Price : $ 400
Time-lapse videos of buildings being built or blooming flowers are incredible. However, a lot of recording time and editing software are required to make them. The Afidus ATL-200 Time Lapse camera is designed to make time-lapse video & # 39; s easier – and it is! But it could be better.
This is what we like
- Makes editing time-lapse images together very easily
- Huge range of options for each scenario
- Weatherproof (IP65)
And what we do not  No view to watch the video
What is a Time-Lapse camera?
If you want to make time-lapse videos, you only need a DSLR and some video editing software. However, you have to do a lot of math and editing, make sure you mount your camera in a safe place and watch for rain when shooting outside.
After you've set it up, the Afidus ATL-200 ($ 400 on this writing) solves many of these problems for you. The AA battery camera is weather-resistant (IP65) and specially designed for time-lapse video & # 39; s.
You choose the frames per second, how often the camera should take photos and the desired type of recording, all in the Time-Lapse app (for iOS and Android ). It uses a microSD card for storage, so you can use one with as much space as you need. I have loaded a 128 GB card and have never approached it to complete it.
You also have many options! You can choose to take a photo every second, every minute, every 24 hours when motion is detected, and more! In the beginning I was overwhelmed by the number of options and the complete lack of instructions. To learn how to use the camera, I just tried different options and viewed the results, which was not pleasant.
Since I started testing it, Afidus has updated the website with a user manual and suggestions about which settings to use based on how long you plan to record. These instructions are thorough, easy to understand and very useful. I wish I had had access to them from day one – they would have saved me a bit of trial and error.
Competent time-lapse video with minimal effort
Afidus invoices the ATL-200 as a mostly-and-forget-it-camera. Again, it is weather resistant (IP65 classification) and works on batteries. Once you've set it up, just start recording and the camera does the rest. You can check if the camera is recording by looking at the green LED at the top – it flashes approximately every six seconds.
When you record a long video (for example, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. & noon, with a one-minute interval) ), Afidus suggests that you look at the camera at least monthly. You should check it more often if it is outside during inclement weather. My testing generally followed with that guidance, although, given the cost of the camera (already $ 400 at the moment), I don't think I'd just leave it somewhere for a month!
In two weeks I recorded a flower growing by taking a picture every 10 minutes. At the same time, I recorded a build of LEGO Hogwarts for several hours, with image intervals every two seconds. That process involved stopping the camera, moving to a new location, changing the settings as needed, and starting a new recording. I started the process with new batteries and replaced them about a week and a half later.
If you have to move the camera like I did to switch between projects, the app has a great built-in alignment function. Take a photo of your time-lapse subject to use it. The next time you start the video, you can place the image on your current subject and align it.