At A Glance

A no-brainer if you own Pentax lenses, this smallish camera shot well in auto mode, but its smaller-size CCD is a drawback.

Manufacturer’s Description

The *ist DS defies convention. Weighing less than 18 ounces, this super-light, ultra-compact marvel boasts one of the world's smallest camera bodies yet houses an impressive array of features for astonishing image clarity and performance. A 6.1 megapixel CCD with advanced processing technology for high-definition images rich in gradation and saturation. Interchangeability with a wide selection of existing PENTAX lenses for convenience and versatility. An 11-point autofocus with SAFOX VIII for quick and accurate focus. And a host of user-friendly features including a high-magnification viewfinder, a large two-inch LCD monitor and data panel, and an innovative Auto Picture mode for fast and effortless operation. All packed into an attractive, sturdy casing. The perfect blend of portability and performance, the *ist DS is the ideal traveling companion for beginners and advanced photographers of every level.This digital SLR camera comes with smc P-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens. The PENTAX smc P-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 is recommended for use with digital cameras. Ideal for beginners, it provides a focal length covering a wide to moderate wide-angle range. Like all PENTAX lenses, the smc P-DA 18-35mm F4-5.6 zoom lens is treated with PENTAX's acclaimed smc coating for maximum light transmission, sharp definition, and high contrast while minimizing flare and ghost imaging.

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The Specs

Display size 2.0 inches
Viewfinder Through-the-lens optical
General Information
UPC Code 027075110618
Battery Type
  • AA Battery
  • CR-V3 or AA
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces No
Battery Type
  • AA Battery
  • CR-V3 or AA
Width 4.9 inches
Depth 3.6 inches
Height 2.6 inches
Weight 1.1125 pounds
Image Processor
Megapixels 6.1
Lens Features
Maximum Wide Angle (deprecated) 27.0 mm
Lens mount Interchangeable
Focus features Yes
Storage Media
SD card SD Memory Card
Supported Image Formats


Performance (New)
Exposure Fair
Color Fair
Sharpness Poor
Distortion Fair
Image Quality, Sharpness 25.0
Image Quality, Exposure--Flash 41.0
Image Quality, Color 51.5
Image Quality, Distortion--Noise Reduction 79.0
Image Quality, Exposure--Normal 40.0
Image Quality, Distortion--Sharp Interpolation 52.0
Image Quality, Color--Auto 44.0
Battery Life (minutes) 273.5
Image Quality, Exposure 40.3
Number of Shots 500.0
Image Quality, Color--Adjusted 59.0
Image Quality, Distortion 58.6
Image Quality, Distortion--Noise 59.3
Image Quality, Overall 46.0
Number of Batteries 2
Image Quality Score Good