BeetleCam is an armoured remote-control buggy for your DSLR camera. It can be used to safely position your camera in places where no human could go. Photograph predators from the perspective of their prey or elephants as they pass inches from your lens!
Features of the new BeetleCam:
- Powerful four-wheel drive for tackling challenging terrain.
- Strong but lightweight armoured shell to protect your camera. Shell can be split for packing.
- Remote-control range of more than 500m.
- High capacity rechargeable battery easily lasts a day of shooting.
- Excellent manoeuvrability with the ability to rotate on the spot.
- Control the camera tilt angle remotely.
- Wireless live view options available.
- Mount a GoPro HERO3 under your DSLR for HD video capture.
- Considered design is easy to use and maintain in the field.
BeetleCams can be purchased with or without the protective carapace.
BeetleCams start at GBP £1,650. Optional extras include protective carapace in any colour and wireless live-view to a portable screen or virtual reality glasses. Please contact us for availability and full pricing details.
Most common DSLRs are supported. Large cameras such as a Canon 1DX or Nikon D4 can be used but smaller cameras such as the Canon 5D mk III or the Nikon D800 are preferable because they are lighter and have a lower centre-of-gravity which results in improved stability and performance. There is no minimum size limit so smaller DSLRs or mirrorless cameras may also be used. BeetleCams are supplied with a shutter release cable compatible with Canon or Nikon DSLRs (other cables may be available on request).
Can I control the camera remotely?
All BeetleCams come with the ability to fire the camera using the same controller that is used to control the buggy. In a basic set-up you therefore need to set your camera up before deploying the BeetleCam. If you want to control your camera settings remotely then you will need to connect to it over wifi. There are various ways to achieve this depending on the camera you plan to use. Please contact us to discuss your requirements further.
Can I see what the camera sees?
We provide a video transmitter and portable screen or virtual reality goggles as optional extras. This transmits the picture from your DSLR, a GoPro or a mini-cam mounted somewhere inside the BeetleCam. This allows you to see what the BeetleCam sees at a range of up to 500m.
How much does the BeetleCam weigh?
The BeetleCam (including the protective shell and batteries) weighs less than 5kg (this excludes the weight of the camera). The boxed weight including controller, charger and portable viewing screen is around 8kg.
What are the dimensions?
BeetleCam with protective carapace: Length 40cm, Width 33cm, Height 33cm. BeetleCam without protective carapace: Length 38cm, Width 30cm, Height 16cm.
Can the protective carapace be added later?
Yes, if you don’t need the protective carapace right away then you can purchase it at a later date if you decide your camera needs some added protection.
What is the delivery timeframe?
Orders are usually fulfilled within a month.
Can I control camera pan and tilt?
You can only control camera tilt remotely. Pan is achieved by rotating the BeetleCam on the spot (it can turn on the spot like a tank). Limiting the camera mount to tilt only greatly improves the strength and durability of the BeetleCam.
If you need a custom set-up with a stabilised pan/tilt/roll camera mount then this is possible but it will not be strong enough for use with animals that may interact with the BeetleCam. Please contact us to discuss your requirements further.
See what a BeetleCam can do in the BeetleCam Showcase!