Pentax *ist DL (*istDL) is one of the smallest, most affordable and simple to operate starter digital SLR (dSLR) in the market. Pentax *ist DL is the sibling of the Pentax *ist DS2 (*istDS) with slightly fewer features such as using less sophisticated autofocusing system and mirror in the viewfinder instead of a prism, and a larger body. Pentax *ist DL features 6.1 megapixel CCD, sophisticated 16-segment multi-pattern metering, 2.5-inch LCD monitor, SD media Card storage, USB 2.0 connectivity and 11-point autofocus with SAFOX VIII. Pentax *istDL comes with a 18mm-to-55mm lens, and weighs 16.6 oz. w/o battery.

Pentax *ist DL

Steve’s DigiCams reviews Pentax *ist DL dSRL and concludes that “we liked the *ist DS2 when we reviewed it in 2005, but thought it was a bit pricey at an MSRP of $799 without a lens. While the *ist DL offers nearly the same feature set with reduced performance, its $599 MSRP with the 18-55mm kit lens makes it a very good value. With a price point that overlaps well into consumer digicam territory, the *ist DL offers a compelling choice to upgraders, providing dSLR versatility and high ISO image quality in a lightweight and compact package. Point-n-shoot upgraders can make the jump to a dSLR without a steep learning curve thanks to the *ist DL’s array of automatic and scene modes, while learning how to use the camera’s more advanced shooting modes and features at their own pace. Providing only 6-megapixels of resolution, the *ist DL may suffer in a direct comparison of specifications, but its low price, very good image quality, small size and light weight make it very worthy of consideration.”

More specifications, features and sample photos at Pentax *ist DL official homepage (no longer available).