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Spec: Digital camera, 6,100,000 pixels, LCD display -...”

Written on: 03/03/2003 by Anonymous (1 review written)

Spec: Digital camera, 6,100,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.8 in - Color
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“Said to be the smallest, lightest digital SLR body...”

Written on: 01/10/2003 by Anonymous (1 review written)

Said to be the smallest, lightest digital SLR body yet, the oddly named Pentax *ist D (pronounced ist-dee) is a 6-megapixel camera with an 11-point AF sensor, a 16-segment multi-pattern metering system, and what the company calls a “Hyper” operating system with 22 user-adjustable functions. Although there are some restrictio… Read Full Review

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“The PENTAX *ist D digital SLR camera combines a...”

Written on: 18/10/2003 by Anonymous (1 review written)

The PENTAX *ist D digital SLR camera combines a high-performance, APS-sized 6.1 effective megapixel CCD image sensor, Pentax K lens mount, pentaprism viewfinder, and a 1.8 inch LCD monitor in one of the worlds smallest and lightest camera bodies in th… Read Full Review

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“Pentax announced the *ist D digital SLR on 26th...”

Written on: 28/10/2003 by Anonymous (1 review written)

Pentax announced the *ist D digital SLR on 26th February 2003, the week before PMA 2003. The *ist D is essentially a digital version of the *ist film SLR announced the week before. The major physical difference between the two cameras (apart from all… Read Full Review

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“The *ist D is a solid camera but not worth $1,400 when...”

Written on: 16/03/2004 by Anonymous (1 review written)

The *ist D is a solid camera but not worth $1,400 when compared with others… Read Full Review

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“In a d-SLR field that\\\'s becoming increasingly...”

Written on: 30/03/2004 by Anonymous (1 review written)

In a d-SLR field that\\\'s becoming increasingly crowded, the Pentax *ist D holds its own quite nicely. With \\\"street\\\" prices hovering around $1250 as of this writing in late March, 2004, it faces some very stiff competition from the less-expensive Canon Digital Rebel and the newly announced Nikon D70, but for anyone owning a complement of Pentax K-mount lenses, the *ist D is a camera that offers pretty much anything you might want from a d-SLR. I liked its color rendition, found its… Read Full Review

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“Particularly at ISO 200, the *ist D is capable of...”

Written on: 01/06/2004 by Anonymous (1 review written)

Particularly at ISO 200, the *ist D is capable of producing superlative image quality, with exceptional clarity, a wide tonal range, attractive skin tones, and great color fidelity. Resolution is high, about average for a 6-Mp SLR camera. Under close examination, my 8.5x11” ink jet prints are outstanding in all respects while 11x16.5” prints from TIFF or raw images are also impressive when viewed from a typical (greater) distance… Read Full Review

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“Pentax *ist D reviewWhen talking about Pentax Digital...”

Written on: 01/06/2006 by Anonymous (1 review written)

Pentax *ist D reviewWhen talking about Pentax Digital SLRs most people can remember the full frame model that was announced a long time ago then canceled due to production difficulties. Not unreasonably, many Pentax fans have been worried that the same… Read Full Review

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Spec: Digital camera, 6,100,000 pixels, LCD display - TFT active matrix - 1.8 in - Color
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“Said to be the smallest, lightest digital SLR body...”

Written on: 01/10/2003 by Anonymous (1 review written)

Said to be the smallest, lightest digital SLR body yet, the oddly named Pentax *ist D (pronounced ist-dee) is a 6-megapixel camera with an 11-point AF sensor, a 16-segment multi-pattern metering system, and what the company calls a “Hyper” operating system with 22 user-adjustable functions. Although there are some restrictio… Read Full Review

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“The PENTAX *ist D digital SLR camera combines a...”

Written on: 18/10/2003 by Anonymous (1 review written)

The PENTAX *ist D digital SLR camera combines a high-performance, APS-sized 6.1 effective megapixel CCD image sensor, Pentax K lens mount, pentaprism viewfinder, and a 1.8 inch LCD monitor in one of the worlds smallest and lightest camera bodies in th… Read Full Review

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“Pentax announced the *ist D digital SLR on 26th...”

Written on: 28/10/2003 by Anonymous (1 review written)

Pentax announced the *ist D digital SLR on 26th February 2003, the week before PMA 2003. The *ist D is essentially a digital version of the *ist film SLR announced the week before. The major physical difference between the two cameras (apart from all… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“The *ist D is a solid camera but not worth $1,400 when...”

Written on: 16/03/2004 by Anonymous (1 review written)

The *ist D is a solid camera but not worth $1,400 when compared with others… Read Full Review

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“In a d-SLR field that\\\'s becoming increasingly...”

