Mark Peters : February 13th 2005 - 23:50 CET
Pentax *istDS Silver introduction
Pentax *istDS Silver introduction : Pentax is pleased to announce the addition of a silver-coloured version to the popular Pentax *istDS digital SLR camera. Named the Pentax *istDS Silver, it offers the same user-friendly features and high-standard specifications as the original black-coloured version, except for its body color. With a choice of two attractive colours, the Pentax Silver now extends|
outstanding manoeuvrability, simplified operations and an affordable price to a broader range of quality-conscious digital SLR users. Pentax designed a fashionable silver-coloured body for the new *istDS Silver, offering a choice of a body color between silver and black to accommodate individual preferences.
Pentax *istDS - Compact design|
Featuring a super-compact, ultra-lightweight body, the Pentax *istDS Silver offers outstanding portability to accompany the user anywhere. The combination of many downsizing technologies, including a high-rigidity stainless-steel chassis, multi-layered electronic circuit boards and high-density packaging technology, resulted in this extremely portable body, measuring only 125mm wide, 92.5mm high and 66mm thick and weighing a mere 505 grams without batteries and SD memory card.
Pentax *istDS - CCD image sensor
Thanks to its large, high-performance CCD image sensor, the Pentax Silver version offers 6.1 effective Megapixels. Coupled with Pentax's original image processing technology, it produces high-definition images rich in gradation and saturation.
Pentax *istDS - Interchangeable lenses
The *istDS Silver digital camera offers the outstanding benefit of lens interchangeability, allowing the user to take advantage of a wide selection of existing Pentax interchangeable lenses to deal with diversified subjects and applications.
Pentax *istDS - Viewfinder
The Pentax *istDS Silver comes equipped with a glass pentaprism viewfinder offering a 95% field of view and a 0.95-times magnification. It offers a large, bright viewfinder image equal in size, clarity and brightness to viewfinders incorporated in conventional 35mm-format SLRs. It makes confirmation of the subject's focus much easier, even in manual-focus mode.
Pentax *istDS - Large LCD monitor and data panel
Thanks to a high-precision 2.0-inch color LCD monitor offering approximately 210,000 pixels, the Pentax *istDS Silver makes it quick and effortless to review recorded images and read menus. The Pentax *ist DS Silver features a large, easy-to-read LCD data panel on the top panel to allow easy, at-a-glance confirmation of the camera’s operational status and various settings.
Pentax *istDS - User-friendly
The *istDS Silver is equipped to make camera operations simple and effortless for the user. Its innovative Auto Picture mode automatically and instantly selects the optimum combination of exposure settings for a given subject or situation, including shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast, and intensity of edges. The built-in auto flash automatically pops up in dimly lit or backlit situations. From the multi-function four-way controller to the responsive electronic select dial and the large, easy-to-use mode dial, all switches and dials are efficiently and functionally laid out around the Pentax *istDS Silver’s compact body to assure smooth, fingertip control.
Pentax *istDS - 16-segment metering system
The *istDS Silver incorporates an advanced 16-segment multi-pattern metering system to assure high-precision light measurement, even under complicated lighting conditions. Center-weighted metering and spot metering are also available to meet specialized applications.
Pentax *istDS - AF sensor
The Pentax Silver digital SLR features the sophisticated SAFOX VIII AF system incorporating 11 AF sensors (nine of them constituting a cross-type wide-area sensor grid in the middle). It not only offers accurate, pinpoint auto focusing, but also allows the user to select one of the sensors to accommodate a specific image composition.
Pentax *istDS - High-speed shutter
The selected AF sensor point is highlighted in red in the viewfinder for easy visual confirmation. The Pentax *istDS Silver features a high-speed shutter unit with a top speed of 1/4000 second and a top synchronization speed of 1/180 second to assure greater visual creativity.
Pentax *istDS - SD memory card compatibility
The Pentax *istDS Silver records up to 8 images consecutively at a speed of approximately 2.8 frames per second, allowing the user to capture a series of the subject's action or movement. The Pentax *istDS Silver uses the widely available SD memory card as its storage media, not only assuring high-speed recording and readout of image data, but also contributing to the downsizing of the camera body.
Pentax *istDS - Features
- 18 user-programmable custom functions to personalize camera operations
- Noise-reduction system to minimize noise during long exposures
- Dual power source, 2 CR-V3 lithium batteries or 4 AA batteries
- Effortless data uploading to a PC using the included USB cable
- Functional playback functions, including 12X zoom display
- A choice of image format between JPEG (Best, Better or Good) or RAW
- Pentax Photo Laboratory 2.0 RAW-data processing software
- Pentax Photo Browser 2.0 browser software
- PictBridge compatibility
- Interchangeable Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen
- AF Frame Matte screen included as standard
- AF Split-Image Matte and AF Scale Matte screens optional accessories