As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Pentax *ist DL is also often compared to pro DSLRs and pro digicams. The Pentax *ist DL's top rivals come from Canon (such as the Rebel T3i and the EOS Digital Rebel XT) and Konica Minolta (such as the Dynax 7D)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax DL compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is significantly smaller (prosumer size (125×93×66 mm) vs prosumer size (131×97×73 mm)), has a built-in focus motor and is thinner (2.6" vs 2.9").

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (210k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and takes much lower resolution photos (6 MP vs 14.5 MP).

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the DL)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 6 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 210k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the DL)

  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×93×66 mm)
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.6"

common strengths of the T3i and DL

  • None found

Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3
8 years newer
$818 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-3 (vs the DL)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 6 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,037k dots vs 210k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the K-3 (vs the DL)

  • Much larger: Professional size (131×100×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×93×66 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 2.6"
  • Significantly heavier: 800 g vs 565 g

common strengths of the K-3 and DL

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

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3 months older
$400 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel XT (vs the DL)

  • Much higher true resolution: 8 MP vs 6 MP
  • Significantly more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel XT (vs the DL)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 115k dots vs 210k dots
  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.49x vs 0.55x

common strengths of the Rebel XT and DL

  • Very small: Prosumer size (127×94×64 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×93×66 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.5" vs 2.6"

Pentax K-r

Pentax K-r
5 years newer
$1,195 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-r (vs the DL)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 6 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 210k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the K-r (vs the DL)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-r and DL

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (125×97×68 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×93×66 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 2.6"

Pentax K-7

Pentax K-7
4 years newer
$656 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-7 (vs the DL)

  • Much higher true resolution: 14.5 MP vs 6 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 210k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the K-7 (vs the DL)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×93×66 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 2.6"
  • Heavier: 750 g vs 565 g

common strengths of the K-7 and DL

  • None found

Nikon D40

Nikon D40
1 year newer
$975 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D40 (vs the DL)

  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 113 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D40 (vs the DL)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the D40 and DL

  • Very small: Prosumer size (124×94×64 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×93×66 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.5" vs 2.6"

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax DL compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it is newer (june 2005 vs september 2004), is much smaller (prosumer size (125×93×66 mm) vs professional size (150×106×78 mm)), has a built-in focus motor, is thinner (2.6" vs 3.1") and is slightly lighter (565 g vs 845 g).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and has a lower quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs pentaprism).

Konica Minolta Dynax 7D

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8 months older

Significant advantages of the Dynax 7D (vs the DL)

  • Has a pentaprism viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Pentamirror

Significant disadvantages of the Dynax 7D (vs the DL)

  • Much larger: Professional size (150×106×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×93×66 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 2.6"
  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the Dynax 7D and DL

  • Built-in flashes

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax DL compared to pro digicam competitors include: it is slightly smaller (prosumer size (125×93×66 mm) vs professional size (129×88×102 mm)), much larger viewfinder (0.55x vs 0.26x), is thinner (2.6" vs 4"), is slightly lighter (565 g vs 813 g) and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (210k dots vs 1,229k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes much lower resolution photos (6 MP vs 20 MP) and significantly lower maximum light sensitivity (3,200 ISO vs 12,800 ISO).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
8 years newer
$798 - $1,097

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX10 (vs the DL)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 210k dots
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX10 (vs the DL)

  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-RX10 and DL

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash
  • Viewfinders: Digital vs Pentamirror