I recently took a trip to South Africa and at best you can get within 30 yards of anyone of the many beasts.  But how would you like to take close up photo of a lioness and her cubs?  Or perhaps safely photograph the nostrils of an elephant’s trunk?  The Beetlecam is an ingenious device from Will and Matthew Burrard-Lucas.

They attached a Canon EOS 400D camera to a Lynxmotion robot chassis and a Hitech 6-channel radio control.  Then with some tweaking they were able to mod the buggy’s controller to operate the camera as well.  Two 7.2 Volts Ni-MH 2800mAh battery packs provide day long power and a set of dualing flash strobes insure a properly exposed picture in the most dimly lit of places.

BeetleCam Lion

Now they just need to get a live feed running from the camera to the remote so they can determine their shot from any where they sit.


Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."