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Pentax *ist DL2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the value for money and image quality are overall positive. The lens and portability also get good comments. Reviews about the video and sensor are different. Some have doubts about the size and focus.

usability, portability, lens, image quality, value for money

flash, focus, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Pentax *ist DL2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 28 reviews)

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Pentax *ist DL2


The Pentax *ist DL2 was a very well designed camera. It quickly became a bestseller for Pentax, and plenty of used units are available today. The fact that Pentax retained compatibility with virtually every Pentax lens ever made was a big plus, and...

2.5 inch color LCD display5-point autofocus8 automatic scene modesCompatibility with existing Pentax lenses

6.1MP resolution

The Pentax *ist DL2 Digital SLR was the first new DSLR offered by Pentax...

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Pentax *ist DL2 DSLR


Pentax is pleased to announce the marketing of the Pentax *istDL2 lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera to offer the fun and excitement of high-quality digital SLR photography to many levels of photographers, especially first-time digital SLR users....

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Pentax *ist DL2


I've been a 35mm Pentax SLR guy for 30 years, so when I saw an *ist DL2 body for $250 I took the plunge. The build quality is excellent, and most of the controls are quite intuitive. Even though this camera uses mirrors instead of a pentaprism, the...

As many reviewers have pointed out, the jpeg image processor is not the greatest. Shooting RAW takes care of that, which is no big deal, because I'm going to want to tweak the images anyway outside the camera. The autofocus sometimes has to spend too...


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Pentax *ist DL2


This camera is ok, for 299 euro you can't expect more. What i like of it is that it is a very light camera, because of this i use it anywhere. There is no reason to let it home. For 6 mp it gives good results. (If i use heavyier lenses i use K10D)

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Pentax *ist DL2


My first (own) DSLR and I'm very happy with it. Bought it with 18-55 & 50-200 kit lenses, 1GB SD-Card and bag. Besides the fantastic prize I liked the look, grip (got large hands an no problems with it) and the small weight of the Camera (only under...

None putting me off from buying or recommending the camera.

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Pentax *ist DL2


pentax istdl2.bought this as I have a number of m&ka Pentax lenses.I have used Pentax since 1962 without trouble.Comparing this dl2 agaiunst my son's CANON350 dI I find the Pentax more user friendlyand the kit lens is mch better than that of the...


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Pentax *ist DL2


My first DSLR and a good choice! Been used to 35mm SLR's previously and this helped ease of use on new camera. Previous digital was a Fujifilm S9500 digicam and the Pentax produces mush better images and is far easier to use. Also the camera with both...

Possibility of dust on sensor but don't get too paranoid - easy to remove by Rocket Blower ; Dust / hairs can find their way into viewfinder but easily removed (problem with most old M/F SLR's anyway) ; No problem too big to have put me off buying -...

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Pentax *ist DL2


Bought my Pentax ist DL2 two days ago from Jessops in London. By some reason its being discontinued. In the first branch of Jessops was only ex-display left. Before buying checked inside the body and found lots of dust! Jessops refused to give discount...

Over all very happy with the camera. When buying planned to keep it for 6 months and after replace it with better one. Now considering to keep it for much longer, this camera is perfect for me ; 1.When flash works making strange noice, not sure may be...

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Pentax *ist DL2


This Pentax *ist DL quite a pleasurable experience. With this Pentax *ist DL only being out of the box for a week, it reminds me often why I have been Pentax customer for quite some time and will continue to be so. What strikes one immediately is how...

None worth mentioning!

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Pentax *ist DL2


As a first DSLR this is an excellent choice. I spent time testing and handling various cameras and the DL2 had a really robust feeling. Acceptable results can be achieved with programme scene or automatic settings. The kit lens seems relatively good...

No problems - though RAW file sizes are large enough to mean that a decent size and speed of SD card is essential. Built in flash seems harsh at default setting.


Product Specifications

PENTAX announced *istDL2 lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera to offer the fun and excitement of high-quality digital SLR photo


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Sensor Size:23.5 x 15.7 mm
SLR / Compact:SLR Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: No
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:4x AA (LR6/MIGNON)
Battery Type:4x AA (LR6/MIGNON)


Face Detection Mode: No
Movie / Voice Recording: No
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes