Pentax has today named and officially announced the ultra-compact stainless steel cased 3 megapixel digital camera we've seen at a few industry exhibitions. The camera is called the Optio 330 it features a 3.34 megapixel (3.14 megapixel effective) CCD and an amazing 3x optical zoom lens. It weighs in at just 205 g (7.2 oz; no batts). Priced at 95,000 YEN (approx US$800) and expected to go on sale this July in Japan.

Pentax Optio 330 specifications

CCD 1/1.8" 3.34 megapixel (3.14 megapixel effective)
Image sizes 2048 x 1536, 1024 x 768, 640 x 480
Image types JPEG
Image ratio 4:3
Lens 3x optical zoom, 37 - 111 mm (equiv.), F2.8 - F4.8
Digital zoom 2.0x, 4.0x
Focus range Normal: 40 cm - Infinity
Macro: 14 cm - 40 cm
Sensitivty ISO 100, 200
Shutter speed 15 - 1/2000 sec
Exposure modes Auto, Manual, Movie, Night view, Multiple exposures
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Focus modes Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Metering modes Multi-area , Center weighted average, Spot
White balance Auto, Sun, Shade, Incandescent, Fluorescent , Manual preset
Continuous Yes
Movie mode 320 x 240, 160 x 120 AVI M-JPEG, max 30 seconds
Flash Internal
Flash modes Auto, Red-eye reduction, Forced On, Forced Off, Slow Sync, Slow Sync & Red-eye reduction
LCD 1.6" TFT
Viewfinder Optical
Remote Control Included, Infrared
Connectivity USB, AV out (NTSC / PAL switchable)
Clock With Alarm function and world clock time zones
Power Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Storage Compact Flash (Type I only)
Dimensions 92 x 59 x 31 mm
Weight (no battery) 205 g
Availability July 2001 - Japan
Price 95,000 YEN (approx. US$800)