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Digital SLR Camera: *istDL  
*ist DL
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<General function and specification>
What is the major feature of istDL compared with istDS?
Is the CCD same with istD and DS?
Why is ISO sensitivity available form 200?
Is there any measure to protect the Dust on CCD?
What is the A/D conversion rate?
What is the material of the body?
Can I change the color tone of picture?
How long does it take for the camera to start up?
What is the magnification and the filed of view of the Viewfinder?
Is there an interchangeable focusing screen available?
What is the filed of view of the LCD monitor?
Can the AF function works in a dark area?
Is *ist DL deigned for waterproof camera?
How long does the date / time stay in memory when the battery is removed?
Does the internal clock run while the battery is removed?

<Storage Medium>
What kind of memory does the istDL for storage?
Why istDL adopted SD memory card as storage media card?
Which SD memory cards can be used?
Can the MMC (Multi-media card) be used with istDL?
Does the performance of the SD memory card influence a shooting interval?
What is included in the istDL kit?
What is the size and resolution of the LCD monitor?
Can the brightness of LCD monitor be adjusted?
Can I view images on a TV?
Is the istDL equipped with a tripod mount?
Can the voice be recorded?
How many photos can be stored on a memory card?
Are there any notes about SD memory card?
Can all PENTAX 35mm interchangeable lenses be used?
Can K mount lens be used with istDL?
What happen when aperture ring is set at other than (Auto) position?
Can PENTAX 645 lenses, 67 lenses and S (Screw mount) type of lens be used with istDL?
Can non-PENTAX interchangeable lens be used?

<Capture and playback>
What is the continuous shooting mode?
Can the remote control be used?
Can take the picture while looking LCD monitor?
Can the Multi Exposure Shooting be used?
Can the Guide display be turned off?
Does istDL equipped suppress hand shake function?
Can Polarizing filter be used?
The setting of the saturation, sharpness and contrast can select from five levels compared with istD (select from three levels). Is the adjustment value of istDL become wider compared with istD?
What is the Hot Spot Warning?
Can the White balance be adjusted manually?
What is the Guide umber of the built- in flash?
What focal length the Built-in flash cover?
Is there flash amount compensation available?
Can the built-in flash be used with any type of lens?
Can the external flash be used?
Is the synch terminal for professional flash attached on istDL?
Can the flash be used in wireless?
Do I have to set mode dial to the Flash off position when built-in flash set in off ?
Does flash pre-fires before taking pictures?
What is the auto picture mode?
What is the picture mode?

<Battery and power sources>
What type of batteries does the istDL use?
How many images can I record on a full battery charge? How long can I review pictures with a fully charged battery?
Can the battery grip D-BG1 (for istD) be used with istDL?
Is an optional AC adapter available?

<Connecting with PC and software>
What is the communicate interface with PC?
What type of computer do I need with istDL?
Can the provided application software be used with istD and DS?
Can the PENTAX REMOTE Assistant be used with istDL?

<Others>
Does the the *istDL support “PIM III” (PRINT Image Matching III) and “Exif Print” (Exif 2.2)?
Can Refconverter A or M be used?
Does istDL support PictBridge?
Is there an exclusive camera case to the istDL?






