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Digital SLR Camera: *istDS
*ist DS
Features Specification Design Accessories Sample Images FAQ
TTL autofocus, auto-exposure digital SLR digital-still camera with built-in retractable P-TTL auto flash
Effective Pixels 6.1 megapixels
Sensor Total pixels: 6.31 megapixels
Interline interlace CCD with a primary color filter
23.5mm x 15.7mm
Color Depth 8 bit (JPEG) or 12 bit (RAW)
Recorded Pixels JPEG: [6M] 3008 x 2008, [4M] 2400 x 1600, [1.5M] 1536 x 1024
RAW: [6M] 3008 x 2008
Sensitivity 200/400/800/1600/3200 (Standard Output Sensitivity)
Recording Formats JPEG (Exif 2.21), RAW, DCF (Design rule of Camera File system), DPOF (Digital Print Order Form), PRINT Image Matching III
Image Formats Compressed: JPEG - Baseline (: Best , : Better, : Good)
Non-compressed: RAW
Storage Media SD memory card
Lens Mount PENTAX KAF bayonet mount (by using AF adapter)
Usable Lens PENTAX KAF2-, KAF-, and KA-mount lenses.
* Power zoom function not available. K-mount lenses usable with restrictions. S-mount lenses usable with adapter.
67/645 lenses usable with adapter and with restrictions.
Focusing System Type: TTL Phase-matching 11-point autofocus system (SAFOX VIII)
Applicable illumination range: EV0 - EV19 (at Standard Output Sensitivity 200 with 50mm F1.4 lens)
Mode: AF-single (with focus lock); Manual focus
AF-continuous available when you select Action mode.
Exposure Control Metering System: TTL open-aperture 16-segment metering (coupled with lens and AF information)
Metering Mode: (1) Multi-segment metering (2) Center-weighted metering (3) Spot metering
Metering Range: EV 1 - 21.5 (at Standard Output Sensitivity 200 with 50mm F1.4 lens)
Modes: (1) Auto Picture mode (2) Picture mode (3) Program AE (4) Shutter-Priority AE (5) Aperture-Priority AE (6) Metered Manual (7) Bulb [Picture mode] Standard, Portrait , Landscape, Macro, Action, Night scene portrait, Standard Flash-Off
Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV (1/2EV steps or 1/3EV steps)
Auto-bracketing: 3 frames within range of ±0.5EV, ±1.0EV, ±1.5EV (0.5EV steps) or ±0.3EV, ±0.7EV, ±1.0EV (0.3EV steps)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Light (W, D, N), Manual setting
Shutter Type: Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
Speed: 1/4000 - 30 sec. and bulb
Drive Modes Single-frame advance, continuous advance, self-timer, auto bracket and remote control
Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism
Focusing screen: Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen
Field of view: 95%
Magnification: 0.95X (with 50m F1.4 lens, -1m-1)
Diopter adjustment: -2.5 - +1.5m-1
Viewfinder Indication (1) AF frame; (2) Spot AF frame; (3) Focus point indication (high lighted in red)
Viewfinder LCD Indication (1) Flash information; (2) Picture mode (Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night scene portrait); (3) In-focus; (4) Shutter speed; (5) Aperture value; (6) Exposure compensation factor; (7) Manual white balance; (8) Manual focus; (9) ISO sensitivity warning; (10) Auto exposure lock signal
Mode Dial Indication (1) Auto Picture mode; (2) Standard mode; (3) Portrait mode; (4) Landscape mode; (5) Macro mode (6) Action mode (7) Night scene portrait mode; (8) Standard Flash-Off mode; (9) Program AE; (10) Shutter-Priority AE; (11) Aperture-Priority AE; (12) Metered Manual; (13) Bulb
External LCD Panel Indication (1) Shutter speed; (2) Aperture value; (3) Flash Information (Auto, Flash-On, Flash-Off, Red-eye reduction); (4) Single frame advance/Continuouse advance; (5) Self-timer; (6) Remote control; (7) Metering Information; (8) Focus point indicator; (9) Auto bracketing; (10) Preset/Manual white balance information; (11) Battery information; (12) Exposure compensation factor; (13) Exposure frame number
LCD Monitor 2.0 inch, low-temperature polysilicon TFT color LCD monitor (Approx. 210,000 pixels)
Built-in Flash Type: Series-control retractable P-TTL pop-up flash
Guide number: 15.6 (Standard Output Sensitivity 200/m)
Angle of view: coverage 28mm wide-angle (equivalent to 35mm)
Flash Synchronization With RTF and via hot shoe
Sync speed: 1/180 sec. set automatically with RTF or PENTAX dedicated flash unit at recharge completion
Self-timer Electonically controlled type with two-second or 12-second delay. Cancellation possible.
Custom Function 18 custom-programmable functions available
Main switch (1) ON; (2) OFF; (3) Preview
Time World Time: 68 cities (28 time zones)
Language English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Korean, Chinese (Traditional/Simplified), Japanese
PictBridge Print mode: Single image print, All images print, DPOF auto print
Interfaces USB 2.0 (HI-SPEED)
Video Output Compatible with NTSC and PAL formats
Power Sources Four AA (lithium, alkaline, and rechargeable Ni-MH) batteries, two CR-V3 lithium batteries.
Optional AC adapter also available.
Dimensions 125(W) x 92.5(H) x 66(D)mm (4.9 x 3.6 x 2.6 inches)
Weight 605g (21.3oz.) loaded and ready
505g (17.8 oz.) without batteries and SD memory card.

Storage capacity
Recorded Pixels 3008 x 2008 3008 x 2000 2400 x 1600 1536 x 1024
Quality Level  
128MB 11
256MB 22 78 149 242 111 201 330 220 354 549
512MB 46 167 311 498 234 415 674 453 722 1115
1GB 90 330 607 966 459 807 1397 880 1397 2151

System requirements
PENTAX PHOTO Browser 2.0 / PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 2.0
OS: Windows Me, 2000, and XP HomeEdition/Professional
CPU: Pentium III or later (Pentium 4 or later)
Memory capacity: Over 256MB (Over 512MB)
Hard disk capacity: Over 250MB (Over 500MB)
Language: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Korean, Chinese (Traditional / Simplified), Japanese

OS: 9.0 or later installed
CPU: POWER PC G3 or later (G4 1.0GHz or later)
Memory capacity: Over 256MB (Over 512MB)
Hard disk capacity: Over 250MB (Over 500MB)
Language: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Korean, Chinese (Traditional / Simplified), Japanese

For smooth operation, suggested system requirments are shown in parentheses.


OS: Windows Me, 2000, or XP HomeEdition/Professional
OS: 9.01 or later with CarbonLib 1.5 or later

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