updated 03:35 pm EDT, Tue March 24, 2009
Pentax 645 and Special K20
Pentax on Tuesday served both the very high and very low ends of its audience with more details on its first true medium-format digital camera as well as two special editions of its mainstream digital SLRs. Teased as early as 2007, the 645 Digital (shown) is now set to be the company's sharpest-ever camera and should produce at least a 30-megapixel image. It should also accept any of the film-based 645's lenses and should have a large and likely full-view eyepiece. Pentax will show a prototype at the Photo Imaging Expo in late March and now says the finished 645 Digital is due in 2010.
Among its regular format updates, the K20D now comes in a Titanium version with large portions of the camera body now covered in the silver-colored metal. The special trim also comes with a color-matched battery grip but otherwise leaves the 14.6-megapixel camera unchanged. It ships to Japan at the end of April for about $1,021.
The K-m (known as the K2000 in the US) has also received a cosmetic treatment that covers both the main body and an 18-55mm kit lens in olive green with orange accents. The 10.2-megapixel budget DSLR is again functionally similar to the original and arrives in late April for about $716.
Pentax hasn't said whether either limited edition K series camera is coming to the US, though it did release a white K2000 following the Japanese version. [via Akihabara]
K-m olive green