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October 29, 2010

New 22-megapixel Mamiya RZ22 medium format digital camera

As fate would have it, the first post-Photokina new camera announced is a ...medium format digital camera! Not a DSLR, not a mirrorless, not a shiny silver P&S, but a medium format, the brand new Mamiya RZ22! As the model name hints, this is a 22-megapixel camera with a CCD sensor. If the name sounds vaguely familiar, this is the marriage of the existing 22-megapixel DM22 digital back and the existing Mamiya RZ67 Pro-IID camera body. The opening price of this new camera is $12,000 and it adds yet another reasonably-priced digital medium format kit to the market (reasonably-priced when compared to some of the $20K+++ medium format cameras out there). The Capture One and Leaf software are included in this bundle. Lens is NOT included! The RZ system has 19 interchangeable lenses available.

This is the second RZ-series digital camera, the first one, the RZ33, was announced in June 2010 with a starting price of $18000 and is currently available at Adorama and B&H Photo.

The RZ22 has an ISO range of 25-400 versus 50-800 of the RZ33, although I doubt many of the MF buyers are buying these to replace the Nikon D3s :-) Having fewer megapixels than the RZ33, the RZ22 is actually slightly faster in "burst mode". Medium format companies write the "burst mode" (yes, a euphemism) in seconds-per-frame instead of frames-per-second. This does the trick of not forcing a direct comparison to DSLRs which are much faster. For example, 1.1 seconds per frame is really 0.9fps (RZ33) and 0.8 seconds per frame is 1.25fps (RZ22).

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+ dpreview
+ Imaging Resource
+ specifications provided by Mamiya
+ FAQ for RZ users provided by Mamiya

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