The camera features a 56 megapixel sensor, and is precision-matched to new optics designed by renowned lens maker Schneider-Kreuznach. "The results have created a new standard for digital images," says Mamiya Product Marketing Manager Mike Edwards. "The large sensor, 56x36mm, coupled with a 16 bit/channel color palette, provides exceptional color accuracy and rich high dynamic range images in just a single capture. Other digital camera systems simply cannot compare."
Mamiya recognizes that stellar camera performance is of little value without equally powerful software options.
"That's why we offer the flexibility of choosing from the world's largest selection of professional Raw file processing solutions," continues Edwards, "and that is why we have included both Phase One's Capture OneT and Leaf CaptureT. Or, photographers can choose to use 3rd-party software such as Adobe LightroomT. The power of software choice is in photographers' hands, where it should be."
The Mamiya DM56 continues Mamiya's reputation of perfecting the professional modular camera system for the ultimate in versatility. Mix-and-match components as needed -- perhaps a traditional DM configuration today; then if the photographer wishes, use it with a Mamiya RZ or 3rd-party view camera system tomorrow by using optional adapters.
The new DM56 has an estimated street price of $32,490, and is being introduced at the same time as the DM33, with a street price of $19,990. Both cameras come with the sharp 80mm f/2.8 D Series lens, focal plane shutter, and are fully compatible with any Mamiya AF focal plane series lens. The DM33 also features Mamiya's new Guaranteed Trade-Up Program, which offers purchasers of new Mamiya digital products the peace of mind of knowing they can safely choose the right product for their specific needs.
Both the DM56 and DM33 are scheduled to begin shipments in November, and feature 6x7 touchscreens, with the DM56 fitted with a 9288 x 6000 pixel sensor measuring 56 x 36mm, with an ISO range of 80-800. The DM33's sensor has 6726 x 5040 pixels and measures 48 x 36mm, with an ISO range of 50-800.
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