Pentax *ist D Review
Published Oct 28, 2003 | Phil Askey
Rear of camera controls
As you can see the rear of the camera has a fairly liberal sprinkling of buttons and controls, icons in blue indicate features in play mode. Surrounding the four way controller is the auto focus area mode dial.
Auto Focus Area mode dial
|Auto area selection
In this mode the camera automatically selects one of the eleven AF areas to use as the AF target. The selected area lights briefly once AF has been completed.
|SEL||Manual area selection
In this mode you can manually select one of the eleven AF areas, use the four way controller to choose. The selected area lights briefly as soon as you half-press the shutter release or press the AF button.
|Center area only
The camera uses only the center AF area for auto focus. The center area lights briefly as soon as you half-press the shutter release or press the AF button.
Buttons (shooting mode)
|Bracketing / Multiple-exposure
Use the front dial to select between bracketing or multiple-exposure modes, rear dial to change setting:
Bracket (0.3, 0.7, 1.0 EV steps)
Multi-exp (2 - 9 images)
|AE-L||Auto Exposure Lock
Locks the exposure at the currently metered point, this is automatically reset after approximately 20 seconds.
Hold and turn the camera's front dial to change exposure compensation in either 0.3 or 0.5 EV steps (depending on custom function setting):
-2.0 to +2.0 EV (0.3 EV steps)
-3.0 to +3.0 EV (0.5 EV steps)
Enter or leave the camera 'Main Menu'.
Displays a camera information page with a summary of settings such as user memory, AF mode, AF area, image parameter settings.
|AF||Auto Focus / Auto
Press button to trigger auto focus, hold to lock AF at current position.
Enters play mode, displays the last image taken or the last image on the Compact Flash card. Press again to leave play mode (or simply half-press the shutter release).
Buttons (play mode)
|DPOF||Digital Print Order
Allows you mark the current image for printing. This creates a print order file on the Compact Flash card, which contains the prints selected for printing, number of copies and other information.
|Protect / Un-protect
Allows you to protect (set the filesystem read-only flag) or un-protect the selected image or all images.
Turn the dial to the left to switch to a 3x3 (9 image) thumbnail index display. Use the four way controller to move around this index of images.
Turn the dial to the right to magnify the displayed image, available magnification steps are: 1.2x, 1.4x, 1.6x, 1.8x, 2.0x, 2.3x, 2.6x, 3.0x, 3.5x, 4.0x, 5.0x, 6.0x, 8.0x, 10.0x, 12.0x. A magnified image can be scrolled using the four way controller.
Enter or leave the camera 'Main Menu'.
Delete the currently displayed image or all images on the Compact Flash card. This will ignore images which have been protected.
Toggles through the three play display modes: single image, single image with histogram, single image with information overlay.
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