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Pentax Optio 330 Review

October 2001 | By Phil Askey


Review based on a production Optio 330, firmware v1.10

It's a big picture, but in reality the Optio 330 is about half the size of how the image above will look on your screen. It measures just 92 x 62 x 31 mm (3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 in) and that makes it only just bigger than Kyocera's tiny S3. The Optio 330 was first announced back on the 29th of May, although we saw shots / leaks of it early than that. It's an ultra-compact, steel cased, three megapixel, three times optical zoom digital camera with it's own proprietary Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery and a Compact Flash Type I slot.

The Optio 330 is clearly aimed as a pocketable 'take anywhere' digital camera which can still deliver high resolution and a usable 3x optical zoom. Just to add to the mix Pentax also recently revealed the Optio 430, a four megapixel version of the Optio 330.

Review notes: This will be one of the first of our new "concise review" style, still substantially more information than you'll find elsewhere but more concise and to the point than our normal in-depth reviews. We will reserve these short reviews for either pocket sized and / or low featured digital cameras.


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this review (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

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