Pentax 645D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

Pentax 645D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

Pentax 645D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

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Product Highlights

  • 40MP (7264x5440 pixels) CCD Sensor
  • Weather-Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body
  • 3' LCD W/921,000 Dots of Resolution
  • Compatible With Pentax 645 Lenses
  • 11-Point SAFOX IX+ Autofocus System
  • 77-Segment Metering System
  • 14-Bit RAW Files in PEF & Adobe DNG
  • Dual-Slot SD/SDHC Memory Card
  • In-Camera HDR Image Capture
  • Glass Trapezoid Pentaprism Viewfinder
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Pentax 645D Overview

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If you're serious about getting better image quality in your photos, the Pentax 645D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) can move you pretty far along that road: with a format similar to the film 645 system (44 x 33mm), this camera delivers a stunning 40MP of resolution in a package not much larger than top-of-the-line DSLRs (6.1 x 4.6 x 4.7"/15.5 x 11.68 x 11.93 cm and 49 oz/1389 g).

JPG (8-bit depth) and RAW (14-bit depth) files offer superb image quality. The 645D is compatible with all Pentax 645AF2 bayonet mount lenses.  It has an 11-point autofocus system and 77-segment metering system, an all-glass trapezoid pentaprism viewfinder, and a 3" LCD display.

A full range of white balance, exposure and playback options are available, as well as sensitivity from 100-1600 ISO, and in-camera HDR image capture that automatically takes 3 images and blends them into a single photo to more accurately represent the range of light intensity levels found in real scenes. A Lens Correction function automatically compensates for lateral chromatic aberration, as well as barrel and pincushion distortion common to wide angle lens photography, with select Pentax 645 lenses.

The 645D can capture 1.1 frames per second at full resolution, and offers mirror lock-up, multi-exposure, bracketing and interval functions also.  The rugged magnesium alloy body is weather-sealed and cold-proof to resist rain, snow, dust, etc. It has dual memory card slots (SD/SDHC) for convenience, and operates on a single rechargeable Li-Ion battery.  Look closely--you'll see the difference.

40 Megapixels
A 40 megapixel medium format (44x33mm) CCD sensor provides a top resolution of 7264x5440 pixels, which is ideal for ultra-high resolution imaging, exceptionally large printing applications, and outstanding cropping flexibility.
Magnesium Alloy Body
Magnesium alloy covers a rigid aluminum diecast chassis to add durability and thermal stability while minimizing weight.
Fully Weather Sealed
Fully weather sealed and coldproof design resists rain, snow, dust, and other environmental hazards during field use to keep the camera operating at peak performance levels.
Large 3" LCD
Large, 3 inch LCD screen, with anti-reflective coating and reinforced glass surface features 921,000 dots of resolution, wide angle viewing, and 32X image review magnification for easy on-camera image proofing.
Lens Compatibility
Compatibility with new D FA autofocus lenses as well as older 645 lenses ensures a wide selection of PENTAX glass for a wide range of photographic applications.
11-Point SAFOX IX+ Autofocus System
Highly responsive and accurate 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system features a light wavelength sensor for improved focus speed and reliability, even within different lighting environments.
77-Segment Metering System
Highly accurate 77-segment metering system for perfectly exposed images even in difficult lighting.
14-Bit RAW Files in PEF and Adobe DNG
Deep, 14-bit RAW files in PEF and Adobe DNG formats retain great detail in highlight and shadow areas of an image, and offer a high level of flexibility when processing RAW files.
Dual-Slot SD/SDHC Memory Card
Dual slot SD/SDHC 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.
ISO 100-1600
ISO 100-1600 provides great existing-light photo capture with outstanding noise performance.
Highly Flexible White Balance
Highly flexible white balance options include several common presets, 3 Kelvin color temperature settings, and 3 manual saves, each with WB fine adjustment tuning.
All-Glass, Trapezoid Pentaprism Viewfinder
All-glass, trapezoid pentaprism viewfinder with interchangeable focusing screens offers a 98% field of view viewing angle for accurate framing applications.
Multiple JPG Image Processing Modes
Multiple JPG image processing modes include Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Muted, Reversal Film, and Monochrome, for high quality JPG output without extensive computer enhancement and manipulation.
Lens Correction Function
Lens Correction function automatically compensates for lateral chromatic aberration, as well as barrel and pincushion distortion common to wide angle lens photography, with select PENTAX 645 lenses.
1.1 Frames Per Second at Full 40 Megapixel Resolution
Consecutive shooting up to 1.1 frames per second at full 40 megapixel resolution, enables action photography in a medium format camera system.
In-Camera HDR Image Capture
An in-camera HDR image capture function blends 3 consecutive frames of varying exposures into a single, perfectly blended image, maximizing detail within all tonal ranges.
Mirror Dampening Hardware
Mirror dampening hardware applies a braking action to the mirror swing, minimizing the effect of camera shake and noise levels to the image capture process.
Mirror Lockup Function
Mirror Lockup function prevents blur caused by the movement of the mirror during the exposure, ensuring the sharpest possible image capture for professional-caliber applications.
HDMI Output
HDMI output for high resolution image display on HDTVs.
Digital Level Function
A Digital Level function displays the vertical and horizontal inclination of the camera, ensuring captured photos remain level to the horizon.
High Capacity Li-Ion Battery
High capacity Li-Ion battery provides up to 800 shots in typical shooting conditions.
In the Box
Pentax 645D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Pentax 645D Specs

