Pentax 645Z Medium Format DSLR Camera (Body Only)

Model #16599

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Pentax 16599 1
Pentax 16599 1
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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
Pc magazine.32817846
21 January 2015
9.0/10

The 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. It's an easy pick for our medium format Editors' Choice camera.

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    Captures images at 51-megapixel resolution. Excellent high ISO performance. Speedy response. 2.9fps continuous shooting. 27-point autofocus system. Articulating rear display. Weather-sealed design. Solid control layout. Dual tripod mounts. Optional Wi-Fi via FluCard memory card.

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    System lacks modern leaf-shutter lenses. Autofocus can struggle with fast moving subjects. Focus points grouped tightly in center of frame. Integrated design lacks versatility of a modular back. So-so video quality. Tethered shooting software not included.

What digital camera.32818507
5 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.

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

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

Photoradar.32823163
19 August 2014
10/10

While the screen provides a clear view indoors, it is much harder to see outside on the default settings. Pushing the brightness value to the maximum helps, but you'll need to check the histogram to be sure that the image is correctly exposed.

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    Large sensor with high pixel-count, Tilting, Live View enabled screen, Familiar control arrangement

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    High price compared to 35mm, Heavy, Bulky

Shutterbug.32823264
24 March 2015

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.

Imaging resource.34355410
27 October 2014
10/10

Three years ago, we reviewed Pentax's first medium-format digital camera, the 645D, and found lots to love -- but also quite a few limitations that it shared with all of its medium-format competition.

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    Phenomenal resolution and detail, Excellent prints beyond 30x40 inches at base ISO, and really good 8x10s at ISO 12,800. (Even ISO 25,600 came close to a good 8x10!), Great high ISO performance for a medium-format camera, Mostly very accurate exposure metering, Huge sensor provides great opportunity...

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    Quite bulky (but not unduly so for a medium-format camera), Older lenses typically aren't weather-sealed, Autofocus points are clustered near center of frame, Default program line tends towards shutter speeds that can be hard to hand-hold (but easily fixed by changing program line), No AA filter...

Pentaxforums com.33034396
19 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
13 October 2014

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30 September 2014

Pentax 645Z review: our testing team took the medium format Pentax 645Z for a spin. Find out how it performed in their review video. The 51million-pixel Pentax 645Z has a CMOS sensor which measures 43.8×32.8mm (168% the size of a 35mm frame), so it can record a huge amount of detail.

User Reviews
Adorama.32830004
6 November 2014
10/10

The quality and build of this camera is amazing, the resolution and dynamic range are also something incredible. The only thing I have to complain about is the auto gain on the live view that can not be turned off, hopefully they will fix that in a firmware update

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    Dynamic range, Pentax Glass Is Excellent, Resolution, Very good high ISO

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    Live View Autogain

Pentaxforums com.33034397
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.

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

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    None

Amazon.32817384
12 September 2015
10/10

Most amazing camera I've ever used. Images are astounding. Have there own look to them. Very rich. Dynamic range is unmatched. Opens up all new possibilities.

Dp review.33575663
21 February 2015
10/10

Probably the best piece of camera equipment I've ever owned. So much so that it challenges me almost like no other camera I've ever owned---your technique must rise to the occasion. Truly remarkable performance rez and iso wise. Not a speed demon, but speedy considering the file size.

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
9.4/10
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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