LetsGoDigital - PMA 2003 - Live Showfloor Coverage
Firstshow floor images of the new Pentax *ist D
We just returned from a sneak preview event right before the PMA 2003 event is starting. We spoke to a Pentax booth member who had the task of keeping a rare pre-production model of the new Pentax IST D digital SLR camera in his and only his hands and guard it with its life. Unfortunately we were not being able to hold this model in our own hands, but our first impression was that this new digital SLR from Pentax is real compact. Pentax USA is waiting to announce its final price just till the competition has settled all of its own. The optional grip was not here at this time, we hope to see it the next day when we will visit Pentax again and hope to produce some better show floor images from it under better light conditions. But until that time we will provide you with the first live images of it - as far as we know - so you can have a closer look on it and get a more feeling on how compact this camera really is.
Short introduction of the new Pentax *IST D digital SLR: On February 26th Pentax introduced their new 6.1 effective Megapixel camera which is equipped with a high-performance CCD with dimensions of 23.5mmx15.77mm. The camera has a weight of only 590 gram, but as we have heard the specifications could change in some details, but for now we keep our information the same as the specifications of the official introduction. The great benefit Pentax has is the wide range of compatible range of Pentax lenses.
The new Pentax digital SLR uses a new 16-segment metering system to expose the most accurate way, it will have a fast shutter speed of 1/4000e second and of course aperture and shutter speed priority. The new *ist D is using a CompactFlash card type I or II or could use Microdrive for storage. The camera has a pc-bases control function in front of the black finished case and uses a USB 1.1 interface. The images will be stored in JPEG, TIFF or RAW format. Software that is compatible to Raw format will be supplies from Pentax. For power the new digital SLR uses 2 CR-V3 batteries or 4 AA batteries.
Tomorrow we will hop on over to the Pentax booth and hopefully bring you some more information and live show floor images right from the PMA2003 event. Keep your eye on LetsGoDigital because we are preparing some more news these hours.