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Pentax 645Z Medium Format DSLR Camera

BH #PE645Z • MFR #16599
Pentax 645Z Medium Format DSLR Camera
Key Features
  • 51.4MP CMOS Sensor - 43.8 x 32.8 mm
  • Prime III Image Processor
  • Anti-Alias Filter-Less Design
  • 3.2" 1037K Dot Tiltable Air-Gapless LCD
The Pentax 645Z features a 43.8 x 32.8 mm CMOS sensor with 51.4 effective megapixels. The sensor is designed without an anti-aliasing filter to maximize sharpness and details. RAW files can be recorded at 14-bit and saved using either the proprietary PEF format or Adobe's DNG format. 
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Pentax 645Z Overview

  • 1Description
  • 251.4 MP CMOS Sensor
  • 3Anti-Aliasing Filter-Less Design
  • 4RAW Capture
  • 5Prime III Image Processor
  • 6ISO 100 to 204800
  • 7Full HD 1080 Video Capture
  • 8Interval Shooting with 4K Output
  • 93.2" 1,037k-dot Tilting Air-Gapless LCD
  • 10Pentaprism Viewfinder
  • 11SAFOX II Autofocus Module
  • 12Real Time Scene Analysis with 86,000 Pixel Sensor
  • 13Multi-Pattern Auto WB system
  • 14Durable, Weather-Sealed Form Factor
  • 15Dual Memory Card Slot and FLU Card Compatibility
  • 16Lens Compatibility
  • 17Additional Features

The Pentax 645Z features a 43.8 x 32.8 mm CMOS sensor with 51.4 effective megapixels. The sensor is designed without an anti-aliasing filter to maximize sharpness and details. RAW files can be recorded at 14-bit and saved using either the proprietary PEF format or Adobe's DNG format. 

An ISO range from 100-204,800 and high S/N ratio provides low noise, low light capability, and the Prime III image processor lends itself to fast image capture with a maximum of 3 fps continuous shooting. The SAFOX II autofocus module utilizes 27 autofocus points including 25 cross-type sensors and 3 AF sensors dedicated for low light focusing. The new Real Time Scene Analysis System features an 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor for enhanced accuracy of exposure, white balance, and auto-focusing.

Full HD 1080 60i/30p/24p video capture is supported in the H.264 format with a dedicated button for instant switchover from stills to video. An external microphone jack enables high quality audio recording with manual sound level control and monitoring. An HDMI port outputs HD images to HDTVs and a USB 3.0 jack enables fast image transfer to your computer. Interval recording for time-lapse videos is supported with an output of UHD 4K resolution.

A 3.2", 1037k-dot, tilting, air-gapless, LCD monitor enables live view composition and playback viewing from a various angles and a trapezoid-shaped glass prism viewfinder with Kepler telescope-type eyepiece unit provides traditional eye-level composition. The design of the viewfinder also helps to achieve the relatively compact size of this medium format camera. The 645Z is extremely durable with an aluminum alloy chassis, magnesium alloy shell, and 76 specific weather seals to keep out moisture and dust. It is a camera designed for field as well as studio and can operate in temperatures from 14-104°F. 

The camera body also features a deep set ergonomic grip, ideal for hand-held shooting, easy-to-access buttons, and a top-plate, sub-LCD screen that is angled up for easier visibility of camera information. A hot shoe mount is supported, and in addition to the tripod socket on the camera's base, a second tripod socket is located on the side of the camera for convenient and stable tripod shooting in the vertical position. Two SD slots are provided for versatile image storage and both Flucards and Eye-Fi cards are compatible for wireless image transfer. A free plug-in is available for seamless tethered shooting support in conjunction with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, along with the USB 3.0 output for fast performance.

The 645Z is compatible with the new FA autofocus lenses as well as older 645 lenses and with Pentax 67 medium format lenses when used with an adapter.

51.4 MP CMOS Sensor

The 645Z offers a 43.8 x 32.8 mm 51.4MP CMOS sensor, which is ideal for ultra-high resolution imaging, large printing applications, and cropping flexibility. Compared to a CCD sensor, a CMOS sensor provides higher ISO sensitivity, expanded uses for live view, faster continuous shooting, and improved movie recording capabilities.

Anti-Aliasing Filter-Less Design

The optical, low-pass, anti-aliasing filter found in most CMOS sensors has been removed from the 645Z design to maximize image sharpness and fine details.

RAW Capture

RAW files can be recorded at 14-bit and saved using either the proprietary PEF format or Adobe's DNG format for greater post-production control and flexibility.

