Time lapse or interval shots

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  1. dhoulette

    dhoulette New Member

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    I'd like to find a digital camera (or else a camera/laptop or camera/programmable shutter release combination) that will allow me to take full-res photos at some user-definable intervals, from a couple of seconds up to a couple of minutes. Most of the cameras I've checked out have a movie time-lapse function, but generally only at 640x480 maximum, and designed specifically for creating a time-lapse movie. I want to photograph a sequence of pictures to tell a story, either unattended or where I might be in the pictures as well. I understand that Nikon used to have some software that could be loaded on a laptop with a connection to the camera that might meet this need, but haven't seen it on their current offerings. Besides, I'd much rather have a self-contained unit. Oh yeah, just to complicate matters - it'd be nice if this were available on a moderately-priced camera, not one of the professional SLRs. Any ideas?

    Dave Houlette
     
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    David Rasnake News/Review Writer News/Review Writer

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    Hi Dave,
    I'm not aware of any compact cameras that come bundled with this feature. For that matter, other than a couple of the Nikons and the old Olympus E-10/E-20, I'm not aware of any SLRs that do either. Obviously, that doesn't mean they're not out there, but this isn't a common feature, especially on moderately priced cameras.

    One solution that some pros use is a dedicated shutter remote designed to do time lapse. The one I'm familiar with is called the Pclix, I believe. These remotes cost about as much as a cheap compact camera, however, and you then need a supported DSLR to actually take the shots.

    Hopefully others around here know something that I don't...

    dr
     
  3. David Rasnake

    David Rasnake News/Review Writer News/Review Writer

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    I did forget to mention that you can currently pick up a used E-10, which is a pretty decent camera all around, on everyone's favorite auction site for under $200 most of the time. It's only a 4 MP camera, but the shots would be fine for most uses.

    It's an SLR-style camera, and may in fact be a true SLR, but it does have a fixed lens as I remember, so no need to buy a separate lens.

    dr
     
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    dhoulette New Member

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    Thanks for the information - found a used E-20 online that I'm considering!

    dave
     
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    Thanks for the info! I'll check this out - I was actually looking for a smaller form factor, higher resolution and self-contained time lapse capability - and the Canon solution addressed 2 of the 3, so it may be the best I can do. Thanks again.

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    Check out the Ricoh Caplio Line R3-7 or the GX GR models

    They all have time Lapse built-in for Pictures Not movies.

    Not heavily sold in US
    But You can find some used in Ebay.
     
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    Looks like the Canon SD1000 and G9 both have built in time lapse capabilities.

    I'm not certain of other Canon models.

    [Edit] I was mistaken, this is through the movie mode at 640x480, which you don't want. :-(
     
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    Did some research on Ricoh's line, found the R8 due in early March, it's EXACTLY what I've been looking for! Got a 28mm-200mm equivalent lens, 10mp, interval shooting from 5 seconds to 3 hours in f5 second intervals (!!), lots of "prosumer" features. I'd never have found this on my own - Ricoh's not been sold widely over here for a while. Thanks for the assist!!!

    dave



     
  10. David Rasnake

    David Rasnake News/Review Writer News/Review Writer

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    Great info on the R8. This looks to be an excellent camera from all accounts, so it sounds like it should serve you well.

    dr
     
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