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Sports DSLRs Go Robotic for 2012 Olympics

By fotosiamo on July 9th 2012

Olympic rings, mounted on a barge, are positioned in front of Tower Bridge on the River Thames in London


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.

Olympic Robo-Cams
Olympic Robo-Cams

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.

Olympic Reuters Robo-cam

Here are a couple of sample images from other sports events shot using the Reuter Robo-Cam

Sestak of Slovenia competes in women's triple jump qualification during world indoor athletics championships at Atakoy Athletics Arena in Istanbul
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)


Radevica of Latvia competes during the women's long jump final at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu
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.

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  1. Ed Rhodes

    whoa, that’s awesome

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  2. Josh Wheaton

    Why are these photos still attributed to specific “photographers”. It’s a robot that they are just going to spray & pray with?

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