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High-End Capture: Digital Camera Backs

(May 2006) posted on Wed May 24, 2006

A sourcelist of companies offering 'high-firepower' capture solutions.

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The Lieca Digital-Modul-R is a 10-Mpxl digital camera back designed to fit Lieca R8 and R9 cameras. It features a CCD chip, a maximum resolution of 3872 x 2576 pxl, and FireWire connectivity. Files such as RAW, DNG, TIFF, and JPG can be saved onto the SD-card storage media.


The 22-Mpxl Mamiya ZD digital back features a 36 x 48mm Dalsa CCD imaging sensor, 12-bit color, a frame capture rate of 1.2 fps, and the option to store images with either SD and CF media storage cards. It is designed for use with the Mamiya 645AFD and RZ67 Pro IID medium-format cameras. In April of this year, Mamiya announced that it was selling its Optical Equipment Division"?including digital backs, medium-format cameras, and lenses"?to Cosmos Scientific Systems of Japan; the sale is expected to close in September.


MegaVision"?s E/Z Series backs (E/Z-32 6-Mpxl and E/Z-427 11-Mpxl models) are designed for portrait photography. The backs feature maximum resolution of 3000 x 2000 pxl and 4000 x 2700 pxl, respectively.

The E3/E427, E4, and E5 are MegaVision"?s single-shot camera backs, which fit the Camerz Z series long roll film cameras for the institutional portrait community. The E series are thinner than conventional backs to allow the attachment of a small tablet PC. The 6-Mpxl E3 and the 11-Mpxl E427 both come equipped with a 24 x 36-mm image area; the E4 is a 16-Mpxl back with a 36 x 36-mm sensor; and the E5 is a 22-Mpxl back with a 36 x 48-mm sensor.

Phase One

Phase One"?s latest backs, P 45, P 30, and P 21, all offer wireless transfer of RAW images. Designed for the high-load/high-end commercial shooter, the P 45 is a 39-Mpxl back that offers a capture rate up to 35 frames/min. The 31-Mpxl P 30 is designed for the fashion shooter looking to switch to digital equipment, and features a capture rate of 45 frames/min and 48-bit color. The P 21 is an 18-Mpxl back designed to appeal to fashion and portrait photographers, and offers 60 captures/min.

Phase One"?s P 20 and P 25 camera backs are aimed at commercial photographers and feature tethered or untethered use. The 16-Mpxl P 20 captures up to 45 images/min and offers resolutions up to 4080 x 4080 pxl. The 22-Mpxl P25 has a maximum resolution of 5436 x 4080 pxl with file sizes up to 339 MB in 64-bit CMYK.

The H 25 one-shot digital back has a 22-Mpxl CCD, and offers a maximum resolution of 5436 x 4080 pxl and maximum file size of 339 MB in 64-bit CMYK.

The PowerPhase FX+ is a camera back designed for museums, archiving, and fine-art reproduction, as well as copystand use. It offers resolutions as high as 10,500 x 12,600 pxl and file sizes up to 1.01 GB in 64-bit color.

Sinar Bron
Sinarback 54 is a 22-Mpxl digital back that"?s able to capture still, as well as moving objects, and features 1-shot, 4-shot, and 16-shot modes (Sinarback 54M is a one-shot version; Sinarback 54H is offers 1-, 4-, and 16-shot modes). Both Sinarback 54 models feature an image frequency of up to 24 images/min and maximum 1- or 4-shot resolutions of 5440 x 4080 pxl; 16-shot maximum resolution is 10,688 x 8000 pxl.

Sinar is also the exclusive distributor for Jenoptik"?s emotion22 and emotion75 camera backs.