Tomorrow, weather permitting, I’ll be working with a school in London with WOMWorld’s TOM to showcase the N85′s video/photo capabilities as well as Nokia software and services. Time lapse is a nice example of a built in feature that can produce some interesting results.
It’s also one of a few features I’d like to see in the N900′s camera (and stay in Nokia cams in general – it’s disappeared in N97 too).
One of the neat features ever since the N95 was Time Lapse Photography. This is where you let the camera take a sequence of pictures at defined intervals. Combine all those frames into a video and you’ve got a time lapse.
Video from back in 2007 with N95
The difference in just fast forwarding video is that you’ve got gaps of time where anything could have happened. A little bit like stop motion.
An advantage with taking still pics is that your file size is much smaller, for much higher resolution.
E.g. a source sample in VGA, at 1h the file size is around 700MB+.
at 1600×1200, over a period, over 7 hours with 827 frames was only 124MB.
Another advantage is that still pics are generally much faster at rendering.
- 10 seconds
- 30 seconds
- 1 minute
- 5 minutes
- 10 minutes
- 30 minutes
You can get different effects depending on:
- the duration of sequence
- the duration of the overall shot (i.e. number of frames)
- the final length of each frame once you put them in a video editor.
Below is a video made by a sequence of 827 images from the N85 across 7 hours. It’s just the snow outside my Uni house; you can see the snow filling up, being trampled on, cars/people making snow prints and then the daylight appearing. Hey, it was the best subject I could get at such late notice :p