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What About a Camera told to Point by Integrated Circuit?

I feel almost certain that yet another idea of mine will be an idea already long thought of by someone else. Nevertheless, I will persevere!

Have you ever taken a photo, but you held the camera by hand and realized your are shaky? OK. That's bad. So you get a tripod.

But what about a still photo of a moving object? How can you get a good, cleaer photo of that? Well, a fast lens and fast film may do in some instances, but you want to take a photo of something that moves too fast, yet you don't want to take a movie and make a still from that.

What about, what about...

A camera that has an integrated circuit inside that moves the camera, while it is trained on that object? Perhaps the object has another integrated circuit as well, which coordinates with the first one.

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MegL wrote on November 29, 2019, 6:28 PM

VinceSummers , that sounds like a good idea. Years ago, sports photographers taking photos at football matches or car rallies or formula 1 used to pan the camera to follow the moving item, while taking many photographs one after the other. Stop lapse photography of hummingbirds or insects flying has also been possible for many years but I don't know how they do it.

VinceSummers wrote on November 29, 2019, 6:48 PM

So this idea may not be all that far out...

Last Edited: November 30, 2019, 5:50 PM

MegL wrote on November 30, 2019, 9:38 AM

Not that far out at all. High end digital cameras already include motors that keep the lens steady but the cost is way out of my reach.

Kasman wrote on December 8, 2019, 2:34 PM

It's not that complicated. Modern cameras are computerised up to the eyeballs and offer the facility for what's called 'burst mode'. Set the camera to this mode then simply hold down the shutter button for as long as you decide whilst you pan to follow the object (a tripod helps). A decent camera will shoot up to 10 images per second with the camera working out the aperture and the ISO and the shutter speed will be so fast that blurring of the image won't happen - unless you're shooting Superman going past at light speed! The best scientific cameras can do even better than that - Superman at light speed is no problem for them!