Timelapses are great, because they condense a lot of time into a brief span, which makes it easier to share that particular moment. Can the DJI Osmo shoot timelapses? In this video, join Richard Harrington as he points out the settings you need to configure when you shoot a timelapse with the DJI Osmo.
- I'm a big fan of time-lapse photography. I love to create time-lapse sequences because it allows me to show things that are really interesting to look at. A lot of times, time-lapse can capture things that you can't see with the naked eye, or allow you to condense a good moment into a very brief moment, making it easier to share. The Osmo is relatively capable as a time-lapse camera, allowing you to create video in camera, as well as capturing JPEG sequences for processing later. Let me show you. First up, let's configure our menus here.
So I'll make sure that we are in a photo mode, tap the button here, and you'll see both interval and time-lapse. Now, interval allows you to set a delay in taking pictures. For example, you could choose to capture ten seconds apart or 30 seconds. Let's choose ten seconds here for a moment and trigger this. You see that it counts down from ten, and then takes another picture.
This interval mode is a bit like time-lapse and is useful if you want to use the set durations, but it won't produce a video file. But it does have the benefit of being able to write higher-quality DNG files. Let's just stop that there. I'll go to the settings and I'll choose time-lapse. Now, you'll see the ability to capture. If you're going to write JPEG plus video, you cannot shoot at a one-second interval. This is only going to work if you're doing a video output. That's why it's red.
But you can choose from different intervals by just dragging through the settings there and you can go all the way up to one shot every 60 seconds, or down to one shot every two seconds. Additionally, you can set the duration. This allows you to say how long you want to capture. For example, if I captured a two-second interval for five minutes, that's going to generate five seconds of finished video.
On the other hand, if we dropped that to one shot every ten seconds, it's only going to produce one second of finished video. So this means that if you're shooting something like a sunset, where you might use a five-second interval, you're going to want to make sure to shoot for a longer period. 40 minutes would produce a 15-second shot or so of the sun going down. Now, if you don't want to have to calculate this time and you want it to just keep recording you can set this all the way to infinity and it will keep recording forever until you hit stop.
But I do find this internal calculator is useful. This way, when you're deciding whether or not you want to capture a sunset, you might know that if you were looking to get a 30-second video that you're going to need to arrive at least an hour before sunset in order to get the shot. This internal calculator can be quite helpful. When you're ready, you just tap the start button and it will start shooting time-lapse. You'll see that it's counting down what's happening.
The timer on the right is indicating the interval between each shot. It'll take the shot and count down. You'll notice here below that there's a counter that shows you how much time is left in the timer that you chose as well as how many seconds have been created. Remember, even though we've been shooting for almost a minute here, we've not captured enough frames to produce a second of video. You generally need 24 to 30 frames to make a second of video.
Let's go ahead and stop this for right now. There are some more advanced options that we'll talk about in a second, but I'd like to move on to actually how to position the camera. Holding a camera in your hands steady for an hour plus is not really feasible, so let's explore a few options for mounting the camera.
- Basic camera operation
- Which DJI Osmo model is right for me?
- Breaking down and building the DJI Osmo
- Shooting photos with the DJI Osmo
- Controlling ISO and shutter speed
- Shooting time-lapse sequences with the DJI Osmo
- Shooting video with the DJI Osmo
- Using the advanced options in the DJI GO app
- Improving the contrast with a lens hood
- Mounting the DJI Osmo to a car