Pentax *ist D delayed to August|
(Friday, May 16, 2003 - 10:37 EDT)
Pentax Japan has today announced that its *ist D single-lens reflex digital camera, originally planned to ship in June 2003, has now been delayed by about a month to August.
First hinted at in October 2002, and later announced at the end of February 2003, the *ist D will feature a 6.1 megapixel, 23.5 x 15.7mm CCD image sensor, an 11-point autofocus sensor, shutter speeds to 1/4000 second, flash-sync at 1/150 second, a 2.7 frames per second burst capability, CompactFlash Type-I / II storage compatible with Microdrives, a 1.8" LCD display, power from 4 AA batteries or 2 CR-V3 Lithium Ion batteries, a choice of RAW, JPEG and TIFF file formats, and USB 1.1 connectivity.
Specifications beyond this have not been announced, and no new information on specs is included in today's announcement. The reason given for the *ist D delay is component supply delays, something that has been affecting a number of companies recently. Still, the delay is likely to be embarrassing for Pentax, whose previous rather ambitious foray into the digital SLR world was delayed numerous times before finally being cancelled altogether in October 2001.
You can see a number of photos of a prototype *ist D in our hands-on item published last March.