LetsGoDigital - PMA 2003 - Live Showfloor Coverage
Pentax enters the Digital SLR market with the Pentax *ist D
Some time ago Pentax had already showed a 6 Megapixel camera, but this one did never made it to the real market. The project got a hold on and we al had to wait on the day that someday definitely had to come. Today is the day that Pentax proudly can introduce their successfully developed lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera - an innovation that delivers the clarity of 6.1 effective Megapixels and satisfies the requirements of various kinds of users. This new advance will be showcased at PMA 2003 in Las Vegas, at CeBIT 2003 and at PhotoExpo 2003 in Japan. LetsGoDigital will visit the PMA (March 2-5) and CeBIT (March 12-19), so we would be able to take a closer look in some days from now!
The new Pentax *ist D will be equipped with a high-performance CCD with dimensions of 23.5mmx15.7mm and embracing unique image processing technology, the *ist D achieves impressive 6.1 effective Megapixel resolution for the recording of precise, superior quality images. The new digital SLR camera from Pentax has - as of February 27, 2003 - the world's smallest and lightest body. The architecture of the Pentax *ist D has been specially designed to combine the utmost in compact dimensions with a surprisingly light weight. Indeed, with dimensions of just 129(w)x95(h)x60(d)mm and a weight of only 510g (excluding batteries), the Pentax *ist D is the smallest, lightest lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera available on the market right now.
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Pentax has a wide range of compatible Pentax lenses for use with the new Pentax *ist D camera, allowing the user to compose satisfying scenes regardless of the type of subject. The compatible lenses are K, Ka, Kaf and Kaf2 mount lenses, screw mount lenses, 645, and 67 series lenses with the need of a required adapter. Some of the functions of some lenses may not activate depending on the choice of lens. The Pentax *ist D has a brand new developed optical pentaprism viewfinder. This makes viewing easy with an ample 95% field of view and 0.95x magnification. There is also a superimposed display function which assists composition by illuminating the AF points in red. At this moment the specifications are somewhat brief, but we hope to learn more about this exciting new Pentax product as soon as we can take a first look on it.

More specifications of the new Pentax *ist D are:

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A new 16-segment metering system achieves more accurate exposure, a new 11-point AF sensor (SAFOX VIII) realizes enhanced focusing, fast shutter speed of 1/4000e second in combination with a high-speed flash sync at 1/150e second, continuous shooting at approx 2.7 fps, 2-dial system separates aperture and shutter speed settings where Hyper program makes it easy to switch between Shutter-priority AE and Aperture-priority AE. The Hyper manual lets the user achieve the correct exposure with simple button operation, custom function allows functionality to be tuned to satisfy user preferences, noise reduction function activates for long exposures, compatible with Microdrive and CompactFlash type I/II, compatible with widely available AA batteries (4) or 2 CR-V3 Lithium batteries, PC-based camera control and easy data transmission with USB 1.1 compatibility, 1.8-inch, 118,000 pixel LCD display for easy, high-precision viewing, convenient playback functions, such as nine image- and 12x magnification-display, choice of JPEG, TIFF and RAW recording formats, comes complete with software compatible with RAW format data, special battery grip.

Pentax also presents a new wide angle lens for 35mm AF SLR cameras, which will be displayed at PMA 2003, CeBIT 2003 and PhotoExpo 2003 together with the new Pentax *ist D. Its structure is comprised of 12 elements in 10 groups and it has a focal length equivalent to 28-54mm in 35mm format when used with the *ist D. Expected launch of the Pentax *ist D, the new lens and the optional grip will be June/July 2003.

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