Oscar Ramirez, an innovative designer has come up with an interesting, inexpensive device for all you time-lapse shooters. The Astro adds panning movement to your camera, allowing you to set up time-lapse programs by defining the duration, the range of movement; which goes from 0 to 360°, and the interval in degrees or seconds in which you want the photos to be taken. All this in a neatly designed 3 x 1 inch device run by 2 AA batteries.
The Astro will be compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Pentax, Minolta and basically any camera with a remote input.
Ramirez and his team is also developing a smartphone app (iPhone and Android) for Astro to run more advanced programs. Features like ramping, continuous movement, presets and HDR will be possible through this App. You will be able to send the complete program to Astro so you don’t have to keep your smartphone next to your camera.
Technical details :
- Measurements: 3.15 x 1.18”
- Weight: 0.55 lb
- Load: The motor can hold up to 11.02 lb
- Maximum Speed: 30° per second
- Power source: 2 AA batteries
More info on the Ramirez’ Kickstarter website. Ramirez needs $50,000. by Aug 25 to get this project funded. Looks like he is close to reaching his goal in less than 24 hours!