Video and text courtesy our own Eric Berkenpas!
Watch our Remote Imaging Team test a fireproof camera housing!
Designed by engineer Mike Shepard and built by machinist Mohsen Ahmed, the boxy little beauty above can withstand outside temperatures of 1000° Celsius (2000° Fahrenheit). Inside the housing, it’s a comfortable 27° Celsius (80° Fahrenheit)!
Don’t try this at home! The Firecam was built for Nat Geo photographer Mark Thiessen, who was on assignment in Alaska shooting forest fires. The test was performed in a special vented room designed for welding metals.
Teachers, we just read a terrific article from the good folks at Edutopia about the importance of “attendance questions.” This video might be a good starter for quick, no-wrong-answer attendance questions like:
- Where would you use the Firecam?
- Who besides photographers might use the Firecam?
- What other extreme environments might need special camera housing?
Curious about the engineers, gadgets, and gizmos inside the Nat Geo tech lab? Take a look at this NatGeoLive video!