Published on January 17th, 2014 | by Greg0
Brinno’s Time Lapse Bike Camera Records Your Rides
One of the best part of a good cycling trip is that it can compress time- your eight hour ride, full of hills and scenic views and traffic woes and small triumphs- can feel like a couple of hours. BMX riders, even, know that a good part of your tracks are a little monotonous punctuated by moments of panic (or awe, or delight). You could strap on a GoPro of other sports action video camera- we’ve tested out many- but video requires editing and post-production, and is best during short, sporadic takes.
Time lapse photography is the perfect solution, but until now, we didn’t know of a good product that was aimed at the biking crowd. Enter the Brinno Time Lapse Bike Camera, technically model BBC100, a modified package that includes an upgraded Brinno TLC200 like the TLC200 Pro that we’ve reviewed in the past. This one adds an f1.2 lens, perfect for outdoors shots, and you also get the waterproof housing in the box, along with a bike mounting kit. It attaches to your handlebars pretty easily, and sits out of the way, capturing images based on settings that you can choose.
As with their other products- they’ve created a small line of similar models including special packs for construction and party photography- this one can serve multiple purposes but has custom accessories that fit the needs of bike enthusiasts. We tested it out primarily on shorter rides, but it can compress eight hours of a ride into abut eight minutes of footage with no hassles- and they aren’t just a set of JPG images either, no stitching or other software is required, and the file exported is ready for watching on any other device.
Overall, the Brinno Time Lapse Bike Camera is fun, easy to use, and the waterproof casing held up well in tests. It takes regular AA batteries, which can last days of regular use- ours never needed changing. Versus a video camera, you won’t notice the bumpiness as much, because the images are taken irregularly, but you might still see some motion blur. The images individually aren’t great, but as a composite, are a great record of a journey. Available now for $289 or so, this isn’t the camera for everyone, but if you like to take longer rides and would love to see a solution that doesn’t require much setup, the Brinno Time Lapse Bike Camera is ideal.