Announced in 2004 at Photokina, two years later Mamiya has finally announced the availability of the 22-million pixel ZD. The Mamiya ZD medium format digital SLR features a large 48 x 36mm CCD sensor which can capture a 35MB RAW file, is compatible with 645AF lenses and has two memory card slots using CF I/II and SD cards.
Mamiya is not releasing the digital medium format camera in the United States yet, this announcement was meant for Europeans. According to a Mamiya sales representative, the products will not be available in the U.S. for another few months. When they are released, pricing is expected to be about $13,000 â€“ so start saving now.
Mamiya launch ZD camera
JP Distribution, the UKâ€™s exclusive distributor Mamiya are pleased to announce the launch of the Mamiya ZD Digital SLR, which was recently previewed at Focus On Imaging 2006 at the NEC, Birmingham.
Since 1940, Mamiya have designed and manufactured high quality cameras and lenses with excellent reliability and ease of use. It is these attributes that Mamiya has focused on to create the Mamiya ZD and ZD camera.
Mamiya ZD Digital SLR Camera
The Mamiya ZD is the latest evolution in professional medium format cameras. Inheriting the same high quality that has made Mamiya the leader in professional imaging, the 22 million-pixel Mamiya ZD comes with a 48 x 36mm CCD that achieves exceptional image quality to rival it’s earlier film counterparts. Mamiya has also designed the camera with outstanding handling and ease of use, which are achieved through a new ergonomic body designed around the photographer.
By utilising the very latest digital technology and high quality optics then combining it with a new ergonomic body Mamiya has created a digital camera for the new generation.
22 Mega Pixel CCD
Utilising the large Dalsa 48mm x 36mm CCD in conjunction with the ASIC processing engine, the Mamiya ZD captures a 35MB RAW file. It can be saved as a RAW file or processed to a JPEG on the fly. These large files offer the quality and resolution imperative for professional imaging.
ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit)
Developed exclusively for the Mamiya ZD. The ASIC processor optimizes image data from the CCD in real time. The ASIC engine also uses power saving technologies to prolong battery life and provides accurate white balance.
The Mamiya ZD can be operated tethered to a computer via four-pin IEEE 1394 cable for high-speed transfer. The camera also has a Video Out jack for reviewing images on a television monitor.
1.8â€ TFT monitor and LCD information panel
A large 1.8 inch TFT monitor is located on the back of the camera for reviewing images. It displays a 100% of the image are with full brightness control.
A second LCD screen located below the TFT monitor shows camera information such as image quality, ISO, white balance, storage media, and more.
Dual Memory Card Slots
The Mamiya ZD camera has two memory card slots. Compact Flash card (Type I and Type II), and SD card.
Removable Low Pass Filter
Mamiya is the only camera company in the world that gives the photographer the option of removing the Low Pass Filter. The filter is sealed in a protective cartridge, preventing it from dust and scratches.
Strong and lightweight Construction
Magnesium alloy is used to cover the camera’s prism and electronic circuitry providing secure protection in a lightweight material.
The camera’s body is made from a lightweight, high strength die cast aluminium alloy shell providing the maximum amount of protection in a lightweight material.
1.2fps Continuous snapping
Because of the high-speed ASIC processor and large memory buffer the Mamiya ZD is capable of firing at 1.2 fps. at a maximum burst rate of 10 shots (regardless of image size).
All Metal Shutter up to 1/4000sec
The durable all metal vertical-travel focal plane shutter gives the camera the ability to snap at a top shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second. It provides a flash sync. speed of 1/125 of a second.
Price and Availability
The Mamiya ZD will retail for Â£7000 body only excluding VAT and is available now through authorised Mamiya ZD dealers.