March 6, 2013

Vizelex RhinoCam

What do you do when you need highest resolution still photographs possible, but can’t afford a PhaseOne P45+ Digital Back?  If you’re like me, buying the NEX-7 stretched my budget so tight I can’t even afford a Hasselblad body to mount it to!

 

Answer?  You drop by the Fotodiox web page and check out their new Vizelex RhinoCam.  Where they ever came up with a name like that is beyond me, but the concept is brilliant.  According to Fotodiox, the RhinoCam uses Pentax 645, Mamiya 645, or Hasselblad V medium format lenses.  Further, “the built-in Composition Screen enables photographers to preview the composed shot. The lens remains firmly in place while the RhinoCam’s moving platform positions the NEX sensor for multiple precisely-positioned exposures. RhinoCam also mounts directly onto a 4×5 board to open up additional possibilities with wider angle lenses, tilt shifts, bellows systems, and more.”

Photodiox RhinoCam with NEX-7 mounted ready to use.

Photodiox RhinoCam with NEX-7 mounted ready to use.

The process involves stitching the final image together, but it’s not quite the same process you would use to create a traditional panoramic.  “Photographers use the RhinoCam’s Composition Screen to align their shots and captures 6-8 images. The lens remains firmly in place while the RhinoCam’s moving platform positions the NEX sensor for multiple precisely-positioned exposures. RhinoCam images are finalized using a flat stitching method, avoiding the perspective errors and curvilinear distortion present in images joined via spherical stitching often found with motorized systems that move both camera body and lens.”

 

Composite Image Capture Sequence Shown On Left - Finished Image Shown On Right

Composite Image Capture Sequence Shown On Left – Finished Image Shown On Right

Correct Camera Orientation For The Capture Shown Above.

Correct Camera Orientation For The Capture Shown Above.

"Effective" Sensor Size Comparison.

“Effective” Sensor Size Comparison.

Image Quality Comparison Of Images Created With Various Capture Systems.

Image Quality Comparison Of Images Created With Various Capture Systems.

The Fotodiox Vizelex RhinoCam is for Sony NEX E-Mount Cameras today, but who knows what other bodies will follow in the future?  The RhinoCam is available for $500. More details here on Fotodiox’s website.

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