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Looking for compact digital camera with Intervalometer - TimeLapse

Josh Trefethen , Oct 30, 2009; 10:40 p.m.

Hello everyone -
I am looking for a highquality point and shoot digital camera that will shoot an image at an interval, for time-lapse photography. I have been doing these with my Nikon D300, but I am worried about the shutter actuations getting up there (I am at almost 100k now).
So, I'd like to get a small POS that also will do timelapse. Anyone have any ideas? I know the Canon G9 had this feature, but in newer models it was removed. Any good recommendations?



Stanley Spedowski , Oct 31, 2009; 03:10 a.m.

The older canon S50 and S60 cameras had this feature and are RAW capable. They are slow (start-up and shutter lag) by modern standards, and have low MPX but have good lenses. I hope you meant P&S, not Piece Of S!&%.

Simon Bartell - Nassau County, NY , Oct 31, 2009; 06:54 a.m.

I recently bought a Nikon Coolpix P6000 just for that feature. It shoots intervals from 30 seconds and up.

- s.

Juergen Sattleru , Oct 31, 2009; 07:45 a.m.

The Canon G9 also had this feature, but the newer G10 and G11 don't - go figure!

John McCormack , Oct 31, 2009; 07:54 a.m.

Ricoh has this feature on some cameras. I think the R10 has it.

Robert Lee , Nov 01, 2009; 01:59 a.m.

Go get a Canon P&S supported by the open source CHDK firmware addon. I use a A720IS with this. The addition of CHDK gives it in aggregate capabilities no other camera has, regardless of price. It makes available a number of options for a basic intervalometer. If you're willing to learn its scripting language, it's simple to do much more sophisticated things, e.g., variable shooting rates based on a schedule, or continuously shoot for as long as motions is detected.

Installation of CHDK is basically just copying a file onto the SD card. The software loads into RAM on every camera boot. No changes are made to the camera firmware at all.

Liz Hickok , Jan 04, 2010; 10:31 p.m.

Hey-I was just doing a search for the same thing. Did you end up getting a camera that worked for you? The Coolpix P6000 looks pretty good, but I can't tell if the time lapse feature lets you take full-resolution pictures, or just video-quality pictures.
I have an older Canon Power shot camera- SD500, so the software hack looks interesting, but a bit intimidating. I'd be curious which of the suggestions you ended up taking. Thanks!

Aron Pena , Feb 29, 2012; 03:46 a.m.

Most Pentax point and shoot cameras have intervalometers built in, and can take up to 1000 shots on them. The minimum interval I've seen on one is 10 seconds.

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