Ricoh’s New 51.4MP Game Changer?

Pentax 645Z

Ricoh Imaging’s New Pentax 645Z

After Hasselblad & Phase One, hot on the heels of CMOS-sensor medium-format cameras comes Ricoh’s Pentax 645Z (an update to the 40MP 645D) at a price of USD 8500 (approx. Rs. 5.1 lakhs). Correction, ONLY USD 8500.

The 645Z is priced at about a third of its competitors. The Hasselblad H5D-50C  and the Phase One IQ250 will set you back about Rs. 16 lakhs and Rs. 21 lakhs.

The price is not the only reason the camera has us excited. The camera is capable of doing things the competition can’t—like shooting video (the Pentax 645z has Full HD 60i recording capabilities) and an ISO range of 100–204800. While both Nikon and Canon flagships offer a similar ISO range, it is the first for a medium format camera. The Phase One and Hasselblad versions manage only ISO 6400.

According Jim Malcolm, Executive VP at Ricoh, it was possible to offer the 645Z with these features at its price because a lot of its technology is borrowed from other Pentax DSLRs, including the current flagship, the K-3. The camera’s autofocus system, metering system, and weathersealing system are examples of this integration.

Other Highlights

  • The 645Z can shoot at 3fps, twice that of it’s competition.
  • It borrows the Safox 11 autofocus system with 27AF points.
  • The camera is weather resistant, cold resistant & dustproof.
  • A 3.2-inch 1,037k dot tilting LCD
  • It has two SD card slots and is compatible with both the Eye-Fi cards and the Pentax FluCard. The latter allows users to check the live view image, release the shutter and browse & download images using their smartphone
Tags: hasselblad h5d-50c, medium format camera, Pentax 645Z, Phase One IQ250, ricoh