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Pentax *ist DS2


Pentax *ist DS2

Category: Advanced Amateur - Prosumer

The Pentax *ist DS2 continues to be one of the lightest and smallest digital SLR available. It has 6.1MP resolution, a bright, high-precision Pentaprism viewfinder with 0.95X magnification, and a fast and high-precision 11-point autofocus. It accepts many of the PENTAX KAF bayonet mount lenses.

The LCD monitor is now an extra large 2.5 in. making reviewing images even easier, even on sunny days. It uses the Secure Digital (SD) memory card, and provides High Speed USB 2.0 data transfer.

The Pentax *ist DS2 has a high-rigidity stainless-steel chassis body which, together with its compact size, makes it an ideal digital SLR for travel.

Pentax *ist DS2
QuickFact™ Sheet
Pentax *ist DS2
Camera Type TTL autofocus, auto-exposure digital SLR camera with built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash
Effective Pixels 6.1 megapixels
Image Sensor 6.31 megapixels Interline interlace ‚b‚b‚c with a primary color filter 23.5mm x 15.7mm 8 bit (JPEG) or 12 bit (RAW)
Recorded Pixels JPEG: [6M] 3008 x 2000 pixels, [4M] 2400 x 1600 pixels, [1.5M] 1536 x 1024 pixels RAW: [6M] 3008 x 2008 pixels
Sensitivity Auto, Manual (200/400/800/1600/3200)
File Formats RAW, JPEG (Exif 2.21), DCF (Design rule of Camera File system), DPOF (Digital Print Order Form), PRINT Image Matching III
Quality Levels Compressed: JPEG - Baseline (*** Best , ** Better, * Good) Non-compressed: RAW
Storage Media SD memory card
Color Composition ?????
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light (W, D, N), Flash, Manual setting
LCD Monitor 2.5 inch, low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD monitor (Approx. 210,000 pixels), brightness adjustable
LCD Function Image rotation, Slide show, digital filter Playback File: Single, Index (Nine image) Magnification: 12x
Delete Function Single, All
Video Output Compatible with NTSC and PAL formats
Interfaces USB 2.0 (HI-SPEED)
Lens Mount PENTAX KAF bayonet mount Usable Lenses: PENTAX KAF2-, KAF-, and KA-mount lenses. Power zoom function not available. K-mount lenses usable with restrictions. S-mount lenses, 67/645 lenses usable with adapter and with restrictions.
Exposure Modes Auto Picture mode, Picture mode, Program AE, Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Metered Manual, Bulb
Shutter Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter 1/4000 - 30 sec. and bulb
Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism Focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte Field of view: 95% Magnification: 0.95X (with 50mm F1.4 lens, infinity, -1m-1) Diopter adjustment: -2.5 - +1.5m-1
Viewfinder Indication AF frame, Spot AF frame; Flash information; Picture mode (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night scene portrait); Focus point indication (higlighted in red); Shutter speed; Aperture value; Exposure compensation factor; Manual white balance; Manual focus; Sensitivity warning; Auto exposure lock signal; Exposure frame number
External LCD Shutter speed; Aperture value; Flash Information (Auto, Flash-On, Flash-Off, Red-eye reduction); Single frame advance/Continuouse advance; Self-timer; Remote control; Metering Information; Focus point indicator; Auto bracketing; White balance information; Battery information; Exposure compensation factor; Exposure frame number
Exposure Meter Metering System: TTL open-aperture 16-segment metering (coupled with lens and AF information) Metering Mode: Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering Metering Range: EV 1 - 21.5 (at Standard Output Sensitivity 200 with 50mm F1.4 lens)
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV (1/2EV steps or 1/3EV steps)
Auto Bracketing 3 frames within range of ±0.5EV, ±1.0EV, ±1.5EV (0.5EV steps) or ±0.3EV, ±0.7EV, ±1.0EV (0.3EV steps)
AE Lock Pushbutton type with approx. 20 sec. timer
Drive Modes Single-frame advance, continuous advance, self-timer, auto bracket and remote control
Autofocus Type: TTL Phase-matching 11-point wide autofocus system (SAFOX VIII) Mode: AF-single (with focus lock); Manual focus, AF-continuous available* * In the Auto Picture and Picture modes, AF-continuous is activated only when the Action mode is selected.
Built In Flash Rtf Type: Built-in retractable P-TTL auto pop-up flash Guide number: 15.6 (Standard Output Sensitivity 200/m) Angle of view coverage: 28mm wide-angle (equivalent to 35mm)
Synchronization With RTF and via hot shoe Sync speed: 1/180 sec. set automatically with RTF or PENTAX dedicated flash unit at recharge completion
Self Timer Electonically controlled type with two-second or 12-second delay. Cancellation possible.
Remote Control 0 seconds, 3 seconds
Preview Activated by main switch
Power Source Four AA (lithium, alkaline, or rechargeable Ni-MH) batteries, two CR-V3 lithium batteries. Optional AC adapter also available.
Dimensions (W x H x D) 125 x 92.5 x 67 mm /
4.9 x 3.6 x 2.6 in

580g (20.5oz.) loaded and ready with two CR-V3 lithium batteries and SD memory card;

605g (21.3oz.) loaded and ready with four AA batteries and SD memory card;

505g (17.8 oz.) without battery and SD memory card.

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
Mode Dial Indication Auto Picture mode; Standard mode; Portrait mode; Landscape mode; Macro mode; Action mode; Night scene portrait mode; Standard Flash-Off mode; Program AE; Shutter-Priority AE; Aperture-Priority AE; Metered Manual; Bulb
Picture modes Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night scene portrait, Standard Flash-Off
What's in The Box

- *ist DS2 Body
- Video Cable I-VC28
- USB Cable I-USB17
- Strap O-ST10
- (4) AA Battery
- Lithium Battery CR2016
- Hotshoe Cover FK
- Eyecup FN
- Finder Cap for ME
- Body Mount Cover
- Software (CD ROM) S-SW43
- Operating manual
- Serial number card
- Service network directory

MSRP under US $800

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