Prime III Image Processor

The 645Z offers a fast frame rate of 3.0 fps, quick image processing to rapidly review images, and swift image transfer with USB 3.0 computer connection.

ISO 100 to 204800

A sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 204800 along with enhanced noise reduction capabilities enables effective low-light capture.

Full HD 1080 Video Capture

The 645Z supports full HD movie capture in the H.264 format at 60i, 30p and 24p, including the ability to switch from still image to video recording with the flip of a dedicated switch. Equipped with a built-in stereo microphone and a terminal for external microphone connection, the user can also adjust the audio recording level manually and visually monitor sound levels during recording.

Interval Shooting with 4K Output

In-camera time lapse sequences can also be recorded using the built-in intervalometer, allowing up to 2000 shots to be recorded with 2 second to 24 hour delays, and output as 4K (3840 x 2160) files.

3.2" 1,037k-dot Tilting Air-Gapless LCD

A 3.2", 1,037k-dot, air-gapless, LCD monitor is available and features a tilting design (-35° down and +125° upward) to benefit use from high or low viewing positions. An electronic level gauge can be utilized with either the viewfinder or LCD monitor during shooting, and when working in live view, a variety of grid overlays and manual focus peaking can be used for greater focusing accuracy.

Pentaprism Viewfinder

A large, trapezoidal-shaped, glass pentaprism with Kepler telescope-type eyepiece enables bright and clear eye-level finding with 98% frame coverage.

SAFOX II Autofocus Module

The SAFOX II autofocus module maximizes 27 AF sensors and a vast light sensitivity range of -3EV to +18EV. The new focus module includes 25 cross sensors and three AF sensors dedicated to low light focusing.

Real Time Scene Analysis with 86,000 Pixel Sensor

The new Real Time Scene Analysis System features an 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor and improved algorithms that further enhance accuracy of exposure, white balance, and auto-focusing.

Multi-Pattern Auto WB system

A Multi-Pattern Auto WB system can be used to intelligently adjust white balance settings when mixed lighting is prevalent. For example, if both flash and ambient lighting are utilized, different white balance settings are used within the different regions of an image to more accurately portray overall color balance.

Durable, Weather-Sealed Form Factor

Offering a compact build for a medium format camera, the 645Z provides an ergonomic grip, large buttons, and 76 specific weather-seals to protect the camera from moisture, sand, and dust. It is capable of shooting in temperatures ranging from 14-104°F, and its aluminum alloy chassis and magnesium alloy body are durable for years of service in studio or on location.

Dual Memory Card Slot and FLU Card Compatibility

Dual slot SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card support ensures fast and reliable storage for high resolution image files, simultaneously saving in multiple formats, assigning images to different cards based on their original format, or easily holding one memory card in reserve. In addition to standard SD cards, the 645Z is compatible with Eye-Fi and Flucards for wireless image transfer and with the Pentax Flucard remote camera control from a compatible smart devise.

Lens Compatibility

The 645Z is compatible with new D FA autofocus lenses as well as older 645 lenses as well as Pentax 67 lenses via an optional adapter.

Additional Features

  • Customizable RAW/Fx button for direct access to a common shooting settings.
  • An HDMI port outputs high definition images, video and sound to HDTVs.
  • USB 3.0 output for high speed data transmission.
  • Mirror dampening hardware minimizes the effect of camera shake and noise levels during the image capture process.
  • A second tripod socket on the camera's side enables convenient and stable vertical tripod-mounted shooting.
  • The sub LCD on the camera's top plate is angled for better visibility of camera setting information.
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting mode with RAW-format data filing.
  • A free Pentax Tethered Capture Plug-In is available for tethered in shooting conjunction with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and its associated mobile apps. The camera must be updated to firmware version 1.21 or later in order to support tethered shooting with this plug-in.
UPC: 027075275867

