The new Pentax *istDS is slated for release next week to eager Pentaxers and a big shrug from the general public.

This camera is priced at $900 body and $1000 kit, putting it right in line with the Digital Rebel, and much lower than the $1700 retail of it's predecessor, the *istD (as reviewed by John here)

Here are some of the first test shots I've seen posted. The site is in Korean but the photos aren't ;)

Note: these are not taken with the kit lens, but the Pentax limited lenses, though lenses of aguably equal quality can be secured at rather reasonable prices (one of the draws of Pentax).