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Widefield Camera Array

Widefield Camera Array
Ocean Exploration Trust

The Widefield Camera Array - aka “TriClops” - was developed by Ocean Exploration Trust with funding from the Office of Naval Research for the purposes of collecting high-resolution imagery to develop 3-dimensional photogrammetric models, hemispherical video for immersive imagery and virtual reality, and IMAX-quality cinematographic productions. 

The system consists of three genlocked E2-F6 cinema cameras that record synchronous images at extremely wide fields of view. Two cameras in the array operate in parallel to record stereoscopic images at a 180-degree angle of view, with the third camera capturing a 60-107 degree image that is optimized for the light level, terrain, and altitude of a given survey. Each camera features a 24-megapixel full-frame sensor capable of imaging at 60 frames per second at 6064×2560 pixels per frame.


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Widefield Camera Array At-a-Glance

  • DEPTH CAPABILITY: 6,000 meters 
  • SIZE: 30 x 16 x 10.5 inches 
  • WEIGHT: 160 pounds in air
  • DEPLOYMENT: Mounted on ROV Hercules and ROV Little Hercules
    - Three E2-F6 Pro cinema cameras
    - 60 - 340 degree angle of view
    - 24 megapixel full-frame sensors
    - 60 frames per second at 6064×2560 pixels