Trexo Innovation has announced the new Trexo Slider, a small, motorized slider aimed at content creators who want to pack a lightweight, compact package. Designed to handle everything from DSLRs and mirrorless cameras to smartphones, it allows both video and time-lapse shooting, at speeds ranging from as slow as 0.001 mm/sec to 30 mm/sec. It is also powerful enough for vertical slices at a rate of 25 mm/sec.
It is being launched via Kickstarter and claims to be “the world’s most compact slider camera”. I’m not entirely sure about this claim, but it’s pretty small. Unlike most camera sliders on the market, the Trexo slider uses a screw rather than a strap for camera movement, allowing for fewer increments of movement, increased accuracy and better torque to move heavier cameras.
I’m going to get this out of the way first because if you’ve been DIYP for a while, you’ll probably know I’m a huge fan of the Smartta SliderMini 2 (check here) which is also very small, motorized and offers a lot of the features that the Trexo Slider has. Taking my slider to SliderMini 2, it’s 264mm long, 28mm long (including the cart) and 62mm deep (85mm deep). The Trexo Slider measures 326 mm long, 55.5 mm long and 48 mm deep.
So, it’s actually slightly larger in two dimensions than the SliderMini 2, with both sliders offering the same 200mm of total travel length. While the Trexo Slider may be among the most compact motorized mini sliders available, I’ll let you make up your mind as to whether it is or not. The Most compact little slider out there. However, it’s still quite compact (326 mm is a bit shorter than the 15.6-inch laptop width) and should easily fit in almost any backpack when you want to head out the door with a lightweight set of gear.
But Trexo Slider offers some things that SliderMini 2. For a start, the reason it’s a bit longer is because it has a built-in OLED screen with buttons to navigate menus and start/stop them without having to launch a smartphone app. It also appears to have a loop mode where it continually bounces left to right and back with a loosen at each end. It slows down and speeds up each change of direction rather than hitting a dead end—something that hasn’t been implemented in SliderMini 2 yet, although it does have an attenuation of individual motions.
And speaking of the smartphone app, this also appears to be more advanced than the SliderMini 2, offering a greater degree of sliding control with multiple points for keyframes and speed settings along with a mitigation for each. You can also record and save custom motion presets once you make them for easy recall in the future. And as the last screenshot on the right below indicates, there will also be a tiltable head for this person to offer 3-axis motion control.
The built-in battery life is six hours thanks to a built-in 3250 mAh 18650 battery cell and you can charge and power it simultaneously using an external power bank or USB charger for extremely long interval sessions. Charging is via a USB Type-C jack at one end of the slider and there’s a 2.5mm jack next to that to connect the camera to power it on. On the other end is a 1/4-20 socket and there are three other 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 sockets on the bottom to provide many different mounting options.
And to mount the camera to it, the Trexo Slider features a 1/4-20 thread on the top that you can attach whatever you want. There’s also a bundle deal that includes a smartphone holder, mini ball head, and flexible arm for maximum contact with the mini camera. I say “small” but it can actually handle loads of up to 5kg horizontally, 2.5kg when descending 22.5°, and 1.5kg when climbing vertically or 2.5kg when descending vertically. It handles this load while weighing just 870 grams.
It is made of CNC machined aluminum and stainless steel with stainless steel ball bearings for maximum durability and the movement of the slider trolley is controlled by a lead screw rather than the typical belt-driven system of every other slider on the market. This allows it to have ultra-fine action granules (they say it has a 0.007° HD encoder) and high torque for vertical load capacities with less chance of slipping. Normal movement speeds range from 0.2 mm/sec to 30 mm/sec with a very slow setting providing 0.001 mm/sec for those Is that true long time periods.
The Trexo Slider, as mentioned, is launching via Kickstarter, which will immediately put some people off, with pledges starting at $295 for the base bar or $345 for a package including the flex arm and ball head and is being released with the receiver promising a motorized tilt/tilt head to be installed above it. As with all campaign promises, there are no guarantees it will ever actually come, but if it does, it should make this a very useful little system. Shipping is expected to begin in October.
Even without the pan/tilt head, it’s an impressive little slider. On paper, at least.