Nikon’s Mark Robert’s Motion Control Robotics Division continues to develop robotic products that not only appeal to indie content creators, but they’re doing it at a very affordable budget price.
Their latest new product is the SR-1 Small Robotic Pan Tilt Head, which is not only easy to set up, but provides what Nikon calls “impossible new camera angles” over what can be accomplished by hand.
“The SR-1 is a powerful new tool for professional photographers and videographers,” stated Paddy Taylor, Head of Broadcast Solutions for MRMC.
“It is perfect for use in situations where it is difficult or dangerous for a human operator to be present, (and) is also a great option for capturing dynamic shots that would be difficult to achieve manually.”
The latest in a line of compact and affordable robotic camera gear, the SR-1 Pan-Tilt Head can repeat complex actions that traditionally are accomplished by camera operators going handheld.
The head weighs approximately 10.3 pounds and measures 11 inches x 8.66 inches x 5.5 inches, or 13 pounds with the optional roll axis mount.
The SR-1 is compatible with Nikon’s entire digital camera range, including the Z9 Full Frame mirrorless camera, but MRMC also states that the design also makes it “camera and lens agnostic” for any content creator to take advantage of, no matter what camera platform they use.
The head can support an overall payload of up to 9 pounds (4kg) and can be attached to any mainstream tripod, camera slider, or other stabilized device capable of carrying that kind of girth.
It has an axis speed of 54 degrees per second and a pan range of +/- 150°. The head can also roll with a range of 165° to -165° and offers zoom and focus control via an add-on motorized gear.
To control the Pan-Tilt Head, users can use full IP control via MRMC’s motion control software MHC or Polymotion Chat with tracking and following via face and body detection, as well as third-party motion control systems.
The apps also offer touchscreen programming and execution of camera movements and can be operated by a single operator.
The SR-1 also supports optional features including Roll Axis and external lens motors, and comes with a sturdy pelican-style flight case containing all mounting and cabling accessories for easy setup.
There’s no word on pricing or availability, but Nikon/MRMC will be showcasing the SR-1 Small Camera head along with the Cinebot Mini Motion Control System at IBC 2023 in Amsterdam from September 15-18, 2023 at Hall 12, booth 12.D20 and Hall 11, booth 12.C26.
Those interested can also query MRMC at the SR-1 Product Page.
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