Hands-On Review: The Brinno TLC-200 Timelapse Camera

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I’ve been interested in the world of timelapse photography since first trying my hand at it in 2010 with a decentcamera timer and my Nikon D90. I captured some moving clouds, some sunrises and sets, and boats moving about in tidal water. Upon editing the whole thing together, I knew that I was hooked. The results were pretty decent for a first time effort, and I spent most of the time during the timelapse process simply sitting next to the camera and enjoying the view with my own eyes. While there are plenty of more complex techniques to take timelapse projects today – “hyperlapsing” among them – it’s still a fun and creative way to meld photography and videography into one, no matter your skill level.

With that said, enter the Brinno TLC-200 timelapse camera. It’s a simple device, really, and speaks to the inherent ease in simply going out and shooting a timelapse in its most basic form. Sunsets, events, security – according to Brinno, this camera does it all. As advertised, it takes timelapses in HD as well, which I would come to expect since almost all mobile phones today can take HD video. Additionally, the camera assembles your timelapse on its own, in camera, in just a few seconds. Seems like a neat little package. Let’s take it for a spin and see what’s what with this thing.

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Why use a dedicated Time Lapse camera when you have a DSLR ?

Why you should not use a DSLR to make Time Lapse movies?

  1. It’s complicated in setting up you camera : gears needed: time interval meter, extra      batteries, memory cards to replace in time (every 2hours)
  2. It’s totally crazy in video editting and post processing: We are talking about dozens G  byte raw data on your memory cards (Normally in DAYS or WEEKS)
  3. It’s killing your shutter : The average shutter life is 100,000 shots. DSLR will be  “toasted” in less than SIX DAYS ( if time interval is 5 sec)Read More

Brinno time lapse camera TLC200 video quality better than DV?

Brinno time lapse camera TLC200 video quality better than DV?

Introducing
There are many companies promoting time lapse cameras everywhere especially Brinno time lapse camera TLC200, People may ask, what is time lapse camera? Different in time lapse camera, digital camera or DV!!! What can I use it for? Why I need it? How I can use it and where I can buy? Which one is batter one! The questions are not only for me but for everyone. How can we find the answer? The easy way is take one to comparison with DV and make analysis with both.

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High-Speed & Time-Lapse.

High-Speed & Time-Lapse.

Philip Bloom checking out the Kessler Crane Shuttle Pod Mini in NYC

High-speed and time-lapse are sort of the opposite but make a great pair to write about.  One is hundreds of stills recorded per second and the other is generally one frame per second or longer.  I chose to write about both as both are of great interest to me.

I have had a lot of opportunity to shoot with high-speed cameras for well over a decade now with my first experience being on a Photo-Sonics ActionMaster 16mm which shot film at 500fps using 400′ mags.  It only gave you about 30 seconds per mag but at the time there wasn’t any other way to shoot high-speed outside of film.  Since that time I have been blessed to use other high-speed cameras from companies like RedLake, Teledyne, Vision Research, Fastec Imaging, etc.  I have also had the opportunity to train people on the Phantom Flex and Fastec TS3Cine which has been a great experience to show everyone just how easy it is to use.

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Handy Time Lapse Camera TLC 200

The scoop: TLC200 time-lapse camera, by Brinno, about $200 (available at smartecstore.com).

What is it? About the size of a Cisco Flip portable camera, the Brinno TLC200 lets you take time-lapse and stop-motion videos (stop-motion with the help of an optional shutter accessory) quickly and easily. At the press of a button, you can begin recording video at set time intervals (for example, two seconds, three seconds, five seconds, one minute, etc.), and then press again to stop. The camera is powered by four AA batteries, and comes with a 2GB SD memory card. It can record to AVI movie or .jpeg photo format, with 1280-by-720-pixel resolution (720p) or 640-by-480-pixel resolution (480p).

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Time lapse #1 / Brinno TLC200

Time lapse #1 / Brinno TLC200

Het ontluiken van een bloem in 1 minuut. Het verrijzen van een torenflat in 5 minuten. Dat kan allemaal met time-lapse. In dit artikel staan we stil bij dit fenomeen: wat is het, welke onderwerpen zijn ervoor geschikt en hoe voer je het uit. Tevens laten we het resultaat zien van een praktijkvoorbeeld vastgelegd met de Brinno TLC200.

Time-lapse?
De letterlijke vertaling van time-lapse is tijdsverloop. Daar word je als fotograaf natuurlijk niet veel wijzer van. Wikipedia heeft een betere definitie, zijnde ‘Time-lapse-fotografie is een opnametechniek waarbij er minder beelden per tijdseenheid opgenomen worden dan de framerate bij het afspelen.’ En hoewel dit al een stuk duidelijker is, willen we dit toch nog even toelichten.
Het resultaat van time-lapse-fotografie is een korte film. Net als in de analoge tijd is een digitale film een snelle opeenvolging van aparte fotootjes. Omdat het onderwerp op deze foto’s steeds iets verschoven is, ervaren we dit bij een snelle opeenvolging als beweging. Voor een vloeiend verloop van die beweging zijn 20 tot 30 foto’s per seconde nodig. Een veel gebruikte standaard is 25 fps (frames per second = beelden per seconde [bps] = framerate).

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Me and my gadget – Time-lapse camera (Brinno TLC)

Me and my gadget – Time-lapse camera

 BY CHRIS GARDNER

Dr Richard Storey, of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research’s freshwater ecology group, tells Chris Gardner how a Brinno time-lapse camera makes his job easier. 

What is your favourite gadget?

 

My favourite gadget is a Brinno time-lapse camera. It takes photos at intervals of anywhere from 1 minute to 24 hours, the interval being set by the user (I usually use a 4-hour interval, and set the camera to only take a photo during daylight). The camera stores all the images on a USB memory stick and stitches them together into a .avi movie so it is easy to review the entire sequence at fast or slow speed.


What do you mainly use it for?
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Photo speed-dating (Brinno TLC200)

Photo speed-dating

 

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Brinno TLC200 Time Lapse Camera

BY JUDI DASH

SPECIAL TO THE MIAMI HERALD

Talk about life flashing before your eyes! The Brinno TLC200 Time Lapse Camera can be set anywhere and programmed to automatically take photos at about 10 frames per second for a set time period. What you get is a video combining everything — a neat way to Read More

Brin­no TL­C200 Time Lapse Cam­era : A New Way To Be Cre­ative

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Video is life now, even tak­ing the place of pho­tos, adding a bit of mo­tion to what might have been still be­fore. It’s not at all cer­tain that film will take over com­plete­ly, but one tech­nol­o­gy that ties these two medi­ums to­geth­er is time lapse video. You’ve seen them be­fore, in an­i­ma­tion and na­ture videos, where a shot is cap­tured ev­ery few sec­onds or min­utes or hours. Some clas­sic ex­am­ples are mov­ing clouds, chang­ing sea­sons, the bloom­ing and death of a flow­er, or the build­ing of a house. Some can be re­al­ly cre­ative and quite beau­ti­ful.

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Meet Brinno Time Lapse Camera TLC200 on KSPR channel

Watch Brinno TLC200 on the KSPR TV show

The Brinno TLC200 is a new class of time lapse camera designed for both the amateur and advanced camera enthusiast.   Designed to make time lapse simple yet with the flexibility to change lenses and custom program time intervals if the user is a serious Time Lapse movie maker.   The TLC200 has advanced power management, allowing for months of battery life for extended duration capture periods.  It even has an external shutter for creating stop action movies (not included).    The LCD allows for accurate targeting of subjects and precise framing of scenes.

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