Pentax, aside from announcing the launch of the new K-5 DSLR camera, has a second piece of news from Photokina in Germany on Monday, the Pentax 645D.

The Pentax 645D, which saw a Japanese launch in March is an interchangeable lens, medium-format digital SLR camera that will be launched in the UK in December 2010.

According to Pentax, "the PENTAX 645D has been developed to provide super-high-resolution images, produced by large image sensors, to serious landscape and outdoor photographers."

That means you'll get an incredibly large image sensor (measuring 44mm by 33mm) and PENTAX-original image-processing technology able to snap shots at up to 40 megapixels the company promises.

The PENTAX 645D is also compatible with all existing PENTAX 645 lenses for an easy move to digital for existing PENTAX 645 owners.

Other specs include a PENTAX original Real Image Engine, 14 bit A/D converter, dustproof, weather-resistant and coldproof body (70 seals), dual SD/SDHC card slots, a new SAFOX IX+ autofocus system, with 11 sensor points, a dust Removal II mechanism and a trapezium-shaped glass prism viewfinder.

Yours for a whopping £8999.99 (body only) or £9999.99 for the kit (inc. 55mm SDM 645 lens).

We got up close and personal with the 645D, live at Photokina