"Drone" photography begins at the Olympics

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by RichA, Jul 6, 2012.

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    RichA Guest

    RichA, Jul 6, 2012
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    Nemo Guest

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    Whisky-dave Guest

    Any idea how those cameras on arms behind the goal at the recent Euro soccor cup thingy were controlled ?. Wondering if they'll ever manage an automated ball tracking system.
     
    Whisky-dave, Jul 6, 2012
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    Joe Kotroczo Guest

    Remote heads are an old hat in the film/video world. Been around for at
    least 15 years.

    Stuff like this:

    <http://www.arri-rental.com/grip/remote-heads/remote-heads.html>
    <http://www.arri-rental.com/grip/remote-heads/stabilized-remote-heads.html>
    <http://www.panavision.co.uk/catalogue/default.asp?cid=17>

    etc.
     
    Joe Kotroczo, Jul 8, 2012
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    Alfred Molon Guest

    It would be cool to fix a standard camera to a quadrocopter and use this
    setup to take photos from above. Would require a remote control capable
    of positioning the camera with the right angle at the altitude you need,
    some capability of the camera to transmit the image being framed upon to
    you (on some kind of screen) so that you can frame the shot before you
    take it, and some kind of robotic arrangement so that the zoom and the
    camera buttons can be actuated.

    I guess that would be easier with a compact camera with a motorised zoom
    and light weight than with a heavy and manual DLSR (which would also
    require a more powerful quadrocopter).

    From a technology perspective all this should be easily doable, but is
    anybody selling such equipment?
     
    Alfred Molon, Jul 8, 2012
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    Eric Stevens Guest

    To buy something, see http://www.raidentech.com/rchespycacos.html

    To see one in action see

    Google is your friend

    Regards,

    Eric Stevens
     
    Eric Stevens, Jul 9, 2012
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    PeterN Guest

    More than that. Back in the 70s a magazine cover shot of the Kentucky
    Derby was shot by a cheap P&S mounted on the rail.
     
    PeterN, Jul 9, 2012
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    Alfred Molon Guest

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    Joe Kotroczo Guest

    Yes. http://www.pictorvision.com/
    Not a quadrocopter though, might be an wee bit awkward indoors... ;-)

    These guys do a smaller, remote controlled version: http://www.hovercam.com/

    If you've got the camera on a gimbal anyway, Quadcopters don't offer you
    any advantage over normal helicopters. AFAIK you get more lift from a
    single rotor, and you gain maneuverability if you stabilize your camera
    independently from your aerial platform.
     
    Joe Kotroczo, Jul 9, 2012
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    Eric Stevens Guest

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    Rob Guest


    I query the use of a SLR for this application. Surely there are other
    compact cameras around that will fit the bill and be much cheaper and
    lighter. Crashes come to mind when wrecking equipment.
     
    Rob, Jul 9, 2012
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  12. The advantage of the quadrocopter is that it's much easier to control
    because it's more inherently stable.
     
    Chris Malcolm, Jul 9, 2012
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  13. But you need to bear in mind the possible legal problems. In the UK
    for example it is illegal to operate such a camera within some
    significant distance (100 metres?) of any private dwelling unless you
    have the owner's permission -- invasion of privacy rights.
     
    Chris Malcolm, Jul 9, 2012
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    RichA Guest

    RichA, Jul 9, 2012
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  15. It's an interesting question about ownership of the air-space above my
    property. Personally, if a drone were buzzing around my house, I'd feel
    I could legitimately catch the damn thing in a net or shoot it down with
    a shotgun.
     
    James Silverton, Jul 9, 2012
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    Nemo Guest

    How stupid to let the terrorists know where the Olympic Games are being
    held.
     
    Nemo, Jul 9, 2012
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    Bruce Guest


    They're quite easy to find. From central London, follow the signs,
    then turn right at the apartment block with the ground-to-air missiles
    installed on top. If you get lost, ask a policeman. ;-)
     
    Bruce, Jul 9, 2012
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    Joe Kotroczo Guest

    That wouldn't have been remote controlled though, would it? Other than
    triggering the shutter obviously.
     
    Joe Kotroczo, Jul 9, 2012
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    Alfred Molon Guest

    Isn't is so in the UK that if you are on a public space you may shot
    whatever you want?
     
    Alfred Molon, Jul 9, 2012
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    Alan Browne Guest


    You put it much more succinctly than what I was about to post.
     
    Alan Browne, Jul 9, 2012
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