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. In fact, Auto Pict works so well, experienced photographers will find themselves replying on it too.
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. You should also seriously consider this camera if you don't have any vested interest in the likes of Canon or Nikon.