The BeetleCam story all began back in 2009, when I started thinking about how I could get unique, close-up, ground level photographs of African wildlife (without risking my life). To achieve this I built BeetleCam; a remote controlled buggy with a DSLR camera mounted on top. I travelled to Tanzania and embarked on the first BeetleCam project resulting in groundbreaking photographs of elephants and buffalo. However, I lost a camera in an encounter with a lion and BeetleCam was almost destroyed.
I returned home and published “The Adventures of BeetleCam”. The story quickly became popular but I wasn’t entirely satisfied… just imagine what I could get with a lion-proof BeetleCam!
Well, in 2011 I set about creating two new BeetleCams; one with more advanced capabilities and one with an armoured shell. I returned to Africa to photograph the lions of the Masai Mara. BeetleCam received a battering but it survived and I came back with a portfolio of lion photographs that exceeded all my expectations! To view the results from the trip to Kenya, read my blog post on “BeetleCam vs the Lions of the Masai Mara“.
The new BeetleCam, now available from Camtraptions!
On returning to the UK in 2013, I developed a new version of BeetleCam, five years in the making, with a stronger, lighter protective shell and more advanced capabilities. I also founded Camtraptions to develop new remote and camera trap products for photographers.
In March 2014, I announced the prototype of the new BeetleCam Hybrid, a traditional BeetleCam base with a stabilised camera gimbal mounted on top. You can read more about it in “BeetleCam Project Update“.