A Herculean effort: World’s smallest programmable camera dolly coming in July


posted Monday, April 25, 2016 at 1:07 PM EDT

Camera dollies are an indispensable tool for many videographers and time-lapse photographers, but they can often be large and expensive. Rollocam want to change that with The Hercules, a small and affordable camera slider. Rollocam states that The Hercules is the world's smallest programmable dolly.

Considering its small size, it is unsurprising that it has a weight limit of only 10 pounds, so you won't be attaching any big video cameras to this device, but it should be well-suited for many cameras and lenses. The small motor is powered by a single AAA battery and can run for two days in time lapse mode.

Check out the video below to see The Hercules in action. It looks to be a very cool and capable device, perhaps perfect for a secondary camera dolly or for photographers looking to give time-lapse photography a try.

Hercules is available for preorder now and comes in at an entry-level price of $125 for the Basic configuration, which includes the drive unit, a bracket compatible only with straight track, a small wheelset, soft pouch and some required hardware. The Deluxe configuration, which adds a second, larger wheelset and a bracket for curved track, is priced at around $160. Finally, the Premium configuration is priced at about $260, and adds a panoramic base, cheese plate and a free-spinning drive wheel to the Deluxe package. Note that track is not included in any of these packages, and that as of this time, Rollocam is only offering straight track sections for sale. No plans to offer curved track have been stated. Prices for the various Hercules bundles will increase after the product is officially released on July 15th.

For more information, see Rollocam.com.

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