Pentax 645DThe Pentax 645D DSLR has been named best camera by Japan?s Camera Journal Press Club.

The medium-format model, launched onto the market in September 2010, scooped Camera of the Year at the Camera GP [Grand Prix] Japan 2011 Awards.

It beat more than 170 other products in awards considered to be among Japan?s most prestigious.

The winners were chosen by 11 of Japan?s photography magazines, which voted on kit launched between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011.

Responding to the win, Pentax said that the 645D?s ?compatibility with conventional lenses also played a crucial role in the decision?.

The awards have been running since 1984.