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Pentax *ist DS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 285 reviews of Pentax *ist DS. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. People really like the image quality and performance. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative views about the control panel and low light performance.

usability, portability, price, performance, image quality

shutter, sensor, low-light, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Pentax *ist DS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Pentax *ist DS from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the durability and portability are generally positive. The usability and performance also get good views, whereas the reliability and software get critical comments.

price, performance, usability, portability, durability

design, software, reliability

100% 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 DS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 user reviews of Pentax *ist DS from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Views about the image quality and performance are overall positive. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably.

usability, portability, price, performance, image quality

94% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Sep, 2019

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Pentax *ist DS - Digital SLR

 

The budget end of the digital SLR market is hotting up and Pentax is right in the thick of it with a strong contender - the *ist DS.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Gordon Kelly (trustedreviews.com)

Pentax Unveils *ist DS Successor

 

The reason why it let Samsung rebadge the *ist DS becomes clear...

Jan, 2006

Expert review by : Kevin Carter (pcplus.co.uk)

PC Plus review: Pentax *istDS

 

The Pentax *istDS is a more than convincing alternative to rivals' prosumer offerings, as well as entry-level DSLRs.

May, 2005

DIWA Silver Awards!

Expert review by : DIWA (diwa-awards.com)

Pentax *istDs

 
Sep, 2004

Expert review by (megapixel.net (en))

Pentax *ist DS

 

Excellent image quality.Compact and light.Priority, Program, Manual and Bulb Modes.Numerous options.Good basic zoom lens included in the kit version.

Only 3 compression levels.Interface language a bit too cryptic.

Feb, 2005

Expert review by (dcmag.co.uk)

Pentax *ist DS

 

The *ist DS is backwards-compatible with several generations of Pentax optics so it will be welcomed by legions of Pentax film SLR owners. For the rest of us, it is also small, easy to use and well made, making it something of a bargain. The exposure accu

Jan, 2004

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

Review of the Pentax *ist DS - Digital SLR Reviews

 

The camera with the unpronounceable name returns with a smaller, lighter body...

Expert review by : Gordon Laing (goodgearguide.com.au)

Pentax *ist DS

 

Pentax's oddly named *ist DS has a 6.1 megapixel CCD sensor that delivers images with 3008 x 2008 pixel resolution and sufficient detail to make good-...

Compact, fast startup times

Image quality is slightly lower than competitors

The *ist DS is certainly a great camera, combining 6.1 megapixel resolution, decent build quality and great controls for beginners.

Jun, 2005

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (pcworld.com)

Pentax [star]ist DS Camera

 

If you've looked longingly at digital single-lens-reflex cameras but have been put off by their size and weight, you'll want to check out the Pentax *ist DS ($900 with an 18mm to 55mm lens; $800 without). It's the smallest SLR I've seen to date--just a...

Shoots well in auto mode

Smaller-size CCD

This Pentax does have one distinct advantage over most of today's digital SLRs: While the vast majority of them employ proprietary rechargeable batteries, the Pentax uses two disposable CR-3Vs or four AAs. That means you can buy your own rechargeable...

Aug, 2005

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (pcworld.com)

Pentax *ist DS Digital Camera with Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL Digital SLR Lens (6.1MP, 3008x2008)

 

Photograph: Rick Rizner

Shoots well in auto mode

Smaller-size CCD

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

Aug, 2005

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