Pentax 645Z Specs

Lens MountPentax 645
Sensor Type44 x 33 mm (Medium Format) CMOS
Sensor ResolutionActual: 52.99 Megapixel
Effective: 51.4 Megapixel (8256 x 6192)
Image File FormatDNG, JPEG, Raw
Bit Depth14-Bit
Image StabilizationNone
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityAuto, 100 to 204800
Shutter TypeFocal Plane Shutter
Shutter Speed1/4000 to 30 Seconds
Metering MethodCenter-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone, Spot
Exposure ModesAperture Priority, Manual, Program, Sensitivity Priority, Shutter Priority
Exposure Compensation-5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)
Metering Range-1 to 21 EV
White BalanceAuto, CTE, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Manual, Multi Auto WB, Shade, Tungsten
Continuous ShootingUp to 3 fps for up to 30 Frames (JPEG) / 12 Frames (TIFF) / 10 Frames (Raw)
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/12-Second Delay
Mirror Lock-UpYes
Recording ModesAVI/MOV/H.264/MPEG-4
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p/50i
HD (1280 x 720) at 24.00p/25p/29.97p/50p
Recording LimitUp to 25 Minutes
Video EncodingNTSC/PAL
Audio RecordingBuilt-In Microphone (Stereo)
External Microphone Input
Focus TypeAuto and Manual Focus
Focus ModeContinuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points27
Autofocus Sensitivity-3 to +18 EV
Viewfinder TypeOptical
Viewfinder Coverage98%
Viewfinder MagnificationApprox. 0.85x
Diopter Adjustment-3.5 to +2
Resolution1,037,000 Dot
Display TypeTilting LCD
Built-In FlashNo
Flash ModesForced On, Forced On/Red-Eye Reduction, Hi-Speed Sync, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction, Wireless
Maximum Sync Speed1/125 Second
Flash Compensation-2 to +1 EV (1/2 EV Steps)
Dedicated Flash SystemP-TTL
External Flash ConnectionHot Shoe, X-Sync Terminal
Media/Memory Card SlotDual Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
Connectivity2.5mm Sub-Mini, 3.5mm Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), PC Sync Socket, USB Micro-B (USB 3.1)
Operating Temperature14 to 104°F / -10 to 40°C
Battery1 x D-LI90 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Dimensions (W x H x D)6.1 x 4.6 x 4.8" / 15.5 x 11.7 x 12.2 cm (Excluding Protrusions)
Weight54.7 oz / 1.55 kg (Body with Battery and Memory)
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10 x 9.291 x 8.583"
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In what country is this camera made?

In what country is this camera made?
Asked by: john
This camera is made in China.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-03-19

What is the average file size in Mb?

What is the average file size in Mb?
Asked by: Paul
File size will vary depending on the conditions and subject matter of the shot. On average they can range from 50~ 80MB plus.
Answered by: Reuben
Date published: 2019-07-18


what is the crop factor? in other words, what is the 50mm lens equivalent in 35mm full frame (what is the normal lens)?
Asked by: Anonymous
For all Pentax 645AF2, 645AF and 645A lens you mount to this camera youll multiply the given focal length by 0.79 to calculate the 35mm-equivalent focal length. As such, a 50mm lens on the Pentax 645Z Medium Format DSLR Camera would be the equivalent of a 39.5mm lens on a 35mm film camera.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2019-02-09


Can you use the HDMI output to see the live view image when shooting still photos with the 645Z?
Asked by: Sandor
You would be better off using the usb 3.0 port and tethering.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2021-08-19


Can this camera work with the old Pentax 6X7 leaf shutter lenses? The 1/125 flash sync of this camera is a bit worrisome for me
Asked by: Anonymous
In order to mount Pentax 67 series leaf shutter lenses onto the 645Z, you will need an adapter such as the FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Pentax 67 Lens to Pentax 645 Mount Camera B&H # FOPP645AP67. Please see the image below for reference.
Answered by: Kirk R.
Date published: 2018-08-25


If I want to use this camera to shoot video and record on a separate outboard recorder, can a get a clean feed off the sensor via the HDMI cable ?
Asked by: Marina M.
No, unfortunately the Pentax 645Z does not have a clean HDMI output.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-25


What's in the box?
Asked by: joel d.
In the BoxPentax 645Z Medium Format DSLR Camera (Body Only)D-LI90(E) Lithium-Ion Battery (7.2V, 1860mAh)K-BC90 Battery Charger Kit for K7 Digital SLR CameraHotshoe Cover FKBody Mount Cap 645O-ST150 StrapStandard Eyecup 645O-EC107 Large Eye CupSync Socket 2p Cap2 x Triangular RingProtective CoverSoftware CD-ROM S-SW150Limited 1-Year Warranty
Answered by: Dana G.
Date published: 2018-08-25

Can the 645Z be used with a Cambo style view ...

Can the 645Z be used with a Cambo style view camera? I would like to use my large format lenses - 72 mm to 500 mm - with the digital camera.
Asked by: Jeff
I'm somewhat unfamiliar what Cambo style means but if you could find a large format to Pentax 645 mount adaptor (if they exist), I presume it could be done. I've been following for 12 years and I don't recall any discussion of using a Pentax 645 on large format equipment.
Answered by: Tim
Date published: 2021-01-09
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