PENTAX 645D makes its North American debut

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After almost 3 years of development, Pentax has finally shown off their brand new 645 medium format DSLR. This isn’t your typical on-the-go DSLR, in fact its probably not your typical DSLR in general. While there is no price for this Hasselbladian style camera, we can be rest assured you won’t see many people sporting it around at photo shows like PVDI here in Toronto.

This camera sports two SDHC card slots for extra storage, a new style of Dust Removal technology, a shiny 3.0″ LCD display with a 170º viewing angle, and all the other functions you’d find from a Pentax DSLR. Both displays, rear and top are reinforced with glass, considering the size and weight the camera already has, the glass doesn’t make it that much heavier. Like the Pentax K-7, the 645 has built in HDR creation functions, and horizon correction sensors to get that perfectly framed photo.

You won’t be doing any sports photography with this camera, considering it can only shoot one (1) frame per second, and it’s a bloody long second at that, however you’re getting 40MP every time you fire that shutter. The sensor itself is designed by Kodak, and measures 44mm by 33mm, which is approx 1.7 times larger than a 35mm full frame camera. Sufficed to say this is one mother of a camera.

Pentax does not have a release date at the moment, nor a price for the camera. We should expect to see it before the end of the year though. Photos of the camera can be found on my Flickr page.

Nile Livesey is co-founder of Perpetual Radio Networks.  Founded in 2009 by Nile Livesey and Matthew Couto, PRN has developed into a new media content website, focused on technology. Starting with the idea of podcasting, it’s since grown to a multimedia conglomerate for everything technology.



What do you think of the new PENTAX? Impressed?