The Moza Slypod is the craziest looking camera slider you ever saw
At NAB 2019, Gudsen announced the new Moza Slypod. It’s a kind of slider/monopod hybrid that looks pretty weird but is also very cool. When we saw it, we were intrigued, so we went to have a chat with them about the Slypod to find out more about how it worked and what it can do.
The Moza Slypod is primarily constructed from a pair of carbon fibre tubes. One sits inside the other, which is then pushed in and out through the use of a motor. This motor can be controlled using buttons on the end of the Slypod, via a mobile app on your smartphone or by using a dedicated remote control unit. The dedicated remote is a neat idea, because if you’re using your phone to actually shoot film, you can still remotely control the thing.
It weighs less than 1kg yet can handle loads of over 12kg horizontally and a crazy 18kg when mounted vertically. It has a dual screw mount plate in the centre for mounting horizontally and a 1/4-20″ socket on the end to mount it vertically to a tripod.
When it comes to speed, you can move it quickly for video or slowly for timelapse, and we couldn’t hear it making any noise at all in the show environment. You can even mount a gimbal to the end of it. Whether or not the app or remote allows simultaneous control over the Slypod and gimbal is unclear, but that would be very cool if it could control multiple devices simultaneously for multi-axis timelapse.
The Moza Slypod is expected to ship in July, although they’re keeping very quiet about the price for now. We’ll post more news as it comes.
Would you use this, or do you prefer a more traditional slider design?
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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.