RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX 645Z medium-format digital SLR cameras. This new model features a newly designed, large CMOS image sensor with approximately 51.4 effective megapixels to deliver super-high-resolution images, while assuring the outstanding operability and exceptional reliability that can satisfy the exacting demands of professional photographers.
The PENTAX 645Z was developed based on the PENTAX 645D, which was launched in 2010. While retaining the time-proven weather-resistant, dustproof construction, it incorporates a newly developed image sensor and imaging engine to enhance image quality and reliability. It also boasts approximately 51.4 effective megapixels to produce super-high-resolution images with true-to-life sense of depth. It has much-improved basic specifications, such as: burst shooting at approximately three images per second; a tiltable, high-resolution LCD monitor; a state-of-the-art AF system with a live-view function; a high-precision exposure control system; and a more durable, dependable shutter unit. It also provides much faster response to the photographer’s commands under all types of shooting conditions. The result is the top level of operability and maneuverability required in demanding professional work. It even features full HD movie recording capability and smartphone accessibility via Wi-Fi transmission to add new possibilities and enhance flexibility in creative photography.
1．Super-high-resolution images made possible by approximately 51.4 effective megapixels
The PENTAX 645Z features a high-performance CMOS image sensor, with an imaging area (43.8mm x 32.8mm) approximately 1.7 times larger than that of a 35mm full-size sensor. By combining this sensor with the PRIME III imaging engine — with its advanced image-processing and noise-reduction capabilities and anti-aliasing filter-less design — the 645Z makes full use of the imaging power and approximately 51.4 effective megapixels to deliver super-high resolution and exceptional depth rendition.
Since the 645Z effectively minimizes annoying noise during high-sensitivity shooting, the photographer can comfortably take pictures even at super-high sensitivities up to ISO 204800. This provides the photographer with totally new creative options beyond the scope of existing medium-format photography.
2.High-speed response to accommodate professional demands
The 645Z continuously records as many as 10 images in the RAW format (or up to 30 images in the JPEG：L・★★★) at a maximum speed of approximately three images per second. It also offers quick-view function, UHS-1 speed class compatibility for high-speed data storage (in the SDR104 bus speed mode; with a compatible SD memory card), and USB3.0-standard data interface for easy transfer of recorded images to a personal computer. Thanks to its high-speed response rivaling that of 35mm-format SLRs, the 645Z assures active, flawless shooting in a wide range of applications demanded by professionals.
3. High-precision AF system
The 645Z incorporates a newly designed SAFOX 11 phase-matching AF module with 27 sensor points (including 25 cross-type sensors). It also detects the light flux of an F2.8 lens to optimize focusing accuracy when using a large-aperture lens. Its wide AF working range of -3EV to +18EV (at ISO 100; at 23oC) to assure pinpoint focus with dimly illuminated subjects, which are difficult to focus accurately with the naked eye. Thanks to the new CMOS image sensor with high-speed data readout, it even provides a live-view function. This allows the photographer to make more minute focus adjustments using the contrast-detection AF mode on the live-view screen, or by magnifying the on-screen image.
4. Tiltable, 3.2-inch LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots
In addition to its wide-view design, the 645Z’s 3.2-inch high-resolution LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots (in the 3:2 aspect ratio) has a tilt mechanism to adjust the monitor angle, making it easier for the photographer to capture low- and high-angle images. Its front panel is made of tempered glass for extra protection. To optimize visibility during outdoor shooting, it also combines a unique air-gapless construction that eliminates the air space between the LCD layers to reduce the reflection and dispersion of the light, with an AR (Anti-Reflection) coating to minimize reflections on the screen.
5. Full HD movie recording at 1920 x 1080 pixels and 60i frame rate
The 645Z captures beautiful Full HD video clips (1920 x 1080 pixels; 60i/30P frame rate) in the H.264 recording format. Its large image sensor is effective in recording shallow-depth videos with an effectively blurred background. In addition to the built-in stereo microphone, it also provides a stereo mic terminal for external microphone connection and an audio level control function. It even provides interval video recording of 4K-resolution images (3840 x 2160 pixels; in Motion JPEG or AVI video format) to add a new dimension in creative imaging.
6. Solid, dependable body
Both the 645Z’s exterior housing and the LCD monitor frame installed on the back are made of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy, while the chassis is made of diecast aluminum to optimize kinematic accuracy and thermal stability against excessive heat. The LCD panels — one on the camera’s top panel, another on its back — are covered with tempered-glass plates for extra protection against scratches. The camera is also designed to be extremely durable and dependable even in harsh outdoor conditions. It’s not only weather-resistant and dustproof with 76 seals applied around the body, but it’s also cold-resistant against temperatures as low as -10°C, while its dependable shutter unit has withstood a punishing operation test of more than 100,000 shutter releases.
7. High-precision exposure control supported by PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System
The 645Z features the innovative PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System, which consists of an RGB light-metering sensor with approximately 86,000 pixels and a fine-tuned algorithm. This system not only assures much-improved exposure-control accuracy, but also utilizes the data obtained by the light-metering sensor to further enhance autofocusing accuracy and white-balance adjustment. By accurately assessing the type of scene or subject using the light-metering sensor, the 645Z not only selects the exposure settings that are more consistent with the photographer’s creative intentions, but it also makes a clearer distinction between the subject and the background to assure more accurate control of a discharge level in flash photography.
8. Large, bright optical viewfinder
The 645Z features a trapezoid-shaped glass prism, in place of a conventional pentaprism, to assure compact dimensions. Its optical viewfinder provides an approximately 98% field of view to facilitate image composition, while the time-proven Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen offers a sharp, clear viewfinder image for easier focusing and reduced eye fatigue, even during extended shooting sessions.
9. Smartphone-support functions*
By installing the optional FLUCARD FOR PENTAX 16GB O-FC1 memory card in the 645Z, the user can release the 645Z’s shutter, check the live-view image, and browse and download the images recorded on the card using a smartphone.
* This software supports smartphones operating on iOS6® or later and Android™ 4.2 or later.
10. DR II to eliminate dust from the image sensor
The 645Z comes equipped with the highly effective DR (Dust Removal) II mechanism to eliminate annoying dust spots on recorded images. By shifting the UV/IR-cut filter placed in front of the image sensor at supersonic speed using a piezoelectric element, this mechanism effectively and efficiently shakes dust off the image sensor. The 645Z also provides the Dust Alert system, which helps the user detect any dust particles clinging to the image sensor prior to shooting. Thanks to these user-friendly features, the photographer is assured of beautiful, spotless images, even when the lenses are changed in dust-prone outdoor settings.
11. Advanced, professional-grade features
- ・When the camera is positioned upside down such as in copying work and bird’s-eye-view photography, you can select “Auto Image Rotation mode” that allows you to automatically rotate the image 180 degrees on the camera’s LCD monitor or on a computer screen for easier viewing based on the selected position data.
- ・The fine square grid on live-view helps you confirm the subject’s position in the image field during live-view shooting. You can select grid color from black and white.
- ・Lock button disables the camera’s control buttons and dial to prevent the accidental shift of settings.
12. Other features
- ・ Dual SD card slots for memory card flexibility (compatible with SDXC, SDXC UHS-1 speed class in SDR104 bus speed mode)
- ・ Flexible white balance control, with a newly added Multi-Pattern Auto mode
- ・ HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting mode, with RAW-format data filing
- ・ PENTAX-invented hyper control system for quick, accurate response to the photographer’s creative intentions
- ・ Attachment of copyright credits on recorded images; detection of image tampering using the accompanying software
- ・ Automatic compensation of lens distortion, lateral chromatic aberration, brightness level at edges, and diffraction
- ・ Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN memory cards
- ・ Compatibility with USB3.0-standard interface accessories, with HDMI™ (type D) terminal
- ・ Digital Camera Utility 5 software included, to provide enhanced image-processing performance and speed using its newly designed engine
- ・ Compatibility with IMAGE Transmitter 2 software, for easy transfer of recorded images to PC (optional; available soon)
PENTAX 645Z Specifications
|Type||TTL autofocus, auto-exposure medium format digital SLR camera|
|Lens Mount||PENTAX 645AF2 mount with AF coupler, lens information contacts, and power contacts|
|Usable Lens||PENTAX 645AF2, 645AF and 645A mount lenses|
Image capture unit
|Image Sensor||Type: CMOS with a primary color filter, Size: 43.8 x 32.8 (mm)|
|Effective Pixels||Approx. 51.4 megapixels|
|Total Pixels||Approx. 52.99 megapixels|
|Dust Removal||Image sensor cleaning using ultrasonic vibrations “DR II” with the Dust Alert function|
|ISO AUTO/100 to 204800 (EV steps can be set to 1EV, 1/2EV, or 1/3EV)|
|Image Stabilizer||Lens-shift type (By using SR system lens)|
|Recording Formats||RAW (PEF/DNG), JPEG (Exif 2.30), DCF2.0 compliant|
|Recorded Pixels||JPEG: L (51M: 8256 x 6192), M (36M: 6912 x 5184), S (21M: 5376 x 4032), XS (3M: 1920 x 1440)|
RAW: L (51M: 8256 x 6192)
TIFF: L (51M: 8256 x 6192)
|Quality Level||RAW (14 bit): PEF, DNG|
JPEG: ★★★ (Best), ★★ (Better), ★ (Good), RAW + JPEG simultaneous recording available
|Color Space||sRGB, AdobeRGB|
|Storage Media||SD, SDHC*, SDXC* memory card, Eye-Fi card, FLUCARD *UHS-I compatible|
|Dual Card Slot||Sequential save, Save to Both Dual save, Separate RAW/JPG, Copying images between slots possible|
|Storage Folder||Folder Name: Date (100_1018, 101_1019…) or user-assigned (default: PENTX)|
|Storage File||File Name: user-assigned (default: IMGP****)|
File No.: Sequential Numbering, Reset
|Type||Keplerian telescopic trapezoid prism finder|
|Coverage (FOV)||Approx. 98%|
|Magnification||Approx. 0.62 x (55mmF2.8 at infinity), Approx. 0.85 x (75mmF2.8 at infinity)|
|Eye-Relief Length||Approx. 21mm (from the view window), Approx 24.1mm (from the center of lens)|
|Diopter adjustment||Approx. -3.5m to + 2.0m-1|
|Focusing Screen||Interchangeable Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen|
|Type||TTL method using CMOS image sensor|
|Focus Method||Contrast detection AF (Face Detection, Tracking, Multiple AF Points, Select, Spot)|
Focus Peaking: ON/OFF
|Display||Field of view: approx. 100 %, Magnified view (2x, 4x, 8x, 12x, 16x), Grid Display (Grid Style: 4×4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale, Square 1, Square 2, Grid Color: translucent black, translucent white), Histogram, Highlight Alert, Rotate Display 180°|
|Type||Tiltable TFT color LCD monitor featuring an air-gapless structure with an AR-coated, tempered-glass front panel|
|Dots||Approx. 1037K dots|
|Adjustment||Brightness, Saturation and Color adjustable|
|Type||Combination system of CMOS image and light source detection sensors|
|White Balance||Auto, Multi Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light (D: Daylight Color, N: Daylight White, W: Cool White, L: Warm White), Tungsten Light, Flash, CTE, Manual (up to 3 settings can be saved), Color Temperature (up to 3 settings can be saved), Copying the white balance settings of a captured image possible|
|Fine Adjustment||Adjustable ±7 steps on A-B axis or G-M axis|
|Type||TTL: phase-matching autofocus|
|Focus Sensor||SAFOX 11, 27 AF points (25 cross-type focus points in the center)|
|Brightness Range||EV-3 to 18 (ISO 100 / at normal temperature)|
|AF mode||Single AF (AF.S), Continuous AF (AF.C), Focus operation customizable|
|Focusing Area Selection Modes||Spot, Select, Expanded Area AF (S, M, L), Zone Select, Auto (27 AF Points)|
|Type||TTL open aperture metering using 86K pixel RGB sensor|
Metering Modes: Multi-segment metering, Center-weighted metering, Spot metering
|Metering Range||EV -1 to 21 (ISO100 at 55mmF2.8)|
|Exposure Mode||Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Shutter & Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, Flash X-sync Speed, USER1, USER2, USER3|
|EV Compensation||±5 EV (1/3 EV steps or 1/2 EV steps can be selected)|
|AE Lock||Button type (timer-control: two times the meter operating time set in Custom Setting), Continuous as long as the shutter release button is halfway pressed|
|Exposure Bracketing||2, 3 or 5 frames, Available with Continuous, Self-timer or Remote Control|
|Type||Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter|
|Shutter Speed||Auto: 1/4000 to 30 sec., Manual: 1/4000 to 30 sec. (1/3 EV steps or 1/2 EV steps), Bulb|
|Mode Selection||Stills: Single Frame, Continuous (H, L), Self-timer (12 sec., 2sec.), Remote Control (immediately, 3 sec., continuous), Multi-exposure (available with Continuous, Self-timer or Remote Control), Interval Shooting, Interval Composite|
Movie: Remote Control, Interval Movie Record
|Mirror Lock-up Shooting||Available with Continuous, Self-timer, Remote Control or Multi-exposure|
|Continuous Shooting||Max. approx. 3 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous H): up to approx. 30 frames, RAW: up to approx. 10 frames, TIFF: up to approx. 12|
Max. approx. 1 fps, JPEG ( L: ★★★ at Continuous L): up to approx. 300 frames, RAW: up to approx. 25 frames, TIFF: up to approx. 15
*When the sensitivity is set to ISO100.
