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Pentax *ist DL


Pentax *ist DL with DA 18-55mm Lens

Category: Family dSLR

The new Pentax *ist DL is targeted to families and beginner digital camera users who desire a Point-and-Shoot digital SLR. Already the smallest dSLR around, the Pentax *ist DL mixes dSLR image quality and speed of operation with ease-of-use.

It features 6.1 megapixel resolution -- more than you'd ever need to print large 11x13 in. enlargements and even larger; a 2.5 in. LCD monitor (though remember, the LCD monitor does not give a live view in Record mode in a dSLR); Auto Picture mode for automatic exposure selection; interchangeable lenses (comes with the PENTAX DA 18-55mm 3x optical zoom Lens); accepts external flash units; all in a compact high-rigidity stainless-steel body.

If you have a 35mm SLR now and have enjoyed taking family pictures with it for years, now you can have the same experience in digital photography with the Pentax *ist DL.

Pentax *ist DL
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Pentax *ist DL
Camera Type Auto-exposure digital SLR still camera with TTL auto focus and built-in retractable P-TTL auto flash
Effective Pixels 6.1 megapixels
Sensor Interline interlace CCD with primary color filter. Size: 23.5mm x 15.7mm Total pixels: 6.31 megapixels
Recorded Pixels JPEG: [6M]3008x2008 pixels, [4M]2400x1600 pixels, [1.5M]1536x1024 pixels RAW: 3008x2008 pixels
Sensitivity ISO Auto Manual (200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200)
File Formats Still: JPEG (Exif 2.21), RAW, DCF (Design rule for Camera File system), DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), PRINT Image Matching III
Quality Levels Compressed: JPEG-baseline ***Best, **Better and *Good Non-compressed:RAW
Storage Media SD memory card
Color Composition Color Depth - 8 bit (JPEG) or 12 bit (RAW) x 3 colors
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, Fluorescent light ((W,D,N), Flash, Manual
LCD Monitor 2.5 inch, low temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD (low reflection) Approx. 210,000pixels
LCD Function Image rotation, slide show, digital filter
Delete Function Single, all
Video Output Compatible with NTSC and PAL formats
Interfaces Type - USB 2.0 high speed; Video Output - Compatible with NTSC and PAL formats
Lens Mount PENTAX KAF mount compatible with PENTAX KAF2, KAF and KA mount lenses; Power Zoom Function - Not available; K-mount Lenses - usable with restrictions; S-mount Lenses - usable with adapter and restrictions; 67/645 Lenses - usable with adapter and restrictions
Exposure Modes Program AE, Auto Picture Mode, Picture Mode, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb;
Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter; Shutter Speed - 1/4000 - 30 seconds and Bulb
Viewfinder Penta mirror with Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen; Viewfinder Coverage - 96%; Viewfinder Magnification - 0.85x (with 50mm f1.4 lens, -1-1); Diopter Adjustment - -2.5m-1 to +1.5m-1
Viewfinder Indication (1) Flash information; (2) Picture mode (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night scene portrait); (3) In-focus; (4) Shutter speed; (5) Aperture value; (6) Exposure compensation factor; (7) Manual white balance; (8) Manual focus; (9) Sensitivity warning;(10) Auto exposure lock signal; (11) AF.C (AF-continuous
External LCD (1) Shutter speed; (2) Aperture value; (3) Flash Information (Auto, Flash-On, Flash-Off, Red-eye reduction); (4) Single frame advance/Continuouse advance; (5) Self-timer; (6) Remote control; (7) Metering Information; (8) Focus point indicator; (9) Auto bracketing; (10) AUTO/ manual white balance information; (11) Battery information; (12) Exposure compensation factor;(13) Exposure frame number
Exposure Meter TTL open-aperture metering with choice of: 16-segment, Center-weighted & Spot meter; Metering Range EV1 - EV21.5 (At ISO 200 with 50mm F1.4 lens);
Exposure Compensation Exposure Compensation - +/-2 EV (1/2 or 1/3 steps)
Auto Bracketing Auto Bracketing - 3 frames +/-1.5EV (1/2 steps) or +/-1EV (1/3 steps)
AE Lock Push button type with approx. 20 sec. timer
Drive Modes Single-shot, Continuous (2.8 fps), Self-timer (12sec, 2sec), Auto bracketing, Remote Control (0 sec, 3 sec)
Autofocus TTL phase-matching 3-point autofocus system (SAFOX VIII); Autofocus Modes - AF-Single (with focus lock), AF-Continuous, Manual; Illumination Range - EV1 - EV19 (at ISO 200 with 50mm F1.4 lens)
Built In Flash Rtf Built-in series-control retractable P-TTL pop-up flash; Operation Modes - Auto, Flash-off, Flash-on, Auto + Red-eye reduction, Flash-on + Red-eye reduction; Guide Number - 15.6 (at ISO 200/m); Angle of View Coverage - 28mm (equivalent to 35mm); Flash Exposure Compensation - +1 to -2 (1/2 steps);
Synchronization Flash Synchronization - With RTF and via hot shoe; Synchronization Speed - 1/180 sec.
Self Timer 12 sec., 2 sec.
Remote Control 0 sec., 3 sec.
Preview Depth of Field Preview - Via main switch
Power Source Four AA (Lithium, Alkaline, and rechargeable NiMH) batteries, or two CR-V3 Lithium batteries (optional AC adapter also available)
Dimensions (W x H x D) - 4.9 x 3.6 x 2.6 inches (125 x 92.5 x 66mm)
Weight 16.6 oz. (470g) without battery and SD memory card; 19.4 oz. (550g) loaded and ready
Computer System Reqs Mac Requirements - OS: Mac OS 9.0 or later, standard equipped USB port; PC Requirements - OS: Windows Me, 2000, XP Home edition / Professional, standard equipped USB port
Operating Temperatures 32 degrees to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees to 40 degrees Celsius)
Time Modes - dd/mm/yy, mm/dd/yy, yy/mm/dd; World Time - Displays the time in 72 cities (28 time zones)
What's in The Box *ist DL Body (18428), DA 18-55mm Lens (21547), Video Cable I-VC28 (39262), USB Cable I-USB17 (39233), Strap O-ST10 (39190), (4) AA Batteries, Lithium Battery CR2016, Hotshoe Cover FK (31040), Lens Cap F 52mm (31515), Lens Hood PH-RBA 52mm (38741), Eyecup FL (30132), Finder Cap for ME (31011), Body Mount Cover (31016), Software (CD ROM) S-SW34, Operating Manual, Serial Number Card, Service Network Directory
MSRP under US $800 with the PENTAX DA 18-55mm Lens - Available July 2005

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