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Reuters to use robotic DSLRs for Olympics coverage
Two photographers for international news agency Reuters are taking robotically-controlled DSLRs to the London Olympics, which starts later this month. Fabrizio Bensch and Pawel Kopczynski are rigging the cameras into fully-articulating mounts, which they will be able to control remotely by computer, using a joystick. As well as camera orientation, they will also be able to zoom the lenses attached to the cameras and - of course - trigger exposure.
In the 19th Century, Reuters pioneered the use of telegraphy in news coverage. In a blog post on reuters.com, Bensch says that he and Kopczynski have been working on this new robotic technology since 2009, with the aim of 'making impossible things possible; just like the athletes at the Olympic games'. They've already trialed the robotic rigs at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea and at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Istanbul earlier this year.