Sports DSLRs Go Robotic for 2012 Olympics
From Brian Smith’s photo of Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board in the 1984 Olympics to Michael Phelp’s 1/100 sec win over Milorad Cavic in the Beijing Olympic 100m Butterfly, the Olympic Games have always a source of breathtaking images.
This year, the news agency Reuters is stepping up the ante by introducing remotely-controlled robotic-camera sytems, each equipped with the Canon 1D-X. These cameras can be installed on the rafters or on rails alongside the track prior to the matches and allow perspectives that would be very difficult for regular photographers to access.
The camera operator can control each cameras’s movements, zoom, and focus via a joystick, and then transfer the images using the Reuter’s Paneikon 2 Photographer remote editing software.
I can’t wait to see these robo-cams in action.
Here are a couple of sample images from other sports events shot using the Reuter Robo-Cam
Marija Sestak of Slovenia competes in the women’s triple jump qualification during the world indoor athletics championships at the Atakoy Athletics Arena in Istanbul March 9, 2012. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski (TURKEY)
Ineta Radevica of Latvia competes during the women’s long jump final at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, August 28, 2011. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski (SOUTH KOREA)
Be sure to read the rest of the article on Reuter’s Blog.