<General function and specification>

What is the major feature of istDL compared with istDS?
* User-friendly automatic operations
The *istDL is equipped with the innovative Auto Picture Mode, which automatically and instantly selects the most appropriate Picture mode from Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro or Action for a given subject or situation to assure the optimum combination of aperture, shutter speed, white balance, saturation, contrast, and intensity of edges. In addition, the built-in auto flash automatically pops up in dimly lit or backlit situations. As a result, even first-time digital SLR users can immediately produce high-quality digital images with minimal effort.
* Extra-large 2.5-inch color LCD monitor
The *istDL’s high-precision 2.5-inch color LCD monitor, with approximately 210,000 pixels, displays recorded images clearly and beautifully, even when the original image is magnified by 12 times using the digital zoom capability. It also facilitates image confirmation after shooting and menu selection during shooting and editing operations. The menu screen also provides an optimum color scheme between menu descriptions and background to assure easy reading under all types of lighting conditions.
* High-accuracy AF sensors
Featuring the advanced SAFOX VIII AF system incorporating three cross-type wide-area AF sensors, the *istDL automatically selects the most appropriate sensor for a given subject. It also lets the user fix the sensor point on the middle sensor for specific applications. Using the menu screen, the user can select the preferred focus mode between Single AF, which locks the focus when the shutter release button is half-depressed, and Continuous AF,* which adjusts the focus to the subject’s movement.
* Digital filter
The soft-focus available in three patterns
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Is the CCD same with istD and DS?
Yes,
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Why is ISO sensitivity available form 200?
The CCD for *istDL is intended to exercise the best performance with equivalent of ISO sensitivity 200. If forcedly reduce at equivalent of ISO sensitivity 100, it can not get good image quality.
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Is there any measure to protect the Dust on CCD?
There is no special mechanics.
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What is the A/D conversion rate?
The istDL uses 12bit A/D conversion per color channel.
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What is the material of the body?
The stainless-steel chassis has been adopted.
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Can I change the color tone of picture?
Yes, you can change the color tone of picture by selecting Bright or Natural.
Bright: Images are finished brightly with contrast and sharp
Natural: Images are finished naturally and suitable for retouching
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How long does it take for the camera to start up?
Start-up time for the *ist DL is approximately 0.8 sec. Start-up time is from turn on the power switch until the LCD panel shows Number of recordable images.
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What is the magnification and the filed of view of the Viewfinder?
Magnification: 0.85x (with 50mmf/1.4 lens at infinity) Field of view: 96%
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Is there an interchangeable focusing screen available?
No,
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What is the filed of view of the LCD monitor?
Approximately 100%
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Can the AF function works in a dark area?
Yes, the built-in flash will discharge automatically several times, except when the camera is set on the Moving subject or Flash off mode
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Is *ist DL deigned for waterproof camera?
No.
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How long does the date / time stay in memory when the battery is removed?
Does the internal clock run while the battery is removed?
The camera will remember the date/time, and the internal clock will continue to run for approximately 48 hours after the battery is removed.

Note: The above data is based on testing after the camera has already run with a new, fully charged battery for a minimum of 12 hours. A brand new camera that has not yet passed 48 hours with a fully charged battery may display different results.
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<Storage Medium>

What kind of memory does the istDL for storage?
The istDL use Secure Digital (SD memory) cards
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Why istDL adopted SD memory card as storage media card?
SD memory cards are widely available as its storage media, not only assuring high-speed recording and readout of image data, but also contributing to the downsizing of the camera body.
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Which SD memory cards can be used?
You should be able to use any SD card in your camera. While Pentax does not guarantee compatibility with any particular manufacturer or model, we have seen consistent compatibility with SD cards from Panasonic (32 / 64 / 128 / 256 / 512MB / 1GB / 2GB), SanDisk (32 / 64 / 128 / 256 / 512MB / 1GB / 2GB), and Toshiba (32 / 64 / 128 / 256 / 512MB/1GB)
* Checked the SD card to 20 MB per second of transmission speed
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Can the MMC (Multi-media card) be used with istDL?
No,
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Does the performance of the SD memory card influence a shooting interval?
When using an SD memory card with a slow recording speed it may influence for the number of continuous shooting.
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What is included in the istDL kit?
The istDL kit includes the following: istDL camera, Hot shoe cover Fk, Eyecup Fl, ME finder cap, Body mount cover, USB cable (I-USB17), AV cable (I-AVC28), Software CD-ROM (S-SW34),Strap (0-ST10), AA alkaline batteries, istDL Product Manual, PENTAX PHOTO Browser/Laboratory Operating Manual.
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What is the size and resolution of the LCD monitor?
2.5 inch [TFT color LCD] with backlight and 210,000 pixel resolution
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Can the brightness of LCD monitor be adjusted?
Yes,
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Can I view images on a TV?
Yes. By using the AV cable (I-AVC28), you can capture and play back images on a TV that has a Video-In port.

