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Pentax *istDS
4.7 out of 10

Pentax *istDS

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Expert Review

DP Review
17 November 2006
  • Conclusion: The *ist DS is one of those cameras which grows on you, it's certainly compact and well put together but when you first pick it up you'd be forgiven for thinking it's a bit basic.
  • Pros: Responsive in use, good buffering feels faster than other 'budget D-SLR' models, Compact and lightweight, yet still has good ergonomics, Good auto focus, relatively quick, accurate, Large viewfinder view provides an 'eye full' of the scene (x0.95 magnification), Excellent resolution as long as yo...
  • Cons: Average resolution in JPEG mode, images can look over-processed, better to use RAW, Over-saturated default color setting, can lead to channel clipping, Natural Image tone setting should have had at least some sharpening included, Edge demosaic artifacts on RAW images converted through Photo Labor...
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Overall 7
7.0

Pentax *ist DS

PC Magazine
17 November 2006
  • Conclusion: The Pentax *ist DS is one of the smallest, lightest, and easiest to operate D-SLRs on the market—at a very affordable price.
  • Pros: Well constructed. Easy to operate. Works with all Pentax film lenses. Mirror lockup for CCD cleaning. Uses standard double-A batteries.
  • Cons: Limited feature set. Relatively slow recycle time. Some functions require too many button pushes.
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Overall 10
10

Pentax *ist DS

MobileTechReview.com
3 October 2006
  • Conclusion: Definitely a winner! Perfect for serious photographers and beginners alike thanks to a full set of manual settings and program modes for the experienced photographer and Auto Pict mode for the newbies.
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[ REVIEW — Pentax *istDS ]

DPexpert
7 July 2011
  • Excerpt: : Camera $1330 Lens $640 : 4.5 stars : The Pentax *istDS is, in theory, a cut down version of the *istD. In fact it is hard to see any omissions from the specifications of the new camera compared with the more expensive D.
  • Pros: One difference between the *istDS and its more expensive sibling is in image quality. Images are sharper from the new camera. Perhaps the softness inherent in the *istD images was a focussing problem that has been overcome. Whatever the reason the new camera produces pin-sharp photos straight fro...
  • Cons: One difference between the *istDS and its more expensive sibling is in image quality. Images are sharper from the new camera. Perhaps the softness inherent in the *istD images was a focussing problem that has been overcome. Whatever the reason the new camera produces pin-sharp photos straight fro...
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Overall 9
9.0

Pentax *ist DS - Digital SLR

Trusted Reviews
5 February 2011
  • Summary: The budget end of the digital SLR market is hotting up and Pentax is right in the thick of it with a strong contender - the *ist DS.
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Overall 9
9.0

Pentax *ist DS

PhotographyBLOG
23 April 2007
  • Summary: The Pentax *ist DS is a very good entry-level digital SLR that manages to achieve the difficult task of being easy to use without sacrificing functionality. The *ist DS will more than satisfy all those people who are keen to upgrade from a film-based Pentax system.
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

Good Gear Guide.au
23 May 2006
  • Summary: The *ist DS is certainly a great camera, combining 6.1 megapixel resolution, decent build quality and great controls for beginners.
  • Pros: Compact, fast startup times
  • Cons: Image quality is slightly lower than competitors
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Overall 8
7.5
Value for money 10
10
Features 8
7.5
Ease of use 10
10
Performance 5
5.0
Picture quality 5
5.0

Expert Review

Digital Camera Magazine
29 March 2006
  • Summary: The *ist DS is backwards-compatible with several generations of Pentax optics so it will be welcomed by legions of Pentax film SLR owners. For the rest of us, it is also small, easy to use and well made, making it something of a bargain.
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Pentax *ist DS

PhotoReview
1 April 2005
  • Summary: [ia] Although not the most compact DSLR available, the Pentax *ist DS is the smallest and lightest in the 6.1-megapixel category and keenly priced for its category. Sporting a tough, stainless-steel chassis and sophisticated electronics, the *ist DS combines the controls photographers want with...
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Test Pentax *ist DS

CyberBloc
25 December 2006
  • Conclusion: Die Pentax *ist DS eignet sich gerade bei diesem Kampfpreis gut für Einsteiger, die in die digitale Spiegelreflexfotogafie einsteigen wollen. Insbesonders wenn man noch alte Pentaxobjektive im Schrank hat, sollte man zugreifen wenn sich mit den Schwächen leben lässt.
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