*istDS has a lot to offer any Pentax enthusiast considering
to go digital. The compact body with distinct Pentax
design and ergonomics should make the conversion smooth and straightforward.
6.1 Megapixel resolution, 11 superimposed focusing points in
a bright pentaprism viewfinder, 16-segment metering, ISO
to 3200, 2” LCD screen and USB 2.0 High-Speed interface
are features that outperform many of its rivals.
Amsterdam, 2. September, 2005: DIWA (Digital Imaging Websites
Association), a world-wide organisation of collaborating websites,
today announces that Pentax has received their first DIWA Award
for a D-SLR camera. Their *istDS model is honoured with a Silver
medal for outstanding test results.
Pentax has a long and glorious history from camera manufacturing,
at times the most successful of any SLR manufacturer. Thanks
to this legacy, the *istDS has a very compact body with excellent
handling comfort, an excellent SLR pentaprism viewfinder, outstanding
metering and exposure performance, as well as a wide range of
high quality Pentax lenses. The *istDS passed the rigorous DIWA
testing procedure with excellent results, also many of its digital
qualities were highly praised by the DIWA reviewing experts.
DIWA’s test manager, says: “Despite their
late arrival on the digital SLR arena, it’s a pleasure
to see that Pentax come well prepared. The *istDS is a most successful
evolution of the original *istD, with most of the features intact,
at a highly competitive price. Optical performance, ergonomic
handling, compact design and an ingenious exposure system are
established Pentax goodies, conveniently integrated in the *istDS.
An added bonus is the highly competitive price tag”.
will not only appeal to former Pentax users, but also to newcomers
in the exciting D-SLR world. Many of the camera’s
features are unique in design and performance, far exceeding
many of its more popular competitors. The camera body has excellent
handling comfort with a bright and user-friendly pentaprism viewfinder,
its high resolution 2” LCD screen with 210.000 pixels simplifies
image review and menu control, whilst the 11-point AF system
provides fast and precise focusing with superimposed finder display
and manual selection. Outstanding image quality is provided by
the fine Pentax quality lenses and a high-sensitive 6.1 megapixel
CCD, with an option of RAW format image storing on SD memory
cards. The *istDS can shoot eight continuous frames at a speed
of 2.8 fps.Based on the final results from DIWA experts in Europe
and USA, the overall averaged score for the Pentax *istDS was
excellent, consequently honoured with a Silver medal for high
performance, comfortable handling and supreme image quality,
all at a reasonable price.
DIWA A fast growing independent, authoritative, industry organization
The Digital Imaging Websites Association (DIWA) is a fast growing
group of independent Web-based specialist publications dedicated
to digital imaging. DIWA harnesses the collective talent and
expertise of its members, resulting in industry awards that command
unparalleled confidence and value, both for consumers and the
industry, alike. DIWA awards come in the form of bronze, silver
and gold medals for various product categories. Unique bullet-proof
test scoring procedure
DIWA product test awards are exclusively decided through the
analysis of multiple test scores from different DIWA testers,
testing different samples of the same product. A very detailed
and comprehensive standardized scoring procedure is employed,
tailored carefully for each category of product. Multiple testing
eliminates the chance of an isolated, unrepresentative product
sample or test error, or even hidden bias, from affecting the
trustworthiness of the overall result.
Awards throughout the year
DIWA is also unique in its policy in issuing awards for deserving
products throughout the year, culminating in an annual best of
the year Platinum medal awards in all product categories.
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