Note: Make sure that both the TV and the camera are turned off before connecting the cable.
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Is the istDL equipped with a tripod mount?
Yes,
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Can the voice be recorded?
No,
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How many photos can be stored on a memory card?
The following table shows the approximate number of recordable images when using memory cards of various sizes, at different combination of recorded pixels and quality levels
Quality level Recorded pixels Number of recordable image
128MB 256MB 512MB 1GB
JPEG Good 1.5M: 1536x1024 271 549 1115 2151
4M: 2400x1600 161 330 674 1397
6M: 3008x2008 117 242 498 966
Better 1.5M: 1536x1024 173 354 722 1397
4M: 2400x1600 96 201 415 807
6M: 3008x2008 70 149 311 607
Best 1.5M: 1536x1024 106 220 453 880
4M: 2400x1600 51 111 234 459
6M: 3008x2008 34 78 167 330
RAW 6M: 3008x2008 11 22 46 90
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Are there any notes about SD memory card?
  1. SD memory card should be format with istDL when use first time or the SD card used with other devices. * The data such as images and voice will be deleted after formatted the SD card
  2. Do not remove SD card or turn off the power while recording the images or connecting the camera with computer via USB cable
  3. We recommend back-up the data regularly
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Can all PENTAX 35mm interchangeable lenses be used?
Basically, usable lenses that without limit for exposures are DA lenses and FAJ lenses, lenses that have an aperture A (Auto) position. When changing custom function to use non- A position lens, Medium format lens and screw mount lens with using mount adapter can be use but there is limit for usable function as follows.
  Lens[Mount type]
Function DA/D FA/ FA J/FA lens
[KAF,KAF2]*3
F lens
[KAF]*3
A lens
[KA]
Autofocus (Lens only)
(With AF adapter 1.7X)*1
Yes
Yes

Yes*5
Manual focus(With the focus indicator)*2
(With Matte field)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Switching focusing area(Wide/Spot)
Power zoom
Yes
No
Yes
No*5
Aperture Priority Auto Exposure Yes Yes Yes
Shutter Priority Automatic Exposure
Manual Exposure
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
P-TTL Auto Flash*4 Yes Yes Yes
Multi(16-segment) metering Yes Yes Yes

Yes: Functions are available when the aperture ring is set to the A position.
No: Funxtions are unavailable.

*1 Lenses with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or brighter Only available at A position.
*2 Lenses with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or brighter.
*3 To use an F/FA soft 85 mm f/2.8 lens or FA soft 28 mm f/2.8 lens,set[Using aperture ring] to [2(Permitted)] in the [C Custom]menu(p.100). Pictures can be taken with the aperture you set, but only within manual aperture range.
*4 When using the built-in flash and AF360FGZ.
*5 Focusing Area is set to Spot.
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Can K mount lens be used with istDL?
No, when the lens has no A position, camera does not operate unless [Permitted] is selected in the custom menu
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What happen when aperture ring is set at other than (Auto) position?
The camera operates in AV (Aperture Priority) mode even if the mode dial is at P or AV when the aperture is set to a value other than A
Lens used Exposure mode Restriction
D FA,FA,F,A,M(Lens only or with auto diaphragm accessories such as auto extension tube K) Av (Aperture Priority) mode The aperture remains open regardless of the aperture ring position. The shutter speed changes in relation to the open aperture but an exposure error may occur. In the viewfinder, [F--] appears for the aperture indicator.
D FA,FA,F,A,M,S(with diaphragm accessories such as extension tube K) Av (Aperture Priority) mode Pictures can be taken with the specified aperture value but an exposure error may occur. In the viewfinder,[F--] appears for the aperture indicator.
Manual diaphragm lens such as reflex lens (lens only) Av (Aperture Priority) mode
FA,F Soft 85mm,FA Soft 28mm (lens only) Av (Aperture Priority) mode Pictures can be taken with the specified aperture value in the manual aperture range. In the viewfinder,[F--] appears for the aperture indicator. When depth of field is checked(Preview), AE Metering is switched on. Exposure check is possible.
All lenses M (Manual) mode Pictures can be taken with the set aperture value and shutter speed. In the viewfinder, [F--] appears for the aperture indicator. When depth of field is checked (Preview), AE Metering is switched on. Exposure check is possible.
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Can PENTAX 645 lenses, 67 lenses and S (Screw mount) type of lens be used with istDL?
PENTAX 645, 67-system lenses and S (Screw mount) type of lenses can be used with an adapter, some function may not be available with certain lenses.
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Can non-PENTAX interchangeable lens be used?
Not recommended. When assume no responsibility or liability for damage resulting from the use of lenses made by other manufactures.
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<Capture and playback>

