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PMA 2001: Today we got an exclusive hands-on with Pentax's new 6 megapixel digital SLR. At this stage they have an early working prototype which will power up and operate, the onboard software is still a bit rough but the body, controls and operation are already pretty much there. The camera is much smaller and thinner than any other digital SLR, ergonimically it's well designed and everything is where it should be. Pentax haven't named the camera yet.
|Body||Pentax design magnesium alloy case|
|Type||SLR (body only)|
|Imager||Philips 6 megapixel CCD
35mm full frame
12-bit progressive scan
12 µm pixel pitch
|Image resolution||3072 x 2048|
|Image types||JPEG, TIFF, RAW|
|Shutter speed||Up to 1/6000 sec|
|Metering||TTL six-segment metering|
|Lens mount||Pentax KAF2 mount (645N & 67II lenses can be used)|
|Viewfinder||TTL optical (true TTL)|
|LCD||2 inch TFT|
|Flash||Built-in retractable flash unit (TTL)|
one Compact Flash Type II
one PCMCIA Type II
|Sale date||Summer 2001|
|Sale price||Expected ~$7,000|
DENVER, Colorado (February 10, 2001) . . . PENTAX Corporation will preview a new digital autofocus SLR camera (which has not yet been named) at the PMA (Photo Marketing Association) Show held in Orlando, February 11-14, 2001. The addition of this advanced digital SLR camera complements one of the most extensive photographic lines of any manufacturer in the industry including 35mm, APS, medium format and digital for various levels of photographers.
Created along the same developmental concept lines as the new PENTAX MZ-S professional 35mm autofocus SLR camera, this high-end digital SLR will feature a 35mm-film-sized, six megapixel CCD image sensor as well as a DSP and other digital processing components. This package was jointly developed with Philips Electronics in order to realize high-grade image quality, top-level performance and compact dimensions simultaneously. Offering compatibility with the existing PENTAX KAF2 lens mount, it will also accept PENTAX 645-system and 67-system interchangeable lenses (when used with an adapter). This high-performance digital autofocus SLR camera will be ideal for advanced amateurs and professionals who demand top quality images and SLR maneuverability.
The camera will be compatible with four new accessories introduced for the new MZ-S 35mm SLR camera including: 1.) BG-10 Battery Grip, 2.) CS-105 & CS-130 Cable Switches, 3.) TS-110 Release Timer Switch, and the 4.) AF360FGZ Dedicated Flash Unit. The final product specifications, pricing and marketing dates will be announced at a later time.