One Camera That’s OK To Drop

If you’ve been keeping track of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, then you’ve certainly noticed the amazing camera work detailing every event clearly and at every angle. That is to say if you haven’t been too distracted watching Michael Phelps tear everyone a new asshole. I bet you’re wondering how they cover events such as synchronized diving so thoroughly? The answer is quite simple:

The camera technicians simply drop the camera at the same time the diver begins to fall. If you remember from your high school physics class: all objects fall at the same speed, the speed of gravity. The DiveCam is no exception. This is the camera which follows the diver from the top of the platform all the way into the water without the use of complex pneumatics or motorized tracks, but rather the natural forces of gravity. Newton would be proud.

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