Pentax 645D Coming!

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October 7, 2010 at 2:15 am  •  Posted in Cool Gadgets by  •  0 Comments

Initially for the Japanese market only, the 40 megapixel medium format Pentax 645D will be available here in November, according to Pentax Canada.

The Pentax 645D is the digital kid in the celebrated 645 family of medium format cameras, swapping medium format filmstock for a 44×33 mm 40 megapixel sensor. To maximize resolving power, Pentax says the sensor does not use a low-pass filter. The camera has a magnesium alloy frame and diecast aluminium chassis, reinforced glass covering the three-inch LCD, and is dustproof and weather resistant. The digital 645 will accept existing smc Pentax 645 interchangeable lenses, and other 645 system components too. Pentax Canada says a “limited number” of cameras will be available at authorized Pentax dealers in November.

Specification Highights: Pentax 645D

  • Sensor: 40 megapixel CCD (raw image file size approx 50 MB)
  • Processing Engine: Prime II optimized for medium format, with 14-bit A/D converter
  • Construction: Magnesium-steel frame; diecast aluminium chassis, tempered glass over LCD screens
  • Environmental Performance: dust-proof, weather-resistant (70 special seals) cold rated to –10°C
  • Memory: dual SD/SDHC slots
  • Dust mitigation: DR II supersonic sensor shake
  • Autofocus: 11-point wide-frame AF sensor with nine cross type
  • Metering: 77-segment multi-pattern
  • Viewfinder: optical with trapezoid-shaped glass prism, 98% field of view, matte focusing screen.
  • LCD: 3.0-inch 921,000 dots
  • Hyper functions: switching from programmed to shutter priority to aperture priotity to manual modes automated with electronic dials and single buttons.
  • Custom Image function: includes film-type presets and adjustments to hue, saturation, contrast, shadow.
  • Software tools: In-camera HDR (high dynamic range) from 3 exposures; dynamic range control; digital level; lens correction (distortion and lateral chromatic aberration) with D FA 645- and FA 645- series lenses; in-camera copyright tagging.
  • MSRP: $10,500 body only; $1,250 for smc PENTAX-D FA 645 55mm F2.8 AL [IF] SDM AW lens

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