Pentax *ist D SLR Review
Camera Controls, Storage, I/O, & Power
The controls on the grip side of the camera: the Power switch / DOF preview and Shutter Release button, the Green Operation button, the Drive button for selecting Single, Self-timer, Remote or Continuous mode, the Flash mode button and the monochrome status LCD display. On the front below the shutter release is the Tv Dial for changing shutter speeds.
Rotating the power switch to the DOF position also illuminates the data display for
five seconds which allows you to check settings in dim to dark environments.
Data LCD with all possible icons shown and illuminated.
On the back of the grip is the AE-Lock button, the Exposure compensation
button and the Av Dial for changing aperture values. The Av Dial also serves as the
Index and Magnification Dial in playback mode (discussed more further on in the
The Mode Dial has positions for: Green Program mode, Aperture-Priority AE, Shutter-Priority AE, Bulb and the Hyper Program mode that allows you to instantly shift the exposure program using the Tv and/or Av dials. The Hyper Manual mode allows fingertip adjustment of shutter and/or aperture settings in Metered Manual operation. In the Hyper Program mode, the user can choose from the High- Shutter-Speed-Priority, Depth-Priority or MTF-Priority programs as the default program, rather than Normal program, using one of the custom functions.
The other three positions let you change:
Image Size - 3008 x 2008, 2400 x 1600, 1536 x 1024 pixels. (Switchable to 1152
x 768 pixels or 960 x 640 pixels by custom function) and
ISO Sensitivity - ISO 200 to ISO 1600, 3200 available as Custom Function.
Below the Mode Dial is the Metering Selector switch with positions for:
16-segment multi-pattern metering, Spot and Center-weighted metering.
Images are stored on CompactFlash devices. The *ist D can use any capacity
CompactFlash Type I or II card and is also fully
compatible with all IBM and Hitachi Microdrives.
Approximate JPEG Storage
The Pentax *ist D can powered by either four AA type (lithium, alkaline, nickel-metal hydride)
or two CR-V3 lithium batteries.
There's also a CR2016 "memory" button battery located on the bottom of the camera. This retains the time and date and camera settings when the main batteries are removed.
Pentax recommends against the use of rechargeable CR-V3 (aka RCR-V3) type batteries
because some manufacturer's batteries put out too much voltage, i.e. 3.7v versus the
3v delivered by one-use CR-V3 lithium cells.
The optional D-BG1 battery grip prolongs the *ist D's operation time. It can be mounted
onto the bottom of the *ist D without removing the battery stored inside the camera, so
the battery life is extended considerably.
The D-BG1 is equipped with a vertical-position shutter release button,
a preview lever, Tv/Av dials and an AE lock button.
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