Canon Inc. is developing a remote-control solution for still photography that would realize remote operation for the company's interchangeable-lens cameras for professional users.
The use of technology that enables the remote operation of cameras for still photo capture has been growing in such journalistic fields as sports coverage.
The solution currently under development employs a center-based system where the camera's optical axis is perpendicular to the unit's axis of revolution to make possible operation with a similar feeling to traditional shooting methods. Aimed at stills photographers, the remote-control solution mainly comprises the Remote Control Pan-Tilt System and Camera Remote Application, which can control multiple Remote Control Pan-Tilt Systems and cameras from a single PC. It is enabling a single operator to control multiple cameras.
Canon's new solution makes possible image capture from a variety of angles and viewpoints. Going forward, Canon aims to create a system suited to a wide range of shooting needs that go beyond press coverage of sporting events, from use in TV and movie production to e-commerce and product photography applications.