Time-lapse in motion can be a bit of a nightmare. Not only do you need to have your intervalometer set properly to control when and how your camera takes pictures, you also have to have the camera on a dedicated track, hopefully moving at a consistent speed, and preferably without you being the one moving it.
In the past, people could either choose to go the manual route or buy very expensive equipment. Fortunately, makers of the Genie — Ben Ryan and Chris Thomson — decided to make the process easier and, if not cheap, at least cheaper.
Their Kickstarter project — which is currently at $124,698 of the $150,000 goal they’ve set — is a device that adds motion control to time-lapse photography; but what sets it apart is how portable and easy-to-use it is. The Genie will work just as well with professional time-lapse rails and cable cams as it will with DIY versions you can make at home, and those of us new to time-lapse can take advantage of built-in presets to achieve stunning results with minimal effort.
Securing a Genie of your own requires a $690 pledge (there are only 101 pledge spots left at this price) saving you just over $300 off of the eventual $1000 retail price. And although this doesn’t exactly count as cheap, the Genie seems to be worth every penny.