PENTAX 645D PENTAX's First Medium-Format Digital SLR Camera: Designed to be the Top of Medium-Format Digital SLR Cameras, Thanks to Super-High-Resolution Images
Unprecedented image quality
Solid, maneuverable body
The PENTAX 645D’s main frame is made of lightweight butstrong magnesium-steel alloy, while the chassis is made of diecast aluminum tominimize the expansion and extension caused by heat and also to optimizekinematic accuracy and thermal stability. The LCD panels — one on the camera’stop panel, another on the back panel — are covered with tempered glass platesfor extra protection. The PENTAX 645D’s body is also designed to be a compactand highly maneuverable medium-format camera, despite the incorporation of suchdependable features as a dust-proof, weather-resistant construction with 70special seals, outstanding cold-resistant performance to assure solid operationat a temperature as low as –10°C, and a newly designed shutter unit with a topshutter speed of 1/4000 second that can withstand as many as 50,000 shutterreleases.
Dual SD/SDHC memory card slots
The PENTAX 645D has a pair of memory card slots for therecording of images on both SD and SDHC memory cards. This dual-slot designgives the photographer extra data-storage options: for instance, recordedimages can be assigned to different cards according to recording format (suchas RAW or JPEG), or one of the cards can be used as the backup of the other.The settings for each memory card slot can be easily made by dedicated button.
Dependable DR II mechanism to minimize dust spots
The PENTAX 645D comes equipped with the highly dependable DR(Dust Removal) II mechanism, which effectively minimizes annoying dust spots onrecorded images, even when the lenses are changed in dust-prone outdoorsettings. By shifting UV/IR-cut filters placed in front of the CCD image sensorat supersonic speed using a piezoelectric element, this mechanism effectivelyand efficiently shakes dust off the image sensor. Thanks to the user-friendlydust-alert system, the photographer can check at a quick glance for dustadhering to the image sensor prior to the actual shooting.
Newly designed, high-precision 11-point wide-frame AF sensor
The PENTAX 645D’s new SAFOX IX + wide-frame autofocus systemfeatures 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors positioned in themiddle) to assure the extra-high-precision focusing demanded of medium-formatdigital SLR cameras. To develop this sophisticated AF system, the entireoptical system was redesigned, at the same time with the addition of the newfunctionality to analyze and make use of the light sources data in the field ofview.
Advanced 77-segment multi-pattern metering
The PENTAX 645D employs a state-of-the-art, 77-segmentmulti-pattern metering system to assure super-high-accuracy light metering. Theexposure accuracy is further enhanced by collecting such additional data asimage orientation (horizontal or vertical) and the distance to andmagnification of the subject using the sensors installed inside the camerabody, with the obtained data incorporated into exposure calculations.
Large, easy-to-see optical viewfinder
Incorporated in the PENTAX 645D’s finder unit, atrapezoid-shaped glass prism not only assures an approximately 98% field ofview, but also greatly contributes to the downsizing of the camera body.Coupled with a bright, easy-to-focus Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen, thePENTAX 645D’s viewfinder offers a large, clear view of the subject.
Custom Image function to create desired visual effects withease
The PENTAX 645D’s Custom Image function lets the user easilycontrol an image’s finishing touches to more precisely reflect the user’screative intentions, or to more faithfully reproduce the ambience of the scene.The user can select one of eight modes, including the new Reversal Film modedesigned to create images with the colors that are typical of reversal film. Inaddition, all parameters — such as saturation, hue, contrast, sharpness, key,and highlight/shadow contrast — can be easily adjusted to desired levels, sothat the photographer can shoot images with great ease.
Versatile, multi-mode exposure system for faithfulreproduction of creative intentions
Large, easy-to-view 3.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately921,000 dots
Positioned on the camera’s back panel, a large 3.0-inchcolor LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots provides a clear, bright viewof onscreen images and menus. Since its wide-view design allows quick,effortless confirmation of the monitor image from approximately 170 degreesboth horizontally and vertically, the photographer has little difficultyshooting images from low and high angles. The LCD monitor is also treated withexclusive AR (Anti-Reflection) coating to minimize reflections on the screen,even in the outdoor locations under bright sunshine.
Long battery life
The PENTAX 645D is powered by a large-capacity, rechargeablelithium-ion battery, which can capture approximately 800 images* when fullycharged.
(*Under testing conditions prescribed by PENTAX, when usinga rechargeable D-LI90 lithium-ion battery with no flash. )
Wow that seems like a very nice setup. While some may cringe at the price, go check out a Nikon or Canon top end camera which are 2-3500 more for the canon if the prices are still the same, and at least 5k for the Nikon.
The Canon 1DS Mark 3 is $8500 MSRP.
meh,... totally out of my price range. As a matter of fact, when I read the price, my Huevos scrunched up so fast they were tap dancing on my tonsils for a few seconds.
It does look like a truly awesome camera.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Pentax says "Unprecedented image quality"
It isn't unprecendented since Hasselblad has more resolution (50mp) with greater color depth (16 vs 14)
sjprg - "The Canon 1DS Mark 3 is $8500 MSRP."
It costs $6,1000 in reality
This camera is very inexpensive! The Hasselblad is $38,000
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