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Pentax *ist DS review

Average user rating: 98%

Brand Pentax
Type *ist DS
Resolution 6.31 Mpixel
Maximum resolution 3008x2000 pixels
Optical zoom n/a
LCD screen size 2-inch
Video function No
Dimensions 125x93x66

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Pentax *ist DS Reviews from camera owners

Christos - Greece
October 21st 2005 - 21:05 GMT

I own the Pentax *ist DS for about a year now and I have to say that is an excellent entry level camera. The camera has small size, low weight while it is easy to learn and use it. It also has a large and bright view finder and Pentax provides you a wide range of inexpensive high quality optics to pick from. Lenses compatibility allows you to invest on Pentax lens system without worrying about potential future body replacement... The RAW image quality is excellent with acceptable noise even at ISO 800. JPEG is not the sharpest one but with the right setting it is highly competitive. However, separate wheels for ISO and f stop could really help. Buffer and speed are not the best but I don't thing it's an issue here, since the *ist DS is an entry level digital camera...

personal rating: 95%

Joyce Weaver - United States
March 7th 2006 - 21:00 GMT

This is more than an "amateur" user camera. In the hands of an experienced, serious photographer the Pentax Ist DS is a serious photographic tool. What other camera brand allows the user to use so many of the world's best optics (Carl Zeiss, Schneider-Kruznach, early Pentax M42 screw mount lenses and any other M42 screw mount lens in addition to the contemporary Pentax lenses)? The sky is the limit on the optics that can be used with this camera. So not only can the *ist DS digital camera appeal to the less experienced, but also to professionals and seasoned photographers who know how to get the best out of their equipment. The Pentax digital camera is better in every way than Canon or Nikon.

personal rating: 100%

Markus - Polen
March 17th 2006 - 21:00 GMT

The Pentax *Ist DS is as good as the competition. Even the JPEG files which are said to be a weak point of this camera. It is enough to set the saturation to normal instead of bright. Lens availability is simply the best. The size, weight and ergonomics are in my opinion better than good. One weakness is that switching the AE metering type is hidden out in the menu - there should be an extra button for this.

personal rating: 98%

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