2021 Underwater Olympics Footage Shot With Sony a1/a9II in Telemetrics PT-CP-S5 Housings

Robotic Camera Systems with Telemetrics PT-CP-S5 remotely controlled Pan/Tilt Head ©Telemetrics

The Olympics underwater shots were brought to the next level this year using the Telemetrics PT-CP-S5 remotely controlled Pan/Tilt Heads and Sony a1/a9II cameras. The Telemetrics PT-CP-S5 was first used in the 2016 Olympics, but the cameras inside have improved substantially since. These housings are designed exclusively for Sony Alpha cameras and allow Sony cameras to be fully controlled over a Cat7 cable remotely from a workstation.

For those unaware, these kinds of systems operate using FTP and the images are quickly transferred to the workstation for edited, tone adjustment, and captioning before they are sent to print. Olympics photography is largely about how quickly you can get an image out to the press and Sony started taking this kind of photography seriously when they announced the Sony a9, but the 2020 Olympics, which later became the 2021 Olympics, were supposed to be a big coming-out party for mirrorless cameras. Mirrorless cameras like the Sony a1/a9II can finally compete with Canon and Nikon for high-speed sports photography, which was a weakness of mirrorless cameras a few years ago, and Sony was the first to address these shortcomings.

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