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Syrp Announces Genie Mini | Ultra-Portable Timelapse Device

By Matthew Saville on April 1st 2015

genie-miniNew Zealand based timelapse & film equipment maker, Syrp, has announced their newest product, the Genie Mini.  At just 8.1 oz and $249 (pre-orders available on B&H), it is definitely living up to its name!

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The original Genie which we reviewed HERE is a rock-solid (3.3 lb) device that offers either panning or sliding motion. It costs $889  and its ingenious design allows it to be adapted to any type of dolly, slider, or cable system.

The only drawback of the original Genie was that it could only do one thing at a time; panning or sliding.  Now, by adding the lightweight and compact Genie Mini on top of the main Genie device, you can effortlessly achieve both panning and sliding motion together.

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The Genie Mini also works by itself, of course, and is programmed using a smartphone via Bluetooth.

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Charging is done by USB, and the Genie Mini battery can last for 40+ hrs of timelapse recording or 5+ hrs of video recording; which is mighty impressive considering the 8.1 oz weight!

Syrp also offers a slider, the Magic Carpet, which comes in two lengths: 2.6 ft for $298 and 5.2 ft for $368.

Exciting Timelapse Photography Made Affordable

The Genie Mini joins an ever-increasing market of timelapse equipment.  Based on our reviewing and testing of both the original Genie and the Magic Carpet slider, we’re quite sure that the Genie Mini will be a killer product once it gets out into the real world!

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Have you dabbled in Timelapse photography / video yet?  What is your setup?  We’d love to hear your comments below, or share your work and get positive and constructive critique in our SLR Lounge Facebook Group!

Happy clicking,
=Matt=

Matthew Saville is a full-time wedding photographer at Lin & Jirsa Photography, and a senior editor & writer at SLR Lounge.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Andranik Taylor

    Lovely one ^_^ waiting to get it

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  2. Phil Bautista

    $249 seems a bit much for a glorified egg timer but, yeah, good luck getting a panning time lapse with a DSLR and an egg timer.

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  3. Dave Haynie

    Looks pretty cool. I use a Vello Shutterboss for long exposures and timelapse with my Canon. There could be a serious usability advantage, along with the wireless control, driving via smartphone.

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  4. Graham Curran

    This one is definitely on the wish list.

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  5. Paddy McDougall

    Maybe not a solution for a dslr however works well with a gopro. 360 time lapse for £5.49

    http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/30066725/

    Ikea egg timer

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    • Matthew Saville

      Yeah I’ve seen those, they work great for video or even simple timelapse photography, however the critical element I almost always need is known as “move, shoot, move”, meaning it stops moving while shooting. This is obviously mission-critical for any long exposure timelapses. ;-)

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  6. J D

    Nice. I could never justify the cost of the original Genie but this is much easier to open the wallet for.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Well, I wonder if it’s possible to MacGyver two of these puppies to do both panning and sliding? If not, you could at least do panning and tilting. That’d cost less than $500, and weight just about 1 lb…

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  7. Greg Silver

    Very COOL!

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  8. robert garfinkle

    I am so getting this – just awesome…

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