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Pentax introduces 40MP 645D medium format digital SLR camera

This is a camera only the pros can handle. Pentax has unveiled the 40-megapixel (yes, 40) 645D medium-format SLR camera with an interchangeable-lens system.
Written by Rachel King, Contributor on

This is a camera only the pros can handle. Pentax has unveiled the 40-megapixel (yes, 40) 645D medium-format SLR camera with an interchangeable-lens system.

The Pentax 645D boasts an impressive list of specs for its high-end class, with a dedication to producing super high-resolution quality photographs. To do that, they've built in a high-performance 44mm x 33mm sensor and a 77-segment multi-pattern metering system for better accuracy. This is all within a highly-durable diecast aluminum chassis.

Some of the special modes to help create those fantastic photos include High Dynamic Range for developing a composite image with an extra-wide gradation range from three images at different exposures, as well as Dynamic-Range Expansion to compensate for over- and under-exposed sections in the frame.

Pro photographers also won't have to worry about swapping out a battery often for a replacement or recharge, as the included lithium-ion should last for at least 800 images after being fully charged.

Here's what else Pentax has incorporated in the 645D:

  • 11-point AF sensor
  • 3-inch TFT LCD screen (921,000 dots)
  • Dust removal system
  • SD/SDHC card slots
  • Connectivity: HDMI output,  USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, NTSC/PAL Video output, DC input
  • Dimensions: 6.1 x 4.6 x 4.7 in, weighs 52.2 oz (with battery and two SD cards)

Professional cameras come with big prices, and the 645D is no exception, but it might be worth the ¥850,000 ($9,412) retail price. It debuts in Japan in May - no word on a North American release just yet.

[Image via DPreview]

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