Pentax Optio 330 Features and Specification Review

It’s a big image, but actually the Optio 330 is most the dimensions of how the image above will look on your display. Its dimensions are just 92 x 62 x 31 mm (3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 in) and that creates it only just greater than Kyocera’s small S3. The Optio 330 was first declared back again on the 29th of May, although we saw photos / leaking of it beginning than that. It’s an ultra-compact, metal cased, three mega-pixel, three periods visual zoom capability digicam with it’s own exclusive Lithium-Ion standard rechargeable battery power and a Lightweight Display Kind I port.

Pentax Optio 330 Review
Pentax Optio 330 Review

The Optio 330 is clearly targeted as a portable ‘take anywhere’ digicam which can still provide great quality and a useful 3x visual zoom capability. Just to add to the mix Pentax also lately exposed the Optio 430, a four mega-pixel form of the Optio 330.

Pentax Optio 330 Body And Design

The Optio 330 is only a little larger than Kyocera’s small Finecam S3 and just 45 g bulkier fully packed. It’s dressed in an all steel case, the only nasty parts are the LCD cover, control buttons and section doors. The rather traditional design is convenient to carry, portable and clear and understandable. Just like the Finecam S3 the Optio 330’s lens expands one inch from the body once the digicam is powered up, I found the lens expansion and zoom capability motor to be rather loud (compared to others).

Pentax Optio 330 Body And Design
Pentax Optio 330 Body And Design

LCD Observe / Viewfinder

The Optio 330’s 1.6″ LCD monitor is shiny and simple enough to see even outdoors, it’s secured by a nasty window which should prevent it from damage if carried in a pocket, although there’s no anti-reflective covering. The Optio’s viewfinder is the pretty standard ‘optical tunnel’ kind with no parallax modification lines (although there are AF segment indicators), uncommonly for an ultra-compact the Optio’s viewfinder does have a dioptre modification.

Battery / Lightweight Display Compartments

In the base of the Optio 330 you’ll discover battery power section. The small Lithium-Ion battery power has a ranked outcome of 3.7 V, 900 mAh (3.3 Wh), this rests it somewhere between battery power used in Sony’s DSC-P5 and that used in The canon eos PowerShot S40. The battery power is billed out of the digicam in the provided battery charger. On the right side of the digicam (from the back) is the small Lightweight Display section door, it’s made of nasty and doesn’t depend particularly well. Behind this we discover a CF Type I port, cards are placed with the thumbs lip at the rear which does makes it much easier to get rid of the card later.

Pentax Optio 330 Images Quality

ISO (Sensitivity) Adjustment

ISO equivalence on a digicam is the cabability to improve the degree of sensitivity of the CCD to allow for quicker shutter rates of speed and/or better efficiency in low light. The way this performs in a digicam is by “turning up the volume” on the CCD’s indication amps, nothing is without its price however and doing so also increases any disturbance that may exist and often impacts color vividness.

Pentax Optio 330 Images Quality
Pentax Optio 330 Images Quality

The Optio 330 has two ISO degree of sensitivity options of ISO 100 and ISO 200. There is also Automatic ISO which will differ the degree of sensitivity instantly based on available light. It’s a pity Pentax did not offer an ISO 400 choice.

White Balance

The Optio 330 has a wonderful set of white-colored stability options such as guide predetermined white-colored stability which we really would not anticipate finding on an ultra-compact digicam. As you can see from the outcomes below the Automatic white-colored stability worked well best in daylight. The pre-programmed white-colored stability configurations were outstanding, indeed the incandescent and neon configurations are probably the best I’ve seen on a customer digicam. Manual predetermined white-colored stability also did wonders.

Flash Performance

The Optio 330’s inner display has a specified variety of 0.14 – 3.7 m (0.5 – 12 ft) at extensive position and 0.4 – 2.0 m (1.3 – 6.6 ft) at telephoto. In our assessments it continuously created underexposed or colour-cast pictures. This is an indication of either an incorrect white-colored stability (which should really be closed for display pictures in low light) and / or inadequate display visibility metering. Observe that underexposure was not just a display issue, I’ve published more about it below.

Barrel and Pincushion Distortion

The Optio 330 lens gun barrel distortions at complete extensive position was calculated at 1.2%, this is towards the high end of what we’d anticipate. The information is better at complete telephoto, no considerable pincushion distortions.

