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Pentax *ist D

alaTest has collected and analyzed 312 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the battery and image quality are overall positive. The performance and portability also get good feedback. The sensor and low light performance get critical comments, while views about the lens and screen are different.

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flash, focus, software, low-light, sensor

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Pentax *ist D is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Pentax *ist D


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Pentax *ist D


Pentax announced the *ist D digital SLR on 26th February 2003, the week before PMA 2003. The *ist D is essentially a digital version of the *ist film SLR announced the week before. The major physical difference between the two cameras (apart from all...

Good tonal balance, average resolution, low in-camera sharpening ; Good metering, very little need for exposure compensation ; No sharpening artifacts, virtually no moiré artifacts ; Low noise up to ISO 800, slightly higher than the competition after...

Soft appearance to images, converted RAW images are sharper ; Continuous shooting not as fast as competition, image buffer also smaller ; No histogram on record review (immediately after shot) ; Image parameters don't offer enough latitude of...

Pentax has clearly left their earlier digital SLR falsestart behind them, the *ist D is a capable digital SLR which can standshoulder to shoulder with the longer established names in the digitalSLR's world without compromise. The camera's compact size...

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Pentax *ist-D Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


The *ist D (also known simply as the Pentax ISTD or IST-D) is currently the most advanced digital camera available from Pentax. Pentax is a camera maker with a long tradition in the film-based world, but a relative newcomer to the digital arena. They...


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Pentax *ist D:Feat in Inches


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Pentax *ist D; A 6-Mp D-SLR That Lets You Use Your Pentax Film Camera Lenses


The high-tech *ist D camera is compatible with many manual focus lenses, such as the Pentax SMC 200mm f/4 that I used for this image.

While it is a first generation D-SLR camera for Pentax, the *ist D doesn't take a back seat to anyone in terms of advanced technology. It incorporates a full series of high-tech features, including the entirely new (11-point) SAFOX VIII autofocus...

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Pentax *ist D Digital Camera Pro Review


One of the world's smallest, lightest digital SLR camera bodies, the *ist D comes equipped with an array of advanced functions and user-friendly featu

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Pentax *istD *ist D Test Review © 2005


By all means consider this. It should be much better than any non-SLR like the Nikon 8700, and competes directly against Canon and Nikon DSLRs. Since Pentax is not as popular that can spell a discount for you! If you already own Pentax lenses then you...

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Pentax *ist D


Is this a fabulous camera with a funny name? Find out now in our review of the *ist D

Excellent image quality, though very soft ; Low noise all the way to ISO 1600 ; Robust performance ; All the benefits of a D-SLR: lenses, flashes, and full manual controls ; Uses AA (or CR-V3) batteries ; RAW and TIFF modes with no performance penalty...

Images are too soft, even at "high" sharpness ; Four-way controller feels awkward ; Burst mode slower than competitive cameras ; Clumsy memory card slot ; Would've preferred to see ISO/quality/white balance somewhere other than mode dial ; Not a fan of...

Whether the *ist D is right for you depends on a couple of factors. If you've got an investment in Pentax lenses, then buying this camera is a no-brainer. If you've got a lot of Canon or Nikon lenses, you probably won't want to throw them away, as both...

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Pentax *ist D


This, like many of my equipment reviews is a subjective evaluation based on hands-on experience. I do not detail all of the camera's knobs and menu screen settings. Rather, what I attempt is to provide you with an idea of what a

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Pentax *ist D


Been using film cameras since the 50's as a student. Have owned Leicas, Nikons, Canons, Olympuses. Been using Pentaxes since the late 80s. Had the PZ-1 for 10 years before switching over the *ist D when it first came out. I have always like...


Product Specifications

Portability never looked like this. Weighing in at a mere 20 ounces with batteries, the lightweight, stylish *ist D does not sacrifice quality and performance. A 6.1 megapixel CCD with advanced data processing circuitry for astonishing image clarity and detail. A newly-developed 11 point autofocus with SAFOX Vlll for quick and accurate focus. A bright, high-precision viewfinder with superimposed AF-point display for super-clear views of any subject. And featuring a PENTAX K lens mount for compatibility with most existing PENTAX 35mm format lenses and accessories. All protected by a super-rigid, black stainless-steel chassis. Portable and maneuverable, the *ist D is the ideal go-anywhere traveling companion for advanced amateurs and photography enthusiasts. This bundle includes PENTAX lens. The PENTAX smc P-DA J 16-45mm F4.0 ED/AL is recommended for use with digital cameras. It features a 3X zoom ratio with focal lengths covering ultra-wide angle to normal ranges, incorporates a high-refraction extra low dispersion (ED) glass element to produce a high-resolution, high-contrast image with true-to-life color rendition, and aspherical lens elements to help transmit the light more efficiently through the lens to the film. The smc P-DA J 16-45mm F4.0 ED/AL is well suited for advanced amateurs and professionals.

Audio Input

Type: None


Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA/AA / CR-V3

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:SLR
Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash/CompactFlash / Microdrive

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Pentax *ist

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/4.0
Lens for SD:Body only/PENTAX-DA 16-45mm ED lens
Max Focal Length:45mm
Min Focal Length:16mm
Optical Zoom:2.8
Type:None/Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:15.7 x 23.5mm
Optical Sensor Size (metric):15.7 x 23.5 mm
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:6.1Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Fixed eye-level pentaprism

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical