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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 Oct 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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32 Reasons For

Four Industry Awards

The writer at Ephotozine gave this Pentax camera a "Highly Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from PC Mag who thought it was terrific.

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

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Good Expert Reviews

Eleven experts from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and PC Mag have rated this SLR camera on average 89 out of 100. Camera experts think this camera is one of the better cameras that have been around for more than two years.

User Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 16 user reviews this camera has a terrific average user rating. If all the digital cameras of this age and spec are ranked by average user review score then this SLR camera is in the top 14%.

Excellent Brand

Based on 1,276 user and expert reviews, Pentax has excellent ratings for its cameras. Pentax also has excellent ratings specifically within its SLR cameras range.

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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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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”.

Very High Megapixel Count

When compared to other digital cameras of this spec and age that we have checked, the megapixel count of the Pentax 645Z of 51.4 megapixels is one of the highest. The lowest megapixel count of cameras of a comparable age and spec to the 645Z is 4MP and the highest is 52MP.

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Fairly Large Screen Size

The Pentax 645Z has one of the larger screen sizes (3.2 inches) amongst digital cameras of this age. The screen sizes of digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the 645Z range from 2" to 6.7".

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to 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. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the 645Z also have a built-in flash.

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an Eye-Fi|FLU|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many SLR cameras that have been around 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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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most commonly found sensor type on SLR cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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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 that have been available for a comparable time to it.

This digital camera's image resolution (8256 x 6192 pixels) is actually the best image resolution amongst all digital cameras of this age and spec.

Amongst comparable types of digital camera the worst image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Pentax 645Z is more than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Nine Diaphragm Blades

Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years only have between one and eight diaphragm blades, however the Pentax 645Z has nine diaphragm blades.

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Very Many Total Megapixel Count

With a total megapixel count of 52.99 megapixels, the Pentax 645Z's total megapixel count is one of the most amongst cameras of a comparable type and age to the 645Z. The average total megapixel count of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 20MP.

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Two Memory Slots

Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the 645Z only have one memory slot, however the Pentax 645Z has two memory slots.

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Supports Three Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Pentax 645Z is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. This camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years. The image formats "RAW" and "TIF" are also supported by this Pentax camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on SLR cameras that are a comparable 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 SLR cameras that have been available for more than two years.

This digital camera's light exposure correction (±5EV (1/2; 1/3 EV step)) is actually the best light exposure correction amongst all cameras of this age and type.

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

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Very High Maximum ISO Speed

With a maximum ISO speed of 204,800, the Pentax 645Z's maximum ISO speed is one of the highest amongst cameras of this age and spec. Across all the digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the 645Z the maximum ISO speeds range from 1,600 to 210,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 18,000.

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Very High Maximum Playback Zoom

Digital cameras of this spec and age have maximum playback zooms of between 1x and 16x, and the average maximum playback zoom is 9.8x. The maximum playback zoom of the Pentax 645Z of 16 times zoom factor is one of the highest amongst SLR cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the 645Z.

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Has One Photo Effect

The number of photo effects found on the Pentax 645Z is more than most SLR cameras that are a comparable age to it. The most commonly found photo effect is Neutral, but this photo effect is not found on this Pentax digital camera. The photo effects Black&White are also found on this digital camera.

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Quite High Display Resolution

With a display resolution of 1,037,000 pixel, the Pentax 645Z has one of the higher display resolutions amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. The average display resolution of cameras of this type and age is 780,000 pixels, and the display resolutions range from 640 pixels to 2,400,000 pixels.

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Has Three Image Editing Modes

The Pentax 645Z has a greater number of image editing modes than most cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Pentax camera has a Rotating image editing mode, which is the most frequently found image editing mode found on digital cameras of this age and spec. 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 frequently found maximum video resolution on cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Pentax 645Z supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this Pentax digital camera). 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.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all SLR cameras that were launched around the same time as the 645Z.

Amongst similar types of camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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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 this age and spec. This camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on cameras of a similar age and type to the 645Z. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus" and "Spot Auto Focus" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Supports Four Camera File Systems

The Pentax 645Z has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras of this spec and age. This camera supports a DCF 2 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras of this type and age. 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 typical of many cameras of this type and age.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

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

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Pentax 645Z does not have a GPS, although keep in mind that most of the other SLR cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not have a GPS.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other cameras of this age and type, the Pentax 645Z does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other SLR cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the 645Z, the Pentax 645Z is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age 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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Not Waterproof

Most cameras of this age and type are not waterproof. The Pentax 645Z is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Only Has Five Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Pentax 645Z is more than most SLR cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on SLR cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The shooting modes "Aperture priority", "Manual", "Program" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this digital camera.

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Quite Narrow Field of View

The Pentax 645Z has a fairly narrow field of view (only 98 percent) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the 645Z. The field of view of SLR cameras that have been available for around the same time as the 645Z range from 95% to 170%.

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Quite Large Closest Focusing Distance

The average closest focusing distance of similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the 645Z is 0.34m. The Pentax 645Z has one of the largest closest focusing distances (0.5 meters) amongst SLR cameras of this age.

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Very Thick

The average depth of digital cameras of this type and age is 79mm, and the depths range from 32mm to 130mm. When compared to other SLR cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the 645Z that we have assessed, the depth of the Pentax 645Z of 123 millimeters is one of the thickest.

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Very Heavy

The Pentax 645Z is very heavy (1.5 kilograms) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. The average weight of cameras that were released around the same time as the 645Z is 650g.

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1 Other reason to consider the Pentax 645Z

Released Over Two Years Ago

This digital camera was released over two years ago.

Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Full-Frame Sensor Size
Total Megapixel Count
Design
Colour
Lens System
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Structure
Lens Mount Interface
Diaphragm Blades
Filter Size
Lens Mount
Focusing
Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance
Auto Focus Point
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
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
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Built-In Processor
Diopter Adjustment
Scene Mode
Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Lens Weight
Lens Length
Lens Diameter
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
System Requirements
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Other 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

(16)
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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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00027075230644, 00027075275867, 00027075275874, 00270752758676, 04974564275876, 09999999275876

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