Pentax 645Z Medium Format DSLR Camera (Body Only)

Model #16599

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Pentax 16599 1
Pentax 16599 1
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Specifications

General Information

Flash Exposure Compensation -2 to +1 EV (1/2 steps)
Viewfinder Type Kepler-telescopic, trapezoid prism finder
Viewfinder Coverage Approximately 98%
Camera Type TTL autofocus, auto-exposure medium format digital SLR camera
Sensor 43.8 x 32.8 mm CMOS
Color Depth JPEG: 8 bits/channel
RAW: 14 bits/channel
Effective Pixels 51.4MP
Total Pixels 52.99MP
File Formats Stills: RAW (PEF/DNG), TIFF, JPEG (Exif 2.30), DCF2.0 compliant
Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV) *Motion JPEG (AVI) for Interval Movie Record
Resolution JPEG: L (51M: 8256 x 6192), M (36M: 6912 x 5184), S (21M: 5376 x 4032), XS (3M: 1920 x 1440)
RAW: L (51M: 8256 x 6192)
TIFF: L (51M: 8256 x 6192)
Image Quality JPEG: ★★★ (Best), ★★ (Better), ★ (Good), RAW + JPEG simultaneous recording available
RAW: PEF, DNG
Video Resolution Full HD: (1920x1080, 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p)
HD: (1280x720, 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p)
Video Recording Time Up to 25 minutes
Dust Removal Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations "DR II" with the Dust Alert function
Lens Mount PENTAX 645AF2 mount with AF coupler, lens information contacts, and power contacts (stainless steel)
Lenses PENTAX 645AF2, 645AF and 645A mount lenses
PENTAX 67 medium format lenses useable with adapter
SDM function: Yes
Image Stabilization Lens-shift type (when using SR system lens)
Metering System TTL open aperture metering using 86K pixel RGB sensor
Metering Range EV -1 to 21 (ISO 100 at 55mm f/2.8)
Metering Modes Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV (1/3 EV steps or 1/2 EV steps)
AE Lock Button type (timer-control: two times the meter operating time set in Custom Setting), Continuous as long as the shutter release button is depressed halfway
Exposure Bracketing 2, 3, or 5 frames, Available with Continuous, Self-timer, or Remote Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100 to 204,800 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV, or 1/3EV)
White Balance Auto, Multi Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color,N: Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten, Flash, CTE
Manual mode(s): Manual (up to 3 settings can be saved), Color Temperature (up to 3 settings can be saved), Copying the white balance settings of a captured image possible.
Shutter Type Electronically controlled, vertical-run, focal plane shutter
Shutter Speeds Auto: 1/4000 to 30 sec.
Manual: 1/4000 to 30 sec. (1/3 EV steps or 1/2 EV steps)
Bulb
Exposure Modes Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, Flash X-sync Speed, USER1, USER2, USER3
Drive Mode Single Frame, Continuous (H, L), Self-timer (12 sec., 2sec.), Remote Control (immediately, 3 sec., continuous), Multi-exposure (available with Continuous, Self-timer or Remote Control), Interval Shooting, Interval Composite
Self Timer Yes - 12 seconds, 2 seconds
Remote Control Yes - infrared (0 seconds, 3 seconds, continuous), cable switch
Burst Rate 3 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous H): up to 30 frames, RAW: up to 10 frames, TIFF: up to 12 frames
Focus System SAFOX II TTL phase-matching autofocus with 27 AF points (25 cross type focus points in the center)
AF Modes Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C), Manual, Focus operation customizable
Focus Area Spot, Select, Expanded Area AF (S, M, L), Zone Select, Auto (27 AF Points)
Brightness EV -3 to 18 (ISO 100, at normal temperature)
Viewfinder Magnification 0.62x (55mm f/2.8 at infinity); 0.85x (75mm f/2.8 at infinity)
Focusing Screen Standard: Interchangeable Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen
Diopter Adjustment -3.5 m to + 2.0 m-1
Depth of Field Preview Optical (diaphragm stop-down), Digital
Eye-Relief Length Approximately 21 mm (from view window)
Approximately 24.1 mm (from center of lens)
LCD Monitor 3.2" 1037k-Dot Tiltable TFT Color LCD
Electronic Level Displayed in viewfinder and LCD panel (horizontal direction only); displayed on LCD monitor (horizontal direction and vertical direction)
Live View TTL using CMOS image sensor
Live View Field of View 100%
Live View Autofocus Contrast detection AF (Face Detection, Tracking, Multiple AF Points, Select, Spot
Focus Peaking: On/Off
External Flash Hotshoe (P-TTL), high speed sync and wireless with PENTAX dedicated flash, X-Sync Socket
Flash Modes Flash On, Flash On+Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync+Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, contrast-control-sync, high-speed sync, wireless sync (available with a dedicated external flash)
Flash Synch Speeds 1/125 sec
Storage Media SD, SDHC*, SDXC* memory card, Eye-Fi card, FLUCARD (*UHS-I compatible)
Dual Card Slot: Sequential save, Save to Both Dual save, Separate RAW/JPG, Copying images between slots possible
Interfaces Connection Ports: USB 3.0 (micro B), external power supply terminal, cable switch terminal, X-sync socket, HDMI output terminal (Type D), stereo microphone input terminal (USB Connection: MSC/PTP)
Video out: HD (via HDMI), NTSC, PAL
Computer System Requirements Windows: Windows 8.1 (32 bit/64 bit) / Windows 8 (32 bit/64 bit) / Windows 7 (32 bit/64 bit) / Windows Vista (32 bit/64 bit), Intel Core 2 Quad or higher, 4GB or more
Mac: Mac OS X 10.9 /10.8 / 10.7 / 10.6, Intel Core 2 Quad or higher, 4GB or more
Power Supply Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI90
AC adapter available: AC Adapter Kit K-AC132 (Optional)
Material of Construction Magnesium alloy shell over aluminum chassis
Weather Resistant Yes - 76 special seals
Operating Temperature 14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
Dimensions 6.1 x 4.6 x 4.8" / 15.5 x 11.7 x 12.2 cm (excluding protrusions)
Weight 54.7 oz / 1.55 kg (including battery and memory card)
Expert Reviews
Shutterbug.32823264
3 July 2017

Ricoh Imaging’s Pentax 645Z is a “medium format” digital camera with a 43.8x32.8mm CMOS sensor, 1.66 times the size of a standard full-frame sensor. The sensor features a very high resolution of 51.4MP (8265x6192 pixels) and can record in JPEG and in Pentax’s own Raw (PEF) or Adobe DNG format.

What digital camera.32818507
8 October 2014
9.2/10

A camera such as the Pentax 645Z is unique in that you have to adjust your workflow to get the most out of the camera. The large body and huge resolution means that you find yourself taking your time to get the shot you’re looking for, and if you don’t you’ll find the camera biting back and...

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    Massive resolution; Relatively affordability of medium-format sensor; Ready availability of affordable second-hand 645 lenses

  • -

    AF isn’t as fast as you might like; No escaping the fact it’s a heavy camera

Imaging resource.34355410
27 October 2014
10/10

Medium-format cameras offer truly spectacular resolution, but until now, it's always come alongside a difficult compromise. With the Pentax 645Z, that changes. Building on 2010's 645D, the Pentax 645Z offers features that are rare or in some cases unique in a medium-format camera.

  • +

    Phenomenal resolution and detail; Great high ISO performance; Rugged, weather-sealed body; Huge, bright viewfinder; Fast autofocus works well in low light; Swift performance for a medium-format camera; Good battery life; Shoots Full HD video, Phenomenal resolution and detail, Excellent prints beyond...

  • -

    Quite bulky compared to an APS-C or full-frame DSLR; Autofocus points clustered near center of frame; Most lenses aren't weather-sealed or optimized for digital; Prone to aliasing artifacts (but so are most high-end cameras these days); Attracts a lot of attention from passers-by, Quite bulky (but...

Photography life.34752476
5 November 2014
9.4/10

Although the Pentax 645Z medium format DSLR has been out for a few years, I only had a chance to try it out earlier this year, during my trip to Death Valley. I have been wanting to try the 645Z for quite some time, since I heard so many good things about it.

Pentaxforums.34752457
20 October 2014
8.6/10

The Pentax 645Z is a remarkable camera. Not only has it improved greatly on the acclaimed 645D in terms of image quality and features, but it's managed to do this at a lower launch price ( $8499 in the US ).

Pop photo.32824722
24 September 2014

Until very recently, you had to shell out tens of thousands of dollars to get a new digital medium-format camera, and in some cases you’d spend that much on the camera back alone.

