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Pentax 645Z Digital Camera

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SLR 51.4MP CMOS SDXC Oct 2014
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
Four industry awards
Good technical features
Good quality
246 Reviews + 4 Awards
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Reviews

Four Industry Awards

The experts at two expert review sites both endorsed this high megapixel digital camera. This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from website Ephotozine, confirming their endorsement and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from website PC Mag.

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

Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this camera is 89% based on eleven expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and PC Mag. This puts this digital camera in the top 10% of all the high megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago when ranked by average expert review score.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 239 owner reviews this high megapixel digital camera has a brilliant average owner rating. Over 90% of reviewers gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 99% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others. Most 645Z owners think it is one of the better cameras of a comparable spec and age.

Excellent Brand

Based on 2,026 expert and owner reviews (including 236 verified purchases), Pentax has excellent reviews for its digital cameras. Pentax also has excellent reviews specifically within its high megapixel cameras range compared to other brands. 99% of those that bought a Pentax camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Audio

Features Noise Reduction

The Pentax 645Z features noise reduction. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also feature noise reduction.

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Features Voice Recording

The Pentax 645Z features voice recording. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Pentax 645Z has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Twenty owners who reviewed it said that it was quiet. Pentax User scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned “The shutter is amazingly quiet”. Mjsfoto1956 mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Side-by-side 20"x30" prints were basically indistinguishable) while providing 8fps, completely weather sealed system, significantly quieter operation, smaller/lighter outfit” and rated the product a maximum of 5 stars. Mark said on Bhphotovideo.com “The 5DIII comes in handy because it's relatively quiet, much more so than the 1DX”.

Five customers said in their reviews that the product was noisy. Robotman28 wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “I took a shot at ISO 3200, inside with no flash and it was NOT full of noise” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago Socal-C wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “It's a bit noisy at high ISO.”. In the same month At Jay wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The image quality is very high and while it's noisy at ISO 51200 (Duh!) it's not unrepairable in Lightroom”.

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Focusing

Very Large Closest Focusing Distance

With a closest focusing distance of 0.5 meters, the Pentax 645Z has one of the largest closest focusing distances amongst high megapixel cameras of this age. The closest focusing distances of high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera range from 0.01m to 0.5m, and the average closest focusing distance is 0.22m.

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Viewfinder

Quite Low Magnification

The average magnification of digital cameras of this age and spec is 1.3x. When compared to other high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera, the Pentax 645Z's magnification of only 0.17 times zoom factor is one of the lowest.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Seventeen customers who purchased the Pentax 645Z agreed that it had a good battery life. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Long battery life”. Rd Prothero wrote in their review of this digital camera “Make sure you update the firmware as soon as you open the box (on a full battery”. Ohio Angie said on Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Battery life is decent” in their review of this digital camera.

One owner said in their reviews that the product was quick to charge. Matt the Storm Chaser gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “It does require noticeably more time to charge than my old Canon Li-Ions”.

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Battery

650 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera take between 30 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Pentax 645Z which takes 650 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Pentax 645Z has an HDMI. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also have an HDMI.

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Lens System

Fairly Small Maximum Aperture Number

The Pentax 645Z has a fairly small maximum aperture number (22) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera. The maximum aperture numbers of digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera range from 1.8 to 130, and the average maximum aperture number is 14.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

The Pentax 645Z has one of the smaller minimum aperture numbers (only 2.8) amongst similar spec cameras of this age. High megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this camera have minimum aperture numbers of between 1.3 and 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 4.

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Packaging Content

Has a Hand Strap

The Pentax 645Z has a hand strap. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera also have a hand strap.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The Pentax 645Z has a battery charger included, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Pentax 645Z has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera also have a batteries included.

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Flash

Has a Flash Exposure Compensation

The Pentax 645Z has a flash exposure compensation, as do most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Eighteen customers who bought this digital camera agreed that it had good features. Pentaxman wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The camera has more features than I will probably ever use” and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars. Newsimage said “Lots of nice features and a great value for the money” and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars. Zorro wrote three years ago “The K-3 does everything better and its sharpness and many features are outstanding” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.


Camera

Features Contrast Adjustment

The Pentax 645Z features contrast adjustment. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago also feature contrast adjustment.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Pentax 645Z features saturation adjustment. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera also feature saturation adjustment.

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Quite High Playback Zoom (max)

When compared to other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera that we have assessed, the Pentax 645Z's playback zoom (max) of 16 times zoom factor is one of the highest. The average playback zoom (max) of high megapixel cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera is 11x.

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Has a Dioptre Correction

The Pentax 645Z has a dioptre correction, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Pentax 645Z features brightness adjustment. Most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera also feature brightness adjustment.

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Supports Live View

The Pentax 645Z supports live view. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera also support live view.

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Features Histogram

The Pentax 645Z features histogram. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also feature histogram.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Nineteen owners who reviewed the Pentax 645Z thought it was a good body shape. Photographyblog.com scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and said on PhotographyBlog.com “The Pentax 645Z combines intuitive handling with impeccable image quality in a body that's actually fairly portable compared to its peers”. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert review site Ephotozine three years ago “Whilst nearly £7000 for the 645Z body may seem quite”. Expert review site Digitalcameraworld.com mentioned “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 review of this digital camera and scored it 80 out of 100.

Fifteen owners mentioned in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Expert website Popphoto.com said “Bulky, heavy, pricey compared to 35mmWho it's For” in their review of this digital camera. Michael Ezra said “Very heavy” in his review of this digital camera. Matt the Storm Chaser rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “A static light is meaningless and does not indicate the charge progress! Even after heavy use, my battery retains its charge very well.” in his review of this digital camera.

Three customers who reviewed the product thought it was compact. Three years ago Williamsvisual said on Bhphotovideo.com “The compact size is perfect, while the included grip that was packaged with the camera makes it work with a larger lens like the DA 60-250” in their review of this digital camera. Aaron said on Bhphotovideo.com “It's small and compact.” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Ex-Doc mentioned “I plan to buy an additional lithium battery, though, since it will be lighter and more compact for hiking”.

One owner reckoned that it was lightweight. Tstr14 wrote on Bhphotovideo.com four years ago “The K-3 is a lightweight yet strong framed DSLR that is weather resitent” in their review of this digital camera and gave this digital camera a rating of a maximum of 5 stars.

One customer said in their reviews that this digital camera was thick. Ringer wrote in their review of this digital camera three years ago “4 ED AL Limited lens, or the Pentax Zoom Telephoto 60-250mm f/4 DA* SDM lens, you have a light weight and broad ranged example of precision, speed, quietness” and rated it a maximum of 5 stars.

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Very Heavy

Across all the high megapixel cameras that have been around for more than two years the weights range from 90g to 1.5kg, and the average weight is 400g. The weight of the Pentax 645Z of 1.5 kilograms is one of the heaviest amongst high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Pentax 645Z has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Pentax 645Z has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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8256 X 6192 Pixels Image Resolution

The Pentax 645Z has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This digital camera has an 8256 x 6192 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it have a 3264 x 2448 pixels maximum image resolution.

An 8256 x 6192 pixels maximum image resolution is actually the best image resolution across all digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

Across similar types of camera the worst image resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3.2 inches, the Pentax 645Z has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera. Across all the cameras of a similar age and type to this camera the display diagonals range from 2.5" to 4.8".

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

High megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago have display resolutions (numeric) of between 460 pixels and 6,300,000 pixels. The Pentax 645Z has a quite high display resolution (numeric) (1,037,000 pixel) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Quite Narrow Field of View

With a field of view of only 98 percent, the Pentax 645Z has a quite narrow field of view compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age. The average field of view of digital cameras that were released more than two years ago is 99%, and the field of views range from 1% to 170%.

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Support

Good Technical Guidance

Four customers who purchased it considered that it had good technical guidance. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of the Pentax 645Z two years ago “Lots Of Both Manual Aut” . Ohio Angie said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “First camera was a K1000 35mm fully manual film camera”. Mark said three years ago “Will the 645Z help you to get authentic expressions out of your subject”.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The Pentax 645Z supports video recording. Most of the other high megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera also support video recording.

