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"MR-52" 6Mpixel digital SLR

Pentax previews a new professional digital autofocus SLR camera

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February, 10th 2001

PENTAX Corporation will preview a new digital autofocus SLR camera 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.

MR-52 Specifications

Type TTL autofocus, auto-exposure multi-mode digital SLR camera with built-in retractable TTL auto flash.
Image Sensor FTF3020-C 6-Megapixel Philips progressive scan CCD
24x36mm full frame
12 Ám pixel pitch
Color Depth 12 bit x 3 colors
Recording pixels 6 million active pixels (3072 x 2048 pixels)
File Formats Exif 2.1 (JPEG), TIFF (uncompressed), RAW
Storage Media Dual slot: Compact Flash Type II and PCMCIA Type II
Lens mount Pentax KAF2 Bayonet mount, compatible with KAF, KA and K Mount. (compatible with 645N & 67II lenses via adaptor)
Focusing systems SAFOX VII 6-point AF, manual focus
Focusing areas 6-segment automatic focus detection, selectable
Metering system TTL six-segment metering
Flash Built-in retractable flash unit (TTL)
Shutter Electronically controlled vertical-run focal-plane shutter.
Viewfinder Fix molded pentaprism SLR type
LCD monitor 2-inch TFT LCD
PC Interface IEEE1394 (Firewire)
Sale date Summer 2001
Sale price Not yet decided

For more specifications look at the MZ-S press release, since this digital camera is built on the same body of that film camera.

For more pictures of the MR-52 prototype, visit Imaging Resource report webpage.



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