Compact camera captures tightrope walk over Niagara Falls

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Toshiba Imaging has provided the point-of-view (POV) camera for Nik Wallenda’s successful, record-breaking tightrope walk over Niagara Falls on 15 June 2012. The tiny IK-HR1S high-def imager captured the sensational footage from the balance bar of the internationally-acclaimed tightrope artist during the 1,850-foot trek. The one-piece HD camera was waterproofed and mounted on the balance pole by Aerial Video Systems, the company contracted by ABC to provide all the audio and visual communications for the historic event.

According to Randy Hermes, founder and president of AVS: ‘The miniature IK-HR1S camera from Toshiba Imaging was the ideal choice for mounting on the balance bar because of its ultra-compact, one-piece body that delivers superb colour reproduction, HD resolution, and little or no motion artefacts. We were delighted with the results – the camera and transmitter delivered the stunning shots I was looking for of Nik’s footwork on the wire with the raging waters of Niagara Falls below.’