The current design calls for screwing each camera to the camera plate with a 1/4-20 screw, from below the plate up into the camera. The camera plate is then lowered into the camera box and secured to the top plate. At this point the head of the 1/4-20 screws is hidden between the two plates. That’s a great security feature, but not so convenient if you want to remove a camera to make some adjustment, or to loosen the screw in order to change the alignment of a camera.
This lead me to look into whether we could somehow use the kind of quick release mechanism that one finds on a tripod. Fortunately, it turns out that those can be purchased separately from tripods, and in a wide variety of designs and price points
Note: this approach will definitely add cost… a piece of aluminum bar stock is cheaper than most of these, and we’d one for each camera.
I found designs like these:
Using one of these for each camera would allow us to eliminate the camera plate, reducing the mount’s payload. On the other hand, depending on the model, the rigidness of the camera attachment might be reduced, possibly lowering the quality of pictures we can capture.
What do you think about using these for attaching cameras? What assessment would be needed to validate that these produce acceptable images?