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Pentax Optio 33LF

alaTest has collected and analyzed 179 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the portability and image quality are on the whole positive. The screen and usability also get good feedback. Reviews about the sensor and contrast are different, and the connectivity and features get less positive views.

value for money, usability, screen, image quality, portability

features, connectivity

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

Review analysis

(Based on 179 reviews)

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 33LF (titrisol, 8 Feb 05)


We got this camera to replace my 35mm point and shoot. The value for the money is excellent, good contruction and ergonomics, nice image quality. Swiveling display, histogram shown in display, nice modes.

Uses batteries like popcorn, about 30-40 picutres is all they last (with the display on) ; Connectivity with Win98 was a bit difficult, but it uses default USB mass storage drivers, which I installed and the camera acts like and external "drive" now

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 33LF (cl.vanderneut, 9 Jan 05)


-good build quality camera with good images. -good working autofocus when you have enough contrast. -easy-deesee is a joy to have by this camera. -(digital) filters are nice.

not very fast after you take the picture, the processing to the sensor is (too) slow ; low contrast problems with the autofocus

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new user opinion


easy to use, no overdose of buttons and dials,like folddown

haven't had long enough to notice any problems


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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 33LF (RickW504, 28 May 04)


I bought this camera because of its swivelling LCD, which was indispensable for photographing pages from 500-year-old manuscripts in musty archives (which my wife does for her research). I have used Pentax SLRs for years, but brand loyalty wasn't a...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 33LF (Dmitry Kichenko, 10 May 04)


This is a great camera for this price! It has a lot of modes, erally nice lenses, powerful flash and a nifty display which you can find only on expensive cameras from other brands. I don't know why people who have problems with THEIR units in...

No problems - connects to PC without any additional drivers (like a removeable drive), and works with Win Me too ; New firmware is available

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Good Camera, Bad service from Pentax


excellent pictures ,very easy to use, swivel lcd

ACD software does not work and no support from pentax,

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 33LF (CNelson, 1 Apr 04)


Problem with Camera

This is my first digital camera. I have used a number of different types for work, so I kind of knew what I was looking for and I thought I made a great choice at first. The usability of the camera and the 3x optical zoom are great, but I have had 2...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 33LF (Peter Shute, 3 Mar 04)


A little warning ...

You can't download images from this camera unless you have Windows Me, 2000 or XP. Forget win98. I know Win98 is 6 years old now, but this will affect quite a few people still ; It seems the only way around it is to avoid using the internal memory, but...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 33LF (jim park, 3 Feb 04)


This is my 4th Digital Camera... I have used Olympus 4040, Fuji S602Z, Canon S230? (my brother's) and the new Pentax Optio 33LF. Main purpose of this camera is to take snap shots at social gatherings. And so far I am very happy with output that this...

here's some minor complaints ; Rubber Piece covering usb connector seems like it's not going to survive 6months... becoming loose already after 4days of use ; plastic body... feels like I am holding a toy camera sometimes.. should be okay as long as I...

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 33LF (Pablo Gomes Ludermir, 19 Jan 04)


Good point-and-shoot camera, with an easy menu and a nice swivel LCD.

The movies could have sound ; Battery life is poor compared to other cameras ; Very weak body

Product Specifications

PENTAX digital technology brings new meaning to the term "all around" in the Optio33LF digital camera. With an innovative LCD monitor that swivels 180 degrees horizontally and up to 270 degrees vertically, the Optio33LF features 3.2 effective megapixels and a 3X zoom lens. This latest PENTAX digital camera gives you the freedom to frame subjects exactly as you prefer, especially from high and low angles. In addition to the versatile monitor, the Optio33LF features an optical viewfinder.

Audio Input

Type: None


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

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.6in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.1cm
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/Flower / Landscape / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Sunset / Surf & snow


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

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 / Monotone / Red / Sepia/Black & White / Blue / Green / Red / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical