I’ve seen some interesting and weird products over the years, but the Rover Camera Cart must be up there at the top of the list.
The Rover Camera Dolly is a so-called all-terrain camera dolly that has a built-in stabilization system and it’s made by Snoppa, which is a Chinese company that makes entry-level gimbals for smartphones and camcorders. small size.
Above are the only two videos I could find showing the product.
Snoppa claims the Rover Camera Dolly can be moved manually or automatically along a predefined path over a variety of terrains.
It has a claimed payload capacity of 15 kg / 33 lbs. What you need to consider is that you must use a tripod with this product and if you plan to use a tripod suitable for medium to large sized digital cinema cameras, the weight will add up quickly. What also concerns me is that there doesn’t seem to be a locking mechanism for where the tripod attaches to the Rover.
The Rover also comes with a monopod that you can use with smaller cameras if needed.
Personally, I don’t think I would be too keen to put an expensive camera on this device and use it in rough terrain.
It also has a series of control interfaces and an image transmission module. This module includes an HDMI IN, SDI IN, USC-C input (for camera control) and an expansion port for use with the remote control.
You can operate the Rover via an app, via remote control or via a pan handle.
You can not only control the trolley remotely, but also some cameras.
So how does it work?
The Camera Rover Dolly uses an active damping system. Each wheel has its own independent gyro sensor, Hall effect sensor and accelerometer. These work together to send information to a brushless motor which then makes adjustments. These adjustments are supposed to be able to be made in less than 50 nanoseconds.
Each wheel of the Snoppa Camera Dolly is also equipped with its own steering motor, so all three wheels can operate independently of each other. This allows it to be able to rotate 360 degrees.
By using an adaptive algorithm, it is claimed that the speed of the Rover can be precisely controlled.
Snoppa states that the Camera Rover Dolly’s top speed is 18.6 mph / 30 km/h, which is quite fast.
There are different operating modes of the Rover:
- To free
- To follow
In ORTHO mode, you can move in or out, or move left or right.
In To free mode, you can move the Rover in any direction you want.
In BOW mode, you can make the Rover move in a full or semi-circle around an object or subject.
In Prescheduled mode, you can set a motion pattern and have the Rover repeat it.
In Lock mode, the Rover will move, but the direction of the camera will always remain the same. It’s basically like a parallax mode on a slider or cart.
In To follow mode, the mobile will follow a path and the direction of the camera will always follow this same path.
In Target mode, if you are shooting a stationary subject that is not moving, the camera’s mobile and direction will always track that subject.
Snoppa has also included a nifty way to be able to manually guide the Rover through a scene and along the way it will record and remember the route. This way, you can bring it back to the starting point and it will be able to perform repeatable movements along a complex path.
You can also use the Rover to create a moving timelapse or hyperlapse.
What is it made of?
Camera Rover Dolly is mainly made of carbon fiber and aluminum.
The Rover Camera Dolly uses a dual battery system that works in parallel. The batteries are also supposed to be flight safe according to Snoppa, however, the specs page lists the batteries as having a capacity of 216Wh.
Price and availability
You can sign up for an early bird discount on the Rover Camera Cart. The pre-registration price is US$2,399 and the regular retail price will be US$3,599. Now when you send your email, you can make a reservation by paying $9.90 and this is also claimed to get you an additional $200 discount on the price.
Even though it doesn’t say anything on their website, the Rover Camera Dolly is going to be launched on indiegogo.
Although it looks like an interesting product, I have my doubts about its actual performance. I think calling it all terrain is a little misleading as it will only work on reasonably flat surfaces and it cannot be used on inclines or hills.
All images on the website only show small size cameras with lightweight tripods, there are no actual photos where a medium or large size digital cinema camera with a decent tripod is used. There is not a single video on the website showing how the product works. You have to go to YouTube to find anything, and even then there isn’t much footage of the actual camera used on the Rover Dolly.
What do you think of the Rover Camera Dolly? Is this a product that interests you? Let us know in the comments section below.