John Huxley checks out an essential gadget for time-lapse sequences
Syrp Genie Mini at a glance:
- Panning motion-control system
- Compact and easy to use
- Maximum speed 360° in 33 seconds
- Price: £275
- Website: www.syrp.co.nz/products/genie-mini
There are numerous devices that will rotate your camera when shooting time-lapse sequences, but you can forget about everything else – you only need the Syrp Genie Mini.
The Genie Mini is a motorised rotating base with a tripod mount to attach a camera. Adding a remote-release cable between the two allows the Genie Mini to fire the camera’s shutter. The real magic is in the way it connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth. The Syrp app for Android and iOS allows full control of the time-lapse operation. You can tell the Genie Mini how many degrees you wish it to rotate and over what length of time, how many images you wish to take, or the length of time you want your finished time-lapse to be. If using long-exposure shots, you’ll be pleased to know the Genie Mini pauses for each photo to be taken to prevent blurring. You can perform a quick trial run to make sure the angle of your start and finish points is correct, and once you have programmed the Genie Mini you can close the app and use your phone for other tasks.
It isn’t just for time-lapses, either. It can also be used for creating smooth, sweeping video footage or stitched panoramic images. All the images are saved on your memory card as usual, and you’ll still have to use software to create your time-lapse sequence or stitch your panorama together.
Syrp Genie Mini – key features
For videographers, the Genie Mini can be used to record sweeping pans of up to 360° with you choosing the duration of the pan.
The Genie Mini can be left on a flat surface or mounted to a tripod via a thread on its base.
The Genie Mini uses an internal battery that is charged via Micro USB.
Syrp Genie Mini – our verdict
It may not be cheap, but in terms of quality, ease of use and functionality, the Syrp Genie Mini is a superb bit of kit. With a maximum load rating of 4kg, it’ll happily work with most cameras. If you shoot time-lapse footage, it’s a must-have, while the stitched panorama and video features are a nice added bonus.
SCORE: 5 out of 5
The Syrp Genie range
The Syrp Genie Mini is part of Syrp’s range of Genie products. At the top of the range is the Syrp Genie. As you would expect, the Genie is a more advanced motion controller for your camera. It has a built-in programmable motor that pulls on a built-in cord to propel the Genie fro panning time-lapse sequences. The Genie is so easy to operate that it can be used with existing video sliders and rails, and you can even make your own DIY kit to work with it. However, for best results it should be paired with the Syrp Magic Carpet – a set of rails designed to work perfectly with the Syrp Genie. Visit syrp.co.nz/products/genie for more information.