OK so this isn’t strictly a new idea but I couldn’t help giving it a go. I designed and printed a custom enclosure for a cheap egg timer. The timer sits between a tripod and my mobius camera and pans the camera while it records in time-lapse mode. This was my first real attempt at a time-lapse video and I couldn’t be happier with the result. An unexpected benefit of using the Mobius camera in picture mode was that the resulting video is actually above HD resolution (1440p to be exact)!
The ‘Mobius’ camera is the successor to the 808 #16 keychain camera that I’ve used previously. The camera offers a number of improvements (besides a much better name) including 1080p recording, longer battery life and compatibility with a mounting clip which allows the use of a tripod screw. I’m hoping to make a lot more videos using this camera
Following the rise in popularity of helmet mounted cameras over the past few years, I decided I wanted to get in on the act. After reviewing my options I realised that I didn’t want to commit to £400 worth of ‘gopro’ camera, after all it was going to be mounted to a helmet and a some point will likely run the risk of being damaged. A little research led me to some cheap ‘keychain’ style cameras for sale on eBay, normally I would assume the video quality of something like this would be terrible and look straight past it.
After a lot of deliberating I’ve acquired an Olympus EPL-1 micro four thirds camera. For me its the best mix of manual control and superb image quality in a small form factor. This means that, unlike carrying a large DSLR, I won’t be in any danger of looking like I know what I’m doing too much.