CamBall3 S

Pan Tilt Zoom Camera


Our flagship CamBall3 has evolved to meet the increasing demand for computer controlled cameras.  It is now available in 3 new versions.  Any version can be upgraded to a more advanced model and all versions have the Sony© Exmor Sensor.

  • Camball3 S- Standard unit (Bradley D* control), digital slip rings
  • Camball3 X – + DMX control, PMS, 16bit positioning, profile move, status display
  • Camball3 XM – + Motion control via Free D & Bradley M*, 24bit positioning with Free D metadata output for VR and AR

The DMX controlled CamBall3 X has been developed in response to requests from leading show facilities suppliers to integrate the Camball3 into the master show computer.  It can still be controlled with any of our normal controllers, but can also be controlled via 8 DMX channels, giving 16bit precision in Pan, Tilt and Zoom plus Focus and Iris.

The CamBall3 X can be used to move to DMX positions or, if the show computer can track follow spots, then it can track this camera. When used as an ‘Auto Tracking’ camera it can follow the designated artist extremely smoothly, including zoom & focus.  This has been made possible with our PMS (Predictive Move Smoothing) algorithm which both predicts and smooths the moves and also copes with missing data packets.

The CamBall3 is the camera of choice around the world for many stage shows and concert tours. It has been tried and trusted for over 14 years.  Our ‘future-proof’ design ethos has enabled these upgrades to be added to previous models.  This ethos continues today and is central to our future developments.

Built to last:

The main parts of the unit are machined from high-grade aluminium with deep milled pocketing to give a rigid and strong chassis.  The motors and moving mechanics have been proven over many years from the original CamBall to give trouble-free operation.

Slipping clutches are fitted to both axes to protect the motors and gearboxes. Unlike many competitors, these clutches prevent damage whilst rigging and during operation.  It can be mounted either way up.

Slip rings enable continuous 360º pans with 720 degrees under DMX control.  All the power, data and video signals pass through the slip rings delivering HDSDI on the fixed base.

Amazing picture quality: 

The camera offers full HD images and is switchable to a number of standards.  Both 50Hz and 60Hz frame rates are supported as well as interlaced or progressive outputs.  All camera CCU functions can be remotely controlled via our Remote Camera Panel Mk3.  The low light infrared mode is also activated remotely.  The CCU control on a small camera is unmatched.

For further information on the CamBall3 S
download the CamBall3 S Brochure

Main Features:
  • DMX, Free D, M*, Motion Control Protocols
  • Real Time Metadata for VR & AR - genlockable
  • Built in Move Profiles
  • Rugged Carbon Fibre
  • Weatherproof
  • 2.4 Megapixel Exmor Sensor
  • Full CCU Control
  • 30x optical zoom
  • Slip Rings
  • Inverted or Upright Mounting
  • 64 Pre-set positions P,T, Z, F
  • Switchable to Infra-Red sensitive
  • Internal Wide Angle Converter options
  • Internal Heater Option
  • Control over IP, Fibre or Cable
  • Specifications-Camball3 S
    Weight: 2.9kg(S) – 3.1kg(XM)
    Data: RS485
    Power: 12-16v @ 1A

    Pan Range: 360deg. Continuous. (DMX 720 deg.)
    Tilt Range: +/- 120deg from vertical.
    Pan Speed Range: <0.05deg/sec - >180deg/sec. Other ratios on request.
    Tilt Speed Range: <0.03deg/sec - >120deg/sec. Other ratios on request.

    Pre-Set Positions: 64, 16bit accuracy (+/- 0.0055deg. theoretical) On X & XM

    Camera Sensor: 0.36” Sony Exmor
    Active Pixels: 2.38 Mpixels
    Sig / Noise Ratio: >50dB

    HFOV: 30x zoom – 64deg. to 2.3deg
    MOD: <30cm
    Distortion: <3% (wide)
    Iris: F1.6 - F28
    Sensitivity: 30x 1.4 lux. (F1.6 AGC On)

    HD Standards: 1080i/50/60, 720p/50/60, (1080p/50/60 HDSDI available soon)

  • XLR4 - Power & RS485 data
  • BNC1 – HDSDI
  • BNC2 – Genlock (optional extra)

  • Remote: Pan, Tilt, Zoom, Iris, Focus, Auto White, Manual White, Preset White, Rgain, Bgain, Master Pedestal, Red Pedestal, Blue Pedestal, Shutter, Gain, Gamma, Dzoom On/Off, Auto Iris On/Off, Auto Focus On/Off, IR Mode On/Off, Chroma, Detail, Mirror, Flip, Output Standard etc. Preset Store (P,T,Z,F), Preset Recall, GoTo Absolute Position, P,T reverse, speeds 1-10, Turbo Speed, ND Filter

    Operating Temp: -10 to >+40degC Out of sunlight
    Sealed: IP65 minimum (IP66 option)
    Mounting: 2 x 3/8”, 2 x 1/4” + safety bond point

    Specifications subject to change without notice
    E & OE

    For further information on the CamBall3 S download the CamBall3 S Brochure

    All the CamBall3 models can be fitted with:
    • Wide angle converters
    • Internal port heaters (7 watt)
    • Roll levelling
    Any of the CamBall models can be supplied as a CamBall Net-Cam (a toughened housing and faster operation for in-goal applications) Compatible products include:
    • Joystick Controllers
    • Remote Camera Panels
    • Radio data links
    • Fibre Converters