This Simple Device Makes Glorious Timelapses Easy—Even at Night

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If the term intervalometer leaves you scratching your head, but you have the perfect idea for the next viral timelapse video, Brinno's here to help. The company's new TLC200 Pro makes creating timelapses as easy as using a point-and-shoot camera. And thanks to a relatively large, extra-sensitive 1/3-inch sensor, it will capture beautiful results even when left filming over night.


And instead of assuming you know how to convert thousands of JPEG images into a video, the TLC200 Pro automatically compresses the timelapse into a single clip so it's easy to immediately upload. With a resolution of 1.3 megapixels we're not talking full 1080P HD quality here, but a minor step down to 720P which is more than adequate for the amateur timelapser. And on a set of four AA batteries it's promised the camera can capture up to 240,000 frames at a two second interval.

Pricing for the fixed-lens version of the TLC200 was just shy of $300, but since the new Pro model allows you to swap in alternate lenses for a different field-of-view, depth-of-field, etc. you can probably expect to pay a little more of a premium once it's available.

[Brinno via Damn Geeky]


The Pentax W2 is a time-lapse monster. Its all weather 16mg pixels etc. It costs $100 less then this thing and can shoot in the snow and rain blah blah blah.

I have two, works great, don't understand why you would buy a specialty item that is not weather proof and only does time-lapses. The W2 is a real camera, does lots of things. I have left it in public spaces for days taking a time-lapse, its so small it does not call attention to itself, especially if you cover it.

Now there is a W3, crush proof, for those particularity difficult time-lapses.

Outside of a DSLR I have not found a camera that is so good at this purpose. I see it as disposable so I can increase the risk and not be out too much if things don't work out. I am a Nikon freak and would never consider Pentax for any reason, except they did this thing and it works great.