20 Most Recent Pentax Optio 330GS Digital Camera Questions & Answers


Linings are coming on the screen on my Pentax 330


This is highly suggestive of faulty CCD sensor.Repair of CCD is not a DIY ( do it yourself ). You need to send the camera to the manufacturer. The cost of repair would be around $100 + shipping ( if any ) + taxes. Repair does not worth taking into consideration the cost of the product. However, as this is a common problem with most of the manufacturers, there were few recalls and service advisories for most of their models facing CCD sensor challenge.

Note - Play any of the saved image / video. If you could see the saved image/video, then it is suggestive of faulty CCD sensor.If the saved image / video shows the same problem, it is said to be a faulty LCD screen.

Read an old article :-


If it is not under recall, try to get some good replacement or repair at low cost unless invest in new camera.

Let me know,if needed further assistance.

Hope i helped you.

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10/7/2010 5:18:31 AM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on Oct 07, 2010

Optio 330gs Windows 7 compatibility?


You also might want to consider NOT connecting the camera to the computer.

The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.

Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive.
7/12/2010 5:01:11 PM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on Jul 12, 2010

I installed driver for my pentax 330gs and its now

Forget all that. If all you want to do is download your pics from your camera, use a card reader to download to a folder you create on your desktop.
11/11/2009 9:26:07 PM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on Nov 11, 2009

My Pentax optio 330GS wont switch on. After

dirt in the lens mechanism follow the advise below to clear it up. You almost found the answer yourself.
OK you are probably going to think I am loony giving you this advise But No I am completely sane!

Get a can of compressed air OR acces to a compressor at your local garage Get them to fit the triggered air blower tool to it.

Blow around the lens in all the extension joins the firmly slap it in the palm of you hand with the side of the camera making contact with you palm. Do the procedure two or 3 times and inbetween the slaps turn it on to activate the lens mechanism. I have now fixed about 80 of these cameras with this method. I obtained the fix from Sony who charge $90 to do exactly the same. Keep at it as it will eventually work. One tip, make sure the battery is charged before you do this.

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9/15/2009 7:20:48 PM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on Sep 15, 2009

Card not formated

Thank you so much for your replay, I'm using the Original flash card 64 MB. after this error I tried a 512 MB flash card with the same result. I was thinking that if the capacity is high and beond the cam capacity formating at a lower capacity will be done but failed.
I really appreciate your kind support
Thank you very much
10/22/2008 3:19:52 AM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on Oct 22, 2008


Here is the list from Pentax as to what is compatible under vista:


The best way to use is to get a free program from Adobe website or Kodak. That can transfer your pictures from your camera to your computer.

6/22/2008 3:02:18 PM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on Jun 22, 2008


Check the manual throughly- usually there is a more comprehensive manual on the CD- to ensure all the correct setting are made. Other wise this is a flash failure[lamp or capacitor] Take a look at the Pentex technical support site.
6/3/2007 4:12:10 PM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on Jun 03, 2007

Color shift problem with 330GS

This is because the RGB filters in the camera are not perfect, and there is no one "green" colour. The green pixels pick up a wide band of colours, and are somewhat sensitive even to red and blue, especially near where green shades into red.
2/15/2006 4:21:41 PM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on Feb 15, 2006

Problem with taking pictures in the shadows

In very simple terms you simply didn't have enough aperture and sensor sensitivity to get the same exposure in the camera as you got with your eyes. The blurring was caused by camera movement while the shutter was open, hand held anything over about 1/15th of a second will be unusable at your shortest focal length. Night photos are hard as they require maximum aperture to let in enough light, and maximum aperture means minimum depth of field so if you are close to the subject it is hard to get all of it in focus. You can increase the ISO setting, but that introduces noise into the shot. As you noticed using flash completely destroys the interesting lighting you were trying to capture. With a proper external flash you would have got a shot as though it were daytime, with a small inbuilt flash you just forced the camera to take a short exposure with a small aperture without adding enough flash light to get the exposure, hence the black picture. As it was a static subject you could have tried a long exposure with the camera on a trpod, possibly using the self timer to start the shot so that you did not touch the camera at all. Another area to take care with is colour/white balance. Your eyes are very good at adjusting for any colour cast or hue in the illumination. You will notice that a sheet of white paper looks white to you inside under normal lights, or inside under flourescent lighting, or outside in daylight . You will find that your camera has to be preset for the colour/temperature of the illumination, to get this right you need to know the spec of the flood lights (halogen, tungsten etc) as it is unlikely the automatic white balance will get this right, being less sophisticated than the human eye/brain combination . You can of course adjust the white balance in who editing software. I hope this helps....
2/15/2006 4:20:07 PM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on Feb 15, 2006

Pentax Optio 330GS its gone blind!

You've probably got something as simple as a ribbon cable loose in the camera. Beware though, dismantling is a serious task unless you have experience. Amazingly the CCD is often connected in such a simple, analog-esqe, way that disconnecting it doesn't cause an error, just a black screen.
2/15/2006 4:11:51 PM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on Feb 15, 2006

Pentax Option 330GS problem turning on

Sounds like the images are corrupted on the card. If you have another card then try starting the camera with it. To get the card working again, you will need to format it in a card reader with FAT16 format, or try in another camera. If you want the images, you will have to obtain repair software to try to retrieve the images.
9/8/2005 5:06:38 PM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on Sep 08, 2005

Black LCD screen on camera

Just had the same problem (black display). I moved my hand in front of it and took pictures of things but nothing happened. Then my girlfriend tried to point it to a lamp, and all-of-a-sudden it kinda woke up from a screensaver or something. So weird, but it worked. Perhaps it needs enough light in order to start using the display and lens. I couldn't take any pictures when the LCD was black. So, try pointing it towards a strong light source before you break your camera.
8/30/2005 1:02:56 PM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on Aug 30, 2005

Took out memory card to transfer photos. returned card to camera and it indicated memory card error shut down leaving lens out.

Never remove or insert a memory card while the camera is turned on. Try removing the battery, waiting about 30 minutes, and then putting in a freshly charged battery. Never remove or insert a memory card while the camera is turned on!!!!!!
4/13/2018 10:21:33 PM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on Apr 13, 2018


Put it in the airing cupboard to dry out for 48 hours
5/11/2016 9:02:20 AM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on May 11, 2016

Will 5 year old cameras take a 16gb card

Hi. Your camera is too old to accept that big a card. The camera will let you know what size it will accept. Just keep putting larger sizes until it stops. Hope that helps.
5/29/2015 4:55:34 PM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on May 29, 2015

Pentax Optio E20 will not turn on.

The green light only means the memory card is getting power. That nothing else comes on indicates a serious problem that requires a trip to your local camera shop for help.
2/6/2015 4:53:44 AM • Pentax Optio... • Answered on Feb 06, 2015
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