Pentax DM-1100 (1997)

Just when you thought you have seen it all, along comes this gem. Who knew that Fujix would license one of their cameras to Pentax! Pentax took the Fujix DS-300 and modified it to meet their needs. The result was the Pentax DM-1100. The camera however did not go into retail and that is the reason why nobody has heard of it before. It went into their small line of medical cameras. Even if the cameras do look alike, the Pentax still has some differences.
 
Mainly the program settings on the dial. The dial has fewer settings on top but when you turn the dial you can still hear the clicks where the settings of the DS-300 used to be. Also the lens is a fixed lens opposed to the zoom lens of the DS-300. For some reason the camera stays in MF mode for manual focussing, although there are some autofocus noises, the camera does not change focus. The image recording also is in a Pentax proprietary file format known as .PEN. The model we present has a serial number 00342 so we assume that at least a few hundreds could have been made. Please notice the modified lens barrel in the images.
 
Many thanks to Andrew for finding this gem and presenting the photo material and the information.
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Specifications

  • Brand: Pentax
  • Model: DM-1100
  • First mentioned: 1997
  • Marketed: yes
  • MSRP: -
  • Imager Type: 1.4MP 2/3" VT CCD
  • Resolution: 1280x1000
  • Internal Storage: -
  • External Storage: PC Flash ATA cards Type I/II / SmartMedia in PC Card Adapter
  • Lens: f = 9.2mm~25.8mm
  • Shutter: 1/4s to 1/1,000s
  • Aperture Range: F3.5, F5.6, F8, F11 (wide side F3.5 telephoto side F5.6 as an open F value)
  • LCD screen size: -
  • Size: 153 x 96 x 78mm
  • Weight: 620 gr.
  • Remarks: -

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