Last summer I had the opportunity to get my hands on the most exciting new tool in the realm of Time-Lapse Photography. The Genie made by New Zealand's Syrp is a camera controlling motor, when programmed it can pivot on a ballhead or pull itself along a slider. All of this while triggering your camera at set intervals. My favourite part of the Genie is the fact that it can easily fit into your bag/case without much effort (Size L: 102mm W: 102mm H: 102mm). The incredible part of the Genie is the fact that it was made to work with literally any piece of equipment whether it be a tripod, slider, ballhead, crane, cable cam or homemade skateboard rig.
I have been using the Genie now for 6-7 months and I think it's an indispensable addition to my bag. The learning curve is quite simple once you get the hang of the menu system. The genie will take the math out of your time-lapses by calculating all your times and moves for you, if you want a 30 second time-lapse with a 3 foot move the Genie will calculate how many photos and how quickly it needs to take them. I have personally tried the Genie on all sorts of rigs now including sliders, expensive ballheads, Joby Gorillapods etc and without a hitch it works every time.
Front Porch Timelapse
In this video you can see that the Genie can easily operate on something as simple as a Joby Gorillapod. As long as you can get some sort of stable ground the time-lapse will turn out flawlessly. In the case of this setup I find the Genie reliable enough to just walk away and let it do its thing. The Genie not only works for time-lapses but also has a video mode that allows to do all sorts of different moves set at your own speed.
Timelapse of a Timelapse