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Pentax *ist D Digital SLR Camera housed in one of the world?s smallest, lightest digital SLR camera bodies, the PENTAX *ist D SLR digital camera comes equipped with an array of advanced functions and user-friendly features. This PENTAX Digital Camera is compatible with existing PENTAX 35mm-format interchangeable lenses and accessories.

Specifications for Pentax *ist D Digital SLR Camera:

Body material:  Plastic coating, metal subframe
Sensor:  » 23.5 x 15.7 mm CCD sensor
 » RGB Color Filter Array
 » Interline interlaced CCD
 » Built-in fixed low-pass filter
 » 6.31 million total pixels
JCIA Effective pixels:  6.1 million
Image sizes:  3008 x 2008, 2400 x 1600, 1536 x 1024, 1152 x 768, 960 x 640
File formats:  RAW (12-bit), TIFF (8-bit RGB), JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - 3 levels
Color space:  sRGB, Adobe RGB
Lenses:  Pentax KAF2, KAF, KA mount lenses
FOV crop:  1.5x
Focusing:  » 11-area AF
 » TTL Phase matching AF system
 » Focus point selectable
 » EV 0 to 19 (ISO 100) detection range
Focus modes:  AF-Single,AF-Continuous,Manual focus
AF assist:  Yes, via flash
Shooting modes:  » Auto-exposure with hyper-program
 » Programmed AE Mode
 » Shutter-Priority AE
 » Aperture-Priority AE
 » Metered Manual
 » Bulb
Program lines:  Normal, Hi-S, Depth of field, MTF
Metering modes:  16-segment, Center-Weighted, Spot
Metering range:  EV 0 to 21 (at ISO 200 with 50 mm / F1.4 lens)
AE Lock:  Button (20 sec timer), Half-press shutter release
AE Bracketing:  3 frames; 0.3, 0.5 or 1.0 EV steps
Exposure compensation:  » -3.0 to +3.0 EV in 0.5 EV steps
 » -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Exposure steps:  0.5 EV, 0.3 EV
Sensitivity:  ISO 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Shutter:  Electronically controlled vertical-run focal-plane shutter
Shutter Speed:  30-1/4000 sec & Bulb
Flash X-sync:  1/150 sec
Aperture:  Lens Dependant
DOF preview:  Yes, on power switch
White balance:  Auto, 8 Presets: Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Tungsten, Fluorescent (W, N, D) and 3 manual modes
Image adjustment:  Saturation, Sharpness, Contrast
Viewfinder:  » Eye-level type fixed penta-prism finder
 » Natural bright-matte focusing screen
 » Magnification approx. x0.95
 » 95% frame coverage
 » Diotric adjustment (-2.0 to +1.0)
 » Viewfinder info bar
Viewfinder info:  » Built-in flash status
 » Focus point indication
 » In-focus
 » Shutter speed
 » Aperture value
 » AE lock signal
 » Exposure compensation factor
 » Bar graph
 » AF frame with superimposed dislpay
 » Spot AF frame
LCD monitor:  1.8" TFT LCD; 118,000 pixels
Custom function:  Three user memories
Record review:  1, 3 and 5 sec or Off
Flash:  » Built-in pop-up flash
 » Guide number 11 (ISO 100/m)
 » Angle of coverage 18 mm
 » Flash sync 1/150 sec
Flash modes:  On, Off, Red-eye reduction
External flash:  » Hot-shoe
 » PC Sync terminal
 » High speed sync
 » Wireless sync
 » P-TTL sync
Drive modes:  Single shot, Continuous (2.7fps, 5 frames max)
Self-timer:  12 sec, 2 sec, Mirror-lockup
Remote release:  InfraRed remote, Wired (optional), Instant or with 3 sec delay
Playback mode:  » One frame
 » Zooming in/out (up to 12x)
 » Nine-image
 » Slideshow
 » Image rotation
Delete:  One-frame-delete, All-frames-delete, Card-format, Protect
Menu languages:  English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano, Japanese
Connectivity:  USB 1.1, Video out, DC-IN, Remote terminal, PC Sync flash terminal
Video out:  Selectable NTSC or PAL
Storage:  Compact Flash Type I or II, Microdrive
Power:  4 x AA batteries or 2 x CR-V3; Optional AC adapter
Firmware:  User updatable
Dimensions:  129 x 95 x 60 mm (5.0 x 3.7 x 2.3 in)
Weight (no batt/lens):  510 g (1.1 lb)
Weight(no lens):  650 g (1.4 lb)

Pentax *ist D Digital SLR Camera Features:

  • Incorporating an APS-sized CCD (23.5mm by 15.7mm) and driven by high-performance data processing circuitry, the Pentax *ist D Digital SLR camera offers impressive 6.1 effective megapixels to capture super-clear, high-resolution digital images and accurately reproduce subtle hues and fine details.
