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Brinno TLC100 Time Lapse HD Video Camera

by Brinno

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  • The easy way to take big, bright beautiful time lapse photos of anything that changes over time, such as home improvement projects, school projects, the great outdoors or even a pregnancy
  • Records a series of HD photos as an AVI file so you can view the time lapse videos in HD
  • Features six preset time interval settings (1 minute, 5 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours or 24 hours) or you can select your own interval between 5 seconds and 24 hours
  • With built-in power saving technology, you can take photos over a long period of time; up to 200 days with a 24 hour interval
  • Weather resistant construction allows for outdoor use
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.1 x 7.6 inches ; 12 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005REW7DM
  • Item model number: TLC100
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,033 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 27, 2011

Product Description

The TLC100 Time Lapse HD Video Camera makes time lapse photography simple. The TLC100 allows users to take big, bright beautiful time lapse photos of anything that changes over time, such as home improvement projects, school projects, the great outdoors or even a pregnancy. The applications are only limited by one's imagination! The TLC100 features six preset time interval settings (1 minute, 5 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours or 24 hours) or you can select your own interval between 5 seconds and 24 hours. The TLC100 records a series of HD photos as an AVI file so you can view the time lapse videos in HD. Files are stored on an included 2GB USB flash drive (maximum supported size is 8GB). With built-in power saving technology, you can take photos over a long period of time; up to 200 days with a 24 hour interval. Weather resistant construction allows for outdoor use. Tripod mountable. The lens has two focal settings: standard with a focal length of 20 inches to infinity, or macro (20 inches with background unfocused). Requires 4 AA batteries (included) and a computer running Microsoft Windows 98 or later. Apple iOS and OS X are not supported. Video resolution: 1280 x 1024 (HD Resolution, AVI format).Field of view: 49.5 degrees. Focal length: 20 inches to infinity. Macro effect: 20 inches with background unfocused - Time interval settings: 1 minute, 5 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours, 24 hours. Customized interval setting: user selected from 5 seconds to 12 hours. Memory storage: up to 8GB on USB Flash Drive (2GB drive included).Power source: 4 AA Batteries (included).Weather resistant: IPx4 (safe for outdoor use). OS requirements: Microsoft Windows 98 or later (Apple iOS and OS X are not supported).

Customer Reviews

The time is stamped on or from the thumb drive not the camera.
David
Would definitely recommend as a value time lapse camera as long as you spend the pre-time before you actually want to record to set the camera up.
Jack
Hard to tell if the power is actually on (I missed a sequence because the power was not actually on).
K2

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rick on December 4, 2012
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Great little time lapse camera.

The camera is so easy to set up and begin time lapse photography.

The camera comes with a flash drive that has two programs.

1. A .exe camera set-up file. This will allow you to set the local date and time and a few simple camera settings. Outdoor/or indoor lighting? Compensates for fluorescent lights, incandescent or none (outdoors). Low light on/off? This is so it doesn't take pictures in complete darkness. It also allows for one custom time interval for time lapse picture taking. NOTE: You can't use a Mac to tweak a .exe file (without running windows on a Mac).

2. A simple video viewer program to view the time lapse video created by the camera. The camera creates .avi format files. They can be viewed on a PC using the Brinno program. It will also allow you to move through the video file one still picture at a time. I haven't figured out how to take one or several still pictures out of the .avi file for use as separate pictures. You don't have to use the Brinno software to view the .avi file. Almost any program capable of viewing video files should work. Quicktime works too.

NOTE: Each time you turn the camera on/off it will create a separate .avi time lapse video. This means that you will need to be familiar with how to use a video editing software program to combine the files into one longer/complete video. This is important if you are planning on a long project (home construction). I'm currently practicing with iMovie to combine the .avi files, adjust timing, add music, trailers, etc. It is simple to move the files from the flash drive via Mac/Finder or Windows/Explorer.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By srit1 on August 14, 2012
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While I have successfully captured fantastic videos with 5 minutes between snapshots and 30 minutes, I have only a 67% success rate. 2 of the 6 videos came out all black. 70MB file, all black, 240 MB file, all black.... I cant figure out why this happened, but it certainly is something to be wary of if you are capturing once in a lifetime events.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Southern Gent on March 7, 2012
Update 2/26/13
I would not recommend this product IF you appreciate good design leading to good output. The camera does what it was intended to do, mostly, but it is not an easy path the user must take to get there. For example, the lack of a viewfinder makes framing the scene a hit-and-miss proposition as you must set it up, take a shot or two, review the shots, set it back up, wash, rinse repeat. Also, to change the rate at which shots are taken means you have to take off the back cover, remove the USB stick and use a thumbwheel; or plug the USB stick into your computer and have the software set the rate. Even then you have to move the thumbwheel to the "custom" setting, replace the USB stick and mount the rear cover, and THEN turn it back on. Finally, as I noted before, it is sometimes difficult to know whether you even turned the camera on and it is taking shots. More than once I was disappointed to discover that there was nothing on the USB stick. I'm just not impressed with this product AT THE PRICED I BOUGHT IT. If it were $50 then I could more easily forgive poor design. I"m dropping this item from 3 stars to 2.

I literally just got it out of the box, set it up and it's now (hopefully) recording. That was all very easy and I think they did a great job of packaging and including the batteries and USB stick. However, see a couple of design flaws:

1. No viewfinder. As someone mentioned in another review, this might be a serious limitation. I've got an idea of what I'm capturing but there's no way to know until I grab the USB stick and plug it into my laptop. We'll see if this is a fatal flaw.

2. There's no way to know (that I know of) if it's actually recording. It would be nice to have it beep or make some noise or something.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By cheryl terry on February 10, 2012
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We recently purchased this camera to create a time lapse video of our house being built. Right out of the box, it was very simple to use. It only took a couple minutes to take our first photos. The software was just as easy, so viewing our first attempt was also user friendly. We have not used it outdoors for any prolong period of time; this with be an important test for us, as we hope to leave it outside for several weeks. But my first impressions are really favorable and I believe it will continue to perform well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David on October 14, 2012
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Not a bad camera but...
You have to set the Time and Date EVERY time you are going to use it. AT the time you are going to use it.
You have to take the Thumb Drive out Set the Thumb Drive and put it in and Start it right away.
Seems they were sure anyone that is, or would be using this camera would be setting up the Thumb drive and would be placing it straight from Laptop to the Camera and then turning the Camera On.
If you wait 30 minutes, your pictures will be 30 minutes behind.
The time is stamped on or from the thumb drive not the camera. Just annoying if you ask me.
And meant for NOTHING but MOUNTED, LONG TERM Captures.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jay E Marowitz on February 20, 2012
Easy to use if you don't care about the results. There's no view finder, no LCD, nothing. You have to guess at where you're pointing the camera, run it for a while, look at the results, and, you guessed it, guess again - where you're pointing the camera.

By 'look at the results', I mean: 1) open the camera back 2) take out the memory stick
3) put it into your computer 4) run the film. If you don't like where the camera is pointing, you guessed it..

If you don't like what you see, repeat the process until
1) you get what you want
2) you go crazy
3) you throw the camera out in a rage

whichever comes first

This could only have been designed by an idiot.
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