Telemetrics’ Robotic Mirrorless Camera Bundle Once Again Covers Super Bowl
Telemetrics’ robotic Pan/Tilt camera system for mirrorless cameras played a starring role for the Associated Press during the NFL’s biggest game in Tampa Florida on Feb. 7.
The remote controlled system—a Sony Alpha α9 full-frame mirrorless camera mounted on the Telemetrics PT-CP-S5 Compact Pan/Tilt Head installed inside a Telemetrics WP-HOU-A9 Weatherproof housing and sold as the PT-CP-S5 A9 Weather-Resistant P/T Head Bundle system — has been developed for professional photographers looking to capture high-quality (24 MP) still photos for news outlets and sports events.
For the second year in a row, the new system, which includes a new Lens Servo Unit that allows precise remote control focus of the lens inside the housing, was deployed high atop the stadium to capture bird’s-eye views of the action and the resulting images distributed to AP member outlets (TV stations and newspapers). The AP has ordered six systems for its staff photographers. News agencies in Japan have also embraced the remotely controlled mirrorless camera system as a great way to place cameras in hard-to-reach environments, like high atop a stadium, for unique and creative POV shots.
The NFL’s biggest game has been the ideal proving ground for this system in a live sports setting, providing proof of its reliability, robustness, and ability to acquire unique images remotely using a Telemetrics RCCP-MJ Robotic Camera Control Panel. A network interface allows users to control the camera and access the images online, while Ethernet, USB and serial interfaces are also included.
“We’re honored to have the AP use our technology for the second year in a row, providing a fully integrated system that is ideal for a number of hard to reach camera positions that provide highly unique and creative POV shots,” said Michael Cuomo, vice president of Telemetrics. “As its performance at the big game proved, when the goal is to get it right the first time, Telemetrics has the outdoor robotic camera system you can rely on to reliably capture all types of live sports action.”
The new PT-CP-S5 A9 P/T Head Bundle is a fully integrated, robotic camera package that includes a compact pan/tilt head and weatherproof camera housing to fully protect and control the user’s choice of camera and zoom lens. The system’s robotic servo controls use motors of ultra-high position and velocity accuracy.