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Time-lapse mode for digital cameras

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Digital cameras these days have so many different modes, such as "Panorama Stitch Mode" and Video Mode", why not add another? I would like there to be a "Time-lapse Mode" for digital cameras. If you don't know what time lapse photography is, click on the link.

It should be pretty easy to do, since I believe it's only a software thing.

The time between exposures should be adjustable, and the exposure time should be adjustable, and there should be a manual override function (meaning you can take a frame by pushing the button yourself).

Actually there should be two time-lapse modes: one that saves as a video, and one that saves as individual images.

BJS, Jan 05 2008

Time-lapse photography http://en.wikipedia...e_lapse_photography
[BJS, Jan 05 2008]

Two time lapsed horses in a field http://denholmricshaw.multiply.com/
By a miracle, the phone didn't crash. [DenholmRicshaw, Jan 05 2008]

One horse in a field http://www.flickr.c...tindale/2130704147/
[Ian Tindale, Jan 05 2008]

List of digital cameras with timelapse recording http://www.dpreview...cts/compare/cameras
Pick the features you want. It can only show ten cameras at a time so you need to narrow down your selection more. [st3f, Jan 06 2008]


       My phone's camera already does this (Nokia n95) although, admittedly, this crashes it so thoroughly that I have to take the battery out.
DenholmRicshaw, Jan 05 2008

       Nikon D200 has some of the functionality that you mention, but needs quicktime to make a video out if it.
Ling, Jan 05 2008

       I have an oldish Cannon Ixus that came with software that allowed you to use it in a time-lapse fashion - it was a pain to use, because the lead supplied with the camera meant that every time you wanted to do some time-lapse, it had to be within 2 feet of the computer - and normally, there's not much going on around there - timelapse wise.
zen_tom, Jan 05 2008

       [+] because I'd like it on my camera phone (even though it's allegedly baked on Mr. Ricshaw's Nokia).
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 05 2008

       I spent a bit of time making an example. A bit fiddly, see link.
DenholmRicshaw, Jan 05 2008

       Nikon Capture can do this, but obviously the camera needs to be not far from the computer running Nikon Capture. One advantage, though, is that the data bypasses the camera storage and comes straight to the computer.   

       Alternatively, back in the real world of film, my F-801 has an MF-21 multifunction control back on it (I lost the original plain back almost as soon as I bought the MF-21). It has several nifty features, among which are very comprehensive time and interval controls to do, eg, one shot at the same time every day. It also has a mode referred to as 'focus priority', which is where you set a focus distance using the lens and the electronic rangefinder, then set the exposure to focus priority on the MF-21, and then whenever something comes into the frame and enters the focus region at only that preset focus distance, the shutter fires. Great feature. Never used it.
Ian Tindale, Jan 05 2008

       // I lost the original ..... Great feature. Never used it. //   

       Sorry, is this the camera, or your mind ? We ask merely for information.
8th of 7, Jan 05 2008

       The original back that the F-801 comes with. I bought the MF-21 at about the same time as I was moving from Chichester to Macclesfield, and the original back was put into the box that the MF-21 came in, then got lost. Of the myriad functions the MF-21 can offer, I've only used a few - typically the printing of the shutter and aperture onto the film frame to annoy other purists who think it's amateurish to print data directly onto the frame, and yet everybody goes all obsessive over digital photographs having full EXIF metadata. I'm simply burning the metadata into the data, so that it becomes part of the art.
Ian Tindale, Jan 05 2008

       My son's Canon Ixus (SD1000) does this - it can take time-lapse movies at either 1fps or 0.5fps. It can do this without having to be connected to a computer.
hippo, Jan 06 2008

       My ancient Kodak DC-260 can do dat, and more. It actually has its own scripting language. What a classic cam!
TIB, Jan 06 2008


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