Timelapse shooters delight! the Genie II is a 3-Axis motorised timelapse delight

Mar 28, 2018

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Timelapse shooters delight! the Genie II is a 3-Axis motorised timelapse delight

Mar 28, 2018

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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When SYRP first introduced the Genie in 2012, we did not quite know how to swallow this new animal. It was a motorized panning head, but it had a wire-wrapping function that allowed to travel great distances, creating some very interesting results. Ever since SYRP evolved the system to include a second motor, a pan-tilt head a Cable Cam and a complete eco-system in general.

Now, the company is releasing their second version of the Genie – Genie II, and I have to say it makes a lot of sense.

The two most notable things are integrating PAN and TILT into a single unit. I mean, you could always kinda pan and tilt with the Genie, but it was a cumbersome solution involving a big bracket and two Genie minis. No,w this function seems a lot more mature and integrated.

The other big thing is that SYRP is bringing their app control (bluetooth) to the main unit. I have not seen the app yet, but I assume it will be similar to the app that drives the mini which is pretty easy to use.

It’s not a surprise that the kit will support the recently announced “infinite” SYRP Magic Carpet.

The new Genie boasts an impressive array of features:

  • Load capacity of 7.9lb (~3.5 kg)
  • Multiple recording modes – Time-lapse, video and panorama and more
  • Full keyframe setup for both Timelapse and Video
  • Automated Bulb Ramping Time-lapse (added via firmware update)
  • Joystick driven Live Movement Control
  • Swappable battery packs
  • Full Wireless Camera Control (added via firmware update)
  • Live View Mode (added via firmware update)
  • Compiled Time-lapse preview (added via firmware update)
  • Universal slider, dolly, and cable cam compatibility
  • App Control on iOS and Android
  • Colour LCD for simple setup control (Genie II Pan Tilt)
  • Patent pending Quick Release System
  • USB-C, BLE & Wifi connection
  • Patented rope drive for endless tracking
  • Heavy lifting and fast moving
  • Multi-camera support

Depending on the kit you buy, prepare to depart with $899.00 (Linear),  $1,599.00 (Motorized Pan/Tilt Head), or $2,498.00 (3-Axis Kit). According to SYRP,  shipping is expected in June.

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3 responses to “Timelapse shooters delight! the Genie II is a 3-Axis motorised timelapse delight”

  1. Maxou Avatar
    Maxou

    I love it ! But 2,5 k$ (so probably around 2,8 k€) is not for the enthusiast… still looking for a 1 k$ comprehensive 3-axis solution (without the slider), smartphone driven ! Will probably be looking forever ;-)

    1. DPJ Avatar
      DPJ

      The first person to create and build a cheap but reliable 3-Axis solution, will make millions!! Unfortunately a few companies seem to have cornered the market. These units are not for the man on the street to be using it seems :(

    2. Michael Geiger Avatar
      Michael Geiger