Interval shooting of a few k images every few secs

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Peter, Jul 28, 2007.

  1. Peter

    Peter Guest

    Hi

    I am looking for a compact camera (something smaller than a DSLR)
    which can be set up to continuously take shots every 5 seconds or so,
    and store them until the flash card is filled up.

    It doesn't need to be max resolution because these stills will be used
    to make a movie, which will be at most 1080 pixels high, so a 2
    megapixel camera would be fine.

    Most compacts that do have an interval shooting feature seem to have a
    limit of 10-100 shots, so I may be looking for some kind of remote
    controller.

    Plus the camera needs a means of externally powering it because no
    compact will run for the ~ 5 hours I need.

    Can anybody suggest any way to do this?

    The easy way is to buy a semi-pro camcorder; most can directly make an
    interval-shot movie. But that's expensive and I am space-limited.

    Peter.
     
    Peter, Jul 28, 2007
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  2. On Sat, 28 Jul 2007, Peter wrote:

    P> Hi
    P>
    P> I am looking for a compact camera (something smaller than a DSLR)
    P> which can be set up to continuously take shots every 5 seconds or so,
    P> and store them until the flash card is filled up.
    P>
    P> Most compacts that do have an interval shooting feature seem to have a
    P> limit of 10-100 shots, so I may be looking for some kind of remote
    P> controller.
    P>

    My Nikon 3700 could do up to 1800 shots but with a minimum interval of 30
    seconds. It also had a time lapse movie mode, again with the 1800 shot
    and minimum 30 seconds interval.

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    Alan

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    Alan Clifford, Jul 28, 2007
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  3. Peter

    Peter Guest

    The Pentax W30E can go down to 10 seconds and do up to 1000 shots.
    Getting close but I need more than 1000 shots. I would like up to
    9999.
     
    Peter, Jul 28, 2007
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  4. Peter

    OG Guest

    There are cameras that you can use as webcams and there is webcam software
    that allows control so that pictures can be taken at fixed intervals and
    stored to disc.

    However, this does depend on the camera being fixed to a computer, which may
    not suit the situation you have in mind.
     
    OG, Jul 28, 2007
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  5. Ricoh Caplio cameras, certainly the R5 anyway. Seem to be very good
    supercompacts: 28-200mm zoom, optional manual focus & exposure,
    intervalometer 30secs - 1 hour. I don't know any other compact with the
    same range of features, but because they're not sold in the USA you don't
    get many reviews of them online.
     
    Gordon Freeman, Jul 29, 2007
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  6. Peter

    Peter Guest

    I can't get more data since the European Ricoh site is broken.

    Can the R5 really shoot at 10sec intervals until the card fills up?
     
    Peter, Jul 29, 2007
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  7. I just rechecked and in fact the range is 5 secs - 3 hours in 5 seconds
    steps. I don't know for sure it will keep going until the card is full, I
    guess it depends on battery life (said to be around 380 shots, which
    suggests only about an hour at 10 sec intervals, but could be a lot more if
    flash is not used at all). However I don't know of any other compact that
    even has an intervalometer, so I suspect you won't get much better than
    that.

    Another possibility would be to use a camera in movie mode. The Caplio R5
    can do 15fps until the card is full, according to the specs you can record
    for 5.5 hours on a 2GB card @ 15fps. You'd then have to decimate the
    resultant AVI movie with a video editor like VirtualDub if you only want a
    fraction of the frames to make a time lapse video. For instance, 15fps ->
    decimate by 150x -> 0.1 fps. Of course this means discarding over 99% of
    the frames! As to camera choice here, might be better to use a camcorder,
    if using a compact make sure it uses an editable format like AVI, not some
    proprietary one like Quicktime.

    There's a review of the R5 here with full specs:
    http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews_ricoh_caplio_r5.php
     
    Gordon Freeman, Jul 29, 2007
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  8. Peter

    Peter Guest

    I agree - found the manual at
    http://www.ricoh.com/r_dc/support/manual/pdf/r5/CaplioR5_E.pdf
    That is a good idea but I need to go for about 6hrs and there aren't
    many *movie* cameras that can shoot for 6hrs to start with.
    Thank you.

    Presumably you have this camera? Can you see any way to power it
    externally - other than the obvious hack of connecting wires to a
    dummy battery and shoving that into the camera?
     
    Peter, Jul 29, 2007
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  9. Peter

    Peter Guest

    The Ricoh Caplio R6 seems to have the same capability but is a smaller
    camera.
     
    Peter, Jul 29, 2007
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  10. We've done it with a Nikon Coolpix 995 (and earlier 950) + Harbortronics
    Digisnap controller and a set of NiCad batteries bundled to give 12v.
    You could use a car battery instead of the latter if space or weight
    isn't an issue (ours had to fit into an underwater housing).
    Those Coolpixes aren't made any more but secondhand ones can be found
    for about 100 and 50 pounds respectively on eBay.
     
    Willy Eckerslyke, Jul 30, 2007
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  11. Peter

    Peter Guest

    Thank you for this info. Would you know what the biggest SD (or CF?)
    card is that these will take? I would need 2GB.
     
    Peter, Jul 30, 2007
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  12. Good question. I think the largest CF card we used in them was 1GB. As
    we were only shooting at 640x480 that wasn't an issue.
    I've just remembered that the final system was actually using a Coolpix
    4500 (which superceded the 995) so am having doubts as to whether we did
    ever use the 950 for this.
    If you're interested, I should be able to track down the student who
    last used the system so that I can clarify the details. It'll take me a
    few days though.
     
    Willy Eckerslyke, Jul 31, 2007
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  13. Peter

    Peter Guest

    Update: I bought the Ricoh Caplio R6 which seems to do this fine.

    It's actually a good camera, for a compact. Compared to the Casio
    Exilim S600 (which is about half the thickness and much nicer to
    handle), it has much better low light performance, although in good
    light there is no visible difference. A given shot is done at about 2x
    faster speed, which is always worth having.

    The Caplio has a major defect though: it cannot be recharged unless
    you take the battery out and stick it into the charger. It's really
    stupid to not provide a power/charge connector. To make it last 5 hrs
    I will buy a 2nd battery, cut the guts out of it, and connect 2 wires
    to the terminals, taking these out of the camera housing, to a power
    unit.
     
    Peter, Aug 11, 2007
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  14. On Sat, 11 Aug 2007, Peter wrote:

    P>
    P>
    P> The Caplio has a major defect though: it cannot be recharged unless
    P> you take the battery out and stick it into the charger. It's really
    P> stupid to not provide a power/charge connector. To make it last 5 hrs
    P> I will buy a 2nd battery, cut the guts out of it, and connect 2 wires
    P> to the terminals, taking these out of the camera housing, to a power
    P> unit.
    P>

    A little Nikon I had, had a dummy battery power charge accessory. Maybe
    Ricoh do one of those?

    --
    Alan

    ( If replying by mail, please note that all "sardines" are canned.
    However, unless this a very old message, a "tuna" will swim right
    through. )
     
    Alan Clifford, Aug 11, 2007
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