A closer look at the Pentax Optio 33WR.
During the Digifoto, a Dutch merchant market in Houten, we got the opportunity to hold the Optio 33WR in our hands. This camera is like an intruder in the assortment of Pentax digital cameras. At first sight the cameras' size seems to be too big, at least I was expecting a flatter model. But of course the fact that the camera carries the JIS Class 7 certificate influences the housing of the camera. This certificate ensures the fact that the camera can be held under water at a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes without being damaged. However, it is not meant to actually use for under water photography. The classification JIS Class 7 means that the camera is highly water proof and that it is suitable for using at the side of water, in the snow etc. The camera can be held under a normal tap to rinse off the eventually dirt.
Pentax Optio 33RW - FirstLook - Letsgodigital
Pentax Optio 33RW - FirstLook - Letsgodigital
The new Pentax Optio 33WR is equipped with 3.2 million effective pixels and a 2.8x optical zoom. The optical zoom range is 37-104mm (equiv. to a 35mm camera) and by activating the 4x digital zoom it reaches a total zoom range of 11.2x. The brightness is f2.8 - f3.9 (wide angle - tele). The shutter speed varies from 2 to 1/2000 second. The design of the camera is right angled and displays simplicity. The square housing and the minimum amount of buttons make the camera very well-organized and clear. The Optio 33WR has various built-in programmes, with which the user can give priority to a certain way of taking an image. The camera features a programme mode to set completely automatically the exposure, a landscape mode, night image mode, night portrait mode, surf and snow mode, portrait mode, sunset mode, flower mode, fireworks mode, snap mode and macro mode. Each and every one of the mentioned modes has a different priority, like colour, contrast etc.
Pentax Optio 33RW - FirstLook - Letsgodigital Pentax Optio 33RW - FirstLook - Letsgodigital
The 3.2 Megapixels CCD offers a maximum image resolution of 2048x1536 pixels. The minimum focal range is 40cm but one who wants to get on top of the subject can activate the macro mode and photograph at a distance of 10cm. Beside taking still images the Optio 33WR is also able to capture moving images. The video clips are recorded in a resolution of 320x240 or 160x120 pixels. A nice option is the possibility to record clips in black/white, sepia or like usually in colour. At the back of the camera we'll find a 1.6-inch size monitor. The monitor can be used as a viewer or to play back the captured images. The resolution of the monitor is 84,000 pixels. The images can be transferred onto a computer very easily through the built-in USB 1.1 interface. One who prefers to view the images on a bigger screen can connect the camera onto the television via the video interface. Other features of the camera are: adjustable white balance, adjustable ISO value of 50, 100, 200 and 400 ISO, three adjustable exposures (multi-segment, centre pointed and spot metering), exposure compensation from +/- 2EV per 1/3 step, manual focus, 5-point auto focus or spot focus, voice memo and histogram.
Pentax Optio 33RW - FirstLook - Letsgodigital Pentax Optio 33RW - FirstLook - Letsgodigital
The Optio 33WR supports DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif Print (Exif 2.2) and PIM II (Print Image Matching). The size of the Optio 33WR is: 81.5x76x30.5mm and its weight is: 225g (inclusive battery and memory card).