Two Reuters photographers are taking robotically-controlled DSLRs to the London Olympics, notes Digital Photography Review.
Fabrizio Bensch and Pawel Kopczynski are rigging the cameras into fully-articulating mounts, which they will be able to control remotely by computer, using a joystick. The robotic camera can be released by a photographer over wireless transmitters or externally triggered by a cable.
The Associated Press set up a dozen robot cameras: 10 on the roofs – including one above the Olympic Stadium – and two in the swimming complex. Among the robots deployed for aerial shots, two will have a double camera enabling wide-angle panoramic shots. They feature 16-to-400 mm zooms and three axes of rotation.
The AP will have over 60 remote controlled cameras, in 12 venues, on the roof, under the pool and in other hard to get places. The robots will be controlled from the terraces by AFP photographers, with each control station able to manage up to a dozen cameras. Images are automatically transmitted to a computer.
Francois-Xavier, a journalist in AFP’s technical support service, has over the last decade pioneered the use of underwater cameras for shooting top-level swimming competitions, including the Olympics.
Breeze Systems makes the PPS Remote for Canon PowerShot cameras for remote capture and zoom via USB connection. If your remote laptop has a 4G connection, you could use GoToMyPC to control it from anywhere in the world.
Nikon camera control software and Canon camera control software also let you use USB, Firewire or WiFi to control cameras. The Nikon D3200 is a $699 24MP entry-level DSLR that can be used with an optional WU-1a Wi-Fi module ($59) which supports image upload and remote viewing/shutter release with a free app for Android phones. An iOS version of the app will follow later in the year.
Cameras using EyeFi SD cards can also transmit photos directly to your computer or tablet.
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