Camera Corps Q-Ball robotic head to make debut

    Ultra-compact, all-weather robotic head housed in a robust sphere.
    SPECIAL REPORTS, Exhibitions coverage, IBC 2009

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    Camera Corps will showcase its Q-Ball, an ultra-compact all-weather robotic head housed in a highly robust sphere machined from solid aluminium.

    The Q-Ball incorporates a dual-mode 16:9 HD/SD colour camera, high-precision pan-and-tilt, 10:1 zoom optics and infra-red night-vision capability, all under full remote control. Pan and tilt can be operated at any speed from 4 seconds to an ultra-slow 20 minutes per 360 degree rotation through an unlimited number of turns with precise joystick-controlled acceleration/deceleration.

    Integral low-noise motors allow the camera to be repositioned smoothly during live shooting rather than merely between shots. Designed for fast exterior or interior rigging and de-rigging, the Q-Ball measures just 115 mm in diameter and weighs 1.3 kg including mounting-shaft. It can be operated at any angle.

    "The Q-Ball is intended for use both in the real world as well as the studio," commented Camera Corps' managing director Laurie Frost.

    "It is one of the most robust cameras on the market and delivers broadcastable HD and SD video under practically any weather conditions. We operate as a production service company in addition to being a manufacturer. That gives us the advantage of being able to develop equipment based on actual operational experience.

    "Q-Ball systems have been tested successfully in major reality shows and at overseas sports events. The spherical design has many practical advantages and also looks good when seen from other cameras. The camera heads can be supplied pre-painted to match any required colour scheme, including jungle camouflage."

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