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Pentax *ist DS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 284 reviews of Pentax *ist DS. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the image quality and performance. The price and portability are also appreciated, but the control panel and low light performance get critical views.

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shutter, sensor, low-light, control panel

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

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Pentax *ist DS from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the durability and portability. The usability and performance are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical views about the reliability and software.

price, performance, usability, portability, durability

design, software, reliability

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

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax *ist DS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 user reviews of Pentax *ist DS from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the image quality and performance. The price and portability are also appreciated.

usability, portability, price, performance, image quality

94% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (pcworld.com)

Pentax [star]ist DS Camera

 

If you've looked longingly at digital single-lens-reflex cameras but have been put off by their size and weight, you'll want to check out the Pentax *ist DS ($900 with an 18mm to 55mm lens; $800 without). It's the smallest SLR I've seen to date--just a...

Shoots well in auto mode

Smaller-size CCD

This Pentax does have one distinct advantage over most of today's digital SLRs: While the vast majority of them employ proprietary rechargeable batteries, the Pentax uses two disposable CR-3Vs or four AAs. That means you can buy your own rechargeable...

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (pcworld.com)

Pentax *ist DS Digital Camera with Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Digital SLR Lens (6.1MP, 3008x2008)

 

Photograph: Rick Rizner

Shoots well in auto mode

Smaller-size CCD

A no-brainer if you own Pentax lenses, this smallish camera shot well in auto mode, but its smaller-size CCD is a drawback.

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Ben Long (pcworld.com)

Pentax ist DS

 

Speedy buffering and file writing ; Very good image quality when shooting in Raw mode ; Good build quality ; Well-designed control layout ; Good feature set

Lowest ISO speed is 200 ; Detail problems and over-saturation issues when shooting in JPEG mode

May, 2005

Expert review by : David D. Busch (cnet.com)

Pentax *ist DS review

 

Although the most compact of the sub-$1,000 digital SLRs, the Pentax *ist DS is not a functionality lightweight. Packed into its 30-ounce (with 18mm-to-55mm lens, battery, and media), polycarbonate-clad stainless-steel frame is an array of automated...

Most compact digital SLR available; outstanding optical and LCD viewing; easy operation; solid performance.

No raw-plus-JPEG or TIFF mode; kit lens is a slow f/5.6 at longest focal length.

A compact design, flexible power sources, and a strong feature set make the Pentax *ist DS a digital SLR for the on-the-move photo enthusiast.

May, 2005

Expert review by : Daniel Grotta, Sally Wiener Grotta (pcmag.com)

Pentax *ist DS

 

This small, light, and easy to use D-SLR is very affordable and may give Canon's EOS Digital Rebel line a run for its money.

Well constructed. Easy to operate. Works with all Pentax film lenses. Mirror lockup for CCD cleaning. Uses standard double-A batteries.

Limited feature set. Relatively slow recycle time. Some functions require too many button pushes.

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May, 2005

Expert review by : Phil Askey (dpreview.com)

Pentax *ist DS Review

 

The Pentax *ist DS digital SLR was announced on 13th September 2004 in the run-up to Photokina 2004. The *ist DS is Pentax's second digital SLR and is aimed at a lower price point than the original *ist D. At the time of writing this review the street...

Mar, 2005

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

Pentax *ist DS SLR

 

Physical Views Compare *ist DS and Nikon D70 Compare *ist DS and Canon Digital Rebel Continue on to Page Two *ist DS Specifications Lens Mount PENTAX KAF bayonet mount (by using AF adapter) Usable Lens PENTAX KAF2-, KAF-, and KA-mount lenses. * Power...

Nov, 2004

Expert review by (photographyblog.com)

Pentax *ist DS Review

 

The Pentax *ist DS is an entry-level 6 megapixel digital SLR that is also one of the smallest and lightest DSLRs currently available. Highlights of the Pentax *ist DS include a large 2 inch LCD screen, 11 point auto-focus system, interchangeability...

The Pentax *ist DS is a very good entry-level digital SLR that manages to achieve the difficult task of being easy to use without sacrificing functionality. The *ist DS will more than satisfy all those people who are keen to upgrade from a film-based...

Jun, 2005

Expert review by : MobileTechReview.com (mobiletechreview.com)

Pentax *ist DS

 

Definitely a winner! Perfect for serious photographers and beginners alike thanks to a full set of manual settings and program modes for the experienced photographer and Auto Pict mode for the newbies. In fact, Auto Pict works so well, experienced...

Oct, 2006

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

The Pentax *ist Ds; Compact 6-Megapixel Digital SLR With Intelligent Automation

 

The Pentax *ist Ds is ideal for quick snapshooting, using one of the seven new subject-specific Program modes.

Rugged, ultra compact/ lightweight body ; most controls are well placed for convenient operation • Designed for simplicity that novices expect, but includes many advanced features ; also compatible (with some restrictions) with manual focus lenses •...

In camera sharpening is set too low ; to correct softness, use the tips provided in the text ; Missing a few features that some experienced photographers demand ; Although raw file conversion is fast, the Photo Laboratory software is only moderately...

In its default settings (without overrides), the Pentax *ist Ds produces images with gentle contrast that's great for holding detail in both highlight and shadow areas. Color saturation is moderate, color fidelity is high, and skin tones are...

Sep, 2005

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