The latest series of the BBC’s Springwatch wildlife programme made use of Camera Corps remote camera systems – specifically, a combination of Q-Ball robotic heads and MiniZoom cameras, which provided close-up high-definition of wildlife under daylight and infra-red-illuminated conditions.
One of the BBC Natural History Unit’s largest annual productions, Springwatch was centred on the RSPB’s Ynys-hir nature reserve in mid-Wales for this year’s series.
Q-Ball combines an HD/SD camera, 10x optical zoom plus a variable speed pan and tilt mechanism sealed inside in a weatherproofed housing. Its positioning motors can be operated over a very wide speed range with gradual acceleration if required.
Up to four SDI-embedded audio channels are available to accommodate stereo microphones, while a maximum of 96 Q-Ball cameras can be operated under full remote control from a single Camera Corps Multi Camera Keypad.
HD MiniZoom is an ultra-compact camera incorporating a 1/3 inch 2-megapixel 16:9 CMOS sensor delivering 1080i/720p HD or 625/525 SD, both at 50 or 59.94 Hz and in 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio. Signal-to-noise ratio is >50 dB. Focus can be controlled manually or automatically.