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3D-printed mount turns four Sony cameras into a 360 video rig

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The Sony a7S II’s dark-defying capabilities are now available in 360 — When the 360 media consulting company Sumo couldn’t find the right 360 camera for low-light conditions at the right price point, they designed their own. Now, the company is sharing their solution with a 3D-printing template for shooting immersive video with four Sony a7s II cameras.

The Sony a7S II is designed with low light in mind — while the a7R II is about high resolution and the a7 II sits at a more affordable price point. The patent-pending Sumo360 mount allows photographers to use four of those a7S II’s with wide-angle lenses to shoot 6K 360 video.

The mount places four cameras in the portrait orientation together to capture a full 360 view. Unlike all-in-one consumer 360 solutions, the Sumo360 rig still needs stitching to mix the data from the four different cameras together — Summo uses the video stitching in AutoPano Video Pro 2.5.0.

Of course, users will also need their own 3D printer — and the materials — to assemble the mount. Sumo recommends using ABS for durability, though PLA, carbon fiber and even wood are possibilities, each with a few different benefits to using the material. The company also shared recommended printer settings for using the template.

Sumo is selling its template for $359. With the camera costing about $3,000, and a lens about $300 (Sumo used a Samyang 8mm) — and four of them required, the camera gear and template alone will cost over $16,000, not including a 3D printer, materials, or stitching software. Still, the potential to achieve a 6,000-pixel resolution in limited light could be enticing for a few. Sumo says other 360 rigs with similar high-resolution and low-light capabilities are even pricier — like the $45,000 Ozo — or difficult to find.

Sumo also rents out its 3D-printed mount — with the camera, lenses, and a tripod included — but only in western Los Angeles and Mexico City.

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