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General Description

The MZ-D prototype was first presented at the Photokina 2000 in Cologne. At least one functional prototype existed. It was meant to be the digital twin of the MZ-S with which it shares many design and technical elements. The MZ-D incorporated an expensive "full frame" 36mm x 24mm image sensor with 3040 x 2008 Pixels and made by Philips. Pentax decided not to bring the MZ-D to the market. It took almost 3 further years until the first digital Pentax K-mount camera was available: The *ist D which incorporated a considerably smaller (23.5mm x 15.7mm) and much cheaper image sensor.

Interestingly, the Contax N Digital, also first shown at the Photokina 2000, incorporated the same Philips full frame sensor. Only in spring 2002 it was available for almost 10000 Euros. The Contax N Digitalt received mixed reviews, became a total market failure and was withdrawn within a year.

Product Information
Exact NameMZ-D
Years of Production2000 ~ 2000
Availabilitywas never available for sale

Technical Specifications

Lens MountKAF2
Mount Limitations
AF System (sensitivity)SAFOX VII (-1 ~ 18 EV)
AF with supersonic lenses
Power-Zoom Featuresauto-lens retract, power zoom
Self-Timer12 sec
Mirror Lock-Up
Cable ReleaseCS-105/CS-130
Infra-Red Release
Custom Functionsunknown
Additional FeaturesDOF preview, mirror lock-up
Width x Height x Depthunknown x unknown x unknown mm
Image Sensor
Effective Pixel Count6 megapixel
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size24 x 36 mm
Focal-Length Multiplication Factor1 x
Image Storage
Data-Storage FormatsJPG, TIFF, RAW
Storage MediaPCMCIA II, CompactFlash II
Digital Features
Shake Reduction
Dust Removal
Live View
Orientation Sensor
Exposure System
Exposure ModesAv, HyM, M, Tv
Metering Modes with K and M Lensescenter-weighted, spot
Metering Modes with A and newer Lenses6-segment, center-weighted, spot
Meter MaterialSPD
Exposure Compensation (Step)+/-3 (1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Lockyes
Meter Range0 ~ 21 EV
ISO Range6 ~ 6400 ASA
Film DX Range25 ~ 5000 ASA
Constructionelectronic (vertical)
Shutter Speeds30 ~ 1/6000, B
Mechanical Speeds
Magnification [Coverage]0.75x [92%]
Aperture IndicationLED
Shutter-Speed IndicationLED
Interchangeable Screensyes
Power Source
Batteriesunknown x unknown
Continuous Shooting
Continuous Shooting2.5 frames per second
Flash System
Command Protocol(s)analog
FeaturesW, HS, P-TTL, TTL, P, S
Synchronization Speed(s)1/180 ~ 30, B
Built-In Flash
Guide Number (GN)12
Coverage (35mm equivalent)24
Auto Pop-Up
Red-Eye Reductionyes
AF Assistyes
Fitting Case(s)unknown