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Pentax *ist D
Effective Pixels: 6.1 megapixels
Sensor: Interline interlace CCD. Size: 23.5mm x 15.7mm (diagonal line: 28.40mm). Total pixels: 6.31 megapixels
Recorded Pixels: Large: 3008 x 2008 pixels. Middle: 2400 x 1600 pixels. Small: 1536 x 1024 pixels. (Switchable to 1152 x 768 pixels or 960 x 640 pixels by custom function).
Sensitivity: Equivalent to ISO 200 to ISO 1600 (3200 available as Custom Function)
File Formats: Exif 2.2, DCF, DPOF
Quality Levels: Compressed: JPEG-baseline with compressibility rates of ***(1/3), **(1/6) and *(1/12). Uncompressed: 8-bit TIFF-RGB Ver.6.0 and 12-bit RAW
Storage Media: CompactFlashTM cards (Type I and Type II) and MicroDriveTM
Color Composition: JPEG: YCbCr (4:2:2). TIFF: TIFF-RGB (4:4:4). RAW: RAW data of CCD. Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
White Balance: Auto: TTL control using image sensor. Preset: Daylight, Cloudiness, Shade, Tungsten light and Fluorescent light (W, N, D) Manual: 3 settings
Lcd Monitor: 1.8 inch low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with backlight
Lcd Function: Single frame, zoom in/out, nine-image, slide show, image rotation, shooting data indication (including date and histogram), quick view (instant display of image after shooting)
Delete Function: Single-frame-deletion, all-frame deletion, card format, protect
Video Output: NTSC/PAL switchable
Interfaces: USB 1.1
Lens Mount: PENTAX KAF mount compatible with PENTAX KAF2-, KAF- and KA-mount lenses. Power zoom function not available. K-mount lenses usable with restrictions. S-mount lenses usable with adapter and restrictions. 67/645 lenses usable adapter and restrictions
Exposure Modes: Auto exposure with Hyper Program, Programmed AE, Shutter-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Metered Manual, bulb
Shutter: Electronically controlled vertical-run focal-plane shutter with electronic release. Auto shutter speeds: 1/4000 sec. to 30 sec. Manual shutter speeds:1/4000 sec. to 30 sec. (0.5EV steps) and bulb. Shutter lock at power-off position
Viewfinder: Eye-level-type fixed pentaprism viewfinder with Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen. Field of view: 95%. Magnification: 0.95X (with 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity, -1m-1). Diopter adjustment: -1.0m-1 to +2.0m-1
Viewfinder Indication: Out of image area: Built-in flash status, AF sensor pattern, in-focus, shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation factor, bar graph. Within image area: AF frame with superimposed AF sensor point, spot AF frame
External Lcd: Quality level, Tv dial, Av dial, shutter speed, aperture value
Panel Indication: Exposure compensation, exposure frame number, battery exhaustion warning, RTF recharge, flash status, RTF function, red-eye reduction flash, wireless flash mode, high-speed synchronization, remote control, self-timer, film advance mode (single-frame/consecutive), multiple exposure, auto bracketing, auto white balance control, preset white balance control, manual white balance control. Illumination activated by preview lever.
Exposure Meter: TTL open-aperture 16-segment metering. Spot metering and center-weighted metering selectable. Metering range (at ISO200 with 50mm F1.4 lens): EV0 to EV21 (EV1 to EV21.5 with multi-segment metering)
Exposure Compensation: ±3.0EV (in 0.5EV steps)
Auto Bracketing: 3 frames (proper/over/under) within range of ±3.0EV (0.5EV steps) or ±2.0EV (0.3EV steps). Simultaneous use with exposure compensation possible
Ae Lock: Pushbutton type with approx. 20-second timer, extendable with shutter button half-pressed
Drive Modes: Single-frame advance, continuous advance (2.6 fps) up to 6 frames (at noise reduction off)
Autofocus: TTL phase-matching autofocus system. Applicable illumination range: EV0 to EV19 (at ISO200). AF-Single, AF-Continuous, Manual Focus switchable. Focus lock available. AF sensor point selectable. AF auxiliary illumination by built-in flash available
Built In Flash Rtf: Guide number: 15.6 (at ISO200/m), Guide number: 11 (at ISO100/m). Angle of view coverage: 18mm. Synchronization speed: 1/150 sec. Flash-off, flash-on and red-eye reduction functions available.
Synchronization: Via hot shoe (with X-contact for dedicated flash unit). Dedicated accessory flash units available. Sensitivity range: ISO200 to ISO1600. Flash synchronization: up to 1/150 sec. High-speed synchronization, wireless remote-control synchronization and P-TTL synchronization functions available with dedicated flash unit.
Self Timer: Electronically controlled type with 12- or 2-second delay. Mirror lock-up mechanism available. Mid-operation cancellation possible.
Remote Control: Infrared wireless remote control with optional remote controller. Effective range: 5m (16.6 ft.) from front side of camera. Instant release or 3-second-delay release switchable.
Preview: Electronic preview. Available in all modes
Power Source: 4 AA-sized batteries (lithium, alkaline, nickel-hydrogen or nickel) or 2 CR-V3 batteries. Optional AC adapter available.
Battery Life: CR-V3: Approx. 1000 frames at normal temp. (68°F/20°C) and no flash used. Lithium batteries: Approx. 900 frames at normal temp. (68°F/20°C) and no flash used. Ni-MH batteries: Approx. 450 frames at normal temp. (68°F/20°C) and no flash used. Alkaline batteries: Approx. 110 frames at normal temp. (68°F/20°C) and no flash used.
Dimensions: 5.1 x 3.7 x 2.4 inches (129.0mm x 94.5mm x 60mm) (WxHxD)
Weight: 19.4 oz. (550g) for body only (without batteries and memory card)
Computer System Reqs: Mac Requirements - OS: Mac OS 8.6 or later (QuickTime 4.0 or later to view movies), CPU: Power PC 266MHz or higher, Memory: 8MB or more, Hard disk space:6MB or more, Standard equipped USB port. PC Requirements - OS: Windows 98,98 second edition, 2000, Me, XP Home edition / Professional, CPU: Pentium or later recommended, Memory:64MB or more, Hard disk space: 15MB or more, Standard equipped USB port
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.5

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