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Pentax 645Z Digital Camera

PhotographyBlog.com Essential Ephotozine Highly Recommended PC Mag Editor's Choice Imaging Resource.com Dave's Pick
SLR 51.4MP CMOS Sep 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Count Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
Capture everything reflected in the eyes and felt by the heart. The medium format CMOS image sensor meets the ideals of the photographer. This sensor is approximately 1.7 times larger than a... More
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35 Reasons For

Four Industry Awards

The reviewer at Ephotozine conluded that they would highly recommend this SLR digital camera and gave it a "Highly Recommended" award and the reviewer at PC Mag gave it an "Editor's Choice" award and concluded it was marvellous.

PhotographyBlog.com gave this Pentax digital camera an "Essential" award and it received a "Dave's Pick" award from Imaging Resource.com.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Eleven experts from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and PC Mag have rated this camera on average 89%. This puts this SLR digital camera in the top 15% of all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years when ranked by average expert review score.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

Owners have rated this camera as brilliant on average. This puts this Pentax digital camera in the top 1% of all the cameras of this spec and age when ranked by average owner review score.

Pentax Has Excellent Camera Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Pentax cameras and also specifically for Pentax SLR digital cameras and found that in both cases Pentax had excellent ratings.

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Good Quality Pictures

Three Pentax 645Z owners who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good image sensor. Expert review site Techradar.com mentioned in their Pentax 645Z review “The 645Z has a sensor that measures 43.8x32.8mm (168% the size of a 35mm frame)”. Imaging-Resource.com wrote on expert review site Imaging Resource.com two years ago “The 645Z's new image sensor allows a spectacularly wide sensitivity range, especially by medium-format camera standards, covering everything up to ISO 204,800 equivalent” in their review. Digitalcameraworld.com wrote “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 rec”.

Several people who reviewed the product wrote that it had a good picture resolution. Pcmag.com mentioned in their Pentax 645Z review on expert website PC Mag “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”.

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Reasonably Priced

Six customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was good value for money. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review on expert website Ephotozine “The Pentax 645Z is not only the most affordable 51.4 megapixel medium format digital camera available”. Ephotozine.com also wrote “The Pentax 645Z offers the best value for money for a 50 megapixel medium format camera available”. Ephotozine.com also mentioned “Is one of the most affordable high resolution cameras available offering such a high resolution”.

Good Size

A few customers who reviewed this digital camera thought it was a good body shape. Ephotozine.com gave the product a rating of 5 stars and said in their Pentax 645Z review on Ephotozine “Whilst nearly £7000 for the 645Z body may seem quite”. Digitalcameraworld.com gave this digital camera a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in October last year “What's the best camera body that money can buy? We test a veritable wish list of cameras, in pursuit of perfection.1” in their Pentax 645Z review. Digitalcameraworld.com also said “Canon EOS 5D Mark III, £2,250 / $2,500 An easily manageable sub-1kg body that packs a 22.3MP sensor, Digic 5+ processor, 6fps shooting an”.

Good Video Capture

Some customers wrote in their reviews that the product was good for video recording. Expert website Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of the Pentax 645Z two years ago “It's also the world's first medium format camera to offer full HD video recording” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Imaging-Resource.com mentioned in their review in the same month “It also provides both live view and Full HD movie capture capabilities, neither of w”.

Easy to Use

One person who reviewed it said that it was easy to handle. Last year expert website Shutterbug.com wrote “The camera offers more than 51MP resolution and many professional features, plus its handling is as easy as using a standard SLR”.

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Very High Megapixel Count

The lowest megapixel count of cameras of this age and type is 4MP, the highest is 52MP, and the average megapixel count is 18MP. The megapixel count of the Pentax 645Z of 51.4 megapixels is one of the highest amongst digital cameras that came out around the same time as the 645Z.

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Very Large Screen Size

At 3.2 inches, the Pentax 645Z has a very large screen size compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released around the same time as the 645Z. The average screen size of SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 2.9", and the screen sizes range from 2" to 3.2".

