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Pentax 645D

alaTest has collected and analyzed 78 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the viewfinder and color. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. There are some critical opinions about the low light performance and performance, and views are divided on the portability.

value for money, usability, image quality, color, viewfinder

performance, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital SLR Cameras the Pentax 645D is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 78 reviews)

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Pentax 645D


At close to $10,000, the Pentax 645D's price tag might shock you, but this medium format digital camera produces superb images, and it's a bargain compared with competing systems.

Superb image quality. Weather-sealed body. Dual tripod mounts. Inexpensive when compared with other medium-format systems

Lacks Live View. No CompactFlash support. Slow to write files to memory card

Depending on the type of photographer you are, the Pentax 645D ($9,999.95 direct, body only) could be a dream camera or it could be one that completely befuddles you. Event photographers can stop reading here, as the 40-megapixel camera isn't a high...

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Camera Review: Pentax 645D


Find out if this 40-megapixel, “reasonably priced” medium-format camera really worth the wait.

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Pentax 645D Review – A Medium Format Wooly Mammoth


In the Photography world, 35mm, or “full frame” is the standard by which nearly all cameras are judged. Focal lengths, crop factors and other camera traits are all based on the 35mm equivalent. Granted, a 35mm digital camera sensor is the largest...


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Pentax 645D review


The Pentax 645D's SLR-like controls make it refreshingly quick and easy to operate, but is £10K just too high a price to pay for this 40Mp medium-format camera?

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Objects of Desire: Pentax 645D Red "Japan" Edition


Pentax has created the custom 645D to commemorate it being named “Camera ofthe Year” in Japan. It definitely looks pretty sweet and, we hear, the645D camera takes very nice pictures.

And when it comes to its imaging chops, the Pentax 645D is no slouch on its own. It boasts a 44 x 33mm CCD sensor and has a dustproof, weather-resistant magnesium alloy body that can shoot in temperatures as low as 14 degrees F (-10°C). The camera...

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Limited Edition Pentax 645D DSLR 40 gets a luxury makeover


The Pentax 645D DSLR 40 megapixel camera was a swell and the makers had the oppurtunity to gloat when this monster camera bagged the the title of the "2011 Camera of the Year" at the Camera Grand Prix Japan. So Pentax thought of veiling their beauty in...

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Amazon review summary for Pentax 645D


alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Pentax 645D from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.5/5 for other Digital SLR Cameras on

value for money, usability, color, lens, sensor

performance, portability

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Pentax 645D 40MP Medium Format Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD Screen (Black)

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Pentax 645D review


Pentax's 40Mp medium format camera put to the test

Great build quality ; Good ergonomics ; Excellent image quality ; DSLR-style interface makes it easy to use ; High quality LCD and viewfinder

A little slow when reviewing shots onscreen ; Too exensive for the sort of consumer that would areciate the simle design ; AF system becomes sluggish in low light

If your top priority is detail in your images, you love the distinctive shallow depth of field look that a medium format sensor characteristically produces and you don't need the speedier performance or bells and whistles offered by the comparably more...

EISA Award - Best Product

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European Professional Camera 2011-2012 - Pentax 645D


With the introduction of the Pentax 645D, the medium-format market has gained a much anticipated and highly competitive member that offers exceptional image-quality and handling. The 645D is a joy to use in the field, and although it is big and...

TIPA Award!

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I giornalisti TIPA hanno apprezzato il design, la struttura e le specifiche di questa fotocamera digitale medio formato da 40 Megapixel. Il corpo in lega di magnesio assicura una protezione totale da polvere, pioggia e agenti atmosferici, rendendola la...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:DSLR Camera
Sensor Size:44.0 x 33.0 mm
SLR / Compact:SLR Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Pentax D-LI90
Battery Type:Pentax D-LI90


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode: No
Movie / Voice Recording: No
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes