Pentax *ist-DPentax's first d-SLR is a winner, with good color, low noise, and excellent "hand feel," all in a compact body.
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Page 1:Intro and HighlightsReview First Posted: 03/30/2004
| ||First d-SLR designed for compatibility with Pentax system components.|
| ||6.3-megapixel CCD, 3,008 x 2,008 pixel images.|
| ||ISO range from 200 to 3200|
| ||Shooting-priority design, touch shutter button in Play mode, and camera will snap a picture.|
| ||Compatible with all Pentax K-mount lenses|
| ||Excellent user interface, many clever (and useful) features.|
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With the *ist D, Pentax introduces a true digital SLR with a traditional 35mm body style. The Pentax K lens mount accepts most Pentax K lenses, and will be a big draw for enthusiasts already shooting with Pentax film cameras. The *ist D has a 6.31-megapixel CCD for high quality images, a full range of exposure control modes, and enough custom settings to tailor the camera to specific needs. In a field that's rapidly becoming crowded with d-SLR models, the *ist D holds its own very well, in terms of image quality, capabilities, features, and shooting experience. Read on for all of the details!
- 6.31-megapixel interline/interlace scan CCD with primary color filter, delivering resolutions as high as 3,008 x 2,008 pixels.
- Single-lens reflex digital camera with interchangeable lenses (supports most Pentax K mount lenses).
- Variable ISO (200 to 3,200 equivalents).
- TTL optical viewfinder with detailed information display.
- 1.8-inch TFT color LCD with 118,000 pixels and backlight.
- Auto, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, and Bulb exposure modes.
- Consecutive Shooting, Auto Exposure Bracketing, and Multiple Exposure modes.
- Variable White Balance with ten modes, including a manual setting.
- TTL phase-matching autofocus system with 11 AF points and Single and Continuous modes, as well as a manual setting.
- Topside hot shoe for external flash connection of Pentax dedicated flash unit accessories.
- External flash PC sync socket for connecting a secondary flash unit.
- Built-in, pop-up flash with Auto, Auto with Red-Eye Reduction, On, Off, and Red-Eye Reduction modes.
- 16-segment Multi, Center-Weighted, and Spot metering modes.
- Adjustable exposure compensation from -3 to +3 exposure equivalents (EV) in one-third or one-half step increments.
- Shutter speeds from 1/4,000 to 30 seconds in one-third or one-half step increments, and a Bulb setting for unlimited exposure times.
- Cable release socket for long exposures.
- Two- or 12-second Self-timer mode, plus a remote control mode for the optional remote.
- Image storage on CompactFlash Type I or II memory cards, or Microdrive.
- JPEG, uncompressed TIFF, and RAW data file formats.
- sRGB and Adobe RGB options.
- DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compliant.
- Powered by four AA-type batteries or two CR-V3 battery packs.
- Optional IR remote control.