Trexo Innovation has introduced their new Trexo Slider, a motorised mini slider aimed toward content material creators who prefer to pack a small light-weight equipment. Designed to deal with every part from DSLR and mirrorless cameras to smartphones, it permits for taking pictures of each video and timelapse, with speeds starting from a brilliant gradual 0.001mm/sec as much as a relatively nippy 30mm/sec. It’s additionally robust sufficient for vertical slides as much as a price of 25mm/sec.
It’s launching through Kickstarter and claims to be “the world’s most compact digicam slider”. I’m not fully positive about that declare, however it’s fairly small. In contrast to most digicam sliders available on the market, the Trexo slider makes use of a leadscrew as an alternative of a belt for digicam motion, permitting for smaller motion increments, elevated accuracy and higher torque for transferring heavier cameras.
I’m going to get this one out of the way in which first as a result of if you happen to’ve been on DIYP for some time, you’ll in all probability know I’m an enormous fan of the Smartta SliderMini 2 (overview right here) which can be fairly tiny, motorised and presents a lot of the options that the Trexo Slider does. Taking my callipers to the SliderMini 2, it’s 264mm lengthy, 28mm tall (together with the carriage) and 62mm deep (85mm deep for the carriage). The Trexo Slider is 326mm lengthy, 55.5mm tall and 48mm deep.
So, it’s truly slightly greater in two dimensions than the SliderMini 2, with each sliders providing the identical 200mm of complete journey size. Whereas the Trexo Slider is likely to be amongst probably the most compact motorised mini sliders on the market, I’ll allow you to make your personal choice on whether or not or not it’s the most compact mini slider on the market. That being stated, it’s nonetheless fairly small (326mm is slightly shorter than the width of your common 15.6″ laptop computer) and will simply slot in nearly any backpack whenever you need to head out the door with a light-weight set of drugs.
However the Trexo Slider presents a number of issues that the SliderMini 2 doesn’t. For a begin, and the rationale it’s slightly longer is that it has a built-in OLED show with buttons to sift via menus and begin/cease it with out having to fireplace up a smartphone app. It additionally seems to have a loop mode the place it frequently bounces from left to proper and again with easing on every finish. It slows down and quickens on every path change relatively than coming to a lifeless cease – one thing that’s nonetheless not been applied within the SliderMini 2, despite the fact that it has easing for single actions.
And talking of the smartphone app, that too appears to be way more superior than that of the SliderMini 2, providing a larger diploma of management over your slid with quite a few spots for keyframes and velocity settings together with easing for every. You can even document and save customized motion presets when you’ve made them for simple recall sooner or later. And because the closing screenshot on the suitable under signifies, there’s additionally going to be a pan-tilt head for this one to supply 3-axis movement management.
The built-in battery life is six hours because of a built-in 3250mAh 18650 battery cell and you’ll cost and energy it concurrently utilizing an exterior energy financial institution or USB charger for these tremendous lengthy timelapse classes. Charging is finished through the Sort-C USB socket on one finish of the slider and there’s a 2.5mm socket subsequent to that for plugging in your digicam to set off it. On the opposite finish is a 1/4-20″ socket and there are an additional three 1/4-20″ and a 3/8-16″ sockets beneath to supply many alternative mounting choices.
And for mounting your digicam to it, the Trexo Slider incorporates a 1/4-20″ thread on high to which you’ll be able to connect no matter you want. There’s additionally a bundle deal that features a smartphone holder, mini ball head and a flex arm for max small digicam connectivity. I say “small” however it could truly deal with a great deal of as much as 5kg horizontally, 2.5kg with a 22.5° incline, 1.5kg when climbing vertically or 2.5kg when descending vertically. And it handles this load whereas weighing solely 870g itself.
It’s constructed from CNC machined aluminium and chrome steel with chrome steel ball bearings for max sturdiness and the motion of the slider carriage is managed by a leadscrew relatively than the everyday belt-driven system of nearly each different slider available on the market. That is what permits it to get its tremendous advantageous motion granularity (they are saying it has a 0.007° ultra-high-resolution encoder) and excessive torque for these vertical load capacities with much less probability of slipping. Common motion speeds go from 0.2mm/sec as much as 30mm/sec with a brilliant gradual mode providing 0.001mm/sec for these actually lengthy timelapses.
The Trexo Slider, as talked about, is launching through Kickstarter, which is instantly going to place some folks off (together with me), with pledges beginning at $295 for the essential slider or $345 for the bundle together with the flex arm and ball head and is being launched with the long run promise of a motorised pan/tilt head to mount on high of it. As with all marketing campaign guarantees, there aren’t any ensures that may ever truly come, but when it does, that ought to make this a reasonably helpful small system.
Even with out the pan/tilt head, it’s a powerful wanting mini slider. On paper, at the very least.