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The Pentax *ist DL is one of the smallest and lightest digital SLR cameras available. And
Pentax has just made it the most affordable digital SLR in the world (as of Feb 2006) by
lowering its price to just $599 USD including the 18-55mm zoom lens. Despite its
diminuitive size, the *ist DL offers 6.1 million effective pixels of resolution and PENTAX
original image processing technology. The camera is compatible with most existing PENTAX
interchangeable lenses to meet a wide range of applications and visual creativity.
The *ist DL hosts an array of advanced, user-friendly features including a comfortable
eyelevel viewfinder, a 2.5 inch color LCD monitor, a generous LCD data panel, and an
innovative Auto picture mode for automatic selection of the proper exposure program.
Offering quick, effortless operation and easy portability, the *ist DL is the ideal
digital SLR for all levels of photographers, including first-timer digital SLR users and
families. The *ist DL is equipped with a penta mirror viewfinder offering a 96%
field of view and a 0.85x magnification. The camera features a large, bright viewfinder
image equal in size, clarity and brightness to viewfinders incorporated in conventional
The *ist DL is equipped to make camera operations simple and effortless for the user.
From the multi-function four-way controller to the responsive electronic select dial and
the large, easy-to-use mode dial, all switches and dials are efficiently and functionally
laid out around the *ist DL's compact body to assure smooth, fingertip control.
Its innovative Auto picture mode automatically and instantly selects the optimum
combination of exposure settings for a given subject or situation, including shutter
speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast, and intensity of edges. The built-in
auto flash automatically pops up in dimly lit or backlit situations.
The *ist DL records up to 5 images consecutively at a speed of approximately 2.8 frames
per second, allowing the user to capture a series of the subject's action or movement.
A wide range of compatible PENTAX lenses are available for use with the *ist DL
including 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
Pentax *ist DL Features:
- One of the smallest, lightest and most affordable dSLR cameras
- High resolution, large-area 6.1-Megapixel CCD image sensor
- Image sizes are: 6M 3000x2008, 4M 2400x1600 or 1.5M 1536x1024
- Choice of JPEG with 3 quality levels or RAW recording formats
- Software included to manipulate RAW format image data
- Compatible with Pentax K, KA, KAF, and KAF2 mount lenses; screw mount lenses, 645,
and 67 series lenses (adapter required)
- 2.5-inch, 210,000-pixel color LCD monitor for easy viewing
- Penta-mirror viewfinder with 96% field of view
- 16-segment metering with Multi-Segment, Spot and Center-weighted options
- 3-point autofocus (SAFOX VIII) with Wide and Spot AF modes
- Shutter speeds from 1/4000 to 30 seconds plus Bulb
- Auto pop-up flash with red-eye reduction, external flash units
can be used with P-TTL hot shoe
- Auto Picture, Standard, Program AE, Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE,
Manual, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night Scene and Flash Off exposure modes.
- 2.8fps Continuous capture of up to 5 JPEG or 3 RAW frames
- 18 Custom Settings to personalize camera operations
- Noise reduction function activates for long exposures
- Playback functions; histogram, nine-image thumbnail and 12X zoom display
- Four digital filters (black-and-white, sepia, slim, and soft-focus) for easy
post-shooting image processing
- Uses removable Secure Digital flash memory cards
- High-speed USB 2.0 connectivity, PictBridge and Print Image Matching III compatible
- Powered by 4 AA batteries or 2 CR-V3 Li-ion batteries
- Optional wireless remote controller and wired cable release
The Pentax *ist DL is available now as a kit bundled with the Pentax-DA Zoom 18-55mm F3.5-
F5.6 AL lens for ~$599 USD. PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 2.1 RAW-data processing and PHOTO
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