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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 six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera. In addition, this Pentax camera supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels. 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution across all high megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across similar types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Good Flash

Four owners who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it had a good flash. Robotman28 gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote four years ago “I have had the camera for 2 days and have not had much chance to get a lot of shots but; The flash works great inside”. Ir said on Bhphotovideo.com “It still has the built in flash, which is a plus for me.” and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars.

Live View Enabled Screen

Twelve owners considered that the Pentax 645Z had a good screen. Techradar wrote “Live View enabled screen” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag wrote “Articulating rear display” . Philip wrote “I find the large data back display particularly helpful and easy to read”.

Three customers considered that this digital camera had a good viewfinder. Three years ago Williamsvisual gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and said “The viewfinder is the best I've used on APS-C nice”. Rod Cuellar said in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Viewfinder and LCD are fantastic”.

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Good Video Capture

Sixteen people said in their reviews that it was good for video recording. Ephotozine.com mentioned “It's also the world's first medium format camera to offer full HD video recording”. Imaging-Resource.com said in their review of this digital camera on Imaging Resource.com “It also provides both live view and Full HD movie capture capabilities, neither of w”. Three years ago Rick wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “It takes perfect HD videos as a bonus!Rick Saphire - Taking pictures since about 1954!”.

Captures Images At 51-Megapixel Resolution

One hundred and nine owners who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was able to produce good images. Pc Mag gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “Captures images at 51-megapixel resolution”. Three years ago Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Video And Still Pictures” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. Expert review site Imaging-Resource.com mentioned “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”.

Thirty-three people who bought it concluded that it had a good picture resolution. Ephotozine said “3fps continuous shooting fast for medium format”. What Digital Camera mentioned “Massive resolution”. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag two years ago “2.9fps continuous shooting” in their review of the Pentax 645Z.

Fifteen owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good image sensor. Ephotozine said “51.4 megapixel CMOS sensor”. Imaging Resource.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Large sensor with high pixelcount” . Three years ago Techradar.com mentioned on Techradar “The 645Z has a sensor that measures 43.8x32.8mm (168% the size of a 35mm frame)” in their review of this digital camera.

Thirteen people who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good ISO range. Ephotozine gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote “Wide ISO range” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag said in their review of this digital camera “Excellent high ISO performance” . Scats said “The higher ISOs are very clean” and gave the product a score of a maximum of 5 stars.

Twelve people wrote in their reviews that it was good in low light. Bhphotovideo.com gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned two years ago “Good in Low Light”. Bhphotovideo.com also said “Very Low Light Sensitive” in their review. Three years ago Oldugly mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “In wedding photography the low light ability is outstanding”.

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27-Point Autofocus System

Fourty customers who bought it concluded that it had a good autofocus. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “27-point autofocus system” and gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars. Bhphotovideo.com said in their Pentax 645Z review “Focus peaking”. Photojake mentioned in their review of this digital camera three years ago “The focus is much better” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Fourteen owners wrote that it had a good lens. Pepos Wolfos said “Great resolution, sharpness (with good lens), speed, controls”. Mjsfoto1956 wrote “This camera lens combination does exceptionally well with its version of vibration reduction (called SR) as well as an excellent auto-focus system that never let me down” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Tr wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Look forward to purchasing another lens powerful enough for wildlife”.

Four owners who bought it reckoned that it had a good image stabiliser. Bhphotovideo.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Good Image Stabilization”. Photojoe wrote “The sensor image stabilization is helpful when handholding the camera”. Ben he said on Bhphotovideo.com “In body stabilization is still the best attribute of Pentax cameras” in his review of this digital camera.

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Design

Solid Control Layout

Fourty-four owners who purchased it considered that it was easy to use. Techradar said “Familiar control arrangement”. Three years ago Photojake gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The K-3 is quick to use and adjust”. Pentax Cat wrote “Still get to use old favorite lenses!” in their review of this digital camera and rated it a maximum of 5 stars.

Eight people who reviewed this digital camera thought it was easy to use the menus. Philip wrote “The extensive ISO range and advanced settings give you every imaginable option”. Four years ago Pentax User wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “The controls and menus are easy to use” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Seattle_sprocket said “Being a casual photographer, i really enjoy the k3 menu layout and button placement” in their review of this digital camera.

Seven customers reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Tbar scored it a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Outstanding DSLR - clear pent-prism viewfinder, fast accurate auto-focusing, sensitive high dynamic range 23 MP sensor with 12 (or is it 14) bit digital precision per color, easy to hold”. Ryem3 wrote in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Minor adjustments to the body make it more comfortable than the K-5” and rated it a maximum of 5 stars. Scats mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “I previously owned the Pentax 645D, so getting comfortable with this camera was relatively easy” and rated this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Three owners considered that it was easy to handle. Expert website Shutterbug.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The camera offers more than 51MP resolution and many professional features, plus its handling is as easy as using a standard SLR”. Burgian mentioned “It handles almost exactly like the K-5.”.

Three customers agreed that this digital camera had a good interface. Three years ago Pmartinphoto said on Bhphotovideo.com “I feel they have the best interface in the business”. Easyreed mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Very quick interface if you can master it all” and rated it a maximum of 5 stars.

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Ergonomic

Sixteen owners reckoned that the Pentax 645Z was good looking. Expert review site Luminous-Landscape.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “By Michael ReichmannMilky Way #2 Pentax 645z with 35mm lens @ f/4.5 122 seconds at ISO 12,800 One of the most beautiful sights in the night sky is the Milky Way”. Pc228a wrote in their review of this digital camera three years ago “A beautiful camera that certainly does the job”. Randall mentioned “Beautifully made (a heavy-duty-judy) with all controls well laid out” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Nine customers who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was ergonomic. Bhphotovideo.com said “Ergonomically It Is Great” in their review of this digital camera. Bhphotovideo.com also mentioned “Excellent ergonomics” in their review. Matt the Storm Chaser gave the product a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and he mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Very comfortable body and ergonomics (especially the molded thumb grip on rear of body), expanded exposure bracketing to 5 steps, consistent AWB in varying light situations, electronic level indicator (roll” in his review of this digital camera.

Six customers wrote in their reviews that it was well designed. Williamsvisual said on Bhphotovideo.com “The Pentax design ethic suits me better” and rated the product a maximum of 5 stars. Two years ago Dave scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he said in his review of this digital camera “The hand grip is really well designed”. Bob said in his review of this digital camera also two years ago “The design is excellent with all the controls where you want them” .

Three customers who bought it thought it was smooth. Timothy gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he said “Silky smooth, tack sharp”. Rondo said on Bhphotovideo.com “Cannot feel the Shutter, smooth baby Smooth” in their review of this digital camera. Enchantingrrl said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “I will add that the action on the 645Z is surprisingly smooth”.

One owner who purchased the product reckoned that it was neat. Three years ago Rick mentioned “It's uncanny how so much good stuff can be neatly placed in one amazing camera”.

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Good Quality

Sixty-six owners said in their reviews that the Pentax 645Z was good quality. Bhphotovideo.com gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned “Quality Build”. Bhphotovideo.com also said “Good Build Quality” in their review. Bhphotovideo.com also mentioned “Excellent image quality” in their review.

Solid Control Layout

Fourty-two owners mentioned that the product was well made. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Solid control layout” in their review of this digital camera. Bhphotovideo.com gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and said “Weather Sealed And Solid”. Photo Joe wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Very well-built and intuitive” in their review of this digital camera.

Eleven customers who purchased it mentioned that it was strong and durable. Ramesh wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Absolutely loved it, as it has the sealed and rugged pedigree of the previous models, allied to fine-tuned technology”. Rd Prothero mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I photograph construction progress on a regular basis and these cameras have no problem with the rugged environment”. Rd Prothero also wrote “Extremely rugged” in their review.

Three people considered that it was sealed. Ghost Writer wrote in their review of the Pentax 645Z “Fast focusing, weathered sealed, high usable ISO”.

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that it was reliable. Mikeh gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “In particular the bounce flash exposures are finally dependable”. Three years ago Timbo said on Bhphotovideo.com “From what I've taken the quality exceeds my trusty old Pentax K20D” in their review of this digital camera. Chrissyl wrote in their review of this digital camera “Purchased as an upgrade to my trusty K10D” and rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

One customer considered that this digital camera was good at resisting water ingress.

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Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Pentax camera was released in April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers pentax 16599
Barcodes 00027075230644, 00027075275867, 00027075275874, 00270752758676, 04974564275876, 09999999275876

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