Pentax has today announced the development of an 18.6 megapixel 645 Digital medium-format camera which will be revealed at the Photo Imaging Expo in Tokyo from March 17th 2005. Details are thin on the ground at the moment but the current press release reveals that the camera will use a large format Kodak CCD with 18.6 million total pixels.

Press Release:


GOLDEN, CO (March 15, 2005) PENTAX Imaging Company has announced that PENTAX Corporation will unveil the first PENTAX 645 Digital medium-format camera at the Photo Imaging Expo (PIE) from March 17–20, 2005 in Tokyo. This latest PENTAX digital advancement will be showcased under glass at PIE 2005.

The PENTAX 645 Digital camera will offer professional quality digital image reproduction. The camera will also feature:

  • A reliable PENTAX 645 AF mount
  • Compatibility with existing smc PENTAX 645 interchangeable lenses
  • A Kodak developed extra-large CCD image sensor with 18.6 total megapixels.*

*Design, specifications and product name are subject to change without notice. Official launch date and pricing to be announced.

In addition to a legendary array of film and digital SLR camera products, PENTAX boasts a proud heritage of delivering professional quality photographic equipment. PENTAX introduced the world's first multi-mode medium-format film camera in 1984−the PENTAX 645. In 1997, the manufacturer unveiled the PENTAX 645N, which was the world's 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.