|Multi-Exposure||Composite Mode: Additive, Average, Bright|
Number of Shots: 2 to 2000 images
|Interval Shooting||Stills: |
Interval: 2 sec. to 24 hr. Number of Shots: 2 to 2000 images Start Interval: Now, Set Time
Recorded Pixels: 4K, Full HD, HD Interval: 2 sec. to 1 hr. Recording Time: 14 sec. to 99 hr. Start Interval: Now, Set Time
|Flash Modes||Flash On, Flash On+Red-eye Reduction, Slow-speed Sync, Slow-speed Sync+Red-eye, P-TTL, Trailing Curtain Sync, contrast-control-sync, high-speed sync, wireless sync (available with a dedicated external flash)|
|Sync Speed||1/125 sec.|
|Flash Exposure |
|-2.0 to + 1.0 EV|
|Custom Image||Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing|
|Cross Processing||Random, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3|
|Noise Reduction||Slow Shutter Speed NR, High-ISO NR|
|Dynamic Range |
|Highlight Correction, Shadow Correction|
|Lens Correction||Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Peripheral Illumination Correction, Diffraction Correction|
|HDR Capture||Auto, Type1, Type2, Type3, Exposure Bracket Value adjustable, Auto Align (automatic composition correction function) available|
|Electronic Level||Displayed in viewfinder and LCD panel (horizontal direction only); displayed on LCD monitor (horizontal direction and vertical direction)|
|File Format||MPEG-4 AVC/H.264（MOV）|
*Motion JPEG(AVI) for Interval Movie Record
|Recorded Pixels||Full HD(1920×1080, 60i/50i/30p/25p/24p）、|
HD (1280×720, 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p)
|Sound||Built-in stereo microphones, external microphone (stereo recording compatible), Recording Sound Level adjustable|
|Recording Time||Up to 25 minutes; automatically stops recording if the internal temperature of the camera becomes high.|
|Custom Images||Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Radiant, Muted, Bleach Bypass, Reversal Film, Monochrome, Cross Processing|
|Cross Processing||Randum, Preset 1-3, Favorite 1-3.|
*Available only for Interval Movie Record
|Auto, Type1, Type2, Type3, Exposure Bracket Value adjustable|
|Playback View||Single image display, Multi-image display (6, 12, 20, 35, 80 thumbnails), Image magnification (up to 16x, 1x display and quick zoom available), Grid Display (Grid Style: 4×4 Grid, Golden Section, Scale, Square 1, Square 2, Grid Color: translucent black, translucent white), Rotated image display, Histogram (Y histogram, RGB histogram), Highlight Alert, Auto Image Rotation, Detailed Information Display, Copyright Information (Photographer, Copyright Holder), Folder Display, Calendar Filmstrip Display, Slideshow, GPS information (latitude, longitude, altitude, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC))|
|Delete||Single image, all images, select & delete, folder, Instant Review image|
|Digital Filter||Base Parameter Adj, Extract Color, Toy Camera, Retro, High Contrast, Shading, Invert Color, Unicolor Bold, Bold Monochrome, Tone Expansion, Sketch, Water Color, Pastel, Posterization, Miniature, Soft, Starburst, Fish-eye, Slim|
|RAW Development||Development options: Select single image, Select multiple images, Select a folder|
Development parameters: File Format (JPEG/TIFF), Aspect Ratio, JPEG Recorded Pixels, JPEG Quality, Color Space, Distortion Correction, Lateral Chromatic Aberration Correction, Peripheral Illumination Correction, Diffraction Correction, Color Fringe Correction, White Balance, Custom Image, Digital Filter, HDR, Sensitivity, High-ISO NR, Shadow Correction
|Editing Features||Color Moiré Correction, Resize, Cropping (aspect ratio can be changed and tilt adjustment is available), |
Movie Edit (dividing a movie file and deleting unwanted segments), Capturing a JPEG still picture from a movie, Saving RAW Data, Image Copy, Eye-Fi Image Transfer
|USER Modes||Up to 3 settings can be saved|
|Custom Functions||29 items|
|Mode Memory||11 items|
|RAW/Fx Button: One Push File Format, Optical Preview, Digital Preview|
AF Button: Enable AF1, Enable AF2, Cancel AF
Preview Dial: Optical Preview, Digital Preview
Illumination Button: LCD Panel Illumination, Modeling Flash, Test Flash
E-dials (front/rear): customizable to each exposure mode
|Enable/Disable Controls||Type1: e-dials (front/rear), EV Compensation button, ISO button, AE Lock button, Green button, Exposure Bracketing button, AF area button|
Type2: e-dials (front/rear), EV Compensation button, ISO button, AE Lock button, Green button, Exposure Bracketing button, AF area button, four-way controller, AF point change button, OK button, AF button, RAW/Fx button
|Text Size||Standard, Large|
|World Time||World Time settings for 75 cities (28 time zones)|
|Language||English, French, Germany, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek, Russian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese|
|AF fine Adjustment||±10 step, adjustment for all lenses or individual lenses (up to 20 can be saved)|
|Copyright Information||Names of “Photographer” and “Copyright Holder” are embedded to the image file.|
Revision history can be checked using the provided software.
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90|
|AC Adapter||AC Adapter Kit K-AC132 (Optional)|
|Battery Life||Number of recordable images: Approx. 650 images|
Playback time: Approx. 400 minutes
*Tested in compliance with CIPA standard using a fully-charged lithium-ion battery under the temperature of 23°C. Actual results may vary depending on the shooting conditions.
|Connection Port||USB 3.0 (micro B), external power supply terminal, cable switch terminal, X-sync socket, HDMI output terminal (Type D) , stereo microphone input terminal|
Dimensions and Weight
|Dimensions||Approx. 156mm (W) x 117mm (H) x 123mm (D) (excluding protrusions)|
|Weight||Approx. 1550g (including dedicated battery and an SD memory card)|
Approx. 1470g (body only)
|Package Contents||Strap O-ST150, Large eyecup 645 O-EC107, Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90, Battery Charger D-BC90, AC plug cord, Software (CD-ROM) S-SW150|
<Installed on the camera> Standard eyecup 645, Hot shoe cover FK, Sync socket 2p cap, Body mount cap 645, Triangular ring and protective cover
|Software||Digital Camera Utility 5|
|GPS Unit||O-GPS1: GPS information (Latitude, Longitude, Altitude, Time (UTC), Direction, Electronic Compass)|
|Flucard||FLUCARD FOR PENTAX 16GB O-FC1: remote capture, image browsing|
|51M||51M||51M||L: 51M||M: 36M||S: 21M||XS: 3M|
The maximum file size is 4GB for movie.
The maximum length is 25 minutes for movie.
System Requirements for PENTAX 645Z
|OS||Windows 8.1 (32 bit/64 bit) / Windows 8 (32 bit/64 bit) / Windows 7 (32 bit/64 bit) / Windows Vista (32 bit/64 bit)|
|CPU||Intel Core 2 Quad or higher|
|RAM||4GB or more|
|Free Disk Space||Program installation and start-up: 100 MB or more of available space|
Image file saving: Approximately 25 MB per file (JPEG) / approximately 70MB (RAW)
|Monitor||1280 x 1024 dots, 24 bit full-color or more|
|OS||Mac OS X 10.9 /10.8 / 10.7 / 10.6|
|CPU||Intel Core 2 Quad or later|
|RAM||4GB or more|
|Free Disk Space||Program installation and start-up: 100 MB or more of available space|
Image file saving: Approximately 25 MB per file (JPEG) or approximately 70MB (RAW)
|Monitor||1280 x 1024 pixels, 24 bit full-color or more|
*Not possible to use Universal logo due to no support for 10.5 and Power PC
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