Pentax Optio 33LF

Announced Sep 25, 2003 •
3 megapixels | 1.6 screen | 38 – 114 mm (3×)
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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. Problems: 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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-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. Problems: -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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RickW504
 
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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 ...

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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 particular leave negative ratings here - it's not about complaining about what you got but about rating the product. Problems: No problems - connects to PC without any additional drivers (like a removeable drive), and works with Win Me too. New firmware ...

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CNelson
 
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Problem with Camera Problems: 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 major problems with the camera, and I'm going to either ask for a replacement (hoping I just got a lemon) or a refund and buy something else. The camera has never been able to actually connect to my computer with ...

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Peter Shute
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A little warning ... Problems: 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 to use SD or MMC memory and a card reader instead.

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jim park
 
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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 camera produces. To my surprise, auto white balance seems to work better than my S602Z. However there are little more visible noise than any other camera I own. Like other reviewers mentioned, I am really enjoying the unique features not found in ...

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Good point-and-shoot camera, with an easy menu and a nice swivel LCD. Problems: The movies could have sound Battery life is poor compared to other cameras. Very weak body.

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dutro
 
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My 1st digital camera;I was very intimidated by digital cams,found this one very easy to use,packed with great features.Very good for 1st timers,really good value for entry level cam,paid around $300 CDN.I feel I got a great deal!The swivel lcd was a strong selling point for me,and Ive used it already in all sorts of ways.Love using black/white option as well.Seems to take great pics!I love this camera! Problems: Had problems with Sandisk sd 256mb card,there is an update for this now,but have ...

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mitchbtu
 
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Got this 1 as a gift, and in a very short time was taking awesome looking pictures with it...Love the features especially the swivel LCD.. A great camera for the first time buyer, and the price was almost the best part.. The Wife paid just over $300 Canadian... Very good on batteries as long as you use the Nimh 2000... Problems: The flash could be a bit stronger, the side flap that opens to expose the USB plug in is a bit flimsy...

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