Pentax *ist DL2 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Pentax *ist DL2
Resolution: 6.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
Kit Lens: n/a
Viewfinder: Optical / No LCD
ISO: 200-3200
Shutter: 30-1/4000
Max Aperture: n/a
Dimensions: 4.9 x 3.6 x 2.6 in.
(125 x 93 x 67 mm)
Weight: 16.6 oz (470 g)
MSRP:
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Manufacturer: Pentax
Full specs: Pentax *ist DL2 specifications
6.10
Megapixels
Pentax K-mount APS-C
size sensor
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Front side of Pentax *ist DL2 digital camera        

The first new digital SLR announced by Pentax since the company revealed an alliance with Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung, the Pentax *ist DL2 is also available under the partner's name as the Samsung GX-1L. The DL2 has a sensor resolution of six megapixels, and accepts lenses using the Pentax KAF lens mount. Focusing can be controlled automatically or manually, and uses a 5-point phase detection system to determine focus. Images can be framed using a fixed molded penta-mirror optical viewfinder, and reviewed on a 2.5" LCD display. A choice of program, aperture- and shutter-priority or manual exposure modes; 16-segment multi, center-weighted or spot metering; shutter speeds from 30 - 1/4000 second; user-selectable ISO sensitivity from 200 - 3200 equivalent, plus ten white balance modes including fully manual white balance lets your creative juices flow, but offers automatic control for fun snapshots. A four-mode flash strobe and eight scene modes are also available, along with a two or twelve-second self timer.

The *ist DL2 stores images on optional Secure Digital or MultiMediaCards, in either Raw (uncompressed) or JPEG (compressed) formats. Connectivity includes both NTSC / PAL switcheable video output and a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed computer link, as well as a DC input connection for powering the camera when batteries are impractical (in a photo studio, for example). Power otherwise comes from a four AA or 2 CR-V3 batteries including disposable types, offering a little extra versatility when you're on the road and can't get to a power point to charge up.

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