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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2013

    Camera to buy for long term time lapse project

    Hi All

    I'm doing a Huge landscaping job at this 1 acre property I bought a couple of years ago. One section of about 1/3 acre is going to be a wildlife garden. It will have a pond, grassland, Aspen Grove and a few streams as part of the layout. Another section of about 1/2 acre is going to be a small orchard, a berry patch, vegetable garden and then large winding flower beds.
    I want to document the changes and growth of both sections with photos but also with time lapse movies eventually. I want to set up a cameras on poles maybe 20' or so high off the ground. One or two for the back garden and one for the front garden. I'd like the cameras to take One to three photos a day 365 days a year for the next 3-5 years.
    My question is what would be the best camera for such a job? I can build a small enclosure around the camera but it'd still have to be pretty rugged I'd imagine. I can run power to them and I have a spare iMac that can be used to have photos downloaded to instead of using in camera memory. HDR would be a huge plus as would RAW but size might be a constraint there. I do need to keep costs down so expense is a major factor.

    Any ideas would be helpful and any links to info on projects such as this would be appreciated.



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Monterey Bay
    You might look at some of the Brino time-lapse cameras. Relatively inexpensive (<$200) and are dedicated TL cams.

    Uses SD memory and goes 120 days on batteries. I'm betting you could use a solar charger as well.

    D7000, D70, CP990, CP900, FE.
    50mm f/1.8, Sigma 18-125, Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 18-105 VR, Nikon 55-200 VR, Nikon 43-86 f/3.5 AiS, Vivitar 28-90 F/2.8-3.5 Macro, Vivitar 75-205 F/3.8-4.8, SB800.
    Ha! See, I can change...


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    any one know why?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    I am trying to help but for some reason I am not able to post links.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    GoPro leave it outside somewhere and just change the battery and card from time to time.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    I also heard of GoPro, the battery last up to 2 hours.

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