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Camera Corps Q-Ball Debuts in 'I'm a Celebrity'

Camera Corps' recently introduced Q-Ball HD/SD robotic camera made its broadcast debut in the latest series of "I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here," set in the Costa Rican jungle. ITV Studios awarded the contract for the U.S. series to broadcast solutions company Gearhouse Broadcast, part of Gravity Media Group. Camera Corps provided POV cameras, remote pan/tilt heads and camera controllers. The show is broadcast in the U.S. by NBC and in the UK by ITV2.

"Camera Corps has worked with us on many successful projects including the I'm a Celebrity programs in 2008 for the UK and Germany," comments Kevin Moorhouse, chief operating officer of Gravity Media Group. "Their cameras and robotic heads have performed well in the high temperatures and high humidity and have been able to handle everything the jungle climates have thrown at them."

"Our new Q-Ball is designed for exactly this kind of environment," adds Camera Corps' managing director Laurie Frost. "It consists of a camera, lens and robotics integrated in a fully weatherproof sphere machined from solid aluminum. We supplied a total of six Q-Balls for the latest I'm a Celebrity series, four infrared HD MiniZoom cameras, eight Hitachi HV-HD30s and one Iconix camera, plus 10 Egripment MiniShot remote pan/tilt mounts and one MicroShot."

Introduced at the 2009 NAB Show, the Q-Ball consists of a dual-mode color camera, high-precision pan-and-tilt system, 10:1 zoom optics and infrared night-vision capability, all under full remote control. Pan and tilt can be operated at any speed from 4 seconds to 20 minutes per 360 degree rotation through an unlimited number of turns with no visible stepping. Integral low-noise motors allow the camera to be repositioned smoothly during live shooting rather than merely between shots.

Designed for fast exterior or interior rigging and de-rigging, the Q-Ball measures 115mm in diameter and weighs 1.3 kg, including mounting shaft. It can be operated at any angle. The 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 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio. Signal-to-noise ratio is >50 dB. Focus can be controlled manually or automatically. The Q-Ball is fully 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 9V to 18V DC power supply.