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Published on November 20th, 2012 | by Kira


Brin­no TL­C200 Time Lapse Cam­era : A New Way To Be Cre­ative

Video is life now, even tak­ing the place of pho­tos, adding a bit of mo­tion to what might have been still be­fore. It’s not at all cer­tain that film will take over com­plete­ly, but one tech­nol­o­gy that ties these two medi­ums to­geth­er is time lapse video. You’ve seen them be­fore, in an­i­ma­tion and na­ture videos, where a shot is cap­tured ev­ery few sec­onds or min­utes or hours. Some clas­sic ex­am­ples are mov­ing clouds, chang­ing sea­sons, the bloom­ing and death of a flow­er, or the build­ing of a house. Some can be re­al­ly cre­ative and quite beau­ti­ful.

But these can be fair­ly hard to man­age with a nor­mal cam­era, re­quir­ing ei­ther a fair bit of edit­ing or set­ting up, not to men­tion the fact your cam­era is stuck in one place- and might not be weath­er­proof. A lot of the time you will be out babysit­ting the equip­ment. Un­less you get the Brin­no TL­C200 Time Lapse Cam­era. This tiny cam­era- tru­ly small at a mere 2.5 by 1.8 by 4.2 inch­es and 9 ounces- makes time lapse pho­tog­ra­phy as sim­ple as your point and shoot. It is as easy as find­ing your tar­get, fram­ing it, set­ting the time in­ter­val, wait­ing, and then up­load­ing the video on­to your com­put­er. You can very eas­i­ly de­ter­mine how of­ten you wish to take a shot. Cy­cle quick­ly through in­ter­vals of one, two, three, five, 10, 20, 30 sec­onds, or one, five, 10 min­utes, or one hour on the menu. If none of these work for you, there is al­so a cus­tom set­ting that lets you set the cam­era to take shots be­tween one sec­ond and 24 hours. A firmware up­date adds a 2x per sec­ond op­tion as well, and we loved the ad­justable and ro­tat­able lens and fair­ly wide an­gle of view- we were wor­ried it might tilt on it’s own but held steady over the week or so we cap­tured some im­ages.

With these dif­fer­ent num­bers in mind one may think, how long will the bat­tery life last on the Brin­no TL­C200? You do not want to set ev­ery­thing up to shoot, leave it to do its mag­ic, and then come back to find that the bat­tery died on­ly a few days in. Lucky for us, four AA bat­ter­ies can cap­ture 300,000 frames! That ba­si­cal­ly breaks down to one sec­ond in­ter­val will last around 3.4 days, five sec­ond in­ter­vals about 17 days, and so forth. For the most part, this bat­tery life should be pret­ty good for al­most any pro­ject you want to do. We’ve seen Brin­no gear be­fore, and it’s nice to see them find­ing new video so­lu­tions for var­i­ous nich­es.

Here is the next con­cern you may think about: weath­er­proof­ing. Most of the pro­jects I have thought about for this cam­era are go­ing to be out­side, and pos­si­bly for a lit­tle while. This means at some point in time it is prob­a­bly go­ing to rain or snow on the cam­era. And un­for­tu­nate­ly, the Brin­no TL­C200 is not weath­er­proof by it­self. You can, how­ev­er, pur­chase a weath­er­proof cas­ing: Brin­no ATH100 Weath­er Re­sis­tant Hous­ing. I found this ex­tra $60 ex­pense a bit an­noy­ing. Brin­no has to know that most users are like­ly to be us­ing the the cam­era out­doors, so why not just make the cam­era wa­ter­proof or sell the two prod­ucts to­geth­er? That all be­ing said, the cas­ing does seem spiffy. It’ll re­mind you a bit of those cas­es that can take a cam­era un­der­wa­ter. How­ev­er, we’re not sug­gest­ing do­ing so with this one, it just seems well-built enough to pro­tect the Brin­no TL­C200 from the el­e­ments.

An­oth­er cool ac­ces­so­ry for the Brin­no TL­C200 is the Brin­no Shut­ter Line. This is ba­si­cal­ly a trig­ger for the shud­der and it com­plete­ly changes the role of the Brin­no TL­C200. It turns it in­to a stop mo­tion cam­era! This is su­per fun for cre­at­ing your own lit­tle films and makes it as easy as a press of a but­ton. The three foot cord makes it so you do not have to be that close to the cam­era to shoot. It’s pret­ty crit­i­cal when do­ing an­i­ma­tion or freeze-frames that the shut­ter be re­mote­ly con­trolled, be­cause the slight­est ad­just­ment to the cam­era could throw off the pic­ture. If you have kids, this $20 ac­ces­so­ry is the per­fect add-on to help let the cre­ativ­i­ty flow!

We did have a few con­cerns with the Brin­no TL­C200. The cam­era’s dis­play is not the nicest res­o­lu­tion, but the res­o­lu­tion that the cam­era cap­tures is 1280×720 pix­els, which is per­fect for the web. There is no way to di­rect­ly up­load the video us­ing the cam­era; so, you will have to buy a SD card read­er if your com­put­er does not have one built in. Al­so, it can hard to mount or fix the cam­era in place, es­pe­cial­ly in spaces that are eas­i­ly dis­turbed- we took to tap­ing it down or cov­er­ing it with a  Oth­er­wise, this is a great lit­tle cam­era (in blue or green). And con­sid­er­ing how much you would pay for oth­er time lapse op­tions, $190 is not a bad price for a cute way to mon­i­tor your yard, watch con­struc­tion, or even cre­ate some an­i­ma­tion pro­jects. For a quick ex­am­ple, Brin­no’s love­ly video of bal­loons is em­bed­ded be­low.


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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.

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