Pentax ist DL2

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Pentax ist DL2 overview

Pentax ist DL2 is Pentax's Advanced DSLR camera initially revealed on January of 2006. The camera has got a 6MP, CCD APS-C sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 3008 x 2008.

The ist DL2 stands at #83 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & all around #722 out of 1453 for cameras in our database. Remember to look at our Smart camera filter to see camera listings based on your personalized criteria.

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The following is a graph of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Pentax ist DL2 family

The Pentax ist DL2 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Pentax-ist-DL2 front thumbnailPentax ist DL26MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
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Pentax ist DL2 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of positives and negatives of the Pentax ist DL2 based on criterias which are oftentimes viewed as crucial in a camera.

flash built-in
good sensor size (APS-C)
has phase detect autofocus
lighter than competition (565g)
saves RAW files
switch lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
you can focus manually
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
does not have HDMI out
does not have headphone support
does not have liveview
does not have mic support
does not have Time Lapse recording
lack of image stabilization
screen has low resolution (210 thousand dots)
screen is fixed
screen is small (2.5 inch)
sensor resolution low (6 megapixels)
very slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
video quality not great ( pixels)
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Pentax ist DL2 Sensor info

The sensor spec on the Pentax ist DL2 is 23.5mm x 15.7mm (APS-C). The 369 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 3008 x 2008 pixels at aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CCD sensor has 6 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 200 to 3200. RAW photos are saved therefore you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath shows the ist DL2's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The ist DL2 sensor has a crop factor of 1.5 and is pointed out in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Pentax ist DL2 dimensions

Pentax ist DL2 weighs about 1.25 lb (565 grams / 19.93 oz) & has external dimensions of 125mm x 93mm x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6"). The weight of normal Advanced DSLR camera is 776 grams and the Pentax ist DL2 is lighter when compared with other rivals.

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Down below is a picture of the Pentax ist DL2 next to a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its scale.

Pentax ist DL2 dimensions scale

The top view under will illustrate the button arrangement on the ist DL2.

Pentax ist DL2 topview buttons dials

Pentax ist DL2 Lens info

The ist DL2 fits the Pentax KAF mount and has 101 lenses available for purchase. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the ist DL2.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Pentax-smc-FA-43mm-F1.9-Limited lensPentax smc FA 43mm F1.9 Limited43mmf/1.9 155g
Tamron-AF-28-80mm-F3.5-5.6-Aspherical-Pentax-KAF lensTamron AF 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 Aspherical28-80mmf/3.5-5.6 237g
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Carl-Zeiss-Distagon-T2-35-Pentax-KAF lensCarl Zeiss Distagon T 23535mmf/2.0 570g
Pentax-smc-DA-35mm-F2.4-AL lensPentax smc DA 35mm F2.4 AL35mmf/2.4 124g
Pentax-smc-DA-15mm-F4-ED-AL-Limited lensPentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited15mmf/4.0 212g
Pentax-smc-DA-12-24mm-F4.0-ED-AL-IF lensPentax smc DA 12-24mm F4.0 ED AL IF12-24mmf/4.0 430g
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Tamron-AF-18-200mm-F3.5-6.3-XR-Di-II-LD-Aspherical-IF-Macro-Pentax-KAF lensTamron AF 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical IF Macro18-200mmf/3.5-6.3 398g
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Pentax ist DL2 Connectivity

The ist DL2 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes

Cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can transfer photos and oftentimes alter settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Certain applications even provide a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external display. Almost all cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB socket.

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Pentax ist DL2 Video info

Pentax ist DL2 doesn't take video. If you are shopping for a camera to take only pictures, this is not an issue.

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Pentax ist DL2 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing on the Pentax ist DL2 so you need to be cautious in wet and dusty conditions.

Pentax ist DL2 Display and Viewfinder

The Pentax ist DL2 has got a 2.5 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 210 thousand dots.

Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Pentax ist DL2 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.57x

Viewfinders are rather useful for sunny outdoor conditions which may make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.

Pentax ist DL2 Shutter info

Pentax ist DL2 continuous shooting rate is 3.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Pentax ist DL2 Flash and Hot shoe info

Pentax ist DL2 comes with both in-built flash as well as external flash ability.

Pentax ist DL2 Autofocus info

Pentax ist DL2 comes with both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & precise when compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing.

The AF system has got 5 focus points to pick from. Pentax ist DL2 has got manual focus when required for low light situations or you need more exact focus control.

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Pentax ist DL2 Battery life

The general Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 offers the highest possible (2260) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Following is a number of Advanced DSLR cameras which have the highest battery life:

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Pentax ist DL2 for specific categories of photography

The following diagram presents a summation of the Pentax ist DL2 for specific categories of photography. To check out more, check out the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Pentax ist DL2

The Pentax ist DL2 has a score of 51 which is decent, meaning that it is fairly adequate for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support in addition to the potential to utilize off-camera flash.

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you can focus manually
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no liveview
low resolution (6 megapixels)

Pentax ist DL2 Street photography factors

With a modest rating of 60, the Pentax ist DL2 is somewhat acceptable to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
lighter than competition in class (565g)
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization

Sports photography with Pentax ist DL2

A awful sports photography score of 39 means the Pentax ist DL2 is just not good for shooting sports. A camera needs excellent focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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sensor size is decent (APS-C)
has phase detect auto focus
does not have liveview
max fps very slow (3.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (6 megapixels)

Pentax ist DL2 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is super crucial when picking a travel camera. On the whole, the Pentax ist DL2 gets a reasonable 52 as a travelling camera which is reasonably adequate to buy for your vacations.

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lighter than average in class (565g)
built-in flash
lack of Timelapse function
low megapixels (6MP)
display is not selfie friendly

Pentax ist DL2 Landscape photography advice

For anyone who is planning to buy a camera for landscape photographs, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Pentax ist DL2 with it's decent grade of 47 as a landscape camera is reasonably suited among its rivals.

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focusing manually
switch lenses (Pentax KAF mount)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
tiny screen (2.5")
does not have liveview
does not have image stabilization
low MP (6 megapixels)
missing Timelapse recording

Pentax ist DL2 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging should come with a moving display screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Pentax ist DL2 is just not good for vlogging as it comes to a awful rating of 22.

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lighter than competition in class (565g)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low video resolution ( pxls)
doesn't have external mic jack

Pentax ist DL2 Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the ist DL2, here is a list of the top ranked cameras that fall under the family of Advanced DSLR.

The diagram listed below will give you a summary of the ist DL2 compared to it's highest ranking competitors shown above.

Here are a few more cameras you may take a look at as alternative options. To see a detailed comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Pentax ist DL2
Advanced DSLR
Physical type
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
6 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Maximum resolution
3008 x 2008
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Pentax KAF
Total lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
2.5 inch
Display resolution
210 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Slowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 1.0 (1.5 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
565 gr (1.25 lb)
Physical dimensions
125 x 93 x 66mm (4.9" x 3.7" x 2.6")
Battery model
4 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/MMC card
Card slots