Robo-Cameras are heading to the Olympic Games
It turns out that Reuters will have 11 robots set up alongside their numerous human photographers. The robots will be in places no human would be able to reach. Using Canon’s 1-DX, the system will have three-axis control and have a photographer at a computer operating its every movement with a joystick.
“We are essentially able to put cameras and photographers where they’ve never been before, capturing images in ways they’ve never been captured,” [Fabrizio] Bensch said. “For example, I’ve installed a robotic camera unit on a truss, 30 meters high — in a position where no photographer has been in a previous Olympics.”
For [Mark] Reblias, those are positions you just can’t compete against. With the traditional remote-control cameras, if the subject showed untethered joy five feet out of frame, you were out of luck. Now if Reuters is able to get that shot, “well, there’s nothing I can do,” he said. “Maybe I’ll have to upgrade my gear and make a robotic system. It’d be expensive, it might be a cost I have to take on.”
The cameras will use the following lenses – a 24-105mm, a 70-200mm and telephotos up to 400mm. In addition to three axes of movement, the cameras’ pilots control shutter speed, sensitivity and image size.
The video below gives us a closer look at the technology the Associated Press will be using.