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the 645Z, the Pentax 645Z supports Full HD video.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax 645Z has a built-in flash, as do most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the 645Z.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|FLU|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on SLR digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Very Many Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of 52.99 megapixels, the Pentax 645Z has a very many total megapixel count compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the 645Z. Across all the cameras of this spec and age the total megapixel counts range from 10MP to 53MP.

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8256 X 6192 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The Pentax 645Z has an 8256 x 6192 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras of this spec and age.

This digital camera's image resolution (8256 x 6192 pixels) is in fact the best image resolution amongst all digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum image resolution is the worst image resolution amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Pentax 645Z has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most cameras of this spec and age. The most commonly found HDMI connector is Mini, but this HDMI connector is not found on this camera. The HDMI connectors Micro are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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Nine Diaphragm Blades

Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the 645Z only have between five and eight diaphragm blades, however the Pentax 645Z has nine diaphragm blades.

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Two Memory Slots

The Pentax 645Z has more memory slots than most of the cameras of this age and spec. Most of the cameras that were released more than two years ago only have one memory slot, however this camera has two memory slots.

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Supports Three Image Formats

The Pentax 645Z has a greater number of supported image formats than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by SLR digital cameras that are a similar age to the 645Z. The image formats "RAW" and "TIF" are also supported by this Pentax digital camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The Pentax 645Z has a ±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than the ± 5EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction found on most digital cameras of this type and age.

This digital camera's light exposure correction (±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)) is in fact the best light exposure correction across all cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

The worst light exposure correction across comparable types of digital camera is ± 2EV (1/3EV step).

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Very High Maximum ISO Speed

When compared to other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Pentax 645Z's maximum ISO speed of 204,800 is one of the highest. Across all the digital cameras that are a similar age to the 645Z the maximum ISO speeds range from 1,600 to 210,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 19,000.

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Very High Maximum Playback Zoom

When compared to other digital cameras of this type and age that we have assessed, the Pentax 645Z's maximum playback zoom of 16 times zoom factor is one of the highest. The lowest maximum playback zoom of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1x and the highest is 16x.

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Has One Photo Effect

The Pentax 645Z has a greater number of photo effects than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. The most frequently found photo effect is Neutral, but this photo effect is not found on this camera. The photo effects Black&White are also found on this Pentax digital camera.

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Quite High Display Resolution

The display resolutions of cameras of a similar type and age to the 645Z range from 1 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 750,000 pixels. The Pentax 645Z has one of the higher display resolutions (1,037,000 pixel) amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age.

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Has Three Image Editing Modes

The number of image editing modes found on the Pentax 645Z is more than most cameras of this type and age. This Pentax digital camera has a Rotating image editing mode, which is the most frequently found image editing mode found on cameras of this age and type. The image editing modes "Crop" and "Resizing" are also found on this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported video resolution on digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the Pentax 645Z is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most frequently found light exposure mode found on cameras of this type and age. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Pentax camera.

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H.264 Video Format

This camera supports an AVI|H.264|M-JPEG|MPEG4 video format, which is typical of many comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Features Three Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Pentax 645Z is more than most cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Pentax camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the 645Z. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus" and "Spot Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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Supports Four Camera File Systems

The Pentax 645Z has a greater number of camera file systems than most SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. This camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras of a similar age and type to the 645Z. The camera file systems "DCF", "Exif 2.3" and "RAW" are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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12 Reasons Against

Expensive

Digital cameras of this age and type range in price from £40 to £5,581. We think that this digital camera looks expensive compared to other digital cameras of this age and type.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Pentax 645Z does not support video recording, unlike most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Pentax 645Z is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other SLR digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the 645Z are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Pentax 645Z does not have a GPS. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the 645Z also do not have a GPS.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Pentax 645Z does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the 645Z also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other SLR digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the 645Z, the Pentax 645Z is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most SLR digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the 645Z do not have an image stabiliser. The Pentax 645Z is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

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Only Has Five Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Pentax 645Z is more than most comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Pentax digital camera has a Manual shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on SLR digital cameras that came out around the same time as the 645Z. The shooting modes "Aperture priority", "Auto", "Program" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this camera.

