Timelapse cameras: specialized and autonomous tools to tell a moving story
Taking timelapse photos/videos is relatively easy to set up, thanks in particular to the evolution of cameras and smartphones. The timelapse technique is now integrated as a simple "function" on many devices. Despite everything, a good timelapse requires preparation and patience, as well as equipment well suited for quality rendering, especially when it is for professional purposes. If they are little known to the general public, specialized timelapse cameras exist and can greatly simplify timelapse shooting for certain users, especially in industry, construction or events.
What is the timelapse?
Timelapse is a photo technique that allows you to record sequences of images at regular intervals. Once captured, these images are stitched together to form a video (usually short) with accelerated rendering. For more information on cameras time lapse, click this link.
It is a visually very interesting technique which makes it possible to energize a landscape, to realize the passage of time, to capture the evolution of a natural element (like a flower) or of a construction for example. Beyond being visually attractive, the timelapse is therefore also a very interesting analysis, archiving or communication tool for individuals or companies.
Why choose timelapse cameras?
Timelapse cameras, specially made for this type of shooting, have many advantages. The first is not the least concerns the autonomy of the camera. For short projects, like a sunset timelapse, capturing takes only a few minutes and your camera should easily keep up, even capturing the 1440 photos needed to make a video.
For long-term projects, the shots will have to extend over several days, or even several months. With a classic camera, it would then be necessary to turn it off and on again every day, without changing its location since the battery obviously cannot last indefinitely, even with a possible standby mode.
Unlike conventional cameras, timelapse cameras are solutions capable of capturing the same scene for several hours or even days without being turned off. Some professional models are even powered directly by solar panels and able to compensate for the absence of sunlight for several days to be 100% autonomous.