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Pentax ist DS2 vs Sigma SD9

Portability
68
Imaging
44
Features
33
Overall
39
Pentax ist DS2 front
 
Sigma SD9 front
Portability
54
Imaging
39
Features
27
Overall
34

Pentax ist DS2 vs Sigma SD9 Key Specs

Pentax ist DS2
(Full Review)
  • 6MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • Pentax KAF Mount
  • 605g - 125 x 93 x 66mm
  • Revealed August 2005
Sigma SD9
(Full Review)
  • 3MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 1.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 400
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • No Video
  • Sigma SA Mount
  • 950g - 152 x 120 x 79mm
  • Announced November 2002
  • Updated by Sigma SD10
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Pentax ist DS2 vs Sigma SD9 Overview

Here is a complete review of the Pentax ist DS2 versus Sigma SD9, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras by rivals Pentax and Sigma. There exists a noticeable gap between the sensor resolutions of the ist DS2 (6MP) and SD9 (3MP) but they come with the exact same sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The ist DS2 was launched 2 years later than the SD9 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before going straight into a complete comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the ist DS2 matches up against the SD9 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Pentax ist DS2 over the Sigma SD9

 ist DS2 SD9 
AnnouncedAugust 2005November 2002Fresher by 34 months
Display dimension2.5"1.8"Larger display (+0.7")
Display resolution210k130kSharper display (+80k dot)

Reasons to pick Sigma SD9 over the Pentax ist DS2

 SD9 ist DS2 

Common features in the Pentax ist DS2 and Sigma SD9

 ist DS2 SD9 
Focus manually More exact focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch display Missing Touch display

Pentax ist DS2 vs Sigma SD9 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to carry your camera, you will need to factor in its weight and size. The Pentax ist DS2 enjoys external dimensions of 125mm x 93mm x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") with a weight of 605 grams (1.33 lbs) and the Sigma SD9 has specifications of 152mm x 120mm x 79mm (6.0" x 4.7" x 3.1") along with a weight of 950 grams (2.09 lbs).

Look at the Pentax ist DS2 versus Sigma SD9 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. The following is the front view dimension comparison of the ist DS2 against the SD9.

Pentax ist DS2 vs Sigma SD9 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the ist DS2 and SD9 is 68 and 54 respectively.

Pentax ist DS2 vs Sigma SD9 top view buttons comparison

Pentax ist DS2 vs Sigma SD9 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be hard to visualize the contrast between sensor sizing merely by reading technical specs. The photograph below should offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the ist DS2 and SD9.

As you can tell, both of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different MP. You can anticipate the Pentax ist DS2 to offer greater detail utilizing its extra 3 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The more modern ist DS2 should have a benefit in sensor technology.

Pentax ist DS2 vs Sigma SD9 sensor size comparison

Pentax ist DS2 vs Sigma SD9 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax ist DS2 vs Sigma SD9 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Pentax ist DS2 Portrait photography details
Sigma SD9 Portrait photography details
50
focusing manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
no liveview
low MP (6 megapixels)
47
focusing manually
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
does not have liveview
low resolution (3MP)
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Street Comparison

Pentax ist DS2 Street photography information
Sigma SD9 Street photography information
60
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lighter than competition in class (605 grams)
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
43
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
heavier than competition (950 grams)
low maximum ISO (400)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Pentax ist DS2
Sports photography with Sigma SD9
38
good sensor size (APS-C)
comes with phase detect auto focus
no liveview
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
low MP (6MP)
36
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000s)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
does not have liveview
no image stabilization
low resolution (3MP)
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Pentax ist DS2 as a Travel photography camera
Sigma SD9 as a Travel photography camera
52
lighter than competition in class (605 grams)
has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse function
low MP (6MP)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
29
lack of Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition (950 grams)
low resolution (3 megapixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax ist DS2 Landscape photography factors
Sigma SD9 Landscape photography factors
46
focusing manually
swap lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
small screen (2.5 inches)
no liveview
lack of image stabilization
low MP (6MP)
doesn't have Timelapse function
41
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Sigma SA mount)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
tiny screen (1.8 inches)
does not have liveview
no image stabilization
low resolution (3MP)
low maximum ISO (400)
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Pentax ist DS2 Vlogging details
Sigma SD9 Vlogging details
22
lighter than competition in class (605 grams)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
video quality not great ( pxls)
doesn't have microphone socket
9
lack of video recording
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Pentax ist DS2 vs Sigma SD9 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax ist DS2 and Sigma SD9
 Pentax ist DS2Sigma SD9
General Information
Company Pentax Sigma
Model type Pentax ist DS2 Sigma SD9
Category Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Revealed 2005-08-22 2002-11-26
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.7mm 20.7 x 13.8mm
Sensor surface area 369.0mm² 285.7mm²
Sensor resolution 6 megapixels 3 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2
Highest resolution 3008 x 2008 2268 x 1512
Highest native ISO 3200 400
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 11 -
Lens
Lens support Pentax KAF Sigma SA
Amount of lenses 151 76
Crop factor 1.5 1.7
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.5 inch 1.8 inch
Resolution of display 210 thousand dot 130 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 98%
Viewfinder magnification 0.64x 0.77x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/6000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 3.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - no built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction -
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/180 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Highest video resolution - None
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless No None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec) USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 605g (1.33 pounds) 950g (2.09 pounds)
Dimensions 125 x 93 x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") 152 x 120 x 79mm (6.0" x 4.7" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery ID 4 x AA -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/MMC card Compact Flash Type I or II
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at launch - $3,001