Pentax Optio 33LF review
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 factor--one needs to spend about $600 to buy the next-cheapest camera with a swivelling LCD!
Good points: Compact; solid construction; easy to use; swivelling LCD.
Weak points: LCD is very hard to see in cloudy-bright or brighter conditions, even with the supplied hood in place. The LCD helpfully tells what the shutter speed and aperture are, but there is no way to modify them, and the picture modes supplied don't include things like "action" (for high speed/wide aperture) or "scenery" (for low speed/small aperture) that might help. The lag between pressing the shutter release and the shutter firing is very long, so that pictures of moving subjects are difficult (the "critical moment" had better be l-o-n-g!).
Conclusion: If we hadn't needed the swivelling LCD, we would have gotten a camera allowing more control.
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|May 28, 2004|