The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition has sparked me for time lapse photography.
When I got the camera in the spring of 2015, it was first intended for videos on the bike. But the GoPro can more than filming. Besides videos in Full HD 1080p and in 4k, the GoPro supports also photos with a resolution up to 12MP, including a Burst Mode (up to 30 pictures in 1s) and Time Lapse Mode.
So, the first time lapse I did was to set up the GoPro and record the traffic below the apartment. With this time lapse video the interest began and I started to read more about this topic.
I use the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition for time lapse, as well as hyperlapse. Hyperlapse is a special type of time lapse photography. It is a time lapse with a moving camera, either moved by a person or a vehicle. It is not a hyperlapse when the camera is moving on a slider. Example for an hyperlapse is when the camera is mounted on a car for the time lapse recording. The GoPro is perfect for this with the compact design and accessories.
The resolution of 12MP (4,000 x 3,000 pixels) is good enough, because for a 4K Ultra HD video you need only 8.3MP (3.840 x 2.160 pixels). The interval can be 0.5 s, 1 s, 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 30 s and 60 s.
When I set up the GoPro for a time lapse recording, I mount the camera and use the GoPro app (GoPro Capture) for my smartphone to set up the image. Before I start the recording, I deactivate the WiFi and release the camera directly on the case, which saves battery life and extends the runtime.
To build the images to a video, I use GoPro Studio. With GoPro Studio (the new name is Quick) this is very simple and with few steps you have a great result.
Advantages of the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition for time lapse recording:
– Compact design. The camera is easy to install even in difficult places
– Waterproof. The camera can also be used in bad weather, rain and strong morning dew.
– The GoPro can also take pictures when it is connected to an external power supply
– WiFi for control via app from the smartphone
Disadvantages of the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition for time lapse recording:
– Relatively short battery life (up to 2 hours). For longer timed recording you need an external power supply
– In low light or darkness only a few good photos (should now be better with the Hero4 and Hero5)
– Partly somewhat blurred at the edge of the photos
Equipment and accessories:
– GoPro Hero3 Black Edition
– Jaws Flex Clamp
– Suction Cup
– 32GB Sandisk Extreme Plus MicroSD
– Second battery
– Standard Housing
Watch this videos from my YouTube channel for examples of Time Lapse with GoPro:
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