Wingscapes WSCT01-00114 TimelapseCam 8.0 Weatherproof 8MP Digital Camera
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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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|Battery Average Life||720 Hours|
|Effective Still Resolution||8 MP|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Item Dimensions||7 x 3 x 6 inches|
|Item Weight||1.3 pounds|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year hassle free replacement warranty through wingscapes|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||8 MP|
|Shipping Weight||1.9 pounds|
|Viewfinder Type||external viewfinder|
Top Customer Reviews
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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.
-It's easy to program for timelapse pix.
-Good battery life.
-Narrow FOV.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Crappy lens (not wide enough), eats through batteries, setup is annoying.Published 1 month ago by manbitesfilm
Stopped working after a few months of indoor use. Wingscapes did honor the warranty and replaced it. This is a low resolution camera, but the timelapse feature is excellent.Published on August 25, 2014 by Mike Koleszar
These are a great little camera for just about anything timelapse. It does lack a good focal length especially for up close. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by Mr P S Van der Werf
Got this for a construction job, it's the fourth, they work great. Batteries are predictable in usage, depending upon the frequency of the still shots you set it for. Read morePublished on February 5, 2014 by JS
This is a high quality camera with excellent resolution and a very rugged waterproof housing and mounting system that is very easy to use. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by RRW
I have had to send this back twice in little over a year, but their service is excellent. I just hope they can work out the bugs and make it a lot more durable. Read morePublished on December 12, 2013 by T. Shields
I wanted to try this out, it seems to work well, but has a few drawbacks. The field of view is pretty small, so you need to be far away from the subject. Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by David