The camera automatically takes photos at selected intervals to create a time-lapse video.
|[Start]||Start time-lapse recording. Shooting starts after about 3 s and continues at the interval selected for [Interval] for the time selected for [Shooting time].|
|[Interval]||Choose the interval between shots, in minutes and seconds.|
|[Shooting time]||Choose how long the camera will continue to take pictures, in hours and minutes.|
|[Exposure smoothing]||Selecting [On] smooths abrupt changes in exposure.|
|[Silent photography]||Select [On] to silence the shutter and eliminate the vibrations it produces during shooting.|
|[Frame size/frame rate]||Choose the frame size and rate for the final video.|
|[Focus before each shot]||If [On] is selected, the camera will focus between shots.|
Recording time-lapse videos
- Time-lapse videos are shot using the video crop.
- Take test shots and check the results in the monitor.
- Before proceeding, select [Time zone and date] in the setup menu and make sure that the camera clock is set to the correct time and date.
- To ensure that shooting is not interrupted, use a fully-charged battery or an optional charging AC adapter.
- Highlight [Time-lapse video] in the photo shooting menu.
Press 2 to select the highlighted item and view the [Time-lapse video] menu.
- Adjust time-lapse video settings.
- Choose the interval between shots.
- Choose an interval longer than the slowest anticipated shutter speed.
- Choose the total shooting time.
- The maximum shooting time is 7 hours and 59 minutes.
- Enable or disable exposure smoothing.
- Selecting [On] smooths abrupt changes in exposure.
- Enable or disable silent photography.
- Choose the frame size and rate.
- Choose an interval priority option.
- Choose whether the camera focuses between shots.
- If [On] is selected for [Focus before each shot], the camera will focus before each shot according to the option currently selected for focus mode.
- Choose the interval between shots.
- Highlight [Start] and press J.
- Shooting starts after about 3 s.
- The display turns off during shooting.
- The camera takes pictures at interval selected for [Interval] for the time selected for [Shooting time] in Step 2.
To end shooting before all the photos are taken, press J or select [Time-lapse video] in the photo shooting menu, highlight [Off], and press J. Note that the menus may not be displayed when the G button is pressed if the time selected for [Interval] is very short.
- A video will be created from the frames shot to the point where shooting ended and normal photography will resume.
Calculating the length of the final video
- The total number of frames in the final video can be calculated by dividing the shooting time selected in Step 2 by the interval, rounding up, and adding 1.
- The length of the final video can then be calculated by dividing the number of shots by the frame rate selected for [Frame size/frame rate] (for example, a 48-frame video recorded with [1920×1080; 24p] selected for [Frame size/frame rate] will be about two seconds long).
- The maximum length for time-lapse videos is 20 minutes.
1 Frame size/frame rate 2 Length recorded/maximum length 3 Memory card indicator
The K button cannot be used to view pictures while shooting is in progress. The current frame will however be displayed for a few seconds after each shot if [On] or [On (monitor only)] is selected for [Picture review] in the playback menu. Note that other playback operations cannot be performed while the frame is displayed. The current frame may not be displayed if the interval is very short.
- Sound is not recorded with time-lapse videos.
- The shutter speed and the time needed to record the image to the memory card may vary from shot to shot. As a result, the interval between a shot being recorded and the start of the next shot may vary.
- Shooting will not begin if a time-lapse video cannot be recorded at current settings, for example if:
- The value selected for [Interval] is longer than that selected for [Shooting time]
- [00:00'00"] is selected for [Interval] or [Shooting time]
- [On] is selected for both [Silent photography] and [Interval priority] and [00:00'0.5"] is selected for [Interval]
- The memory card is full
- If time-lapse video recording cannot start at current settings, for example because shutter speed is set to “Bulb” or “Time”, a warning will be displayed.
- The K button cannot be used to view pictures while time-lapse recording is in progress.
- For consistent coloration, choose a white balance setting other than 4 [Auto] or D [Natural light auto] when recording time-lapse videos.
- Regardless of the option selected for Custom Setting c3 [Power off delay] > [Standby timer], the standby timer will not expire while recording is in progress.
- Shooting may end if camera controls are used, settings are changed, or an HDMI cable is connected. A video will be created from the frames shot to the point where shooting ended.
- The following end shooting without a beep sounding or a video being recorded:
- Removing the battery
- Ejecting the memory card
The memory card access lamp lights while shooting is in progress.
Settings between recordings
Shooting and menu settings can be adjusted between time-lapse video recordings. Note, however, that the monitor will turn off and shooting will resume in about 2 seconds before the next shot is taken.
Time-lapse videos: Restrictions
Time-lapse video recording cannot be combined with some camera features, including:
- video recording,
- long time-exposures (“Bulb” or “Time”),
- the self-timer,
- HDR (high dynamic range),
- multiple exposures,
- interval-timer photography, and
- focus shift.
When [On] is selected for [Silent photography]
Selecting [On] for [Silent photography] disables some camera features, including:
- ISO sensitivities of Hi 1 and Hi 2,
- flash photography,
- exposure delay mode,
- long-exposure noise reduction, and
- flicker reduction.