After taking the gear out a few times I have to say that both of them are quite useful to have in your bag if you’re interested in making timelapse footage. The biggest benefits in my opinion (I’m not a timelapse expert) is the portability and the ability to control all of the settings on your phone. A lot of motion-controlled timelapse gear involves sliders and multiple tripods among other things which is the opposite of portable so the Radian makes things a lot easier for panning effects. And if you’re just doing static footage then the Michron easily fits into your hotshoe. Pretty cool! It won’t break the bank either.
Some tips I learned through my own mistakes:
1. If you want smoother footage, make the duration between frames shorter and use manual focus.
2. Have big memory cards.
3. To prevent flickery footage then use manual exposure.
4. If doing a panning effect then make sure the bubble level is completely even.
4. Make sure burst mode is turned off otherwise the footage will be choppy.
5. How you process the video is very important. Aim for at least a 20 FPS frame rate. Ideally 24 or 30 FPS if there is lots of movement.
Check out the Alpine Labs site for more info.