Pentax Optio 330 Images Quality
Pentax Optio 330 Images Quality

Purple Fringing (Chromatic Aberrations)

The Optio 330’s lens seems to be pretty outstanding, it was not hard to identify some flourishing (a white-colored mobile which operates into eye shadows against overextended areas) but that’s pretty regular for this degree of digicam. The great information was that chromatic aberrations were hard to see / identify. I had to check out through quite a few pictures to discover the example below, and that is very, very light compared to some that we’ve seen.

Overall Picture High quality / Particular Issues

The Optio 330’s image quality is relatively outstanding, especially for its lightweight part. You clearly utilizes some type of smooth area disturbance decrease system (which you’ll be able to see more clearly on the standard maps on the next page). Resolution isn’t the best in the world (see next page). Looking at an Optio 330 image at 100% you get emotions of ‘video image’ rather than ‘film like’, despite the best color the pictures have problems with unsophisticated image handling methods (Bayer interpolation, improving etc.).

Underexposure / Contrast

One thing that hit me when I began to capture our analyze maps was how underexposed they were. When capturing large spot analyze graph I normally use a +0.3 EV settlement (to modify for the white-colored background), on the Optio 330 this was not enough. Global the 330’s metering system takes a very careful strategy when confronted with a ‘flat surface’ picture such as the one below. This will also apply to both Multiple Section and Center-Weighted Regular metering ways.

Pentax Optio 330 Specifications

Street Price US: $700
UK: £500
Body Material Metal
CCD pixels 3.34 megapixels
CCD effective output 3.14 megapixels
CCD size** 1/1.8″
CCD Colour Filter Array G – R – G – B
Max resolution 2048 x 1536
Lower resolutions • 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h 4:3
Image formats • JPEG (EXIF)
Quality Levels (6:1)
Sensitivity equiv. • Auto ISO
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
Zoom wide (W) 37 mm
Zoom tele (T) 111 mm (3x)
Lens Max Aperture F2.6 – F4.8
Digital zoom 2.0x, 4.0x
Auto Focus • TTL Contrast detection
Auto Focus modes • Wide AF
• Spot AF
• Free AF
AF Illumination lamp No
Normal focus range 40 cm (1.3 ft) – Infinity
Macro focus range 14 – 40 cm (5.5 in – 1.3 ft)
Manual Focus 14 cm – Infinity (5.5 in – Infinity)
Min shutter 15 sec
Max shutter 1/2000 sec
Exposure Modes • Auto
• Night-Scene
• Manual
• Movie
• Multiple-Exposure
Manual Exposure Apertures:
• Wide angle: F2.6 / F5.0
• Telephoto: F4.8 / F9.2
Shutter speeds:
15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1, 0.8, 0.6, 0.5, 0.4, 0.3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/640, 1/800, 1/1000, 1/1250, 1/1600, 1/2000 sec*
* 1/1250 – 1/2000 sec only available at minimum aperture (F5.0 / F9.2)
Metering • Multi-Segment
• Center-weighted average
• Spot
Exposure adjustment -2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV steps (resets after each shot)
AE Lock No
Auto bracketing No
Picture Controls • Sharpness +/-2 levels
• Saturation +/-2 levels
• Contrast +/-2 levels
Colour Filters • Off
• B&W
• Sepia
White Balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Shade
• Incandescent
• Fluorescent
• Manual preset
Continuous 0.7 fps, max 2 images (@ 2048 x 1536, )
Movie clip 320 x 240, no audio, 30 sec max
Built-in Flash Yes, internal
Flash Range • Wide: 0.14 – 3.7 m (0.5 – 12 ft)
• Tele: 0.4 – 2.0 m (1.3 – 6.6 ft)
Flash modes • Auto
• Flash On
• Flash Off
• Anti Red-Eye
Flash compensation None
External flash No
Tripod mount Yes, plastic (edge)
Self-timer Yes, 10 sec delay
Remote control Optional Infared
Video out Yes, selectable NTSC / PAL
Storage media Compact Flash Type I
Storage included 16 MB Compact Flash card
Viewfinder Optical, with dioptre adjustment
LCD 1.6″ TFT
Playback zoom Up to 4x, scrollable
Operating system Proprietary
Connectivity USB
Battery Supplied Lithium-Ion battery and charger
Battery charger Yes, supplied
Weight (inc. battery) 240 g (8.5 oz)
Dimensions 92 x 62 x 31 mm (3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2 in)