Canon's robotic arm gives better remote control for pro sports photographers

Canon's motorized pan/tilt head
(Image credit: Canon)

Canon has announced today that it is working on a robotic pan/tilt support that is designed to be used by professional sports photographers using DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. 

The motorized head looks similar in design to the PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras that are used for CCTV and in broadcast studios - except that here the photographer uses his or her own EOS camera and lens to get the shot. 

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.