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Super-high resolution images are what you get with the new Pentax 645 Z medium-format DSLR. It features a brand new 43.8x32.8mm medium-format CMOS sensor with 51.4 megapixels, no anti-aliasing filter and PRIME III imaging engine for advanced image processing and noise reduction. The Real-Time Scene Analysis not only uses the 86,000-pixel RGB sensor to improve exposure control accuracy, but also uses the information to enhance autofocusing and white-balance. A newly designed SAFOX XI phase-matching AF module has 27 AF points, 25 of which are cross-type sensors, and it has a working range of -3EV to +18EV. The CMOS image sensor also provides a live view function, which can help with minute focus adjustments. The housing is made of lightweight magnesium alloy, while the chassis is die-cast aluminium. It’s weather-resistant, dust proof and will keep working in temperatures as low as -10˚C, plus its shutter has been tested to over 100,000 releases. The 645 Z will be available at the end of May, for a price of £6800 for the body only, or £7700 with a standard 55mm lens. • Turn over to read Ricoh’s take on the new camera.

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