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Attention human camera operators – the robots are coming.

Both the Associated Press and Reuters will be utilizing impressive robotic technology at this year’s summer Olympic Games in London. The rigs will allow the news organizations to capture amazing photographs in locations never before possible.

Think about action photos from underneath a pool during the swimming competition. The AP put together a video showing us how these rigs will work.

Check it out….


WIRED posted an interesting story last Friday, asking whether or not living-and-breathing human photogs should be worried….

Developed by Fabrizio Bensch and Pawel Kopczynski, the 11 robo-cams at various venues will use a wide range of 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. Photos instantly stream into Reuters’ remote editing system, Paneikon, and are moved to clients just minutes after being captured.
Looking for a way to get dramatic shots at new angles, the Berlin-based photographers dreamed up the idea in 2009 and tested a two-axis prototype last year in the World Athletic Championships in Daegu, South Korea. The London Olympics will be the first showing of the three-axis control, and the first time using more than just one robotic camera.

It’s important to remember that it still takes a human “pilot” to control and position the robot for the perfect shot. But we can only imagine that this is very expensive gear – how can the independent photog compete?

We can’t wait to see ALL of the images and video coming out of this year’s Olympic Games. Read the full piece in WIRED here. (h/t Gizmodo, PetaPixel)

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