Written on: 30/03/2004 by Anonymous (1 review written)

In a d-SLR field that\\\'s becoming increasingly crowded, the Pentax *ist D holds its own quite nicely. With \\\"street\\\" prices hovering around $1250 as of this writing in late March, 2004, it faces some very stiff competition from the less-expensive Canon Digital Rebel and the newly announced Nikon D70, but for anyone owning a complement of Pentax K-mount lenses, the *ist D is a camera that offers pretty much anything you might want from a d-SLR. I liked its color rendition, found its… Read Full Review

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“Particularly at ISO 200, the *ist D is capable of...”

Written on: 01/06/2004 by Anonymous (1 review written)

Particularly at ISO 200, the *ist D is capable of producing superlative image quality, with exceptional clarity, a wide tonal range, attractive skin tones, and great color fidelity. Resolution is high, about average for a 6-Mp SLR camera. Under close examination, my 8.5x11” ink jet prints are outstanding in all respects while 11x16.5” prints from TIFF or raw images are also impressive when viewed from a typical (greater) distance… Read Full Review

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“Pentax *ist D reviewWhen talking about Pentax Digital...”

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Pentax *ist D reviewWhen talking about Pentax Digital SLRs most people can remember the full frame model that was announced a long time ago then canceled due to production difficulties. Not unreasonably, many Pentax fans have been worried that the same… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I travel a lot and do a lot of bicycle riding, the...”

Written on: 19/08/2007 by FLYBYU44 (3 reviews written)

I travel a lot and do a lot of bicycle riding, the Pentax *ist D was the smallest SLR at the time I bought it so that is what attracted me to it, also it was priced so that I could afford it. I never heard much about Pentax cameras so I mainly bought it with little knowledge going in. Overall I'm very happy with the purchase, it has taken some amazing shots that I think I could win some contests with if I submitted. I'm by no means a professional photographer, but after seeing some of my photos… Read Full Review

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Duke_Nukem's Response to FLYBYU44's Review

Written on: 10/01/2018

This camera is in the wrong category. It is a digital SLR, not a compact, no matter how small it is. "Compacts" are a cetain type and "DSLRs" are a different type. (Reviewer concedes that he bought it with little knowledge). Incidentally, Pentax were the leading camera brand in the 1960's, and although behind in sales today they are every bit as equal in quality (or better) to Canon Nikon and Sony - these four are the only remaining makers of "Full Frame" cameras.

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“The *ist D is the more sophisticated of Pentax's two...”

Written on: 08/06/2005 by Keith the Astrophysicist (11 reviews written)

The *ist D is the more sophisticated of Pentax's two digital SLR's and designed to fill the same niche as the Canon 10D. It is surprisingly compact compared to Canon's rather elephantine models. Without the need for film transport mechanisms digital SLR's should be getting smaller but some makes just grow!

There is a downside to smaller dimensions. Although my stubby fingers manage quite well with the controls, the space between the right hand grip and the lens housing is rather too tight to… Read Full Review

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Diabeticblues's Response to Keith the Astrophysicist's Review

Written on: 22/12/2006

I am very pleased with my Pentax ist DL, as it's a great camera. I am a long standing Pentax user having ME super, P30n and PZ1-p in my collection. I stuck with Pentax rather than going the Nikon or Canon route, as the compact size and backward lens compatibility really sold it for me. I cannot better the other review here, so I will stick with the output that I have managed from this camera.
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<br/>Focusing is smooth and fast (far better than the same price Canon from what I can tell), and exposure seems, even on the bog standard automatic settings, very accurate. I particularly like the colour rendition, as looking at a Nikon at double the price, the latter is warmer and less good in this respect.
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<br/>The presets are good. I have used them all, and I am very pleased with the performance.
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<br/>My one gripe is in extremes of exposure / lighting, where there is some confusion in the electronics. A typical example comes from September 2006 on Cocoa beach, at the pier just off North Atlantic Avenue, I could not get anything other than a burnt out image, and I had to resort to manually slowing down the electronics to shorten the exposure. Every time I clicked the shutter the flash popped up! I think I have mastered this, but it is a little off-putting when you first start using digital. Some questions came up with the cameras internal damp and condensation protection too. I guess this was a result of rapid changes of temperature though, as in the sun it was 38 degrees plus, but of course air conditioned shops etc were less than 20, and in places only 16! Add to that the torrential rain, and I guess it's easy to see why I had a few issues!
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<br/>I use the standard package 18-55mm zoom and a Sigma 28-200. Pentax 28-80 (three different versions).
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<br/>A sample of my pictures and a few from much older cameras can be found at:
<br/>www.flickr.com/photos/dave_london/

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