    Camera Type Digital SLR
    Resolution 40MP
    Sensor 33 x 44mm (55mm diagonal)
    Bit Depth 14 bit
    File Formats Raw (PEF and DNG), JPG
    File Size Not specified by manufacturer
    Color Spaces Not specified by manufacturer
    Creative Color Modes Not specified by manufacturer
    Film Modes Not specified by manufacturer
    Movie Modes N/A
    Image Stabilization Mirror dampening hardware applies a braking action to the mirror swing
    Crop Factor 1.27 versus traditional 645 (41.5x56mm)
    0.79 versus 35mm film (24x36mm)
    Lens N/A
    Zoom N/A
    Lens Mount PENTAX 645AF2 bayonet mount
    Focus Type 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus
    Focus Range N/A
    Accessory Lens/Filter Mount N/A
    Shooting Controls
    Sensitivity ISO 100-1600
    Shutter Speeds 30s - 1/4,000s, and bulb
    Metering 77-segment metering system
    Exposure Modes Program (P), Sensitivity Priority (Sv), Shutter Priority (Tv), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutter and Aperture Priority (TAv), Metered Manual, Bulb, X-Speed
    White Balance Auto preset modes: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Tungsten, Flash, CTE
    Manual mode(s): Yes, manual and 3 color temperature selections available>br> WB fine adjustment available in all modes
    Mirror Lock-Up Yes
    Burst Capability Up to 1.1 frames per second at full 40MP resolution
    Self Timer 12s, 2s
    Interval Recording Yes
    Remote Control Yes, infrared (0s, 3s, continuous) and cable switch
    Built-in Flash No
    Effective Flash Range N/A
    External Flash Connection Hotshoe (P-TTL, high speed sync available), wireless with PENTAX dedicated flash, X-sync socket
    Dedicated Flash System Pentax
    Max Sync Speed 1/125 sec
    Built-in Memory No
    Memory Card Type Dual-slot SD/SDHC memory card support
    Still Images per GB 11 to 805, dependent upon resolution
    A/V Recording
    Recording Formats N/A
    Video Recording N/A
    Video Resolution N/A
    Video Clip Length N/A
    Audio Recording N/A
    Viewfinder Type All-glass, trapezoid pentaprism viewfinder with interchangeable focusing screens
    Viewfinder Coverage 98%
    Display 3" LCD screen
    Multi-Channel Playback Not specified by manufacturer
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity USB2.0 (Hi-Speed: mini B-type), Video output (mini phone type), HDMI output (type C mini), DC input , Cable switch, X-sync socket
    System & Software Requirements Windows: Windows XP/Vista/7, USB 2.0 port
    Mac: MacOS-X 10.3-10.5, USB 2.0 port
    Operating/Storage Temperature 14-104°F (-10 to 40°C)
    Weatherproofing Fully weather sealed and coldproof design
    Durability Not specified by manufacturer
    Battery Type Rechargeable Li-Ion battery D-LI90
    Power Adapter Yes--optional
    Dimensions 6.1 x 4.6 x 4.7" (15.6 x 11.7 x 11.9 cm)
    Weight 49.4 oz (1,400 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.5 x 9.2 x 6.7"

    Pentax 645D Reviews

    645D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 27.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy with my 645D I am a landscape photographer so the jump from the Pentax K-7 was a no brainer. Love the camera, being familiar with the K-7 program it was an easy learn.I have purchesed a 35mm, 45-80mm, 75mm, 120 mm macro, 200mm and 80-160mm zoom 645 manual lenses on the inter-net and they all work great. Yes the preview and file writing are slow...we are talking 40 mb files big deal for me as Landscapes do not tend to move! Price wise this camera has opened up the Medium format to a whole new generation of photographers who just could not afford the $30K price tag of the other medium format cameras.
    Date published: 2011-10-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pentax 645 D I am mainly a landscape photographer. My style tends to be more meditative than rushed. I use tripods, mirror lock-up, and cable release. The 645D is a nice hybrid between 35mm convenience and medium format image quality. The menus are logical and intuitive, there is easy mirror lock-up, and there is sensor cleaning. It is solid and feels good in the hand. This is not a slow camera, but if you want blazing speed and very high ISO ranges stick with the 35mm format. If image quality is king then this is your camera.
    Date published: 2011-11-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic camera Very sharp, accurate exposures. The 3 LCD is far superior to those offered by other manufacturers. The ergonomics of the 645d are without peer, in my opinion, and compare very favorably to my nikon d700 in terms of balance. Very satisfied with this camera, its dynamic range, and usability.
    Date published: 2011-01-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quantum Leap from 35mm DSLR Sold all of my Canon gear to buy this camera, and glad I did. The enhanced dyanmic range and larger sensor/files alone were worth the move. There is so much more information to record, and then manipulate. Shoot portraits against a solid or out of focus background and your subjects seem to pop off the page or screen. Everyone who sees landscapes shot with it say I feel like I'm there. If you're trying to make money with photography, this is the camera that can add that bit of difference to what you shoot. I'm going on 60, and manual focus lenses in 35mm format were getting hard for me to use. Not here. With the bigger sensor and viewer, it's a snap. So, I'm able to use the older, far less expensive glass designed for the original 645N. This camera requires you to think. It's so sensitive that lighting, focus, and composition require that you actually know what you want to accomplish. What a great concept!
    Date published: 2013-05-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pentax does digital MF right.... Super overall Image Quality. Great autofocus for a MF body. Big bright viewfinder as good as H3D-39 Very nice high quality LCD screen. Great control layout.
    Date published: 2011-01-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Medium Format Field Camera The Pentax was purchased as a field camera-- primarily for landscapes, outdoor activities (e.g., sailing) and aerial photos--that will allow prints of over 30 to 42 inches. For these requirements, the performance of the camera has been excellent.Pentax has designed a camera that significantly facilitates use in the field and has considered the needs of photographers, including owners of their previous MF film cameras like myself. The older FA 645 lenses and the longer 300 and 400mm ED 6x7 lenses operate very well with the camera and the image quality has remained superb with these optics.None of the functions are intrusive and they are intuitive, especially if you've previously used Pentax DSLRs. Though a bit heavier and large, the camera balances very well, which speeds set up. Notable functions for field use include the bright high resolution viewfinder, weather seals, built-in dust removal, fast and accurate autofocus, big/easily accesible buttons for all regularly used operations, large readable fonts for these buttons and the menu, built-in vertical and horizontal levels, dual tripod sockets, and the hard glass display and LCD screens. The battery also seems to have a relatively long running time.On the negative side, there are a few minor quibbles. The playback is a bit slow, due in no small part to the size of the files. Using high-speed cards are likely to help. The screen shows 98 percent of the actual picture (100 percent would have been preferred). The mode dial uses a lock button (stiff detents would have been adequate)....
