The new *istDL was designed as an affordable starter camera by further advancing PENTAX's digital camera development concepts of "user-friendliness" and "a harmony between ease of use and portability." Despite its compact, lightweight design, the *istDL features 6.1 effective megapixels, an extra-large 2.5-inch color LCD monitor, and compatibility with most interchangeable PENTAX lenses. Combining high-quality image reproduction with simple, user-friendly operations, the *istDL is the ideal digital SLR for a variety of users, including digital photography beginners, families and those who plan to step up from digital compact cameras to digital SLRs.
The *istDL features a compact, high-rigidity stainless-steel chassis and a compact, bright viewfinder combining the PENTAX-original penta-mirror and a newly developed focusing screen. Combining other advanced downsizing technologies, such as 10-layer electronic circuit boards and high-density packaging technology, it offers the outstanding portability - as one of the world's smallest lens-interchangeable digital SLR cameras - to accompany the user anywhere.