Telesin has announced a small, lightweight tabletop motorized dolly designed for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. The Telesin Intelligent Remote Control Photography Car is quite the mouthful to say. Still, the product looks quite promising for video creators looking to capture interesting dolly shots without spending a lot of money or using a large camera slider system.
The Telesin Photography Car has a stated payload of 3kg (6.6 lbs.), so it should support a mirrorless camera with most non-telephoto lenses. The motorized dolly lets you do straight line and curved dolly shots with five different user-controlled speeds. It also includes functionality for time-lapse photography.
The motorized dolly is a compact alternative to setting up a dedicated sliding rail system. Instead of requiring the components and space to build a rail, Telesin’s new product includes three wheels attached to a base that moves along a surface. If you’re working in a small space, the motorized dolly could work better than the rail. Plus, with the ability to work along a curved path, the motorized dolly promises flexibility.
On the motorized dolly, there are 3/8″ and 1/4″ screw holes, indicator lights, a gear button, a steering button, and three direction wheels. The dolly includes a built-in battery that’s charged via a USB-C port located next to the power switch.
The five speeds, or gears, offer speeds from 3.6cm/s to 7cm/s. You can control the dolly wirelessly using an included remote. With curved shooting, it’s possible to do a full 360-degree shot at a constant speed. The motorized dolly doesn’t ship with a gimbal, although it’s compatible if you need to use one. However, given the 3kg payload limit, you won’t be able to use a heavy-duty gimbal. Depending upon the selected speed and payload, you can operate the motorized dolly for up to five hours.
The Telesin Photography Car is available for preorder now for $165.99, which is a pretty reasonable price for a dolly solution. To learn more, visit Telesin.