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Press Release

Pentax Downsizes Digital Again In Latest Digital SLR
September 13, 2004

*ist DS Delivers Outstanding Image Quality

GOLDEN, Colorado (September 13, 2004)…PENTAX has downsized digital SLR photography once again with the introduction of the *ist DS digital SLR. Developed as a second, even smaller, PENTAX compact digital SLR, the *ist DS camera advances the PENTAX commitment to easy-to-use and portable digital.

The *ist DS is one of the smallest and lightest digital SLR cameras available. Measuring just 4.9 x 3.6 x 2.6 inches and weighing under 18 ounces, the *ist DS also delivers superior image quality in compact design. Despite the size, the *ist DS offers 6.1 effective megapixels and PENTAX original image processing technology. The camera is designed to be compatible with most PENTAX interchangeable lenses to meet a wide range of applications and visual creativity.

The *ist DS hosts an array of advanced, user-friendly features including a high-magnification viewfinder, a 2.0 inch color LCD monitor, a generous LCD data panel, and an innovative Auto picture mode for automatic selection of the proper exposure program. Offering quick, effortless operation and easy portability, the *ist DS is the ideal digital SLR for all levels of photographers, including first-timer digital SLR users and families.

The PENTAX *ist DS will ship to major camera retailers in November 2004.

PENTAX Imaging Company is an innovative leader in the production of digital and film cameras, binoculars, spotting scopes, eyepieces, lenses, mobile printers, scanners and internet cameras. For more than 80 years, PENTAX technology has developed durable, reliable products that meet the needs of consumers and businesses. PENTAX Imaging Company is a division of PENTAX of America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PENTAX Corporation of Japan.

Major features of *ist DS include:

Compact, Portable Design
Featuring a super-compact, ultra-lightweight body, the *ist DS
offers outstanding portability. PENTAX downsized digital SLR
technology by including a high-rigidity stainless-steel chassis,
multi-layered electronic circuit boards and high-density packaging.
The result is an extremely portable body, measuring just 4.9 x 3.6 x
2.6 inches and weighing under 18 ounces without batteries and SD
memory card. The *ist DS is smaller and lighter than the acclaimed
*ist D.

High-definition, maximum-gradation images with 6.1 effective megapixels
Thanks to its large, high-performance CCD image sensor, the *ist DS
offers 6.1 effective megapixels. Coupled with original image
processing technology from PENTAX, the camera produces
high-definition images rich in gradation and saturation.

Compatibility with PENTAX interchangeable lenses
The *ist DS offers the outstanding benefit of lens
interchangeability that allows users to take advantage of a wide
selection of existing PENTAX interchangeable lenses.**
**PENTAX K-, KA-, KAF- and KAF2-mount 35mm-format lenses can be used
without an adapter or modification. PENTAX screw-mount 35mm-format
lenses and PENTAX 645- and 67-system lenses can be used with an
adapter. Some functions may not be available with certain lenses.

Bright, high-magnification pentaprism viewfinder
The *ist DS comes equipped with a glass pentaprism viewfinder
offering a 95% field of view and a 0.95X magnification. The camera
features a large, bright viewfinder image equal in size, clarity and
brightness to viewfinders incorporated in conventional 35mm-format
SLRs. This confirmation of the subject's focus much easier, even in
manual-focus mode.

Large color LCD monitor
With a high-precision 2.0 inch color LCD monitor offering
approximately 210,000 pixels, the *ist DS makes it quick and
effortless to review recorded images and read menus.

Large LCD data panel
The *ist DS features a large, easy-to-read LCD data panel on the top
panel to allow easy, at-a-glance confirmation of the camera's
operational status and various settings.

User-friendly automatic operations
The *ist DS is equipped to make camera operations simple and
effortless for the user. Its innovative Auto picture mode
automatically and instantly selects the optimum combination of
exposure settings for a given subject or situation, including
shutter speed, aperture, white balance, saturation, contrast, and
intensity of edges. The built-in auto flash automatically pops up in
dimly lit or backlit situations.

Simple, accessible operation system
From the multi-function four-way controller to the responsive
electronic select dial and the large, easy-to-use mode dial, all
switches and dials are efficiently and functionally laid out around
the camera's compact body to assure smooth, fingertip control.

High-precision 16-segment multi-pattern metering
The *ist DS incorporates an advanced 16-segment metering system to
assure high-precision light measurement, even under complicated
lighting conditions. Center-weighted metering and spot metering are
also available to meet specialized applications.

High-accuracy 11-point AF sensor
The *ist DS features the sophisticated SAFOX VIII AF system
incorporating 11 AF sensors (nine of them constituting a cross-type
wide-area sensor grid in the middle). It not only offers accurate,
pinpoint autofocusing, but also allows the user to select one of the
sensors to accommodate a specific image composition.

Superimposed AF sensor point indication
The selected AF sensor point is highlighted in red in the viewfinder
for easy visual confirmation.

1/4000-second high-speed shutter
The *ist DS features a high-speed shutter unit with a top speed of
1/4000 second and a top synchronization speed of 1/180 second to
assure greater visual creativity.

High-speed consecutive shooting
The *ist DS records up to 8 images consecutively at a speed of
approximately 2.8 frames per second, allowing the user to capture a
series of the subject's action or movement.

SD memory card compatibility
The *ist DS uses the widely available SD memory card as its storage
media, not only assuring high-speed recording and readout of image
data, but also contributing to the downsizing of the camera body.

Additional features include:
-18 user-programmable custom functions to personalize camera
operations to the user's preferences
-Noise-reduction system to minimize annoying digital noise during
extended exposures
-Dual power source, with a choice of two CR-V3 lithium batteries or
four AA-size batteries
-Effortless data uploading to a PC using the included USB cable
(USB 2.0 compatible)
-Functional playback functions, including 12X zoom display and
nine-image thumbnail display
-A choice of image format between JPEG (Best, Better or Good) or
-Interchangeable Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen (AF Frame
Matte screen included as standard; AF Split-Image Matte and AF
Divided Matte screens available as optional accessories)
-PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory 2.0 RAW-data processing software and
PENTAX PHOTO Browser 2.0 browser software included
-PictBridge compatibility

PENTAX, smc PENTAX, *ist, PENTAX PHOTO Browser and PENTAX PHOTO Laboratory are trademarks of PENTAX CorporationAll other brands or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. This product supports PRINT Image Matching III. PRINT Image Matching enabled digital still cameras, printers and software help photographers to produce images more faithful to their intentions. Some functions are not available on printers that Epson Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Print Image Matching is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. The PRINT Image Matching logo is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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