  • One of the world?s smallest, lightest bodies, the Pentax Digital Cameras dimensions are: 5.1? wide (129mm) x 3.7? high (94.7mm) and 2.4? thick (60.1mm); and weighs a mere: 19.4 ounces (550 grams) without batteries. With the PENTAX industry-leading 3D CAD design technology and a newly developed super-compact glass pentaprism, the Pentax *ist D Digital camera offers outstanding portability and maneuverability in a wide variety of photographic applications. A stainless-steel chassis offers exceptional rigidity, especially against torsion, to protect the interior mechanisms from shock.
  • Featuring the acclaimed PENTAX K lens mount used in conventional 35mm-format SLR cameras, the Pentax *ist D Digital SLR camera accepts a large number of existing 35mm-format interchangeable zoom and special-application lenses and accessories to help accommodate diversified photographic requirements and maximize creativity and image quality.
  • Exclusively designed to complement the high-performance CCD, the istD Digital camera's viewfinder offers a super-clear, high-precision view of the subject at a magnification of 0.95 times (with a 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity, diopter at -1m-1), improving focusing accuracy in manual focus operations and assuring precise framing. The display system offers a wide range of information to inform the photographers of the camera?s operational status at the shooting position. The Pentax *ist D Digital SLR camera is equipped with a built-in diopter adjuster with an adjustable range of -2.5-1 ~ +1.5m-1.
  • With a newly developed SAFOX VIII phase-matching autofocus system, the camera?s 11-point AF sensor covers a wide area of both horizontal and vertical image fields with exceptional speed and precision even under poor lighting conditions. Nine of the 11 AF sensors are a horizontally extended, cross-shaped type, improving focusing accuracy and aligned to effectively cover the middle section, while two additional sensors are positioned at each side of this section. In addition to the versatile ?Auto? mode and the pinpoint ?SPOT? mode, the Pentax *ist D Digital camera offers the innovative ?SELECT? mode, which allows the photographer to select one of the 11 AF sensor points using the four-way controller on the back panel. The user-selected sensor point is superimposed in the viewfinder with a red LED indicator.
  • The Pentax *ist D Digital SLR camera ?s sophisticated 16-segment multi-pattern metering system solves even the most complicated lighting conditions efficiently and instantly to produce beautifully exposed images frame after frame. Spot and center-weighted metering modes are also available to accommodate specialized applications.
  • The *istD Digital camera features a sophisticated exposure system with six distinctive exposure modes. In addition to the all-purpose Green Program mode and the conventional Aperture-Priority AE, Shutter-Priority AE and Bulb modes, it also comes equipped with the innovative ?Hyper? exposure modes, which were originally developed by PENTAX to simplify camera operations and maximize creativity. The Hyper Program mode allows the photographer to instantly shift the exposure program using the Tv and/or Av dials without the trouble of resetting the exposure modes. The Hyper Manual mode allows fingertip adjustment of shutter and/or aperture settings in Metered Manual operation. In both Hyper modes, the photographer can instantly jump back to the original program or settings using the IF button. In the Hyper Program mode, the user can choose from the High-Shutter-Speed-Priority, Depth-Priority or MTF-Priority programs as the default program, rather than Normal program, using one of the custom functions.
  • The Pentax *ist D Digital camera features 22 user-adjustable custom functions, allowing the user to preprogram important camera functions to suit individual preferences. The user-selected function is clearly displayed on the LCD image monitor for at-a-glance confirmation.
  • In the continuous AF mode, the Pentax *ist D Digital SLR camera is capable of successively recording up to six images at the speed of 2.6 frames per second, making it possible to capture the flow of the subject?s motion.
