Pentax *ist DS SLR Review
Digital Features & Controls
The 2-inch color LCD is used for accessing the menus and reviewing captured images - it
cannot be used as a viewfinder. To the right of the eyelevel finder is the e-dial which in
playback functions as the Index and Zoomed View dial. The AE Lock button in playback
is the image Protect button. The 4-way controller/OK button lets you navigate menus and
select images during playback. The Fn button call up the onscreen Function menu (see
The MENU button enables the onscreen menu system. The DELETE (trashcan) button is for
erasing images. The INFO button in record displays camera and exposure settings
(see below), in playback it toggles display of exposure data or histogram.
The PLAYBACK button puts the camera into review mode.
Pressing the INFO button while in capture mode displays a screen full of settings
and parameters currently in use. Focus mode (AF Single), Multi-pattern metering,
color Saturation at default, Sharpness at +1, Contrast at default, lens focal length
is 35mm, Program AE, Flash fired, Single frame advance, ISO 200, Image tone,
Image Quality (RAW), Image size is 6M(egapixel), sRGB color space, and Auto
white balance, date and time.
Turning the Mode Dial to select another exposure mode will cause the color LCD to
briefly display the screens show above. It can be set to display just the basic mode info
or the detailed info including a brief description of the exposure mode.
Pressing the Fn (Function) button in record mode brings up a shortcut menu that allows
you to change the White Balance, ISO, Drive Mode or Flash Mode.
Record menu options:
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