Canon recently announced the CR-S700R Robotic Camera System that enables the remote operation of select EOS cameras and lenses.
You may have seen remote camera systems being used at sporting events. These systems allow broadcasters or photographers to remotely operate cameras when they need to be placed in positions where they can’t be manually operated.
Canon states that the Robotic Camera System CR-S700R, is a remote-control system for still image shooting, but there is probably no reason why this couldn’t also be used for video.
The Canon Robotic Camera System CR-S700R revolves around a remote pan head that can be used to remotely control and shoot still images using a compatible EOS camera and lens. Compatible cameras and lenses are:
- EOS-1D X Mark II
- EOS-1D X Mark III
- EF 11-24mm F4L USM
- EF 16-35mm F2.8L III USM
- EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM
- EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS II USM
- EF 24-105mm F4L IS II USM
- EF 100-400mm F4.5 -5.6L IS II USM.
This system includes a small and lightweight gateway box: the IP camera controller CR-G100. The CR-A100 Camera Remote Application (sold separately) enables users to control multiple cameras from a PC, display live-view images, and remotely trigger a camera or simultaneously shoot with multiple cameras.
By using a center-type mechanism that rotates around a central axis perpendicular to the optical axis of the lens, the remote pan head can perform operations such as zooming, panning, tilting, and rolling of the attached camera in a small footprint with minimal shifting of weight and balance.
The remote-control solution can be ideal to follow high-speed subjects and features a turning radius of up to 260mm. The IP camera controller CR-G100 helps eliminate complicated and bulky wired connections, meaning one person can operate multiple cameras. The PC software (licensed with the Robotic Camera System CR-S700R) is also available separately to control a camera using the IP camera controller CR-G100, streamlining the workflow of still image shooting at the news site.
Price & Availability
The Robotic Camera System CR-S700R and the Camera Remote Application CR-A100 are scheduled to be available from mid-February 2020. For more information, please contact your local Canon pro-market representative or regional sales manager.