Pentax ist DS2 vs Sony A450

Portability
68
Imaging
46
Features
33
Overall
40
Pentax ist DS2 front
 
Sony Alpha DSLR-A450 front
Portability
65
Imaging
56
Features
52
Overall
54

Pentax ist DS2 vs Sony A450 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
  • Released August 2005
Sony A450
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 560g - 137 x 104 x 81mm
  • Announced January 2010
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Pentax ist DS2 vs Sony A450 Overview

Lets look more closely at the Pentax ist DS2 versus Sony A450, one being a Advanced DSLR and the latter is a Entry-Level DSLR by brands Pentax and Sony. There is a significant difference between the sensor resolutions of the ist DS2 (6MP) and A450 (14MP) but both cameras have the same sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The ist DS2 was introduced 5 years before the A450 and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras have different body design with the Pentax ist DS2 being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Sony A450 being a Compact SLR camera.

Before going straight to a complete comparison, here is a simple introduction of how the ist DS2 grades vs the A450 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Pentax ist DS2 over the Sony A450

 ist DS2 A450 

Reasons to pick Sony A450 over the Pentax ist DS2

 A450 ist DS2 
AnnouncedJanuary 2010August 2005More recent by 53 months
Screen dimensions2.7"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution230k210kClearer screen (+20k dot)

Common features in the Pentax ist DS2 and Sony A450

 ist DS2 A450 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch screen Neither offers Touch screen

Pentax ist DS2 vs Sony A450 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to lug around your camera often, you are going to need to factor its weight and volume. The Pentax ist DS2 offers physical measurements of 125mm x 93mm x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") having a weight of 605 grams (1.33 lbs) and the Sony A450 has sizing of 137mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.2") with a weight of 560 grams (1.23 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. Underneath is a front view over all size comparison of the ist DS2 against the A450.

Pentax ist DS2 vs Sony A450 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the ist DS2 and A450 is 68 and 65 respectively.

Pentax ist DS2 vs Sony A450 top view buttons comparison

Pentax ist DS2 vs Sony A450 Sensor Comparison

Often, it's tough to visualize the contrast between sensor measurements simply by going over specifications. The graphic underneath will help offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the ist DS2 and A450.

Plainly, each of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit different MP. You should count on the Sony A450 to deliver more detail using its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop photographs more aggressively. The older ist DS2 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Pentax ist DS2 vs Sony A450 sensor size comparison

Pentax ist DS2 vs Sony A450 Screen and ViewFinder

Pentax ist DS2 vs Sony A450 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Pentax ist DS2
Portrait photography with Sony A450
51
has manual focus
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
no liveview
sensor resolution low (6MP)
73
focusing manually
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Pentax ist DS2 as a Street photography camera
Sony A450 as a Street photography camera
60
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
lighter than competition (605g)
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
66
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Pentax ist DS2 Sports photography advice
Sony A450 Sports photography advice
39
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with phase detect autofocus
no liveview
max fps low (3.0 fps)
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (6MP)
78
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (14MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
great battery pack (1,050 CIPA)
has phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Pentax ist DS2
Travel photography with Sony A450
52
lighter than competition (605 grams)
has built in flash
no Time Lapse function
sensor resolution low (6MP)
display is not selfie friendly
61
great battery pack (1,050 per charge)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
missing Time Lapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Pentax ist DS2 Landscape photography advice
Sony A450 Landscape photography advice
47
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
tiny screen (2.5")
no liveview
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (6MP)
no Time Lapse function
67
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
good megapixels (14MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
great battery pack (1,050 per charge)
tiny screen (2.7")
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Pentax ist DS2
Vlogging with Sony A450
22
lighter than competition (605g)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low video resolution ( pixels)
no external mic jack
9
no video recording
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Pentax ist DS2 vs Sony A450 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Pentax ist DS2 and Sony A450
 Pentax ist DS2Sony Alpha DSLR-A450
General Information
Company Pentax Sony
Model type Pentax ist DS2 Sony Alpha DSLR-A450
Class Advanced DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Released 2005-08-22 2010-01-05
Body design Mid-size SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Bionz
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.5 x 15.7mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 369.0mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 6MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 3008 x 2008 4592 x 3056
Max native ISO 3200 12800
Min native ISO 200 200
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 11 9
Lens
Lens mount type Pentax KAF Sony/Minolta Alpha
Total lenses 151 143
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.5 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 210k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology - TFT Clear Photo Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.64x 0.53x
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 3.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance - 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction Auto, Fill, Rear Sync, Slow Sync, Wireless/ High Speed Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Max video resolution - None
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless No None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 605g (1.33 pounds) 560g (1.23 pounds)
Physical dimensions 125 x 93 x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6") 137 x 104 x 81mm (5.4" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 66
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 21.8
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.8
DXO Low light rating not tested 769
Other
Battery life - 1050 pictures
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID 4 x AA NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/MMC card SD/ SDHC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Cost at release - $1,241