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With a 2.8X zoom lens (equivalent to a 37-104mm lens in 35mm format) and a JIS Class 7 water resistance rating, the Optio 33WR is designed for maximum protection against water. The lens operates within a full range without protruding from the body of the camera. Combined with a 4X digital zoom, the Optio 33WR offers a total zooming capacity of an impressive 11.2X. Robust and versatile, the Optio 33WR offers the imaging power of 3.2 effective megapixels for a high level of clarity and detail. Designed for easy operation, the Optio 33WR features a stand-alone button that shifts simply from shooting mode to image display and back again.
Program mode automatically selects the most appropriate shutter speed and aperture when there's little time to prepare for a shot. The digital filters of the Optio 33WR offer an advantage over conventional ones in that they can be applied after the shot has been recorded. Firing automatically in low light and backlit conditions, the built-in flash of the Optio 33WR lets you shoot in confidence even after the sun's gone down. And for greater control, it also features Flash-on and Flash-off modes, as well as a red eye reduction function that heightens the quality of portraits taken a night. This feature does not eliminate "red eyes" in all instances.
Macro mode allows photos to be composed from as close as 0.03ft from the subject at a wide-angle setting, while zoom capability of up to 4X magnification means even the smallest of objects can fill an entire frame. To ensure the appropriate white balance in different situations, the Optio 33WR offers auto, daylight, shade, tungsten, and fluorescent light settings. It also has a manual setting that allows you to make the decision yourself or experiment to achieve different results.
With just a single press of the shutter release, this mode takes four consecutive shots of your subject, yet records them as one frame - capturing all the action in just one image. A handy self-timer allows users to join group shots or minimize camera shake when taking pictures in low light. A choice of two kinds of autofocus provides the user with even greater control over the impact of the shot. 5-point autofocus allows the user to achieve a shot with clarity that extends throughout the frame, while Spot AF allows a single part of a subject to be given prime emphasis.