I’ve been itching to build a new remote control system for a compact camera. The pole-cam design enjoyed some remarkable successes including best compact camera image in Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016. But the system had its limitations, so it could take weeks of work to realise your photographic vision and I soon yearned for a more flexible true remote control system.
The design and build is now finished and – as soon as I get a chance in my crazy Autumn schedule – I’ll be getting onto the rivers with it. Here’s what it looks like and how it works.
The camera is a venerable Olympus XZ-2, but I’ve wired it to take a radio frequency remote controller (shutter only) with a range of about 30 metres. I had to build a new housing to keep the electronics safe from water ingress. The receiver sits above water and the trigger is about thumb-size. I cannibalised pieces from a broken Olympus PT-054 housing to provide both the internal camera cradle and the external mount for a wide angle lens. Simple!
The pictures speak for themselves, I think. I’ll let you know how I get on with it.
The tall picture to the left gives an impression of the overall system minus the mounting frame. The image to the right shows the camera sat in its cradle with a single lead connecting the camera to the receiver sitting above water.
The wide angle mount is absolutely essential. Without the INON UWL lens, there is little hope of getting the colour and contrast into an image that will make it really sing.
And here’s the camera and housing mounted on a sturdy still frame that I judge essential for work in fast-flowing rivers. I cannot wait to start using it, but after BIUPC, another trip to Egypt and some other work…that really is secret!
Best wishes dear friends