Simon King, renowned wildlife photographer and producer, has revealed that he uses Vivotek cameras to capture footage of animals in various locations around the UK. Having created, filmed, directed and presented many award winning TV programmes and films, including Springwatch, Big Cat Diary and Planet Earth, Simon knows a thing or two about the importance of capturing the moment... perfectly.
Vivotek’s IP8332-C and IP8152 cameras play a pivotal role in his work filming a variety of wildlife including kingfishers, badgers, kites and otters. The IP8332-C, a bullet-style network camera designed for diverse outdoor applications, features a 1-megapixel CMOS sensor and a removable IR-cut filter for day and night functionality, which enables high quality and high resolution video to be captured. In order to withstand harsh outdoor environments, the camera is encased in an IP66-rated housing and weather-proof casing and cleverly protects the cable within the brackets, making it the ideal model for outdoor installations.
The IP8152, which is equipped with the outstanding Supreme night visibility feature, is able to deliver excellent video quality in low light environments. Paired with the built-in IR-cut filter, the range of visibility can be further increased at night by providing the use of IR illuminators, allowing nocturnal wildlife activities to be clearly identifiable and recordable.
The cameras have been integrated with a Video Management System (VMS) from UK manufacturer i-Catcher. This allows the cameras to use motion detection to trigger the recording of passing wildlife, providing Simon with an ideal solution that always captures the action as it happens.
Simon King comments, “The footage of the animals’ behaviors captured by Vivotek cameras, and the agile and real-time surveillance through iCatcher, completely exceeded our expectations and is truly fantastic. We’ll keep Vivotek cameras as our top choice whenever a new observation site is set up in the future. ”
Simon’s future plans include recording a series at Buckingham Palace where he aims to monitor a variety of nocturnal wildlife throughout the Royal estate. He is again looking to use a number of Vivotek cameras for the project.