08.05.2009 02:10 PM
Camera Corps Announces Q-Lite for Q-Ball
Camera Corps (Stand 10.C49) will launch a self-illuminating version of its Q-Ball all-weather robotic camera head at IBC2009, following trials at a series of recent sporting events in South Africa. Designed primarily for commentator camera applications, the new Q-Lite option is a multi-element LED ring luminaire, which generates a non-glare soft light to illuminate a presenter.

“Q-Ball has only been on the market a matter of weeks, yet has already generated huge demand from all round the world,” comments Laurie Frost, founder and managing director of Camera Corps. “Q-Lite can be mounted on any existing Q-Ball to provide brightly illuminated images from traditionally dark locations such as sports or stage-side commentary boxes. LED lighting is tremendously efficient and does not waste energy projecting heat onto the commentator’s face.”

Camera Corps’ Q-Ball is a dual-mode robotic colour camera with pan and tilt, 10:1 zoom optics and infra-red night-vision capability, all housed in a 115 mm diameter sphere machined from solid aluminium. Pan and tilt can be operated at any speed from 4 seconds to 20 minutes per revolution through an unlimited number of turns. Integral high-precision low-noise motors allow the camera to be repositioned during live shooting rather than merely between shots.

Designed to allow rapid exterior or interior rigging and de-rigging, the Q-Ball weighs 1.3 kg including mounting shaft and can be operated at any angle. The integral camera incorporates a 1/3-inch 2 megapixel 16:9 CMOS sensor delivering 1080i/720p HD or 625/525 SD, both at 50 or 59.94 Hz and in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio. Signal-to-noise ratio is >50 dB. Focus can be controlled manually or automatically.

The Q-Ball is compatible with Camera Corps’ range of pan/tilt and CCU controllers. Its interface delivers up to four channels of audio embedded into the SDI feed. It operates from a 9 to 18 V DC power supply. The machined-aluminium casing is available pre-painted to match any required colour scheme, including jungle camouflage.

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