Pentax *istD 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera  

Pentax's *ist D is the world's smallest and lightest digital SLR (as of April 2003), measuring just 5.0 by 3.7 by 2.3 inches and weighing 18 ounces. It features a clarity of 6.1 effective megapixels, a 16 segment metering system, an-11 point AF sensor, and a continuous shooting rate of 2.7 frames per second. It's also compatible with K, KA, KAF, and KAF2 mount lenses and 645/67 lenses with an adapter.

Optics and Resolution
Employing a high-performance CCD with dimensions of 23.5mm by 15.7mm and embracing Pentax's unique image processing technology, the *ist D offers 6.1-megapixel resolution for the recording of precise, superior-quality images.

Storage and Transfer
The *ist D is compatible with CompactFlash Type I/II memory cards, and is also compatible with MicroDrives.

More Features
An optical pentaprism viewfinder was developed especially for the *ist D. This makes viewing easy with an ample 95% field of view and 0.95x magnification. There is also a superimposed display function that assists composition by illuminating the AF points in red.

Other features include:

Power and Size
The camera is powered by 4 AA batteries; rechargeable NiMH batteries are recommended. It measures 5.0 by 3.7 by 2.3 inches and weighs 18 ounces.

  • Type: Single-lens-reflex-type digital still camera with TTL auto exposure, autofocus and built-in TTL auto flash.
  • Effective Pixels: 6.1 megapixels
  • Sensor: Interline interlace CCD; Size: 23.5mm x 15.7mm ( diagonal line: 28.40mm ); Total pixels: 6.31 megapixels
  • Recorded Pixels: Large: 3008 x 2008 pixels; Middle: 2400 x 1600 pixels; Small: 1536 x 1024 pixels; (Switchable to 1152 x 768 pixels or 960 x 640 pixels by custom function)
  • Sensitivity: Equivalent to ISO 200 to ISO 1600 (3200 available as Custom Function)
  • File Formats: Exif 2.2, DCF, DPOF
  • Quality Levels: Compressed: JPEG-baseline with compressibility rates of ***( 1/3 ), **( 1/6 ) and *( 1/12 ); Uncompressed: 8-bit TIFF-RGB Ver.6.0 and 12-bit RAW
  • Storage Media: CompactFlash cards (Type I and Type II) and MicroDrive
  • Color Composition: JPEG: YCbCr ( 4:2:2 ); TIFF: TIFF-RGB ( 4:4:4 ) ; RAW: RAW data of CCD
  • White Balance: Auto: TTL control using image sensor; Preset: Daylight, Cloudiness, Shade, Tungsten light and Fluorescent light ( W, N, D ); Manual: 3 setting
  • LCD Monitor: 1.8 inch low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with backlight
  • LCD Function: Single frame, zoom in/out, nine-image, slide show, image rotation, shooting data indication ( including date and histogram ), quick view ( instant display of image after shooting )
  • Delete Function: Single-frame-deletion, all-frame deletion, card format, protect
  • Video Output: NTSC/PAL switchable
  • Interfaces: USB 1.1
  • 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 adapter and restrictions
  • Exposure Modes: Auto exposure with Hyper Program, Programmed AE, Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Metered Manual, bulb
  • Shutter: Electronically controlled vertical-run focal-plane shutter with electronic release; Auto shutter speeds: 1/4000 sec. to 30 sec. ; Manual shutter speeds:1/4000 sec. to 30 sec. ( 0.5EV steps ) and bulb; Shutter lock at power-off position
  • Viewfinder: Eye-level-type fixed pentaprism viewfinder with Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen. Field of view: 95%. Magnification: 0.95X ( with 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity, -1m-1 ). Diopter adjustment: -1.0m-1 to +2.0m-1.
  • Viewfinder Indication: Out of image area: Built-in flash status, AF sensor pattern, in-focus, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation factor, bar graph. Within image area: AF frame with superimposed AF sensor point, spot AF frame.
  • External LCD: Quality level, Tv dial, Av dial, shutter speed, aperture value
  • Panel Indication: Exposure compensation, exposure frame number, battery exhaustion warning, RTF recharge, flash status, RTF function, red-eye reduction flash, wireless flash mode, high-speed synchronization, remote control, self-timer, film advance mode (single-frame/consecutive), multiple exposure, auto bracketing, auto white balance control, preset white balance control, manual white balance control. Illumination activated by preview lever
  • Exposure Meter: TTL open-aperture 16-segment metering; Spot metering and center-weighted metering selectable; Metering range ( at ISO200 with 50mm F1.4 lens ): EV0 to EV21 ( EV1 to EV21.5 with multi-segment metering ).
  • Exposure Compensation: ±3.0EV ( in 0.5EV steps )
  • Auto Bracketing: 3 frames ( proper/over/under ) within range of ±3.0EV ( 0.5EV steps ) or ±2.0EV ( 0.3EV steps ). Simultaneous use with exposure compensation possible.
  • AE Lock: Pushbutton type with approx. 20-second timer, extendable with shutter button half-pressed
  • Drive Modes: Single-frame advance, continuous advance ( 2.6 fps ) up to 6 frames (at noise reduction off)
  • Auto Focus: TTL phase-matching autofocus system; Applicable illumination range: EV0 to EV19 ( at ISO200 ); AF-Single, AF-Continuous, Manual Focus switchable; Focus lock available.; AF sensor point selectable; AF auxiliary illumination by built-in flash available
  • Built-in Flash (RTF): Guide number: 15.6 (at ISO200/m), Guide number: 11 (at ISO100/m). Angle of view coverage: 18mm. Synchronization speed: 1/150 sec. Flash-off, flash-on and red-eye reduction functions available.
  • Synchronization: Via hot shoe ( with X-contact for dedicated flash unit ); Dedicated accessory flash units available; Sensitivity range: ISO200 to ISO1600; Flash synchronization: up to 1/150 sec.; High-speed synchronization, wireless remote-control synchronization and P-TTL synchronization functions available with dedicated flash unit.
  • Self-timer: Electronically controlled type with 12- or 2-second delay. Mirror lock-up mechanism available. Mid-operation cancellation possible.
  • Remote Control: Infrared wireless remote control with optional remote controller. Effective range: 5m (16.6 ft.) from front side of camera. Instant release or 3-second-delay release switchable.
  • Preview: Electronic preview. Available in all modes.
  • Power Source: 4 AA-sized batteries (lithium, alkaline, nickel-hydrogen or nickel) or 2 CR-V3 batteries. Optional AC adapter available.
  • Battery Life: CR-V3: Approx. 1000 frames at normal temp. (68 degrees F/20 degrees C) and no flash used. Lithium batteries: Approx. 900 frames at normal temp. (68 degrees F/20 degrees C) and no flash used. Ni-MH batteries: Approx. 450 frames at normal temp. (68 degrees F/20 degrees C) and no flash used. Alkaline batteries: Approx. 110 frames at normal temp. (68 degrees F/20 degrees C) and no flash used.
  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 3.7 x 2.4 inches (129.0mm x 94.5mm x 60mm)
  • Weight: 19.4 ounces (550g) for body only ( without batteries and memory card )
  • Mac Requirements: OS: Mac OS 8.6 or later (QuickTime 4.0 or later to view movies), CPU: Power PC 266MHz or higher, Memory: 8MB or more, Hard disk space:6MB or more, Standard equipped USB port
  • PC Requirements: OS: Windows 98,98 second edition, 2000, Me, XP Home edition / Professional, CPU: Pentium or later recommended, Memory:64MB or more, Hard disk space: 15MB or more, Standard equipped USB port