    Date published: 2011-08-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Camera - Lives up to Reviews I use the 645D for portrait and landscape work with lenses designed for Pentax 645 film cameras. I'm enjoying superb image quality, especially at lower ISO ranges. A step-change over my 35mm 1Ds cameras. I especially enjoy a bit more dynamic range. Plenty of flexibile settings. The number, size & position of the function buttons are very handy, enabling quick adjustments without resorting to menus. I can't yet vouch for ruggedness, weather-sealing, or customer service after the sale, but the performance of this camera lives up to its billing. Only downsides are lens availability/cost at the wider end, weight, and cost. The ergonomics of carrying and handling the camera are not quite up to the 35mm 1D series, but to be expected in a larger format camera - this is far overshadowed by its performance. I'm glad I ponied up and bought this camera. It certainly appears to be a game-changer in the competitive high-end camera market.
    Date published: 2011-05-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very capable camera Bought 645D in January 2014 and immediately tested it in Zion (I shoot landscapes only). Still going through the files but I can say already that the image quality is superb and files are very flexible! Before buying into Pentax 645D I had extensively looked through files from d800e, 7r, p45+/P65+, IQ160 and IQ180 and I could not see any substantial increase in color depth or dynamic range in Phase backs, may be except for IQ180. Files from 7r and d800e were big and nice but colors from all the medium format sensors including 645D were always better and smoother, so I eventually decided to go with Pentax. Being too cautious at first I went with used glass only: Pentax-A 35/3.5, Pentax-A 75/2.8, and Pentax-A 120/4 Macro, and to my surprise all these lenses are sharp and very usable! I did get one extra battery but will use it only for very long trips and remote locations. Ergonomics is very good, viewfinder is very good. The size and weight is comparable to 1Ds, just a different shape. All in all I am very glad I finally switched to medium format sensor.
    Date published: 2014-01-29
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    Unable to find warranty information on this camera?
    Asked by: John L.
    This product has a one year, limited manufacturer's warranty.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    What are the lenses available that work with the Pentax 645D?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Pentax 645D camera uses Pentzx 645 lenses. We currently carry the lenses on the following link.
    Answered by: Christina S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    to update firmware on a 645D does the lens have to be on the camera?
    Asked by: David A.
    sorry, i don't know. i've always updated w/ a lens on simply because the camera ALWAYS has a lens on unless i'm traveling. google yr question or hit pentax forums. best!
    Answered by: graham c.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Is there an extension tube available for this camera?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Im not aware of new option for Pentax 645 extension tubes on the market. There are some used options out there, though. You could try the B&H Used Department <a href= http://( target= _blank >(</a> Otherwise, you could also look into universal bellows. Novoflex makes the BALPRO 1 Universal Bellows (B&H# NOBP1). You would then need the Novoflex Balpro 1 Adapter for Pentax 645 Cameras (B&H # NOBP1AP645) and Novoflex Balpro 1 Adapter for Pentax 645 Lenses (B&H # NOBP1AP645L).
    Answered by: Christina S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Does this camera have a remote trigger connector?
    Asked by: Rusty H.
    yes, for a pentax cable switch f205 ( located right side of screen @ bottom) and of course infrared (built in)
    Answered by: EUGENE C.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
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