Timelapse is a realm of photography I’ve started to get into over the past 6 months or so – and it’s a weird, technical, artistic world indeed.
Mostly, I’ve been using my GoPro Hero HD. It’s got a built in intervalometer, is easy to setup and easy to use
To get some more animation in a timelapse, it’s handy to have some way to move the camera, and a slider or other mechanical systems can run to many hundreds of dollars.
Enter, the Camalapse.
This is basically an egg timer. However, it has a custom shell (and doesn’t “ding”) with markings and tripod mounts, and like any kitchen timer, it’s good for a one hour, full 360 revolution. Happily though, they have marked it up in 15min increments if you want to do something a bit shorter, or don’t need it to rotate the full 360.
It has a standard tripod screw on the top, and socket on the bottom – one dissapointment was that these are both plastic, so don’t over tighten them in case you screw up the threads.
So, how does it work? Exactly as you’d expect! I took this quick video this morning – camalapse on my desk, one hour, 360 degree rotation
I’m pretty happy with it – I can find uses at events, and shows I photograph to get some neat fusion video. For the $25 it’ll run you, it’s a nice, neat tool. It can be stacked on top of another camalapse too for some more neat effects.
Points to note:
It’s only capable of holding a small camera (no DSLRs)
It’s pretty light weight itself.
Plastic threads, don’t over tighten.
Not programmable or adjustable – 1h = 360degree, or variations up to that.
It’s dirt cheap. Enjoy.
Get your own here!