Pentax ist DL2 Review

Overall 39
Imaging 11
Features 18
Size 74
Price 100

Main Features

  • 6.0 MP APS-C CCD sensor
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 125 x 93 x 66 mm
  • Weight: 565 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Pentax ist DL2 Summary

This review is devoted to ist DL2 that Pentax has first introduced to the public in Jan 27, 2006. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 6.0 MP and a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #134 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 39/100 and it takes a rank of #958 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Pentax ist DL2 Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Pentax ist DL2 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Built-In Flash: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Viewfinder Coverage: 95
  • Continuous Shooting: 3.0 fps
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 11.1
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 639
  • Number Of Focus Points: 5
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Wireless Connectivity: No
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Timelapse Recording: No
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Pentax ist DL2 With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Pentax ist DL2. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Pentax ist DL2

Pentax ist DL2 has the following external dimensions 125 x 125 x 66 mm (49.21 x 36.61 x 25.98″) with the weight of 565 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Pentax ist DL2, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Pentax ist DL2 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 66mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Pentax ist DL2 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Pentax ist DL2 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Pentax ist DL2 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Pentax ist DL2 — 66 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Pentax ist DL2 — 565 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Pentax ist DL2 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Pentax ist DL2 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Pentax ist DL2 Photo and Sensor Features

Pentax ist DL2 boasts of a resolution of 6.0 MP and is equipped with a APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Pentax ist DL2 has the following ISO range 200 - 3200 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Pentax ist DL2 features a 6.0 MP APS-C sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Pentax ist DL2, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 65 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Pentax ist DL2’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Pentax ist DL2 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of APS-C sensor featured in Pentax ist DL2 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Pentax ist DL2

LCD and ViewFinder

Pentax ist DL2 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 210k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Pentax ist DL2 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

ist DL2 features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Pentax ist DL2 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect ist DL2 to compatible devices via USB 1.0 port.

How Good is Pentax ist DL2 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Pentax ist DL2’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Pentax ist DL2’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the ist DL2 to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Pentax ist DL2 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax ist DL2 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 61. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax ist DL2 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Pentax ist DL2 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax ist DL2 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 60. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax ist DL2 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Large APS-C(23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (125 x 93 x 66 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (5)

Pentax ist DL2 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax ist DL2 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 47. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax ist DL2 can be called a 47 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (3.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (5)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (639)

Pentax ist DL2 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax ist DL2 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 89. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax ist DL2 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (565 g)
  • Big size (125 x 93 x 66 mm)
  • Video is not available

Pentax ist DL2 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Pentax ist DL2 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 69. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax ist DL2 can be called a 69 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (11.1)
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (6 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (639)

Pentax ist DL2 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Pentax
Model ist DL2
Announced Jan 27, 2006
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Pentax KAF
Number of Lenses 144
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.5″
Screen Resolution 210k dots
Live View No
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 95%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.57
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 3.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye reduction
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average Yes
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 65
DxO Color Depth 22.9
DxO Dynamic Range 11.1
DxO Low Light ISO 639
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Sensor Area 368.95 mm2
Sensor Resolution 6.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3008 x 2008
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 200
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection No
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 5
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions n/a
Max Video Resolution
Video Formats n/a
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 1.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 565 g
Physical Dimensions 125 x 93 x 66 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model 4 x AA
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/MMC card
Storage Slots 1

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