The Pentax *ist DL2 is mostly gets compared to other entry-level DSLRs. The Pentax *ist DL2's top rivals come from Pentax (such as the K10D) and Nikon (such as the D40 and the D90)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Pentax DL2 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is significantly smaller (prosumer size (125×93×66 mm) vs professional size (142×101×70 mm)), has a built-in focus motor, is thinner (2.6" vs 3") and is slightly lighter (565 g vs 703 g).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 720p @ 24fps), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (210k dots vs 930k dots), slightly smaller viewfinder (0.55x vs 0.62x) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift).

Pentax K10D

Pentax K10D
7 months newer

Significant advantages of the K10D (vs the DL2)

  • Much higher true resolution: 10 MP vs 6 MP
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Significantly larger viewfinder: 0.62x vs 0.55x

Significant disadvantages of the K10D (vs the DL2)

  • Much larger: Professional size (142×101×70 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×93×66 mm)
  • Significantly heavier: 793 g vs 565 g
  • Thicker: 2.8" vs 2.6"

common strengths of the K10D and DL2

  • Thin: 2.8" vs 2.6"

Nikon D40

Nikon D40
9 months newer
$975 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D40 (vs the DL2)

  • Significantly more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 113 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D40 (vs the DL2)

  • Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

common strengths of the D40 and DL2

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

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
2 years newer
$449 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the DL2)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 6 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 930k dots vs 210k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the DL2)

  • Much larger: Professional size (132×103×77 mm) vs Prosumer size (125×93×66 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 2.6"

common strengths of the D90 and DL2

  • None found