Pentax *ist D

  |   by DigitalCameraReview Staff

Pentax’s *ist D is the world’s smallest and lightest digital SLR (as of April 2003), measuring just 5.0 by 3.7 by 2.3 inches and weighing 18 ounces. It features a clarity of 6.1 effective megapixels, a 16 segment metering system, an-11 point AF sensor, and a continuous shooting rate of 2.7 frames per second. It’s also compatible with K, KA, KAF, and KAF2 mount lenses and 645/67 lenses with an adapter.

Optics and Resolution
Employing a high-performance CCD with dimensions of 23.5mm by 15.7mm and embracing Pentax’s unique image processing technology, the *ist D offers 6.1-megapixel resolution for the recording of precise, superior-quality images.

Storage and Transfer
The *ist D is compatible with CompactFlash Type I/II memory cards, and is also compatible with MicroDrives.

More Features
An optical pentaprism viewfinder was developed especially for the *ist D. This makes viewing easy with an ample 95% field of view and 0.95x magnification. There is also a superimposed display function that assists composition by illuminating the AF points in red.

Other features include:

  • New 16-segment metering system achieves more accurate exposure
  • New 11-point AF sensor (SAFOX VIII) for enhanced focusing
  • Fast 1/4,000 second shutter speed and high-speed flash sync at 1/150 seconds
  • Custom function allows functionality to be tuned to satisfy user preferences
  • Noise reduction function activates for long exposures
  • 1.8-inch, 118,000-pixel LCD monitor
  • Choice of JPEG, TIFF, and RAW recording formats
  • Convenient playback functions, such as nine-image and 12x magnification display

Power and Size
The camera is powered by 4 AA batteries; rechargeable NiMH batteries are recommended. It measures 5.0 by 3.7 by 2.3 inches and weighs 18 ounces.

The *ist D and the *ist DS Compared

*ist D *ist DS
Effective Pixels 6.1 Megapixels 6.1 Megapixels
LCD Monitor

1.8-inch TFT Color LCD 2.0-inch TFT Color LCD
Power Source 4 AA, or 2 CR-V3 4 AA, or 2 CR-V3
Storage Media Compact Flash (I & II),
SD Memory Card
File Formats 8-bit (JPEG), 8-bit (TIFF),
12-bit (RAW)
8-bit (JPEG),
12-bit (RAW)
Exposure Modes Auto w/Hyper Program
Program AE
Shutter-Priority AE
Aperture-Priority AE
Metered Manual
Program AE
Auto Picture
Shutter-Priority AE
Aperture-Priority AE
Metered Manual
Interface USB 1.1 USB 2.0
Flash Sync 1/150 sec 1/180 sec
X-Sync Socket YES NO
Continuous Frame Advance 2.6 fps 2.8 fps
Continuous Autofocus YES YES (in Action Picture Mode only)
Mirror Lock YES YES
Wireless Flash Sync YES NO
Optional Vertical Grip YES NO
Stainless-Steel Chassis YES YES
Remote Assistant from PC YES NO
Interchangeable Focusing Screens YES YES
PictBridge Compatibility NO YES
Weight (w/o Batteries) 19.4 oz 17.8 oz



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