Pentax *ist D Digital SLR
Said to be the smallest,
lightest digital SLR body yet, the oddly named Pentax *ist D (pronounced
ist-dee) is a 6-megapixel camera with an 11-point AF sensor, a 16-segment
multi-pattern metering system, and what the company calls a "Hyper"
operating system with 22 user-adjustable functions. Although there are
some restrictions, the good news for Pentax film camera SLR owners is
that the camera is compatible with existing Pentax 35mm format interchangeable
lenses and accessories.
The 19.4 oz body is said to
offer a bright viewfinder with a superimposed AF point display; the viewfinder
itself has a built-in diopter adjustment available. The new SAFOX VIII
AF system has an 11-point AF sensor that covers a fairly wide field in
the finder. Nine of the sensors are a horizontally extended cross-shape
type with two additional sensors located at each side of the section.
The AF system can be set at Auto, Spot, or "Select" mode,
the last being the one where you get to choose the focusing target via
a four-way controller on the camera back. The selected target is highlighted
in red in the finder.