London-based Camera Corps is introducing a versatile and discreet remote HD camera system, the Q-Ball.
Camera Corps Q-Ball
With 10x zoom optics (5.1mm to 51mm) and smooth-accelerating pan/tilt motors in a sturdy fully weatherproof aluminum sphere, it’s designed for outside broadcasting, reality shows and studio productions or anywhere else where a low-key remote-controlled camera is needed,
Its diameter is just 115mm (about 4.5 inches).
It can be used upright or inverted without need for any structural reassembly, allowing very fast installation and de-rigging.
Laurie Frost, managing director of Camera Corps, said the camera is based on the company’s HD MiniZoom, used extensively during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
The Q-Ball can be used under almost any lighting conditions, with an infra-red option for total darkness.
Attractive external styling was an important design consideration as the cameras frequently appear in shot during reality shows. It’s available in several colors and can even be repainted.
It can be mounted unobtrusively almost anywhere and connected via up to 20 meters of 5.5mm multi-core cable to its HD-SDI output interface. It’s coupled via dual slip-rings to allow unlimited 360 degree rotation and has four channels of embedded audio.
The Q-Ball currently uses a 1/3-inch 2-megapixel 16:9 CMOS sensor delivering 720p or 1080i at 50 or 59.94 Hz.
Camera Corps www.cameracorps.co.uk