Serengeti lions shrug off mini robot tank, micro drone

Cheese? The photographers used a rolling camera bot from Super Droid Robots.

(Credit: Screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET)

How close would you want to get to a lion with your camera for that perfect shot? It turns out that one way to capture the terrifying beasts — and produce spectacular images — is with a mini roving robot.

National Geographic lensman Michael “Nick” Nichols and videographer Nathan Williamson used a remote-controlled camera robot and a MikroKopter mini UAV to photograph a pride of lions in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

After they got used to the machines, the cats generally ignored them while Nichols and Williamson shot 242,000 images and 200 hours of video, mostly from a modified Land Rover.

The results were published in the August edition of National Geographic magazine and a multimedia feature called “The Serengeti Lion.”

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