Pentax launches *ist DL digital SLR camera

Posted on Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 0:26 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Pentax today announced a cheaper version of the *ist DS, the *ist DL digital SLR camera. This 6.1 megapixel camera has a 2.5-inch LCD color display and is an effort from Pentax to bring 'more affordable' digital SLR cameras to the market.

I took a quick look at Amazon and the new Pentax ist DL is pre-selling for $799 with the DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL lens. The camera will be available on August 10, 2005.

Pentax istDL dSLR camera

Summary of changes (compared to the *ist DS):
  • Auto ISO
  • 3-area AF (*ist DS was 11 area)
  • Wide / spot AF
  • Three level 'soft' digital filter
  • Continuous shooting buffer reduced to 5 / 3 images (JPEG / RAW)
  • Penta-mirror viewfinder instead of Penta-prism, 0.82x magnification
  • Natural-Bright-Matte II focusing screen
  • Larger 2.5" LCD monitor
  • Removal of high speed sync flash
  • Two new languages: Swedish, Dutch
  • Slightly lighter (575g vs. 605g)
  • Available in black and silver
More info about the Pentax *ist DL can be found at DP Review

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