One of the biggest challenges facing professional photographers today is capturing images from new perspectives, images that stand out and push through the noise of our image-saturated world. For sports photographers, often confined to small, fixed areas, to avoid interfering with play or restricting the crowd’s view, this challenge can be doubly hard. Nikon has a line of robotic solutions for photographers and filmmakers that provide solutions to these challenges that are available for a wide variety of different applications.
Nikon’s Robotic Pod offers photographers and broadcasters an elegant and accurate solution to this problem. This camera system vastly increases the number of potential photographic opportunities available at any given location. Designed to be mounted, permanently or temporarily, in places that it would be unfeasible or impossible for a human to operate, the Robotic Pod gives the photographer complete remote control over their camera situated 200 ft above their head.
Designed around Nikon’s DSLRs and lenses, the Robotic Pod integrates seamlessly with the camera allowing the two components to work as one, ensuring speed and image quality professionals require. The intuitive software gives the photographer dynamic control over one, or even multiple, Robotic Pods, ensuring that every piece of the action is covered from every angle all of the time.
The Robotic Pod’s modular design makes it quick and easy to change lenses, with focal lengths ranging from 24mm to 500 mm, giving photographers even greater creative latitude to capture the action from a new perspective.
While Robotic Pod is leading the way for remote capture at live events and in stadiums, the Orbital camera rig is changing product photography. Developed to capture high volumes of product shots, and video, the Orbital is one of the most powerful robotic camera rigs available. When used with a turntable, the Orbital allows you to pre-program camera height, distance, focus, exposure, zoom and shutter, while automatically rotating the turntable through user-defined rotations.
The Orbital enables you to bring speed, precision and consistency to your product photography. So, whether you’re shooting 1,000 or 100,000 images, the Orbital will revolutionise your workflow and potentially deliver a substantial cost per image saving – shooting everything from stills, 360 Spins, multi-row photography or shooting video, the Orbital offers a complete e-commerce solution.
As the lines between still and video content creation, studio and location production, and traditional vs OTT broadcasting continue to blur, Nikon’s robotic solutions, such as the ultra-flexible AFC Head, are becoming increasingly important. The AFC makes robotic studio camera production easy and its high payload capacity offers full support for build-up kits, while fast panning speeds allow you to closely follow any pitchside action accurately. Combined with a small footprint and reliable remote operation, the AFC Robotic Head is the best choice for getting close to the action without compromising quality.
Robotic cameras and robotic camera rigs are powering real-world innovation, giving photographers and broadcasters new opportunities to capture images, to create original content and deliver new and unique, previously unreachable, perspectives to their audiences.