A limited-purpose device that does its job — helping you shoot panoramic photos or timelapse videos — pretty dang well.
The Camalapse is a simple machine, and operates much like an egg timer.
You set it on a flat surface or mount it on a tripod. Then, you attached a camera, GoPro, phone, whatever you like, on the standard tripod screw it’s got on top. Then you twist it, lining up the markers on the side to indicate 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or an hour.
Then you wait. And while you wait, the little Camalapse will be slowly tick-tick-ticking its way around, smooth-panning your camera lens around a 90 degree, 180 degree, 270 degree, or 360 degree arc. The ticking limits its utility in shooting videos, as it will mar the audio track if you’re intending to capture sound. And there’s no way to make it, say, spin through a 270 degree arc in 15 minutes. Each 15 minute chunk takes you through 90 degrees, no more, no less. To go faster you have to stack multiple Camalapses. Other, similar devices don’t have this limitation.
That said, other, similar devices are also far more expensive, and often quite complex. This is a simple machine that doesn’t claim to be any more than that. And since I’m only ever trying to achieve simple results with it — and the results are wonderful, so long as your camera or phone is decent — it suits my needs at the moment.