"Is that a piece of jewelry around your neck or a real SLR?" someone asked one day when we were shooting field tests on the street with the Pentax *ist. It was said in jest, but the *ist may be as close as we ever get to an SLR that falls into both camps. And though it's a cute handful, is it a good camera?
Having wrung out a production unit for a few months, here's the answer: In terms of operating convenience, the *ist is pretty sensational.