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Pentax introduces a Super-Compact *istDS2 digital SLR

Pentax announces the *ist DS2 digital SLR, following in the footsteps of the *ist DS, their most popular digital SLR to date. The new camera, comes equipped with a large, high-resolution 2.5 inch color LCD and a high-magnification glass pentaprism viewfinder for a large, clear view at every stage of digital photography from shooting to playback to editing.  With its enhanced operability and maneuverability, the new *ist DS2 assures high-quality digital SLR photography to photographers of all levels...


Pentax introduces a Super-Compact *istDS2 digital SLR - digital camera and photography newsPENTAX Corporation is pleased to announce the marketing of the PENTAX *istDS2 digital SLR camera equipped with a large, high-resolution 2.5-inch color LCD monitor.

The new *istDS2 has been developed as the sister model of the popular *istDS, which was introduced to the international market last year. Inheriting all the outstanding features of its predecessor, it offers the extra benefit of a large 2.5-inch, 210,000-pixel color LCD monitor to enhance image confirmation and on-screen operations. Coupled with the high-magnification glass pentaprism viewfinder, which was well-received by the *istDS users, it assures a large, clear view of the subject at every stage of digital photography, from shooting to playback and editing.

With its enhanced operability and maneuverability, the new *istDS2 assures high-quality digital SLR photography to photographers of all levels.

Major Features

Large, high-resolution color LCD monitor

The *istDS2 incorporates a high-precision 2.5-inch color LCD monitor with approximately 210,000 pixels, making post-shooting image confirmation much easier. Recorded images can be magnified up to 12 times during playback for a closer examination of subject focus and image details. In addition, on-screen menus are displayed with large, easy-to-read letters and digits to facilitate user operations.

Compact, go-anywhere design

Thanks to a host of advanced downsizing developments, including a high-rigidity stainless-steel chassis, multi-layered electronic circuit boards and high-density packaging technology, the *istDS2 is designed extremely compact and lightweight — measuring only 125mm (4.9″) wide, 92.5mm (3.6″) high and 67mm (2.6″) thick and weighing a mere 505 grams (17.8 oz.) without batteries and an SD memory card. As a result, it assures outstanding portability and maneuverability for anyone and in all applications.

Bright, high-magnification pentaprism viewfinder

The *istDS2 comes equipped with a glass pentaprism viewfinder offering a 95% field of view and a 0.95-times magnification. It offers a large, bright viewfinder image equal in size, clarity and brightness to those incorporated in conventional 35mm-format SLRs. It also makes confirmation of the subject′s focus much easier, even in manual-focus mode.

High-definition, maximum-gradation images with 6.1 effective megapixels

Thanks to its large, high-performance CCD image sensor measuring 23.5mm by 15.7mm, the *istDS2 offers 6.1 effective megapixels. Coupled with PENTAX′s original image processing technology, it produces high-definition images rich in gradation and saturation. It also offers a choice of finishing touch between “Bright” and “Natural” to reflect the photographer′s creative intention.

Auto sensitivity setting

Like many digital compact cameras, the *istDS2 features an “AUTO” position for sensitivity setting. In this position, the camera′s sensitivity is automatically set by the camera, based on such factors as subject brightness and lens focal length, while the user can randomly select the upper limit of sensitivity between the standard output of 400 and 3200. This position is extremely useful to avoid camera shake in poorly lit locations and to prevent sensitivity resetting failures by the photographer.

Compatibility with PENTAX interchangeable lenses

The *istDS2 offers the outstanding benefit of lens interchangeability, allowing the user to take advantage of a wide selection of existing PENTAX interchangeable lenses to deal with diversified subjects and applications.*

*    PENTAX K-, KA-, KAF- and KAF2-mount 35mm-format lenses can be used without an adapter or modification.
PENTAX screw-mount 35mm-format lenses and PENTAX 645- and 67-system lenses can be used with an adapter. Some functions may not be available with certain lenses.

User-friendly function guidance

Taking full advantage of its large LCD monitor, the *istDS2 offers convenient and informative function guidance, which not only provides a detailed explanation of shooting, drive and flash modes and white-balance settings using text and pictures, but also displays a comprehensive list of current camera settings for at-a-glance confirmation.

User-friendly automatic operations

The *istDS2 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. The built-in auto flash automatically pops up in dimly lit or backlit situations.

Simple, accessible operation system

From the multi-function four-way controller to the responsive electronic AV/TV dials and the large, easy-to-use mode dial, all switches and dials are efficiently and functionally laid out around the *istDS2′s compact body to assure smooth, fingertip control.

High-precision 16-segment multi-pattern metering

The *istDS2 incorporates an advanced 16-segment metering system to assure high-precision light measurement, even under complicated lighting conditions. Center-weighted metering and spot metering are also available to meet specialized applications.

High-accuracy 11-point AF sensor

The *istDS2 features the sophisticated SAFOX VIII AF system incorporating 11 AF sensors (nine of them in a cross-type wide-area sensor grid in the middle). This not only provides accurate, pinpoint autofocusing on a wide variety of subjects, but also lets the user select one of the sensors to accommodate a specific image composition. It also offers a choice of AF-single or AF-continuous** AF mode to accommodate different types of requirements.

**    In the Auto Picture and Picture modes, AF-continuous is activated only when the Action mode is selected.

Superimposed AF sensor point indication

The selected AF sensor point is highlighted in red in the viewfinder for easy visual confirmation.

1/4000-second high-speed shutter

The *istDS2 features a high-speed shutter unit with a top speed of 1/4000 second and a top synchronization speed of 1/180 second to assure greater visual creativity.

High-speed consecutive shooting

The *istDS2 records up to eight images (in JPEG format, at Best image format and with noise reduction off) consecutively at a speed of approximately 2.8 frames per second, allowing the user to capture a series of the subject′s action or movement.

SD memory card compatibility

The *istDS2 uses the widely available SD memory card 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.


19 user-programmable custom functions to personalize camera operations to the user′s preferences
Noise-reduction system to minimize annoying digital noise during extended exposures
Dual power source, with a choice of two CR-V3 lithium batteries or four AA-size batteries
USB2.0 HIGH-SPEED compatibility for speedy data uploading to a PC
Functional playback functions, including 12X zoom display and nine-image thumbnail display
A choice of image format between JPEG (best, better or good) and RAW
Four built-in digital filters (black-and-white, sepia, slim, and three-level soft) for easy editing of recorded images
PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 2.1 RAW-data processing software and PENTAX Photo Browser 2.1 browser software included
PictBridge compatibility
August 23, 2005
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