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Pentax *ist DS2 review at Steves Digicams
Mark Peters : December 15th 2005 - 15:31 CET
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Steve's DigicamsPentax *ist DS2 review at Steves Digicams : Our good friends at Steves Digicams have published their review of the Pentax *ist ds2 digital SLR camera. With a large, high performance CCD image sensor measuring 23.5mm by 15.7mm, the Pentax *ist DS2 offers 6.1 effective Megapixels. The *ist DS2 D-SLR incorporates a high-precision 2.5-inch color LCD monitor with approximately 210,000 pixels for easier post-shooting image confirmation. The Pentax *ist DS 2 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. The *ist DS2 dSLR camera uses the widely available Secure Digital (SD) memory card as its storage media.
Pentax *ist DS2 review at Steves DigicamsPentax *ist DS 2 - Exposure mode
According to Steve Sanders: "Advanced users will find exposure modes of Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, Manual, Bulb and Program. Missing, however, is a program-shift function that would allow the choice of different combinations of aperture and shutter-speed for the same exposure. Colors were natural, but a bit soft; most users will prefer a hard sharpness setting, or the application of an image editor's unsharp mask filter. The image noise was practically non-existant at ISO 200, at ISO 400 it's still very clean, and at ISO 800 shadow noise becomes noticeable."

Pentax *ist DS2 D-SLR - Steves Digicams review conclusion
Steve continues: "The auto focus system is accurate and flexible, with available settings that allow the camera to select the optimum focus point from the 11 available (Auto), use the center AF point, or allow the photographer select one of the 11 AF points using the 4-way controller. Continuous Shooting mode captured eight shots at the 2.8fps claimed by Pentax, with subsequent shots at 6/10 second intervals as the camera is processing the contents of the buffer. It required ~6 seconds to write a buffer full of JPEG images to SD card before being ready to capture the next burst. While we like the *ist DS2, a year has elapsed and Pentax has managed to produce only a larger LCD monitor as an upgraded feature, this while both Canon and Olympus are producing 8-megapixel entry-level dSLR's. You want to learn more about the Pentax digital SLR camera? Continue to read the Pentax *ist DS2 review at Steve's Digicams!

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