Pentax *ist DS Review
For our standard studio scene comparisons we selected the nearest priced D-SLR competition from Canon and Nikon. (Prices correct as of March 2005).
|Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel)||$799 (Kit)||6 mp CMOS|
|Pentax *ist DS||$899 (Kit)||6 mp CCD|
|Nikon D70||$1099 (Kit)||6 mp CCD|
JPEG comparison or RAW ?
Studio scene comparison (vs. Canon EOS 300D)
- Pentax *ist DS: Pentax 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority,
ISO 200, JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters, Self-Timer
- Canon EOS 300D: Canon EF 50 mm F1.4, Aperture Priority,
ISO 100, JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Parameter 1), Self-Timer
Pentax *ist DS
Canon EOS 300D
ISO 200, 0.6 sec, F9
ISO 100, 1 sec, F9
2,492 KB JPEG (3008 x 2000)
2,748 KB JPEG (3072 x 2048)
Both cameras exhibit fairly similar tonal balance (the EOS 300D in it's default +1 contrast setting), color saturation is clearly quite a bit stronger on the *ist DS and there's also a slight hint of orange in some reds. The biggest difference is in sharpness and detail, the EOS 300D image appears much sharper and with better fine detail, we can clearly see elements which are difficult to make out in the *ist DS image.
|Thunderheads With Egret by Buzz Lightyear|
|Double Rainbow; Abiquiu, NM, USA. by abiquiuense|
from After the Rain
|White Tern-2289 by vbuhay|
from A Whiter Shade of Pale