Timelapse is a technique that captures images over a period of time and then stitches them together to create a movie. This process has been popularized by astronomy and molecular genetics videos, but it is also used in construction and public works to document the progress of work. Timelapse is particularly useful when you want to highlight the progress of a construction site or show its evolution over time.

 

Comparison of timelapse cameras for construction site monitoring

 

Brand ALTI Afidus Brinno Enlaps
Name of the camera

ATLI EON - TIMELAPSE CAMERA

AFIDUS ATL-200S

BRINNO TLC2020 CONSTRUCTION BUNDLE

TIKEE 3 PRO+

Dimensions

NC

7.11 x 29.14 x 4.32 cm 60 x 70.6 x 46.6 mm 210 x 180 x 70mm / 1.60 kg
Resolution

photo : 2688 ×1520 pixels

video : 1080P

1920 x 1080 pixels Full HD 1080P Image resolution: Adjustable - Up to 6K actual size
Sensors

sensor OmniBSI™-2

Sony Exmor Full HD 1080p, 0,6 lux

HDR (High Dynamic Range) & FHD

(1080p)

Sensors : Sony Exmor R 16Mpx

Lens : F2.8 wide angle

DFOV : 149°

Maximum sensor resolution : 16 Mpx

Full resolution image size (per sensor) : 4608 x 3456

Sensor size : 1 / 2,3

Photo format JPEG JPEG JPEG

Jpeg / DNG / Jpeg+DNG

Resistance 0℃ - 40℃ IPX 65 without casing 0°C ∼ 45°C

Weatherproof: IP 66 Operating temperature: -10 / + 50° C

Designed for extended outdoor use (resistant to sand, snow, rain, etc.)

Anodized aluminum solar panel rotation and tilt plate

Storage temperature: -25 / +60°C

Autonomy Li-ion battery Batteries 4x AA Batteries

Fully autonomous power management: Integrated Li-on battery and solar panelu solaire

Battery capacity / 45 days at 1 minute intervals (8 hours per day), 80 days at 5 minute intervals (8 hours per day) Up to 82 days at 5 min intervals

Indicative data without solar contribution for 1 photo every 15 minutes 24h/24 :

- with the sending of the photos on the server: 12 days of autonomy

- without sending data : 36 days of autonomy

Charge Charging method: USB cable AAx4 battery / Micro USB DC 5V DC IN 5V 1A (USB-C connector)

Micro USB 5V / 2A max.

Connectivity Wi-Fi (approximate range of 5 meters) Control via the app  NC

4G/LTE connectivity

Periodic WIFI connectivity

Mobile app Mobile application compatible with iOS and Android Mobile application compatible with iOS and Android NC

Mobile application compatible with iOS and Android

Shooting interval 0,5 s - 24 hours

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 20, 30 seconds,

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 minutes,

1, 4, 24 hours,

custom time interval of any duration

3 seconds to 5 minutes

Long Term Sequence: 30 seconds minimum

Event or Burst sequences: 5 seconds minimum

Geolocation No No No

On-board GPS with assisted mode

Price 229€ (tax/vat included) 369€ (tax/vat included) 629€ (tax/vat included)

1500€ excluding tax (1800€ tax/vat included)

 

Which timelapse camera to choose according to your needs?

Objective : ratio/quality/price

If you want to start making timelapse videos with entry-level equipment, we recommend you take the AFIDUS ATL-200S model. This equipment offers all the basics of a timelapse camera and will allow you to manage your first videos easily.

 

Objective: duration of autonomy

Equipped with its integrated solar panel, and with the possibility of connecting a second external panel, the Tikee 3 Pro+ camera is the most suitable for your autonomy needs. If you want to control your project remotely (via the iOS and Android compatible application) without intervening on site, we advise you to choose this camera from Enlaps. An on-site maintenance visit every 3 months is nevertheless recommended to clean the lenses and the solar panel(s) to ensure autonomy and quality of your images.

 

Objective: image quality

Without any hesitation, we recommend the Tikee 3 Pro+ camera. Three upload resolutions to choose from: Full HD, 4K and up to 6K for 7360×2650 pixel panoramas with a myTikee Storytelling subscription. Leverage your 6K images for unparalleled video editing latitude and get 6K video rendering.

 

Objective: resistance

If you have a project in a city or region that is susceptible to bad weather, we again recommend the Tikee 3 Pro+ camera. Ready to be used in any weather, with no extra protection needed, an all-in-one IP66 rated time lapse camera. Carry it easily, take it anywhere and install it wherever you want.

 

Why use timelapse on your construction sites?

Timelapse video is especially useful when you want to show the progress of a construction site or document its evolution over time. By capturing images at regular intervals, you can create a video that shows how much work has been done and how much remains to be done. This can be very useful for construction companies who want to promote their work or for individuals curious about the construction process.

What are the advantages of using timelapse on construction sites?

Using timelapse on construction sites has a number of advantages:

  • Document the progress of the work: by capturing images at regular intervals, you can create a video that shows the progress of the work
  • Easily show the evolution of a project: by taking pictures over a given period of time, you can create a video that shows how the project has evolved
  • Highlight the progress of the work: timelapse is particularly useful when you want to show the progress of a project
  • Follow the evolution of a construction site: with a timelapse camera, you can keep an eye on your construction site from anywhere in the world 

What is a timelapse video?

A timelapse video is a type of video that allows you to see the progression or evolution of something over time. This is done by taking a series of photos at regular intervals and then stitching them together into a movie. This process can be used in a number of different fields, such as construction, astronomy and molecular genetics.

How to make a timelapse video?

Making a timelapse video is a relatively simple process. All you need is a camera capable of taking pictures at regular intervals, software to assemble the images and a way to display the video. The process can be done manually or with the help of software.

 

What are the different types of timelapse cameras?

There are several types of timelapse cameras on the market. Some are designed for general use, while others are designed for specific purposes:

  • General purpose timelapse cameras: designed to take pictures at regular intervals and can be used for various purposes
  • Construction timelapse cameras: These are designed specifically for use on construction sites. They are usually equipped with features that allow you to easily document the progress of the work
  • Astronomy cameras: designed to take pictures of the night sky. They often have features to track stars and planets
  • Molecular genetics timelapse cameras: designed to take pictures of DNA molecules. They often have features to take high resolution photos over a period of time.

How does a timelapse camera work?

A timelapse camera is a type of digital camera designed to take pictures at regular intervals. This allows you to create a video that shows the progress or evolution of something over time. Most timelapse cameras allow you to set the interval between photos, and some even allow you to control the length of time you shoot. Once you've taken all your photos, you can use software to stitch them together and make a movie.