Syrp Launch New Pocket-Sized Motion Control System

Syrp has just launched its smallest smart motion control device, the Genie Mini II. Aimed at film-makers and photographers alike, the device helps to create seamless time-lapses and panoramas with ease.

Although following a similar outward design to its predecessor, the Genie Mini II packs a lot of new powerful features into its pocket-sized body. Standout features of the new system include the enhanced ability to create keyframed movement, as well as improved multi-row panoramas.

Powered by the Syrp Genie 2 App for smartphones, an advanced keyframing setup mode is on offer, alongside a “Simple Setup” mode for amateur users. Those using the Genie Mini II will be able to adjust both the speed and path of movement with precision, making for total customisation of motion shots when using the device. 10 keyframes can now be set, as opposed to the previous system’s limit of 5.

Multi-row Panorama mode helps users record ultra-wide panoramas of up to 360˚ degrees from five different rows, creating high resolution ‘gigapixel’ images. Combining two Genie Mini IIs with Syrp’s Pan Tilt Bracket, a user can also create 360˚ VR images. Check out the video below for more information on how this works.

Other new features for the Genie Mini II include the addition of Bluetooth 4.2, ensuring a more stable and faster connection to other devices. There are also a number of other perks waiting to be implemented via future software updates, such as auto exposure ramping, live view mode, and star tracking.

The only sacrifice that the Genie Mini II has made to significantly improve on its predecessor is a reduced battery life – down to 15 hours from 24 when shooting a time-lapse. However, when shooting video, the battery life has actually increased by an hour – from 5 to 6.

Priced at $249, the Genie Mini II is available from Syrp’s website.

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Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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