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Pentax *ist DL

alaTest has collected and analyzed 190 reviews of Pentax *ist DL. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People are impressed by the durability and portability. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the image stabilizer and energy efficiency. Comments are divided on the lens.

usability, performance, price, portability, durability

viewfinder, flash, software, energy, stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax *ist DL is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Pentax *ist DL

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Pentax *ist DL from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the screen and durability. The portability and price also get good comments. There are some negative opinions about the lens.

usability, price, portability, durability, screen

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76% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Pentax *ist DL

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Pentax *ist DL from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Stuff magazine

 

The Pentax *ist DL is small and cheap with the photographic controls of a semi-pro camera

So why is this so different from the outgoing Pentax *ist DS? The fact is that it's just as good and yet also cheaper. Joy

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Ian Hughes (pocket-lint.com)

Pentax ist*DL DSL digital camera

 

So you've probably owned a digital camera for a couple of years and when you bought it, 2 or 3 megapixels were something to be proud of. But these days, mobile phones are fast encroaching on the camera market and you might be thinking of upgrading.

Size, weight, price, ease of use

Auto settings are atrocious giving poor results, inaccurate metering, power consumption, fiddly menu

So, if you’re looking to upgrade from a compact or a first-time digital camera this is a good option. You will produce good images once you’ve set the camera up and you will have the flexibility of interchangeable lenses and external flashguns. If...

Dec, 2005

Expert review by : Gordon Laing (techadvisor.co.uk)

Pentax *istDL

 

The Pentax *istDL is the latest contender in the growing budget digital SLR (single lens reflex) market, offering 6.1Mp (megapixel) resolution and a 3x zoom lens for £649. In some respects it's a simplified version of the earlier *istDS, but there's...

The Pentax *istDL is a great budget SLR with a large, detailed colour screen. Build, handling and picture quality are all good, but its rivals, including Nikon's D50 and Canon's 350D, have the edge in terms of overall performance and features. Buyers...

Oct, 2005

Expert review by (digicamreview.co.uk)

Pentax *ist DL Digital SLR

 

Announced on the 4th of January 06, the Pentax Optio E10 is a new, budget 6 megapixel digital camera with a 3x optical zoom lens, a 2.4" screen and a compact plastic body. The 3x optical zoom lens is equiv. 35-114mm on a 35mm camera. The Pentax Optio...

The Pentax *ist DL Digital SLR is a great digital camera.  It feels very comfortable in hand, and produces very natural pictures with little noise and rich pleasing colours. This camera is very easy to use (in auto mode), and would definitely suit a...

May, 2006

Expert review by (dcmag.co.uk)

Pentax *ist DL

 

The Pentax *IST DL feels nice and solid, thanks to its strong, stainless steel chassis. Slight over-processing on the JPEG images produces less than perfect results, but RAW mode shows the camera at its best. Competitively priced and easy to use, it works

Expert review by : What Digital Camera Magazine (whatdigitalcamera.com)

Review of the Pentax *ist DL - Digital SLR Reviews

 

The *ist DL, without getting too far ahead of myself, is a small, nippy, silver-coloured digital SLR that is easy to use, but still has a wealth of features for the more deliberate photographer

Expert review by : Andrew Kliem (goodgearguide.com.au)

Pentax *ist DL

 

When the Pentax *ist DL came into the office, the first problem we encountered was exactly how we were going to talk about it. How does one pronounce ...

Great transition camera, nice images, robust functionality

Battery life is a bit of a problem, some minor layout irritations

A great budget SLR.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : Evan Blass (engadget.com)

Pentax *ist DL 6.1 megapixel DSLR reviewed

 

If you're looking for a relatively cheap way to enter the world of digital SLR photography, the UK's DigiCam Review thinks you could do a lot worse than the Pentax *ist DL, which despite its unpronouncable name, came out a clear winner in their...

May, 2006

Expert review by : Ben Long (pcworld.com)

Pentax [star]ist DL Camera

 

With a street price of $600 (as of March 21, 2006) and a basic feature set, the Pentax *ist DL represents a good entry-level option for aspiring digital SLR shooters on a budget. Though it isn't long on features, the *ist DL provides the automatic and...

Excellent overall construction Controls are easy to use one-handed

No external controls for ISO and flash Images didn't look very sharp

The *ist DL falls down in image quality. In JPEG mode, the camera's shots are soft and occasionally look underexposed. Increasing the default sharpening setting helps make images look crisper; and once you're used to the underexposure, you can...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Ben Long (pcworld.com)

Pentax *ist DL, Megapixel, SLR, Digital Camera (6.1MP, 2008x3008, SD)

 

Artwork: Rick Rizner, Chris Manners

Excellent overall construction ; Controls are easy to use one-handed

No external controls for ISO and flash ; Images didn't look very sharp

Compact camera offers simple controls and a good feature set, but some of our images looked a bit soft.

Apr, 2006

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