Telesin has announced a motorized camera dolly that can also double as an affordable motion-controlled camera slider.
Known as the Telesin Remote Control Photography Car, the dolly is designed to work with small form factor cameras including DSLRs, Mirrorless Cameras, and Smartphones.
Compact and lightweight, the RC Photography Car weighs about 300 grams and can carry a workable payload of 6.6 pounds (3 kg).
This should enable the three-wheeled, T-shaped dolly to carry most cameras, even if they’re using a lightweight and small kit lens.
If it’s light enough, the dolly could conceivably work with a gimbal, though that would necessitate a smaller camera, like a GoPro in order to stay under the weight limit. The Photography Car is also Pan-Tilt-Zoom compatible.
The adjustable, motorized wheels enable creators to use the dolly in a straight line, slider style, or to create a semicircle for more interesting camera angles. The car can also be used to create a 360-degree rotational shot.
The motor has five different user-controlled speeds, ranging from 1.42 inches (3.6 cm) per second, all the way to 2.76 inches (7 cm) per second. There’s also a remote control with a range of up to 10 meters, and a time-lapse setting.
Depending on the speed selected, the RC Photography Car has a maximum battery life of five hours before recharging its 800 mAh lithium polymer battery. The recharging time is an hour and a half using the 5-volt charger.
Lastly, the Telesin RC Photography Car has both 3/8” and 1/4-20 screw mounts and a USB-C charging port. Sadly, it doesn’t appear that Telesin has included the ability to control the unit with a smartphone app. That would certainly be an upgrade worth pursuing. Perhaps in version two?
Without the need for a time-consuming slider rail to set up, the RC Photography Car is a low-cost option for introducing a little motion to your videos, as long as there is a relatively level and smooth terrain for it to travel on. The Telesin RC Photography Car retails for $165.99. But if you get it directly from the Telesin store, you can save about $20.
- TELESIN Motorized Camera Dolly Slider Smart Remote Control Camera Car (B&H)
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