Pentax *ist D SLR Review
Conclusion posted 11/12/03
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*ist D Specifications
|Type||Interchangeable lens Single-Lens-Reflex type digital still camera with TTL auto exposure,autofocus and built-in TTL auto flash.|
|Lens Mount||PENTAX K AF mount|
|Compatible Lenses||PENTAX K, KA, KAF, and KAF2 mount lenses; screw mount lenses, 645, and 67 series lenses (adapter required). Some functions may not activate depending on the choice of lens.|
|Image Sensor||Interline interlace CCD.
Size: 23.5mm x 15.7mm (diagonal line: 28.40mm).
Total pixels: 6.31 megapixels
|Effective Pixels||6.1 megapixels.|
|Recorded Pixels||Large: 3008 x 2008 pixels.
Middle: 2400 x 1600 pixels.
Small: 1536 x 1024 pixels.
(Switchable to 1152 x 768 pixels or 960 x 640 pixels by custom function.)
|Sensitivity||Equivalent to ISO 200 to ISO 1600 (3200 available as Custom Function)|
|File Formats||Exif 2.2, DCF, DPOF|
|Quality Levels||Compressed: JPEG-baseline with
compressibility rates of 1/3, 1/6 and 1/12.
Uncompressed: 8-bit TIFF-RGB Ver.6.0 and 12-bit RAW.
|Storage Media||CompactFlash cards (Type I and Type II) and MicroDrive|
|Color Composition||JPEG: YCbCr (4:2:2).
TIFF: TIFF-RGB (4:4:4).
RAW: RAW data of CCD.
|White Balance||Auto: TTL control using image sensor.
Preset: Daylight, Cloudiness, Shade, Tungsten light and Fluorescent light (W, N, D).
Manual: 3 settings.
|LCD Monitor||1.8 inch, 118,000 pixel low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD with backlight|
|LCD Function||Single frame, zoom in/out up to 12X, nine-image, slide show, image rotation, shooting data indication (including date and histogram), quick view (instant display of image after shooting)|
|Delete Function||Single-frame-deletion, All-frame deletion, card format, protect|
|Video Output||NTSC/PAL switchable|
|Exposure Modes||Auto exposure with Hyper Program, Programmed AE, Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Metered Manual, bulb|
vertical-run focal-plane shutter with electronic release.
Auto shutter speeds:1/4000 sec. to 30 sec.
Manual shutter speeds:1/4000 sec. to 30 sec. (0.5EV steps) and bulb.
Shutter lock at power-off position.
|Viewfinder||Eye-level-type fixed pentaprism
viewfinder with Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen.
Field of view: 95%.
Magnification: 0.95X (with 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity, -1m -1).
Diopter adjustment: -2.5m -1 to +1.5m-1
|Viewfinder Indication||Out of image area: Built-in flash status, AF sensor pattern, in-focus, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation factor, bar graph. Within image area: AF frame with superimposed AF sensor point, spot AF frame.|
|Data LCD Information||Quality level, Tv
dial, Av dial, shutter speed, aperture value, exposure compensation, exposure frame
number, battery exhaustion warning, RTF recharge, flash status, RTF
function, red-eye reduction flash, wireless flash mode, high-speed
synchronization, remote control, self-timer, film advance mode
(single-frame/consecutive), multiple exposure, auto bracketing, auto white balance control, preset
white balance control, manual white balance control.
Illumination activated by preview lever.
|Exposure Metering||TTL open-aperture 16-segment
Spot metering and center-weighted metering selectable.
Metering range (at ISO200 with 50mm F1.4 lens): EV0 to EV21
(EV1 to EV21.5 with multi-segment metering).
|Exposure compensation||±3EV (in 1/2EV steps), ±2EV (in 1/3EV steps)|
|Auto Bracketing||3 frames (proper/over/under) within
range of ±1.5EV (1/2EV steps) or ±1.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Simultaneous use with exposure compensation possible.
|AE Lock||Pushbutton type with approx.
Extendable with shutter button half-pressed.
|Drive Modes||Single-frame advance, continuous advance (2.6 fps.) up to 6 frames (at noise reduction off).|
|Autofocus||TTL phase-matching autofocus system.
Applicable illumination range: EV0 to EV19 (at ISO200).
AF-Single, AF-Continuous, Manual Focus switchable.
Focus lock available.
AF sensor point selectable.
AF auxiliary illumination by built-in flash available.
|Built-in Flash (RTF)||Guide number: 15.6 (at ISO200/m),
Guide number: 11 (at ISO100/m).
Angle of view coverage: 18mm.
Synchronization speed: 1/150 sec.
Flash-Off, flash-on and red-eye reduction functions available.
|Flash Synch||Via hot shoe (with X-contact for
dedicated flash unit).
Standard PC flash sync connector
Sensitivity range: ISO200 to ISO1600.
Flash synchronization: up to 1/150 sec.
High-speed synchronization, wireless remote-control synchronization and P-TTL synchronization functions available with dedicated flash unit.
|Self-timer||Electronically controlled type with
12- or 2-second delay.
Mirror lock-up mechanism available.
Mid-operation cancellation possible.
|Remote Control||Infrared wireless remote control with
optional remote controller.
Effective range: 5m (16.6 ft.) from front side of camera.
Instant release or 3-second-delay release switchable.
Available in all modes.
|Power Source||2 CR-V3 batteries or 4 AA-sized
batteries (lithium, Ni-MH, alkaline).
Optional AC adapter available.
|Battery Life||CR-V3: Approx. 1000 frames no flash used.
Lithium batteries: Approx. 900 frames no flash used.
Ni-MH batteries: Approx. 450 frames no flash used.
Alkaline batteries: Approx. 110 no flash used.
|Dimensions||129.0mm x 94.5mm x 60mm (5.1 x 3.7 x 2.4 inches)|
|Weight||550g (19.4 oz.) for body only (without batteries and memory card)|
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