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Wingscapes WSCT01-00114 TimelapseCam 8.0 Weatherproof 8MP Digital Camera

3.2 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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  • Time-lapse camera for taking high-definition videos of parties, plants, construction, and more
  • Shows progress of long-term projects; adjustable lens focuses as close as 8 inches
  • Easy to set up, with tripod mount, mounting strap, and mounting bracket options
  • Includes software for making time-lapse videos; comes with USB cable and SD card slot
  • Long battery life and waterproof body allow camera to remain unattended for weeks
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Product Description

The TimelapseCam 8.0 is the only equipment you will need to create a high-definition, time lapse videos. This weatherproof, digital camera is loaded with features, yet simple to use, making it the preferred tool for anyone wanting to document plants, a garden, construction, parties, weather, or other time lapse subject. The crystal-clear, 8.0 Megapixel images are ideal for making high-definition videos or individual photo prints. Setting up and using the TimelapseCam 8.0 is simple and straightforward. Use the tripod mount, included mounting strap, or the versatile mounting bracket to position the camera almost anywhere. The adjustable lens gives you sharp focus on subjects as close as 8 inches, perfect for school projects and macro photography.You control what times of day the camera is active and how often it takes a photo. Use shorter intervals for fast changing subjects such as kids or parties; use longer intervals for longer projects such as construction, changing seasons, or plants. Once the TimelapseCam 8.0 is setup, long battery life and the weatherproof body allow it to operate unattended for days, weeks, or even months.Images are easily transferred to computer using either the included USB cable or by ejecting the SD Memory Card (not included). Enjoy images individually or use the included software to make a time lapse videos that can be shared online or watched on a high-definition TV. The TimelapseCam 8.0 is a simple, highly effective way to enjoy the magic of time lapse photography. Don’t settle for “before and after” photos when you can watch an entire event unfold in living color. Watch your plants grow in fast-forward. See home improvement or construction project come to life before your eyes. Create mesmerizing video of parties and special events. The TimelapseCam 8.0 is the next generation model from time lapse pioneers WINGSCAPES, makers of the popular PlantCam and ProjectCam cameras. The camera is backed by a full, one-year, no-hassle warranty.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 6 x 3 x 7 inches
Item Weight 1.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.9 pounds
Manufacturer Wingscapes
ASIN B005LGTK7M
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number WSCT01-00114
Batteries 4 AA batteries required.
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3.2 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #153,995 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
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Bought this to take pictures of my garden growing. The video attached is the result of 1.5 months of pics taken every 30 min during daylight (0700-1900). I had 4 rechargeable "eneloops" in there for a month straight and they were not dead when I changed out the memory card and recharged them. So you can use these rechargeables even though I think the instructions say not to.

Works OK, but as others have stated the field of view is real narrow. I put this as far away as I could get it and it still doesn't cover even half of my patio. For reference: the far wall of my patio is around 18-20ft away from the camera and a 6ft tall person (me) standing about 5ft from the far wall gets chopped off.

If I had to do it again, I would have probably ordered one of the other "birdcam" models. They have SLIGHTLY wider FOV, even though they are like $50 more. I'd pay much more to get real wide angle like 24mm equivalent or better, but I see nothing out there at any price (except for homebrew stuff). If anyone reading this has found a better setup, please comment.

As a side note: you can see the dynamic range issues for the camera when part of the patio is in the sun and the rest is not (the camera is pointing ESE at this location). But frankly I expect that. This is not a high quality digital camera you're getting for $100. I don't see where the other guy is complaining when he points the camera into the sun and gets lens flare. Wow, really? If you put the light source at your back you get acceptable results.

Pros:
-It's cheap.
-It's easy to program for timelapse pix.
-It's weatherproof.
-Good battery life.

Cons:
-Narrow FOV.
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I purchased this to document the various home improvement projects that I do around the house. Last year I built a pergola and wished I had something like this. This year, I resodded my front yard and so I used this camera to document that project. Unfortunately, I was not satisfied with the results (from the camera) at all.

First, here's the good parts:
* Easy to program (Picture frequency, start/stop times, etc)
* Easy to turn results in to a video using Windows Movie Maker, just import the stills and you're done!
* I didn't have battery problems and I used the same batteries for about 20 hours of pictures.

Now for the negatives:
* Contrary to the item specs, this is really only a 5 megapixel camera. The manual states that it interpolates to get to 8mp.
* The FoV is very narrow, I'd say it's comparable to a 2x or 3x zoom on my canon point and shoot.
* Not enough of a hood on the lens so you have to be very careful with direct sun hitting the lens and giving you a terrible lens flare.
* Pictures out of focus, despite setting the correct distance
* General poor quality pictures, I believe due to the auto-white balance though I didn't play around with this part enough to know for sure

The narrow field of view was a real deal breaker for me, I positioned the camera across the street in the neighbor's yard and still couldn't get my whole front yard in the picture. This camera is really designed for close up photography I believe such as for using on a bird feeder or to watch a plant grow. This fails miserably for anything that has a large area in it, such as a construction project.
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The device works relatively well with regards to the time based functionality, however the most noticeable challenge that this device has is it's incredibly small Field Of View (FOV). This means that the device must be placed much further away from your target area than it should be. I compared the FOV to several digital cameras that I own, each with different FOV's and the camera in this device is by far the smallest. It seems to be smaller than 40 degrees, (maybe even smaller than 20 degrees), which renders the device useless for all but specific applications (thus the 2 stars). I would go so far as to say it is antequated by toay's standards. It's low light performance is abysmal, even in dusk and dawn it takes very poor quality and extremely dark photos. Positives are its rugged enclosure (which is much heavier than you might expect) and its fairly easy user setup, although the setup screen is not backlit. We went through Four brand new AA batteries in just one 24 hour period with interval set to 10 seconds and NO flash, which means the device is a bit inefficient for modern standards.
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Recently purchased several of these newer models to supplement the older versions we have been using for a couple years now with great results. Very easy to use & set up and picture & video quality is remarkable. Time lapse shooting at various intervals from 10 seconds to 1 day, there is a setting for any purpose. I typically use the 10 second interval for projects taking 8 hours or less. Sometimes we set up more than one camera on a job to capture different perspectives. For example during a demolition & reconstruction project that may take 5 months, we have one camera set on 10 or 30 seconds to detail the demolition process and another one set on a longer interval to capture the entire project from demo to completion. We use iMovie & iPhoto on a Mac to edit and make movies from our stills. A great investment!
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