This review is devoted to ist DS2 that Pentax has first introduced to the public in Aug 22, 2005. 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 #159 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 38/100 and it takes a rank of #1061 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Pentax ist DS2 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.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Pentax ist DS2. 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.
Pentax ist DS2 has the following external dimensions 125 x 125 x 66 mm (49.21 x 36.61 x 25.98″) with the weight of 605 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 DS2, 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 DS2 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 DS2 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Pentax ist DS2 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Pentax ist DS2 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Pentax ist DS2 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 DS2 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 DS2 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 DS2 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 DS2 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.
Pentax ist DS2 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 DS2 with other standard sensor sizes.
Pentax ist DS2 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.
Some of the other highlights of Pentax ist DS2 are its 3.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
ist DS2 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 DS2 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect ist DS2 to compatible devices via USB 1.0 port.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Pentax ist DS2’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Pentax ist DS2’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the ist DS2 to the average DSLR camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax ist DS2 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 63. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax ist DS2 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.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax ist DS2 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 59. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax ist DS2 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax ist DS2 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 47. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax ist DS2 can be called a 47 model for this type of photography.
No Significant Advantages
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax ist DS2 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 89. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax ist DS2 can be called a Great model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Pentax ist DS2 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Pentax ist DS2 can be called a 68 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.
|Announced||Aug 22, 2005|
|Body Type||Mid-size SLR|
|Lens Mount||Pentax KAF|
|Number of Lenses||144|
|Focal Length Multiplier||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||210k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||3.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-eye reduction|
|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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||11|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Max Video Resolution|
|Physical Dimensions||125 x 93 x 66 mm|
|Battery Model||4 x AA|
|Storage Type||SD/MMC card|