The luminous landscape.32833859
6 September 2014

Let's start with the stipulation that this won't be a formal review. It won't be a first look, and it won't be a field report.Rather, this is a report about my daily use of the 645z, which I purchased in early August, 2014 and the things that I have discovered while working with it.

Practical photography.34754171
31 October 2014

Let’s face it, there aren’t many of us out there who can afford to blow £7,699 on a camera and lens, but believe it or not, the 51.4MP Pentax 645Z is an absolute steal at this price.

The luminous landscape.32833859
13 October 2014

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Amateur photographer.32822919
29 September 2014
10/10

Usually the preserve of the professional studio photographer, Pentax has been trying to tempt enthusiast photographers with a medium-format digital camera since the launch of the Pentax 645D in March 2010.

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    51.4-million-pixel CMOS sensor with no AA filter, Excellent value, used manual-focus 645 lenses available, Cheaper than the medium-format competition

  • -

    Weighs 1,470g, AF could be a little faster

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
12 May 2017
10/10

Pros: The image quality is stunning, with a huge dynamic range that allows heavy post processing while maintaining excellent quality, the AF (single shot AF) works very well in low light (much better than my Nikon D800E and mirrorless medium format cameras), the viewfinder is big, the four newer...

Dp review.33575663
9 June 2017
10/10

The 645z is an incredible camera. First impressions are inevitably the build quality of this machine. It's beautifully made. All the controls fall easily to hand and have a great tactile quality. The viewfinder is bright and clear, and the in-camera display is well-lit and easy to read.

Pentaxforums.34752456
25 October 2014
10/10

I wan't to begin by saying I'm a professional photographer but as an engineer I believe I understand what a great machine is, the Pentax 645Z fits very well in this category.

  • +

    Ease of use, cmos sensor, file size, quality of build, excellent raw images

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    None

Amazon.32817384
5 November 2014
8.0/10

This Pentax 645Z offers the incredible resolution and large sensor of a medium format system at a price that's a third that of the competition. The Good: Captures images at 51-megapixel resolution. Excellent high ISO performance. Speedy response. 2.9fps continuous shooting.

B h photo.32817553
13 August 2017
10/10

Check back with me in 6 months or a year.

B h photo.32817553
8 August 2017
10/10

I've been using this camera for about a year and finally decided to write a review. My comparisons are Nikon full frame bodies and high end lenses. This camera is without a doubt a better buy for a professional photographer. The raw files are superior and the depth is much greater.

B h photo.32817553
25 July 2017
10/10

My frame of reference here is the Nikon D3s, Nikon D3x, and Nikon D800e. I have been making photographs since the late 1960's.I general photograph things that don't move around much. Castles, cathedrals, ruins, abandoned buildings, urban junk, that sort of stuff.

B h photo.32817553
6 March 2017
10/10

I have several Nikon cameras but the details and the dynamic range that this camera produce is unreal. Excellent tool.

B h photo.32817553
7 January 2017
10/10

This is a very well built camera body. I am using it with a 150mm prime tele lens. It does not feel nose-heavy at all. Well balanced, comfortable hands fit. I say hands because you will need both of yours to hold it steady. It is heavy. I'm Ok with it because my other camera is an Rz67 (the Fridge).

Amazon.32817384
24 December 2016
10/10

The BEST...i love it...It worked as SPECIFIED...

Product Highlights
  • 51.4MP CMOS Sensor - 43.8 x 32.8 mm
  • Prime III Image Processor
  • Anti-Alias Filter-Less Design
  • 3.2" 1037K Dot Tiltable Air-Gapless LCD
  • Full HD 1080 60i/30p/24p Video Capture
  • ISO Sensitivity Range of 100 - 204,800
  • SAFOX II TTL 27 Point Autofocus System
  • 3 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Weather Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body
  • Pentax Flucard and Eye-Fi Compatible
8.8/10
Average Expert Score
9.6/10
Average User Score
In The Box
  • Pentax 645Z Medium Format DSLR Camera (Body Only)
  • D-LI90(E) Lithium-Ion Battery (7.2V, 1860mAh)
  • K-BC90 Battery Charger Kit for K7 Digital SLR Camera
  • Hotshoe Cover FK
  • Body Mount Cap 645
  • O-ST150 Strap
  • Standard Eyecup 645
  • O-EC107 Large Eye Cup
  • Sync Socket 2p Cap
  • 2 x Triangular Ring
  • Protective Cover
  • Software CD-ROM S-SW150
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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