a compact, lightweight body, simplified operations and outstanding cost
performance, the *istDL is designed to extend the advantages of high-quality
digital SLR photography, including lens interchangeability, to photographers
of all levels, even those who are unfamiliar with digital and SLR photography.
The new *istDL was designed as an affordable starter camera by further
advancing PENTAX’s digital camera development concepts of “user-friendliness”
and “a harmony between ease of use and portability.”
Despite its compact, lightweight design, the *istDL features 6.1 effective
megapixels, an extra-large 2.5-inch color LCD monitor, and compatibility
with most interchangeable PENTAX lenses. Combining high-quality image reproduction
with simple, user-friendly operations, the *istDL is the ideal digital
SLR for a variety of users, including digital photography beginners, families
and those who plan to step up from digital compact cameras to digital SLRs.
1. User-friendly automatic operations
The *istDL is equipped with the innovative Auto Picture Mode, which
automatically and instantly selects the most appropriate Picture mode from
Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro or Action for a given subject or situation
to assure the optimum combination of aperture, shutter speed, white balance,
saturation, contrast, and intensity of edges. In addition, the built-in
auto flash automatically pops up in dimly lit or backlit situations. As
a result, even first-time digital SLR users can immediately produce high-quality
digital images with minimal effort.
2. Simple, accessible operation system
From the multi-function four-way controller to the responsive electronic
Av/Tv dials and the large, easy-to-use mode dial, all switches and dials
are efficiently and functionally laid out on the *istDL’s compact body
for flawless fingertip control. The ergonomically designed grip assures
firm, comfortable hold of the camera.
3. Extra-large 2.5-inch color LCD monitor
The *istDL’s high-precision 2.5-inch color LCD monitor, with approximately
210,000 pixels, displays recorded images clearly and beautifully, even
when the original image is magnified by 12 times using the digital zoom
capability. It also facilitates image confirmation after shooting and menu
selection during shooting and editing operations. The menu screen also
provides an optimum color scheme between menu descriptions and background
to assure easy reading under all types of lighting conditions.
4. Compact, go-anywhere design
The *istDL features a compact, high-rigidity stainless-steel chassis
and a compact, bright viewfinder combining the PENTAX-original penta-mirror
and a newly developed focusing screen. Combining other advanced downsizing
technologies, such as 10-layer electronic circuit boards and high-density
packaging technology, it offers the outstanding portability — as one of
the world’s smallest lens-interchangeable digital SLR cameras — to accompany
the user anywhere.
5. High-definition, maximum-gradation images with 6.1 effective megapixels
Thanks to its large, high-performance CCD image sensor (23.5mm by 15.7mm),
the *istDL offers 6.1 effective megapixels. Coupled with PENTAX’s original
image processing technology using a high-performance engine, it produces
high-definition images rich in gradation and saturation. It also offers
a choice of finishing touches between “bright” and “natural” to satisfy
6. User-friendly guide screen
The *istDL features a user-friendly, multi-data guide screen, which
offers detailed description of shooting modes, displays drive, flash and
white balance settings using text and sample photos, and presents a comprehensive
list of all camera settings on the large 2.5-inch monitor.
7. High-precision 16-segment multi-pattern metering
The *istDL incorporates a sophisticated 16-segment metering system
to assure high-precision light measurement, even under complicated lighting
conditions. It also offers center-weighted metering and spot metering for
8. High accuracy AF sensors
Featuring the advanced SAFOX VIII AF system incorporating three cross-type
wide-area AF sensors, the *istDL automatically selects the most appropriate
sensor for a given subject. It also lets the user fix the sensor point
on the middle sensor for specific applications. Using the menu screen,
the user can select the preferred focus mode between Single AF, which locks
the focus when the shutter release button is half-depressed, and Continuous
AF,* which adjusts the focus to the subject’s movement.
* This focus mode is available in the Auto Picture and Picture modes,
only when the Action mode is selected.
9. 1/4000 second high-speed shutter
The *istDL incorporates 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 bulb setting is also available to accommodate
extended exposures at night.
10. High-speed 2.8-frame consecutive shooting
The *istDL records up to five images (at “best” image quality in JPEG
format) consecutively at a speed of approximately 2.8 frames per second,
allowing the user to capture a series of photos of the subject’s motion.
11. Compatibility with PENTAX interchangeable lenses
The *istDL offers the outstanding benefit of lens interchangeability,
letting the user take advantage of the wide selection of PENTAX interchangeable
lenses for use with diversified subjects and applications.**
** PENTAX K-, KA-, KAF- and KAF2-mount 35mm-format lenses can be used
without an adapter or modification. PENTAX screw-mount 35mm-format lenses
and PENTAX 645- and 67-system lenses can be used with an adapter. Some
functions may not be available with certain lenses.
12. SD memory card compatibility
The *istDL uses the widely available SD memory card as its storage
media, not only assuring high-speed recording and readout of image data,
but also helping to reduce the camera body size.
* Eighteen user-programmable custom functions to
personalize camera operations to user preferences
* Noise-reduction system to minimize annoying digital
noise during extended exposures
* Dual power source, with a choice of two CR-V3
lithium batteries or four AA-size batteries
* Effortless PC data upload via USB 2.0 (HIGH-SPEED)
* Functional playback functions, including 12X zoom
display and nine-image thumbnail display
* A choice of image format between JPEG (good, better
or best) or RAW
* Four digital filters (black-and-white, sepia,
slim, and soft-focus in three patterns) for easy post-shooting image processing
* PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 2.1 RAW-data processing
software and PENTAX
* PHOTO Browser 2.1 browser software included
* PictBridge compatibility