A Look at the Rhino Slider EVO and Rhino Motion (Updated)
Rhino Camera Gear are about to close a very successful Kickstarter campaign for their new Rhino Slider EVO and Rhino Motion and we bring you some info plus Lee Morris’ (fstoppers) very enthusiastic review of an early version of this impressive looking slider.
Update: See an interview with Rhino’s founder below
There are countless motorized sliders on the market these days (just check out our slider section here on LensVid). Coming up with a slider that really stand our from the crowed is hard, but if we take Morris’ word the Rhino Motion is able to impress. The unit has a lot going for it – manly a very simple to operate interface (one of the biggest issues with these types of sliders), smooth motion and general ease of use – exactly the characteristics we are looking for from a slider.
Simple motion with a turn of the wheel
The Rhino Motion has some interesting features including a powerful, ultra-precise (.7µ resolution) drive system and a built in hi-capacity battery, solid aircraft grade (6061-T6) aluminium, bead blasted with matte finish, and anodized with a durable black coating. The unit also includes self levelling feet (something we definitely appreciate) and of course the main controlling unit which connects to the slider with a magnet.
If you want to stay with a manual slider you can check out the new Rhino Flywheel which helps your motion to become smoother.
The Rhino Flywheel
Only last week we had our own review of the PACT Square Slider from Korea (which might also have a motorized version in the future as we are told). Its pretty clear to us that in the slider business experience is important and there are almost always small (but important) bugs to iron our in the second version of a slider, making the Rhino Slider EVO and even more interesting proposition.
The official Kickstarter video
As for prices the Slider EVO will start at $449 and the Slider EVO and Motion Bundle starts at $999 on Kickstarter (only 4 days until the campaign ends so be quick).
A look at the Motion controller
Update: 5/28/2015 – following the success of Rhino’s Kickstarter campaign (over $417k) we had a chance to ask Kyle Hart, Rhino’s founder a few quick questions about the project and its future which we are bringing to you here:
1. What changed exactly in terms of features from the V1 to the EVO?
The main difference is the EVO Slider has a built in belt drive system which allows you to use accessories like Rhino Flywheel and Rhino Motion. The other biggest difference is the redesigned legs and feet. They fold up flush with the end plate so they pack easier and the feet are self leveling which makes it much faster to setup.
2. How do you charge the batteries on the motion unit – can you use an external battery?
We include a 12V charger to charge the internal battery. It’s a high capacity lithium polymer battery and takes about 2.5hrs to charge and lasts about 7 hours on a full charge. You can use the same charging port to supply external 12V power. So, yes for long time lapses, you can use an external battery to keep the unit running.
3 Are you going to add support for more cameras?
Yes, for sure. The system works with any of those cameras as long as a shutter release cable is available. We plan to stock a wide variety of cables on our website.
4. Are you considering adding a WIFI unit in the future which will allow you to control the unit from a distance and get info when you are not near your slider?
We can’t tip our hand too much on this one, but we’re definitely looking into it. Things get really fun when you have the display and interface of an iPhone. We have a few new things up our sleeve coming out in the next year.
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