What is the continuous shooting mode?
Picture can be taken continuously while the shutter release button is held down. The *ist DL records up to 5 images consecutively at a speed of approximately 2.8 frames per second for high-speed consecutive shooting when the noise reduction off.
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Can the remote control be used?
The optional IR remote control F is available as option.
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Can take the picture while looking LCD monitor?
No. mainly reason is mechanism of Single Lens Reflex Camera.
For take the picture while looking LCD monitor, the CCD needs to catch the right all the time for taking the picture while looking LCD monitor such as compact digital camera.
On the other hand, Single Lens Reflex Camera has mirror at the front of CCD for conducting light through the viewfinder. The CCD catches the light only shutter is opening.
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Can the Multi Exposure Shooting be used?
No,
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Can the Guide display be turned off?
Yes, you can turn the Guide Display On and Off at [ Guide display] in the [ Set-up] Menu
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Does istDL equipped suppress hand shake function?
No,
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Can Polarizing filter be used?
The Circular type Polarizing Filter (C-PL/ Circular PL) must be used. The normal Polarizing Filter will effect exposure and AF therefore, it can not be used for *istDL
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The setting of the saturation, sharpness and contrast can select from five levels compared with istD (select from three levels). Is the adjustment value of istDL become wider compared with istD?
No, the total adjustment value is the same, each levels of an adjustment value is smaller
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What is the Hot Spot Warning?
If the [ Hot Spot Warning ] is selected on the instant Review and playback screens, bright areas in the image blink.
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Can the White balance be adjusted manually?
Yes, you can adjust the white balance depending on the light source when you select the Manual White Balance in the Fn menu.
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What is the Guide umber of the built- in flash?
GNO.15.6 (ISO200/m)
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What focal length the Built-in flash cover?
Angle of coverage: 18mm lens angle of view (equivalent 28mm in 35mm format)
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Is there flash amount compensation available?
Yes, you can change the flash output in a range of -2.0EV ~ +1.0EV by setting the [Flash Exp. Comp] in the [Rec.Mode] menu when using built-in Flash or External flash.
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Can the built-in flash be used with any type of lens?
The PENTAX DA,D FA, FA J, FA and F lens compatibility with the built-in Flash., the built-in flash fully discharges when used the lens that have no aperture A position., also vignetting may occur depending on the lens being used and the capture condition. We recommend taking a test shot to confirm this.
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Can the external flash be used?
Yes. P-TTL auto flash function available with PENTAX AF360FGZ.
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Is the synch terminal for professional flash attached on istDL?
No, Combining with flashes from other manufacturers may cause equipment breakdown. We recommend using the PENTAX dedicated automatic flashes.
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Can the flash be used in wireless?
Shooting using the flash without connecting the camera and flash with a cord by using two AF360FGZ units. The high-speed sync mode is also available in wireless mode.
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Do I have to set mode dial to the Flash off position when built-in flash set in off ?
The built-in flash can be set in off when select Manual discharge in the menu.
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Does flash pre-fires before taking pictures?
Yes, flash pre-fires one time when use built-in flash or 360FGZ with P-TTL mode
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What is the auto picture mode?
The *ist DL is equipped to make camera operations simple and effortless for the user. Its innovative Auto picture mode automatically and instantly selects the optimum combination of exposure settings for a given subject or situation, including shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast, and intensity of edges.
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What is the picture mode?
You can select a Picture mode to reflect a special shooting condition. There are eight available Picture modes:

