The Pentax *ist DS digital SLR was announced on 13th September 2004 in the run-up to Photokina 2004. The *ist DS is Pentax's second digital SLR and is aimed at a lower price point than the original *ist D. At the time of writing this review the street price of the *ist DS (body only) is $899 in the US and £699 which is just a little more expensive than the six megapixel Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel) and about the same price as the eight megapixel Canon EOS 350D (Digital Rebel XT). The *ist DS continues the *ist D's tradition, being one of the smallest and lightest digital SLR on the market. The *ist DS features a six megapixel CCD sensor and has a Pentax K lens mount which supports K, KA, KAF and KAF2 lenses. Just like the *ist D it is also possible to use screw mount lenses, 645 and 67 series lenses with an adapter.

Pentax *ist DS vs. *ist D (differences)

 

Pentax *ist DS

Pentax *ist D
Image sizes

• 3008 x 2008 (Large)
• 2400 x 1600 (Middle)
• 1536 x 1024 (Small)

• 3008 x 2008 (Large)
• 2400 x 1600 (Middle)
• 1536 x 102 *
• 1152 x 768 *
• 960 x 640 *
* Small size customizable
Image formats • RAW (12-bit)
• JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - 3 levels
• RAW (12-bit)
• TIFF (8-bit RGB)
• JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - 3 levels
Shooting modes

• Auto picture mode
• Programmed AE Mode
• Shutter-Priority AE
• Aperture-Priority AE
• Metered Manual
• Bulb
• Picture modes

• Auto-exposure with hyper-program
• Programmed AE Mode
• Shutter-Priority AE
• Aperture-Priority AE
• Metered Manual
• Bulb

Picture modes 7 picture modes None
Program lines None • Normal
• Hi-S
• Depth of field
• MTF
Metering range EV 1 to 21.5
(at ISO 200 with 50 mm / F1.4 lens)
EV 0 to 21
(at ISO 200 with 50 mm / F1.4 lens)
Manual WB One preset Three presets
Image parameters • Saturation (-2 to +2)
• Sharpness (-2 to +2)
• Contrast (-2 to +2)
• Saturation (-1 to +1)
• Sharpness (-1 to +1)
• Contrast (-1 to +1)
Viewfinder dioptre -2.5 to +1.5 adjustment -2.0 to +1.0 adjustment
Viewfinder info • Built-in flash status
• Picture mode
• In-focus
• Shutter speed
• Aperture value
• Exposure compensation factor
• Manual WB
• Manual focus
• ISO sensitivity warning
• AE lock
• Focus point indication
• AF frame with superimposed display
• Spot AF frame

• Built-in flash status
• In-focus
• Shutter speed
• Aperture value
• AE lock signal
• Exposure compensation factor
• Bar graph
• Focus point indication
• AF frame with superimposed display
• Spot AF frame

LCD monitor • 2.0 " TFT LCD
• 210,000 pixels
• 1.8" TFT LCD
• 118,000 pixels
Flash • Guide number 15.6 (ISO 200/m)
• Angle of coverage 28 mm (equiv.)
• Flash sync 1/180 sec
• Electronic manual / auto release
• Guide number 11 (ISO 100/m)
• Angle of coverage 18 mm
• Flash sync 1/150 sec
• Mechanical manual release
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• Video out
• DC-IN
• Remote terminal
• USB 1.1
• Video out
• DC-IN
• Remote terminal
• PC Sync flash terminal
Mirror lock-up Yes, with self-timer Yes
Continuous 2.8 fps, 8 frames 2.7 fps, 5 frames
User memories One Three
Menu languages 9 languages 6 languages
Storage SD card Compact Flash Type I/II
Dimensions 125 x 93 x 66 mm (4.9 x 3.6 x 2.6 in) 129 x 95 x 60 mm (5.0 x 3.7 x 2.3 in)
Weight (inc batt.) 605 g (1.3 lb) 650 g (1.4 lb)