An Affordable Remote Controlled Time-lapse Camera
If you’re looking for a new time-lapse solution, I encourage you to check out the Contour GPS camera (http://www.contour.com). This camera was originally designed to be used for sports enthusiasts (like skiers and snowboarders) but it has some unique features that make it a strong contender.
- The unit is very small (95x58x34mm) and can easily be attached to a variety of mounting points. It’s also super light, weighing just over five ounces.
- It has good battery life at 2.5 hours, plus you can swap batteries in it for a longer day.
- For its size, it offers a capable 5 Megapixel Sensor. It’s designed to shoot HD video in the H.264 codec, but it creates adequate JPEG files for still workflows.
- A 135 Degrees Wide Angle Lens captures a wide field of view.
- Freely rotating lens. You can rotate to line up the picture and level the frame. This is great as your mounting point may not be level.
- Built-in laser sights let you check if the shot is straight.
- A built-in GPS can tag your photos.
The camera also supports a Bluetooth connection. You can use native iOS or Android Contour app to connect to the device. This gives you a great live preview of the camera. If you’re an iOS user, be sure to pick up the Contour Connect View Card.
The preview only works when you’re not recording, but its easy to set up. Just hold down a small button on top of the camera for five seconds. You can then connect using a phone’s built-in Bluetooth connection. You can also change the camera’s settings easily. Changing frame rate, exposure, contrast,white balance, and more.
I’ve got the camera with me on a trip. I’ll post some shots in the coming weeks.