Auto Picture mode: Select automatically from Normal, Portrait, Landscape, Macro and Object Modes
Normal mode: The basis picture-taking mode
Portrait mode: Optimal for capturing mode
Landscape mode: Deepens the focus range, emphasizes contour and saturation of tree and the sky produces a bright image.
Macro mode: Take vibrant pictures of flowers up close.
Moving object mode: Lets you take sharp pictures of a quickly moving subject such as a sporting event
Night Scene Portrait mode: Lets you capture people against a night view or nightscape
Flash off mode: The flash is deactivated. Other settings are the same as Normal.
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<Battery and power sources>

What type of batteries does the istDL use?
The istDL can use Four AA batteries (AA alkaline batteries, AA lithium battery, AA Ni-MH rechargeable) or Lithium battery CR-V3
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How many images can I record on a full battery charge? How long can I review pictures with a fully charged battery?
Batteries(Temperature) Normal recording Flash photography Playback time
50% use 100% use
CR-V3 (23°C) 850 750 650 700 minutes
(0°C) 560 500 410 470 minutes
AA Lithium batteries (23°C) 750 650 550 470 minutes
(0°C) 670 570 470 400 minutes
AA rechargeable batteries (23°C) 560 500 440 350 minutes
( NI-MH 2500mAh )(0°C) 500 440 380 300 minutes
AA Alkaline Batteries (23°C) 90 70 50 140 minutes
(0°C) Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable 70 minutes

Note: The description above is based on Pentax measuring conditions and may vary depending on factors such as capture mode and shooting conditions. The age of the battery can also affect these statistics.
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Can the battery grip D-BG1 (for istD) be used with istDL?
No,
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Is an optional AC adapter available?
Yes. The AC adaptor kit (K-AC10) is available as an optional accessory. We do not recommend the use of 3rd party AC adapters.
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<Connecting with PC and software>

What is the communicate interface with PC?
USB2.0
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What type of computer do I need with istDL?
[For windows]
*USB Connection
The computer should be equipped with built-in USB ports and a pre-installed version of Windows 2000/Me/XP Home Edition / Professional
*Application soft < PENTAX PHOTO Browser 2.1 and PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 2.1>
OS Windows Me / 2000 / XP Home Edition / Professional
CPU: Pentium III or later recommended, Memory: 256MB or more
Monitor: 1024 x 768 with 24bit full colour

[For Macintosh]
*USB Connection
The computer should be equipped with built-in USB ports and a pre-installed version of Mac OS 9.01/ 9.2 / X(Ver. 10.1 or later)
*Application soft < PENTAX PHOTO Browser 2.1 and PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 2.1>
OS Mac 9.0 or later ( Carbonlib later than 1.5 required), Mac OSX later than 10.1.3
CPU: PowerPC later than G3, Memory: 256MB
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Can the provided application software be used with istD and DS?
Yes, the provided application software such as PENTAX PHOTO Browser and PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory can use with istD and DS
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Can the PENTAX REMOTE Assistant be used with istDL?
No, istDL does not support PENTAX REMOTE Assistant
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<Others>

Does the the *istDL support “PIM III” (PRINT Image Matching III) and “Exif Print” (Exif 2.2)?
The JPEG image which was took by *istDL will be supported but RAW data will not be supported.
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Can Refconverter A or M be used?
Refconverter A or M can be attached. However, if setting 1X, sometimes periphery image is hard to see.
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Does istDL support PictBridge?
Yes,
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Is there an exclusive camera case to the istDL?
Yes, 0-CC34 is available as optional.
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* PENTAX PHOTO Browser, PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory and PENTAX REMOTE Assistant are trademarks of RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
* PENTAX is a trademark of RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
* istDS is a trademark of RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
* All other brands or product names are trademarks of registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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