This is why the Pentax 645Z DxOMark score of 101 was never published



When you dive into the feedback on the current information of the Nikon D850's chart-topping DxOMark score of 100, you will discover a development: individuals claiming that the Pentax 645Z truly scored 101 means again in 2015... earlier than that rating was unceremoniously scrubbed from the DxOMark web site. So what is going on on right here? Conspiracy? Foul play? Piles of cash being handed round underneath company board room desks?

Not fairly. The reality, as is so typically the case, is rather less unseemly.

A full assessment of the Pentax 645Z was by no means revealed, and that rating of 101 solely appeared on-line as a part of a prime cameras chart that confirmed up in DxOMark's review of the Sony RX1R II sensor. The chart (under) confirmed Pentax on prime with a rating of 101, adopted by the Sony A7R II with a rating of 98. Individuals requested concerning the rating within the feedback and have been advised a full assessment was "delayed" however "on its approach," but that evaluate by no means arrived. Later, the rating was quietly eliminated and the chart was changed.

Chatting with DxOMark earlier right now, photography blog PetaPixel lastly discovered why DxOMark determined to tug that rating: not for some nefarious cause, however as a result of they by no means truly completed the assessment. Earlier than they might publish, the corporate determined to pause medium format sensor evaluations altogether.

"We made a pause on medium format a number of years in the past simply due to our manufacturing bandwidth,” a DxOMark spokesperson told PetaPixel, explaining that they merely could not sustain with the opposite exams they wanted to do. "We'll now quickly republish one of these digital camera, and Pentax 645Z must be revealed quickly […] in a matter of days."

That final half could be very thrilling information. As medium format—and particularly mirrorless medium format—turns into extra reasonably priced, individuals shall be very curious certainly to see how these bigger sensors stack up towards the superb full-frame sensors we have seen these days in cameras just like the Nikon D850 and Sony a7R II.

We have had our personal request for remark about this similar problem out to DxOMark for a few days now, and can replace this publish with a full assertion as quickly as we hear again. However within the meantime, it sounds just like the Nikon D850 won't retain its chart-topping score for lengthy... at the least not if it has to go head-to-head towards medium format sensors.