Pentax *ist DL2

Released January, 2006
  • 6 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.7 mm CCD
  • 2.5" LCD
In fact, the natural mode JPEG images taken straight out of the camera and slightly sharpened in Photoshop actually had more detail and better contrast than RAW mode images processed using either Photoshop or the supplied RAW conversion utility.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Pentax *ist DL2

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

*ist DL2
2.8 fps
Alpha A6000
11 fps
6.5 fps

Features Key features of the Pentax *ist DL2

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

*ist DL2
6 MP
24.2 MP
24 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

*ist DL2
3,200 ISO
Alpha A6000
51,200 ISO
25,600 ISO

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

*ist DL2

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

*ist DL2
EOS 1300D

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

*ist DL2
61.1 microns
EOS 750D
13.8 microns
15.2 microns

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Pentax *ist DL2

The low weight is all the more remarkable when you remember that like all of Pentax’s digital SLRs the DL2 is powered by 4 AA batteries.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


It focuses quickly and accurately, and provides excellent corner-to-corner sharpness and a minimum distortion.
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It would be even better if it was possible to zoom this picture to check sharpness more closely.
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With a good telephoto lens the DL2 becomes a good long-range spotting camera, and is light enough to carry anywhere.
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1/2000th sec, F11, ISO3200 At 3200 ISO there is a good deal of image noise, and colour speckling is clearly visible all over the image.
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1/1000th sec, F9.5, ISO1600 At 1600 ISO there is image noise visible over most of the image, but none of the red-green random speckling normally seen at this speed.
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Images at 200 and 400 ISO were essentially noise-free, with only a little noise visible at 800 ISO.
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1/350th sec, F8, ISO400 At 400 ISO there is still no image noise, although contrast seems to have been slightly increased.
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The self-timer includes a 2-second option with mirror lock-up for vibration-free shots, and its ISO range of 200-3200 beats both the D50 and 350D.
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1/250th sec, F8, ISO200 At the lowest ISO setting the ist DL2 produces nice smooth noise-free images, although the red is a bit over-saturated.
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It also doubles as a long-range AF lamp, firing as a high-frequency strobe so fast that it appears to be continuous illumination.
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Metering gets the usual three choices - matrix, CW or spot, but focus area has only wo, wide area or centre spot.
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Manual or auto focus is selected by a two-position switch on the side of the lens mount.
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In the default vivid mode, images are sharp bright and.
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It did catch a little lens flare when shooting into the sun, but it is supplied with a lens hood to combat this.
by TrustedReviews (Feb, 2011)
Unfortunately, these aren’t labelled on the menu, but page 110 of the manual reveals that they are bright and natural modes.
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Type CCD
Megapixels 6 MP
Resolution 3008 x 2008
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.7 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 61.1 microns
Light sensitivity 200 ISO to 3,200 ISO
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG


Type LCD
Size 2.5"
Resolution 210 k dots
Has a touch screen No
Has a flip out screen No
Supports live view No


Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s


Max continuous shooting 2.8 fps
Continuous shooting 2.8 fps, JPEG


Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR No
Automatic panorama No
Create realistic 3D images No
Image stabilization None


Video None

focus system

Type Contrast detection


Viewfinder mirror Opaque
Viewfinder Viewfinder
Type Pentamirror
Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.85x
Viewfinder size 0.55x

form factor

Size 125 x 93 x 66 mm
Thickness 66 mm
Weight 565 g
Is weather sealed No
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