November 10, 2010

Bluetooth control for Canon lenses

Canon has developed a new wireless lens control system using Bluetooth that is "ideal for use on cranes or jib arms, or in confined spaces," according to Jan Maarten Kloosterman, sales & marketing, Canon Europe (pictured).

The WB10R/T works with Canon's digital ENG video lenses and has a delay of less than 40 milliseconds.

It can operate up to about 10m, and uses very little power. The controller takes two AA batteries, which should last more than 80 hours of continual operation, or a DC power cable. The receiver can be connected to the viewfinder or strapped to the body of the camera.

It will be available in December, although only in a limited number of countries initially.

By David Fox

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