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3.9 out of 5 stars
Ikea 300.667.25 Ordning Timer, Stainless Steel
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2012
]I bought this timer because I wanted to make a timelapse video wit my GoPro video camera. I glued the bottom of the kitchen timer on the removable spare shoe of my tripod (I have a velbon tripod ( Velbon Cx-440 Light Weight Tripod ), and the have a removable shoe you screw to your camera; the shoe ( Velbon QB4LC Quick Release ) stays on the camera and there is a quick release to put it on and off the tripod) On the top I glued a GoPro mount.

My setting for the GoPro is 1 picture each 2 seconds for a 360° timelapse; This will result in a video of 1 minute.
If you want to make a partial timelapse (180°), take 1 picture every second

I will upload some pictures here so you can check my setup.

I uploaded a video with the result

I ordered even a second timer, to glue upside down because now the camera turns counterclockwise, so it is impossible to rotate with the sun ;)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2014
I am one of the few reviewers who use this item for its intended purpose: a kitchen timer. It looks nice with stainless steel appliances (it appears to be real stainless steel, and not some cheapy plastic look-alike), it does not require batteries, it's easy to set, the bell is loud enough to hear from several rooms away (albeit on the same floor, without a lot of other noises in the background), and it appears to be pretty accurate. The only thing I would warn for those of you who, like me, don't bother reading instructions first: You need to turn it clockwise at least a half turn (e.g., at least past the 30 minute mark) first, then to however many minutes you want (even if having to go counterclockwise in order to get to something less than 30 minutes), otherwise if you don't, the timer will still tick down the time, but the bell won't go off at the end. I've never had a mechanical timer before, so I don't know if all are like this or just this one, but if this review saves even just one person from burning their food or wasting time trying to return it because they think it's defective, it was worth my time. . .
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2013
This is my first outdoor attempt at using this timer for time lapse photography. I used the Drift HD camera to capture a frame every 2 seconds and playback is 30 frames per second. I make sure I wind the timer all the way up and it hasn't failed to rotate completely. Great low cost solution for panning your time lapse.

Today, my wife and I took six other people to lunch at a local BBQ and I put the camera+timer in the middle of the table and let it capture shots. When we got back to our house I quickly made the time lapse at 60 fps and showed it on the living room plasma TV. Everyone just about died laughing. It really was funny to watch what was almost an hour worth of shots played back in 37 seconds. They wanted to watch it over and over plus we played it backwards.

Great little compact low tech solution. To make it any smoother I would have to buy something very expensive or make my own using a servo+battery pack. Ikea is going to figure out how many of these are being purchased for photography and double the price. ;)

*Wow, they killed the quality of that video when it was uploaded. I'll have to try another upload.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2014
My high-frequency hearing is gone. I cannot hear most "beeper" timers. This one is an old-fashioned wind-up unit that has a real mechanical bell (no batteries!!!). Trivial to set, and I can hear it in the next room!!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2011
I wouldn't be surprised if the majority of these being sold have never timed an egg. Perfect for 360 degree timelapse with a small camera. I'm using a Go Pro HD Hero.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
Worked for 2 timing cycles, then quit. Now I see it is available for $3.99, after paying $11.95.
Thanks for the memories.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2013
Great for the purpose we wanted it for - as a time lapse for our go pro. However the bell doesn't work and there was a dent in it when it arrived...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2014
Like others, I bought it for a gopro to do panning time lapse videos. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I am not sure what makes it NOT work. I can set it for a few minutes or the whole 60 minutes and it won't start counting down. Then sometimes it will. It doesn't seem to matter whether you have a camera attached or not. It works when it wants to work, and that is fewer times that it decides not to work. I cannot return it because I modified it (I removed the rubber pad on the bottom so I could epoxy a gopro tripod mount to it). Spend a little more money on one that is more reliable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2014
So i thought this would give me nice hour long pans for time laspe shots. it did not. it stops at the 35 minute marker all the time even if the cam is not on there. I would not buy again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2014
Unlike most people here, I'm actually using this as a kitchen timer. I haven't mounted cameras on it -- not reindeer antlers, either.

My trusty old Minute Minder finally broke, and the reviews for new ones did not look promising. I looked at a lot of timers on line, and this one had the fewest unfavorable reviews (though still more than I liked). So I was a bit apprehensive. But so far it's working just fine for me.

The alarm is not the loudest, but loud enough. I had no trouble hearing it down a short hall and into the next room, even with music playing at normal old-person listening volume. It rings for a few seconds only, but that was fine for me. The ticking is very quiet, which may be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your preference.

I've timed it against the digital timer in my microwave, and this mechanical timer has been pretty close each time -- within a minute, which seems reasonable since the scale is only marked in minutes.

One thing: You do need to turn it past 30 before setting it to a shorter time. This is pretty standard for mechanical timers. (I turn it all the way to 60.) I suspect the people who complained about it stopping before the desired end time or not ringing didn't do that, which means the spring didn't have enough oomph to get the timer back down to zero and then ring.

Why not five stars? First, it feels flimsy. My old Minute Minder felt solid in the hand; this one feels very light (which is okay), but the mechanism feels delicate when I turn it. I feel like I need to turn it slowly and gently. That's a minor drawback. (And if you haven't had an older timer, maybe this would feel completely normal to you.)

The significant drawback is that the top part of the shell rotates, and the inner part -- the part that shows time remaining -- stays stationary. Therefore, after a few minutes the hole in the outer shell has rotated over to the side, and if you want to see the time remaining you have to pick up the unit and turn it so that the hole faces you. In other words, after the first couple of minutes of the timing period you cannot see the time remaining from across the room.
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