Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Pentax *ist DL

alaTest has collected and analyzed 190 reviews of Pentax *ist DL. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers really like the durability and portability. The price and performance also get good comments. Many are negative about the image stabilizer and energy efficiency, and reviews are divided on the lens.

usability, performance, price, portability, durability

viewfinder, flash, software, energy, stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax *ist DL is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 190 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 72 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews

Disclaimer:

Below is a list of reviews for this or similar products. If you think this grouping is wrong please click here to flag.
Read more on our FAQ’s page.
Showing 1 - 41 of 72 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (109)

Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax *ist DL

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Pentax *ist DL from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the screen and durability. The portability and price are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the lens.

usability, price, portability, durability, screen

lens

76% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Aug, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax *ist DL

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Pentax *ist DL from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Aug, 2020

Expert review by : Evan Blass (engadget.com)

Pentax *ist DL 6.1 megapixel DSLR reviewed

 

If you're looking for a relatively cheap way to enter the world of digital SLR photography, the UK's DigiCam Review thinks you could do a lot worse than the Pentax *ist DL, which despite its unpronouncable name, came out a clear winner in their...

May, 2006

Expert review by : Ben Long (pcworld.com)

Pentax [star]ist DL Camera

 

With a street price of $600 (as of March 21, 2006) and a basic feature set, the Pentax *ist DL represents a good entry-level option for aspiring digital SLR shooters on a budget. Though it isn't long on features, the *ist DL provides the automatic and...

Excellent overall construction Controls are easy to use one-handed

No external controls for ISO and flash Images didn't look very sharp

The *ist DL falls down in image quality. In JPEG mode, the camera's shots are soft and occasionally look underexposed. Increasing the default sharpening setting helps make images look crisper; and once you're used to the underexposure, you can...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Ben Long (pcworld.com)

Pentax *ist DL, Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera (6.1MP, 2008x3008, SD)

 

Artwork: Rick Rizner, Chris Manners

Excellent overall construction ; Controls are easy to use one-handed

No external controls for ISO and flash ; Images didn't look very sharp

Compact camera offers simple controls and a good feature set, but some of our images looked a bit soft.

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Lisa Gidley (cnet.com)

Pentax *ist DL review

 

Pentax *ist DL

Svelte and affordable; logical interface; solid image quality.

Autofocus sometimes flustered by difficult scenes; auto white-balance setting mediocre for outdoor shadows or artificial light.

A great value per ounce, the Pentax *ist DL is a logical choice for budget-minded enthusiasts looking to upgrade to a digital SLR, but it's not ideal for shooting action or running on full auto.

Mar, 2006

Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (pcmag.com)

Pentax *ist DL

 

Lighter and faster than its older sibling, the Pentax *ist DS, the affordable Pentax *ist DL is a strong entry-level D-SLR contender.

Incredibly portable and lightweight for a D-SLR. Provides lots of options and features. Inexpensive.

1.5X magnification factor. Burst rate could be quicker. Menu structure could be better.

Compare the Pentax *ist DL, the Nikon D50, and the Canon Rebel XT side by side in our comparison table and view their benchmark scores.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Pentax *ist DL SLR

 

Physical Views The Pentax *ist DL and the *ist DS2 Continue on to Page Two *ist DL Specifications Type Interchangeable lens Single-Lens-Reflex type digital still camera with TTL auto exposure,autofocus and built-in TTL auto flash.

Mar, 2006

Expert review by : Let's go digital (letsgodigital.org)

Pentax *ist DL Review

 

Pentax *ist DL SLR - Unieke eigenschappen Relatief stilletjes doet Pentax alweer een tijdje mee met de digitale spiegelreflexcamera's. Het merk richt zich met name op het lagere segment en daar is Pentax erg sterk. Dat was met de analoge camera's zo,...

Feb, 2007

Recommended!

Expert review by (letsgodigital.org)

Pentax *ist DL review

 

Pentax showed us a new digital compact SLR camera at the beginning of June 2005. It's not intended as a successor of the current Pentax *ist DS, but it surely is a digital reflex that looks rather similar to the *ist DS. At first glance you'd even...

Pentax is joining in with the digital reflex cameras for some time now, relatively quietly. The brand is aiming at the lower segment and Pentax is very strong here. Before it was with the analogue cameras, and now the same thing happens with the...

Expert review by : Philip Ryan (popphoto.com)

Pentax *ist DL now $549.95

 

As of February 1, 2006, Pentax has reduced the price of its entry level DSLR kit by $200. The 6.1MP *ist DL with an 18-55mm DA lens will now cost $599.95 instead of $799.95. The body-only price for the *ist DL has dropped to $549.95. Prices of all...

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Peter K. Burian (shutterbug.com)

Pentax's *ist DL; An Affordable Entry-Level 6-Megapixel Digital SLR

 

The smallest and lightest digital SLR on the market at the time of this writing, the *ist DL is also among the most affordable in the 6-megapixel category. As the entry-level model in the Pentax line, it was designed for simplicity of operation, yet...

Fairly rugged, ultra compact/lightweight body ; Designed for simplicity but includes many advanced features ; also compatible (with some limitations) with manual focus lenses ; Quick start up ; fast response in most outdoor situations ; moderately high...

Like the other *ist D-series cameras, this one produces images with moderate contrast that usually hold detail in both highlight and shadow areas. Color saturation is slightly high, color fidelity is very good, and skin tones are attractive. Selecting...

Jan, 2006

Price comparison for Pentax *ist DL

  Store     Price

Note: Please check the product information and price with the store.

Top 5 Digital Cameras