Conclusion: Pentax *ist DL SLR - Unique features Pentax is joining in with the digital reflex cameras for some time now, relatively quietly. The brand is aiming at the lower segment and Pentax is very strong here. Before it was with the analogue cameras, and now the same thing happens with the digital cameras. Take the Pentax *ist DL for instance. It's a camera with certain unique features. The large monitor stands out the most of course. The largest one in its class.
Excerpt: As of February 1, 2006, Pentax has reduced the price of its entry level DSLR kit by $200. The 6.1MP *ist DL with an 18-55mm DA lens will now cost $599.95 instead of $799.95. The body-only price for the *ist DL has dropped to $549.95. Prices of all other Pentax DSLRs and kits, remain the same.
Excerpt: Physical Views The Pentax *ist DL and the *ist DS2 Continue on to Page Two *ist DL Specifications Type Interchangeable lens Single-Lens-Reflex type digital still camera with TTL auto exposure,autofocus and built-in TTL auto flash.
Pentax *istDL review with 18-55mm f3.5~5.6 DA lens
1 December 2005
Excerpt: The *istDL is Pentax's latest budget digital SLR. Launched in June 2005, it comes less than a year after the earlier *istDS and while both models have much in common, including 6 megapixel resolution, seriously compact dimensions, the ability to use almost any Pentax lens and, it must be said, an equally unpronounceable name, the new DL simplifies some features to meet a lower price point.
Pros: Large 2.5in screen with more detail than rivals, Smallest digital SLR at time of writing, Auto Pict gives beginners easier creative option, Compatible with almost any Pentax lens
Cons: Doesn't include rechargeable batteries, Default image settings look over-processed, Noise levels higher than rivals, Vignetting on kit lens worse than rivals
Pentax’s *ist DL; An Affordable Entry-Level 6-Megapixel Digital SLR
1 January 2001
Excerpt: The smallest and lightest digital SLR on the market at the time of this writing, the *ist DL is also among the most affordable in the 6-megapixel category. As the entry-level model in the Pentax line, it was designed for simplicity of operation, yet it's surprisingly versatile, with a full slate of semiautomatic and manual features as well as overrides for full control. While the high-end *ist Ds2 boasts a few more capabilities, the *ist DL is very well equipped.
Conclusion: First of all, let me say that ever since I got my first digital camera I have wanted a dSLR. I nearly cried when I sold my old faithful Nikon F801s a couple of years ago, and although the digital cameras I have had since are wonderful, they aren’t quite the same as an SLR.
Summary: --- :"\302\240The Pentax *ist DL Digital SLR is a great digital camera.\302\240 It feels very comfortable in hand, and produces very natural pictures with little noise and rich pleasing colours. This camera is very easy to use (in auto mode), and would definitely suit a beginner. The camera offers adequate battery life, with very good controls and good build quality.\302\240 I would recommend this camera to anyone who wants great control without the hassle.
Pros: Very easy to use, High ISO settings, Sturdy, compact body, Good exposure options, Great image quality - difficult to detect any artefacts, Good colour, Good handling - comfortable hand grip, Very good value for money
Summary: The Pentax *IST DL feels nice and solid, thanks to its strong, stainless steel chassis. Slight over-processing on the JPEG images produces less than perfect results, but RAW mode shows the camera at its best. Competitively priced and easy to use, it works well as a beginner’s camera, but professionals will find it limiting. Excelente!