroad. The camera was on a special at warehouseexpress at £79 so did a bit of research and decided to go for it!! Got to admit the driving factors were manufacturer, compact flash (got lots of it) and AA...

None so far

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 33L (darcy, 14 Sep 04)


This is a excellent digital camera of great value that tends to slip through the attention and interest of most people due to its traditional camera appearance. Actually, I never noticed this camera until my friend's recommewndation (he has been a...


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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 33L (idnab, 3 Aug 04)


Having taken hundreds of pictures in various conditions with this camera I can confidently state the following: Excellent picture quality - very good 8x10 in. prints; Great ergonomics - very easy to reach and manipulate the controls; Easy to...


Product Specifications

PENTAX introduces the smaller, but smarter, Optio 33L, a full-featured 3.2 effective megapixel digital camera with a versatile, bright, 1.5 inch LCD monitor that both swings up and rotates a full 180 degrees. The Optio 33L is a perfect digital camera choice for self-portraits, group shots and high or low angle photography. With 3.2 effective megapixels, the Optio 33L delivers sharp images and offers a handy LCD monitor swings both up and rotates 180 degrees. Equivalent to a 38-114 mm lens in 35 mm format, the high-performance 3X optical (2.7X digital) zoom lens combines high quality imaging capability with low-level distortion and offers and an impressive 8X combined zoom. The Optio 33L incorporates advanced image processing technology and a 12-bit A/D converter capable of recording data on the CCD with greater dynamic range and higher level gradation comfort. A newly developed image processing circuit in the Optio 33L offers 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. Select the appropriate mode from a choice of Program, Picture, Night Scene, Movie, 3D image, Panorama Assist, Auto Bracketing, and Digital Filter modes. Optio 33L also offers a variety of picture modes Landscape, Flower, Portrait, Self-portrait, Soft, Surf & Snow, Sunset, and Illustration. Searching for recorded images is minimized through a nine image display function on the LCD screen. All images may be displayed at once and enlarged up to 12X magnification to check for clear focus and inspect details. A slide show feature allows recorded images to automatically display continuously on the LCD monitor and deliver presentations when connected to an LCD projector. A detailed histogram display allows you to check light levels with accuracy during both playback and shooting. Take even greater control over each shot with the ability to set sharpness, saturation and contrast manually, with a choice of three grades for each. The Optio 33L provides prints of an even higher quality when connected to PRINT Image Matching II- or Exif-compatible printers.

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:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

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

Optical Sensor

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

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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


Viewfinder Type:Optical