World's Smallest Camera Back Receiver


At NAB 2014 British manufacturer Bradley Engineering revealed what may be the world’s smallest CCU receiver giving full camera control for a broadcast camera. Bradley’s RD 12, a Radio Data product, is an ultra-thin CCU control unit for Sony, Ikegami, Panasonic and Bradley cameras. At only 100 grams it is the smallest of its type, and possibly the smallest and lightest in the world.

The RD 12 measures just 124mm x 93mm x 12.7mm, and controls all of the camera parameters including Iris, Tally, Red Gain, Blue Gain and Pedestal. 

Bradley Engineering designed the RD 12 for convenience and effortless CCU control. Some neat features set it apart – cool styling with a silicone rubber seal that feels good to hold, and clear LED lights to confirm that the unit is on, and show the set-up and performance.

The RD 12 has one single cable for power and data. This connects to the back of the camera, so no battery is needed, and there is very little extra weight on the camera.

It is frequency-agile and operates in the licence-free zones with user selectable channels.


The RD 12 receiver is used with Bradley’s RD 11 transmitter, which can control up to four cameras at distances of several hundred metres, and Bradley’s RCP3 remote control panel which controls up to 99 remote and miniature cameras.

It is designed to carry the reverse data for touchline cameras in live sport, or to control UAV cameras in live filming, where weight is critical.

“Our design may be the smallest CCU in the world,” says David Bradley, “and the RD 12 has huge potential, because of what it can do. Several of our customers have asked us for this, and we are expecting it to attract a lot of interest at the show.”


About Bradley Engineering
Former BBC cameraman David Bradley has a long history of designing and manufacturing remote cameras. Since the company started the cameras have improved continually, with new developments based on customer requests. Today the company offers a selection of digital mini camera heads with ultra-smooth movement and remote control. They are designed to be easy to rig and operate the way that camera operators like to work.