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British wildlife photographer William Burrard-Lucas has released the latest results from the BeetleCam Project and announced a new version of his the remote-controlled camera buggy, BeetleCam. Will embarked on a project to get unique, close-up, ground level photographs of African wildlife back in 2009. To achieve this, he built his first BeetleCam, a remote controlled buggy with a DSLR camera mounted on top. Now, five years after his first expedition to Tanzania, he has unveiled BeetleCam Hybrid, which combines a traditional BeetleCam base with a stabilised camera gimbal, which allows the camera to stay perfectly level, even if the BeetleCam is moving over uneven surfaces. Click through / scroll down for an introductory video highlighting the results achievable with the new BeetleCam Hybrid.
Camtraptions Press Release
BeetleCam Project Update
British wildlife photographer and founder of Camtraptions, Will Burrard-Lucas, is releasing the latest results from the BeetleCam Project and announcing a new version of the remote-control camera buggy, the BeetleCam Hybrid.
London, UK - Will created the first BeetleCam in 2009. It allowed him to safely position his DSLR camera in front of potentially dangerous wild animals in order to capture unique, close-up photographs. Last year, Will spent time living and working in Africa, where he photographed species he had not yet captured with BeetleCam, such as African wild dogs and leopards. This has resulted in aset of stunning portraits of these elusive creatures.
Will has spent the last few years making improvements to BeetleCam, and since returning from Africa in August 2013, he has released an updated version of the original design with a strong, light-weight shell to protect the camera, and the ability to record video and stills simultaneously. Recently this allowed him to photograph and film lions in the Serengeti. View the results in this short video.
Will has also developed a range of quiet remote-control copters for filming and photographing wildlife from the air. He recently trialled these in the Serengeti and returned with breathtaking footage showing the wildebeest migration and other wildlife from a new perspective.
The new BeetleCam Hybrid is Will's most recent creation. It combines a traditional BeetleCam base with a stabilised camera gimbal, similar to the ones used on his remote-control copters. This gimbal allows the camera to stay perfectly level, even if the BeetleCam is moving over uneven surfaces. The operator can also smoothly control the camera pan and tilt without moving the base. See the Hybrid in action in this short video:
Will’s new company, Camtraptions Ltd, has been set up to develop and sell devices for remote and camera trap photography, including BeetleCam, multi-rotor copters and camera traps. Its mission is to develop products for forward-thinking and innovative photographers.