The STC is a compact stitching camera with the ability to us it with rise and fall when simply turned by 90°.
The ALPA 12 STC (Shift Travel Compact) sets the standard for very compact and light cameras with an integrated shift (perspective correction). Thus, the STC also offers a stitching function and a corresponding multiplication of the number of pixels for one shot. A lateral lens shift is turned into a rise or fall option by a simple rotation of the camera by 90°.
All ALPA cameras provide such surprising rotational and reversal positions, which, e.g., turn front to back, top to bottom, or horizontal to vertical. Typically for ALPA, we do not even have to list all the variants – most ALPA customers like to work out their unique combinations for their particular practical purpose. They – and we – have no time for "one size fits all." Once again: There could hardly be a more significant difference from mass-produced solutions. From a design aspect, the STC, like all ALPA cameras with an integrated shift, offers one feature that no other camera manufacturer does. All shift movements take place over the full length of movement on roller bearings – not the cheapest solution, but certainly the most precise.
ALPA designed the STC in 2010 and launched it during Photokina 2010 in Cologne/Germany. The "STC" stands for Stitching Travel Compact. This new camera's main goal was to offer a fast and effortless way to stitch panoramic photographs. Thus, the STC features the same unique unlocking/locking mechanism to move the (digital) back very fast from the maximum left position to the maximum right position when free-wheeling or with utmost precision over the gear knob