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Quite Narrow Field of View

The average field of view of comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the 645Z is 100%, and the field of view range from 95% to 170%. With a field of view of only 98 percent, the Pentax 645Z has a very narrow field of view compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the 645Z.

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Very Large Closest Focusing Distance

Digital cameras of this spec and age have closest focusing distances of between 0.18m and 0.5m. The Pentax 645Z has one of the largest closest focusing distances (0.5 meters) amongst SLR digital cameras of this age.

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Very Thick

The thinnest digital camera of a comparable age and spec to the 645Z is 29mm deep, the thickest is 130mm, and the average depth is 75mm. At 123 millimeters, the Pentax 645Z is very thick compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Very Heavy

The weights of comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 230g to 1.5kg, and the average weight is 630g. The Pentax 645Z is very heavy (1.5 kilograms) compared to most of the other SLR digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Pentax 645Z

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Pentax camera has been on the market for over two years.

MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Design
Colour
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Auto Exposure Lock
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Sync-Speed
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Exposure Lock
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Noise Reduction
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
DC-In Jack
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
Dioptre Correction
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Live View
Playback Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Brightness Adjustment
Built-In Processor
Diopter Adjustment
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Quick Start Guide
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Special Features

4 Awards

PhotographyBlog.com Essential Ephotozine Highly Recommended PC Mag Editor's Choice Imaging Resource.com Dave's Pick

Expert Reviews

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What's the best camera body that money can buy? We test a veritable wish list of cameras, in pursuit of perfection.1. Canon EOS 5D Mark III, £2,250 / $2,500 An easily manageable sub-1kg body that... Read more…

24 March 2015

The 645Z is Pentax's first medium format camera with a CMOS sensor. The camera offers more than 51MP resolution and many professional features, plus its handling is as easy as using a standard... Read more…

27 February 2015

In the light of cameras with full-35mm sensors like Nikon's D810 or Sony's Alpha A7R, it can be hard to mount a compelling argument for digital medium format, but the Pentax 645Z is undoubtedly...

21 January 2015

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'...

PC Mag

27 October 2014

Imaging Resource.com

The 645Z's new image sensor allows a spectacularly wide sensitivity range, especially by medium-format camera standards, covering everything up to ISO 204,800 equivalent. It also provides both... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 22 December 2014 by Mark
Mark would recommend the Pentax 645Z

I want to get several questions immediately out of the way: 1. Will the 645Z make you a better photographer? NO 2. Will the 645Z make you better at lighting? NO 3. Will the 645Z help you source... Read more…

Reviewed 25 July 2014 by Scats
Scats would recommend the Pentax 645Z

I have had this camera out on three different occasions only having purchased it a couple of weeks ago. I am primarily a landscape and nature photographer and shoot everything from a tripod. I... Read more…

Reviewed 11 September 2014 by Jerome X.
Jerome X. would recommend the Pentax 645Z

I am a portrait photographer that occasionaly does commercial work. I print large prints. A lot of large prints. I took a leap of faith when I pre-ordered the camera as I had never used a Pentax.... Read more…

Reviewed 4 November 2014 by Cosmo
Cosmo would recommend the Pentax 645Z

I have been a landscape photographer for many years. I have used almost every system out there at one point or another, Olympus, Sony, Nikon, Fuji, you name it. There is always some give and take... Read more…

Reviewed 16 July 2014 by Adam
Adam would recommend the Pentax 645Z (Verified Purchase)

I purchased this camera to use along side my DSLR for times when I can slow down and shoot with the purpose I want. I'm mainly using this camera on a tripod but with good technique I think you can... Read more…

Fast Accurate Auto-Focus
Good Image Quality
High ISO Performance
Large Clear LCD
Quiet
Expense Of New Lenses
Expensive
Heavy
Lack Of New Lenses
Auto Focus Is A Bit Slow
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Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax 16600, pentax 645z55, pentax 1660000, pentax 5012315k, pentax 6509704583
Barcodes 00006509704583, 00027075230644, 00027075275867, 00027075275874, 00027075294691, 00270752758676, 04974564275876, 09999999275876

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