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Pentax Optio 33WR
Pentax Optio 33WR

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Pentax Optio 33WR

Editor's Review

The 3-megapixel Pentax Optio 33WR is Pentax's first waterproof digital camera. While the Optio 33WR should not be operated underwater, its sealed body can withstand immersion in shallow water. This capability, coupled with the camera's small size, makes the Optio 33WR a perfect companion for the active photographer.


  • 3.2 megapixels (effective)
  • 2.8x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program exposure only
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 50 - 400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: OPTIO33WR
  • UPC: 00027075076624
  • Release Date: Oct 09, 2003

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Pentax Optio 33WR Reviews

Pentax Optio 33WR Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
tough as nails (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i have beat the living hell out of this thing. its been in hot tubs, immersed in beer, kicked around, dropped and no problems. only whines about it are the fact that its movies are quicktime (bleh, apples), and its got long shutter lag. best thing is it was cheap, so if u lose it, who cares.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Durable and Water Resistant (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Have been using the Optio 43WR (4.0 Meg version) and am very happy with it. My wife an I live in Malaysia and it does get wet on some of our trips. Never had a problem with water damage. Our camera is reported to be immersible up to 1.0 m, have not tried. Only down side is difficulty with low light situations.

  • 1.0 out of 5
slowest camera with poorest battery life imaginable (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After a year of trying to be patient I am done with this piece of garbage.
I literally got mad and threw it in the garbage can.
It has such severe shutter lag, I always missed the shots I was trying for.
And it eats batteries so bad on a recent snowmobile trip I had to carry 10 spare sets of batteries to get me through the day.
I dug out my old trust 35mm Nikon for last weekends snowmobile trip, and never missed a shot, or changed batteries all weekend.
I want a digital for the convenience of emailing to family/friends etc. but will never own another one without a thorough testing before I buy to see if it actually works okay.
My film camera is back in use, and the shopping has started to try and find a relatively small digital that is not completely useless like the Pentax was !

  • 5.0 out of 5
The most robust camera I have owned (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am in the process of buying a second and third 33WR. My first has just gone walkabout after a trip abroad. I was a little skeptical about the water-resistant claims, but this camera has been on the beach, in the snow, out in the rain and even down wet caves. Nothing has got inside except outstanding images. I use the images for slideshows at school for all the adventure activities we do. With a 256mb card I get several hundred images at medium quality plus video clips which are fine for the slideshows. Now the 43WR is out I think the 33WR is no longer produced, hence the purchase of two more. I don't want to be without again!!