  • The *istD Digital camera offers a top shutter speed of 1/4000 second to freeze the decisive moment of the subject?s action or motion. It also offers a high flash synchronization speed of 1/150 second to create dramatic flash images using large apertures.
  • The Pentax *ist D Digital camera can operate from three different power sources to maximize user convenience. In addition to the two accompanying CR-V3 batteries and the optional AC adapter, the Pentax *ist D Digital SLR camera can be powered by four AA-sized batteries (lithium, alkaline, and NiMH), which are commonly available around the world. The optional battery grip can also be combined with the batteries to accommodate extended photo sessions.
  • The Pentax *ist D Digital camera accepts the widely available CompactFlash? Type I and II memory cards and the large-capacity MicroDrive? for high storage volume and fast access speed.
  • Located on the back panel, the 1.8-inch 118,000-pixel LCD monitor allows the instant viewing of a just captured image and the playback of recorded images with exceptional clarity and high precision. Positioned at the upper right corner of the top panel, the status LCD monitor provides a host of information on the camera?s operational status at a glance.
  • Using the large image LCD monitor, the *istD Digital camera features four convenient playback modes: (1) The single-frame mode displays capture images one by one and allows the photographer to magnify a selected image up to 12 times; (2) The multi-frame mode lets the photographer view nine recorded images simultaneously; (3) The quick view mode shows a just captured image for one, three or five seconds; (4) The slide show mode automatically displays captured images one after another at an interval of three, five, 10, 15, 20 or 30 seconds.
  • The Pentax *ist D Digital SLR camera offers a choice of three recording formats: compressed JPEG, and uncompressed TIFF and RAW. The user can select one of three file sizes (?L? at 3008 x 2008 pixels, ?M? at 2400 x 1600 pixels, and ?S? at 1536 x 1024, 1152 x 768 or 960 x 640 pixels) and one of five image quality levels (good, better, best, TIFF and RAW) to meet specific requirements.
  • The Pentax *ist D Digital camera offers a choice of three white balance modes: ?Auto,? ?Preset? and ?Manual.? The preset mode allows the instant selection of one of eight different white balance settings, while the manual mode recalls one of three settings preset by the user with pushbutton ease.
  • Exposure levels can be displayed in graph form on the LCD image monitor during both shooting and playback, allowing the photographer to check the images with greater accuracy.
  • Enclosed in the Pentax *ist D Digital SLR camera kit, the S-SW10 CD-ROM contains the RAW-format data processing software ?PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory? and the browser software ?PENTAX PHOTO Browser.?
  • The noise reduction function can be activated at slow shutter speeds to eliminate digital noise that may spoil the quality of captured images.
  • Powered by four AA-sized batteries, the optional D-BG1 battery grip prolongs the *istD Digital camera ?s operation time. It can be mounted onto the bottom of the Pentax *ist D Digital camera without removing the battery stored inside the camera, so the battery life is extended considerably. It also comes equipped with a vertical-position shutter release button, a preview lever, Tv/Av dials and an AE lock button. The optional O-CC10 camera case stores an Pentax *ist D Digital SLR camera body set with a standard zoom lens and features an inside pocket to hold a lens cap and the optional remote controller.
  • When set in a pop-up position, the built-in auto flash automatically discharges in the dark and against backlight to provide supplemental illumination on the subject. Its red-eye reduction function helps the photographer avoid the annoying red-eye effect in the subject?s eyes in flash portraits.
  • The auto bracketing function enables the capturing of three different exposures of the same subject ? proper, under- and over-exposure ? with a single shutter release. The photographer has a choice of three orders (proper/under/over, under/proper/over, and over/proper/under) and six exposure ranges (?0.3EV, ?0.7EV and ?1.0EV in 1/3EV increments; ?0.5EV, ?1.0EV and ?1.5EV in 1/2EV increments).
  • Using the optional remote controller, the photographer can release the shutter from a distance with a three-second delay or instantly.
  • Turning the main switch to ?preview? position provides instant confirmation of the depth of field (in-focus area) for a selected aperture.
Pentax *ist D SLR Digital Camera Manual can be downloaded from the page