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Pentax Optio 33WR

alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The value for money and usability also get good feedback, whereas the low light performance and responsiveness get less positive reviews. Comments about the design and shutter are different.

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

lens, screen, focus, responsiveness, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax Optio 33WR is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Pentax Optio 33WR


The Optio 33WR is a compact and durable 3.2 megapixel digital camera with a 2.8X zoom lens and a JIS Class 7 water resistance rating. The Optio 33WR remains watertight even when the camera is rinsed, splashed or submersed in water. The Optio 33WR is the p

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Pentax Optio 33WR


The Optio 33WR has a 2.8x, 5.7-16mm lens, equivalent to a 37-104mm lens on a 35mm camera. A clear, plastic shield protects the lens at all times, so you don't have to worry about losing the lens cap. Unlike most digicams with optical zoom lenses, the...

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Take A Hike... With The Pentax 33WR


You can often judge how well a camera's image processor and sensor work together in scenes that display a range of highlight to shadow values.


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Pentax Optio 33WR


Beside its ability to get a little wet, the 33WR is also a competent 3 Megapixel camera with a 2.8X optical zoom lens. Some of the unique Pentax features can be found on it as well

Water resistant ; Good photo quality ; Live histogram in record mode ; Excellent macro mode ; Fast startup time ; Lots of scene modes ; Cool digital color filter effects ; Doubles as a voice recorder

Images on the noisy side ; Redeye ; 2.8X zoom lens; image goes out of focus for a second when you zoom in or out ; Cheap plastic doors over I/O ports and battery/memory card compartment ; Poor low light focusing, no AF-assist lamp ; No lens cover

All-in-all, the Optio 33WR is a nice camera for those who are out in the elements. Do take a look at the competition from Olympus, as their Stylus models are very good as well.

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Mini-Review: Pentax Optio 33WR digital camera


In the past I used my Sony CLI digital camera or Canon digital video camera to take photos of my review products. These were not very good quality, and I really couldn't get macro shots to work. I then bought an inexpensive HP 2.1 megapixel digital...

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Pentax Optio 33WR water resistant camera


Pentax Optio 33WR is a water resistant digital camera that can capture 3.2 megapixel images. With a 2.8 times optical zoom lens, the main features are pretty standard for a modern compact digital camera, but when you need a camera to take with you for...

Value for money: Pentax Optio 33WR is good value for money. It is an affordable model and could be used as the outdoor activity camera within the family while another camera could be reserved for birthdays and weddings.

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Pentax Optio 33WR


I've had this camera for 4 years and taken it with me whenever I expected rough conditions or a chance for the camera to get wet (at or on rivers or the sea). It's still going strong. I still use it with a laughably cheap 256MB SD card and AA...

Keep in mind: it has a long shutter lag, so it's not ideal for snapshots where every millisecond counts. Generally, _all_ the buttons take a rather long time to react, which is why I give it an average rating for construction.

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 33WR (Stinkydog, 19 Feb 05)


I got this camera specifically for outdoor, all-weather use - whitewater boating, sailing, winter sports, and so on. It takes decent pictures (especially when considering the diameter of the lens, and size of the sensor). But more importantly, it's a...

As stated in previous reviews, this camera needs (1) protection for the LCD screen and (2) protection for the lens ; As per (1), I left the adhesive plastic film on the LCD when I first opened the camera box. A year later, the film has a few dings, but...

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Great Fun Camera!


Size, water-resistant,takes rechargeable AA batt. & regular AA Batt., easy to understand & use controls, good pix, great software package included. Have had this camera since May 04. Love it! Simple, easy & fun to use. Takes great pix - I'v

2.8 optical zoom - wish this were greater. Movie resolution could be a bit better

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Owners Opinion: Pentax Optio 33WR (Claytonian, 6 Aug 04)


I wanted a good pocket camera to use when I didn't want or was unable to carry around my G2 and accessories. I decided to go with the 33WR because of it's size, water resistance, image quality, and price. So far I have been very happy with my choice....

I do get annoyed at having to check and wipe the lens glass all the time since there is no cover for it. But you get used to just taking a second to check it whenever you pull the camera out of your pocket. LCD is a little difficult to see in bright...

Product Specifications

With a 2.8X zoom lens (equivalent to a 37-104mm lens in 35mm format) and a JIS Class 7 water resistance rating, the Optio 33WR is designed for maximum protection against water. The lens operates within a full range without protruding from the body of the camera. Combined with a 4X digital zoom, the Optio 33WR offers a total zooming capacity of an impressive 11.2X. Robust and versatile, the Optio 33WR offers the imaging power of 3.2 effective megapixels for a high level of clarity and detail. Designed for easy operation, the Optio 33WR features a stand-alone button that shifts simply from shooting mode to image display and back again. Program mode automatically selects the most appropriate shutter speed and aperture when there's little time to prepare for a shot. The digital filters of the Optio 33WR offer an advantage over conventional ones in that they can be applied after the shot has been recorded. Firing automatically in low light and backlit conditions, the built-in flash of the Optio 33WR lets you shoot in confidence even after the sun's gone down. And for greater control, it also features Flash-on and Flash-off modes, as well as a red eye reduction function that heightens the quality of portraits taken a night. This feature does not eliminate "red eyes" in all instances. Macro mode allows photos to be composed from as close as 0.03ft from the subject at a wide-angle setting, while zoom capability of up to 4X magnification means even the smallest of objects can fill an entire frame. To ensure the appropriate white balance in different situations, the Optio 33WR offers auto, daylight, shade, tungsten, and fluorescent light settings. It also has a manual setting that allows you to make the decision yourself or experiment to achieve different results. With just a single press of the shutter release, this mode takes four consecutive shots of your subject, yet records them as one frame - capturing all the action in just one image. A handy self-timer allows users to join group shots or minimize camera shake when taking pictures in low light. A choice of two kinds of autofocus provides the user with even greater control over the impact of the shot. 5-point autofocus allows the user to achieve a shot with clarity that extends throughout the frame, while Spot AF allows a single part of a subject to be given prime emphasis.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

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:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Fireworks / Flower / Landscape / Night portrait / Night scene / Panorama assist / Portrait mode / Snap shot / Sunset & moon / Surf & snow

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:16MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax Optio

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-3.9
Max Focal Length:16mm
Min Focal Length:5.7mm
Optical Zoom:2.8
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:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Blue / Green / Pink / Purple / Red / Sepia / Soft / Yellow
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical