Published on January 22nd, 2014 | by Greg
LyfeShot Blynk: Easy Time Lapse Videos, Anywhere
We’re always looking for new ways to enjoy photography and videography. But while most digital cameras are either expensive, or not much better than your average smartphone, there are some solutions out there that serve less traditional purposes, perfect for special cases and niches.
Smaller than a deck of cards, the LyfeShot Blynk is a cute-as-a-button time lapse camera, that can either be used as a wearable or set up in a fixed position to grab images over time. Unlike the recently-reviewed Brinno model, the Blynk isn’t meant for or built for outdoors use. But it’s thinner, even if it lacks the rotatable lens, and has a nice clip that allows it to easily attach to your pockets, clothing, a purse, or bag. There aren’t any accessories for it, but it’s a self-contained and easy-to-use unit that does one thing and does it well (and comes in three colors).
The Blynk also handles all of the stitching automatically- leaving you with an AVI file instead of a bunch of pictures in JPG form that you would need to mess with- though handily, you can actually export individual frames if you want thanks to their LyfeView software, for PCS or Mac OSX computers. Controls are simple, offering adjustments to white balance, sharpness, color saturation, and you can adjust the interval to have the camera take one shot per second, every other second, all the way up to one frame per day.
Battery life is decent and depends on the interval of course- about a day’s worth of images can be captured without needing a recharge, with one being grabbed every other second. And the four gigabytes of internal memory mean that you’ll have plenty of space for your time lapse composites. The camera is only 640×480 resolution, so don’t expect really high definition results. But in the video embedded above, you get an idea of the quality. Available now for $130, it feels just slightly too expensive for what is a pretty solid feature set and good build quality.