Pentax’s *ist D series is very well designed. The cameras are small but still pretty good to get hold of.
Despite the price – cheap always sets alarm bells ringing - you get all the photographic controls of a semi-pro camera. The difference is that this camera has a plastic body and relies on menus to function – rather than on-body controls – but with that extra few quid basking in your pocket, you can live with that.
In addition, the 2.5-inch LCD on the back is a fine surprise, as are the sharp, saturated and punchy pictures the camera produces.
As with other D-SLRs, make sure you buy the body with the ‘kit’ lens because they’ll cost you more separately. You have to supply your own batteries (four AAs), and you don’t get a memory card – however, that’s all pretty standard with D-SLRs.
This number is just as good as the outgoing Pentax *ist DS, only cheaper. Nice.