Italy’s national broadcasting company Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) has purchased a Q-Ball robotic camera system from Camera Corps for use in Vatican City. Initially deployed for coverage of the most recent papal conclave, Q-Ball is now a mainstay in Saint Peter’s Square.
The Italian broadcaster first used the Q-Ball mini-cam system in March this year for the papal conclave, during which it was able to position the camera where it would best capture the historic St. Peter’s Basilica.
“The Q-Ball is the perfect addition to RAI’s production team,” said Jim Daniels, technical director, Camera Corps. “Its size and durability allows the network to capture footage that may not be obtained by a traditional, handheld ENG camera, especially in crowded situations where onlookers gather in the square. We hope RAI finds continued success with the Q-Ball for future events.”
Q-Ball offers a mini-cam system which is weather resistant, HD/SD remotely controlled, and features an integral 10-times-zoom optical lens and smooth-accelerating pan/tilt motors. Housed in a 115mm diameter aluminium sphere, the Q-Ball camera has a two-megapixel CMOS sensor and is capable of operating in daylight or infrared illumination. Q-Ball delivers 1080i/720p high definition or 625/525 standard definition imagery at 50- or 59.94Hz refresh rates.
Following the network’s coverage of the papal election, RAI has mounted the Q-Ball in a fixed position to film future ceremonies happening in the square.