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Pentax digital medium format camera to be unveiled

Pentax 645 camera with 18 megapixel Kodak sensor

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Pentax have announced that they will be displaying a digital Medium Format camera that's still in conceptual stages at Photo Imaging Expo 2005 (one of the largest annual photographic merchandize trade shows in Asia) from March 17 to 20 in Ariake, Tokyo.

Three proto-types are being displayed under glass and will be a medium-format digital SLR camera with the current working name Pentax 645 Digital. Each has a different design theme in order to maximise customer and client feedback, before a decision is made on the final design.

Major features include a professional-quality digital image reproduction with 18 effective megapixels
PENTAX 645 AF mount that's compatibility with existing smc PENTAX 645 interchangeable lenses
Kodak-developed extra-large CCD image sensor with 18.6 total megapixels (tentative)

Pentax anticipates launching this camera in 2006.

Pentax introduced the worlds first multi-mode medium-format film camera in 1984−the Pentax 645. In 1997, the manufacturer unveiled the Pentax 645N, which was the worlds first medium-format camera with a high-precision autofocus system at that time. The Pentax 645 Digital medium-format camera will offer a new digital dimension for medium-format photographers.

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