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Brinno TLC100 Time Lapse Camera

B&H # BRTLC100 Mfr # TLC100
You Pay: $134.00
Product Highlights
  • Time Lapse Videos at 1280 x 1024
  • 28,000 Frames from 4 "AA" Batteries
  • Default and Custom Time Intervals
  • USB Flash Drive Storage
  • Cordless Portable Design
  • Weatherproof

The TLC100 from Brinno is a very simple way to create time lapse videos, both indoors and out! With its one-button operation, and weatherproof design, it can be left outdoors for months at a time while recording, or in standby mode.

In just three easy steps you can record, and create interesting time lapse videos. First, using the rotatable time intervals you select how often you want shots to be taken. Then press Start to begin recording at the selected interval--from every five seconds up to 12 hours. And finally, remove the included 2 GB USB Flash Drive and insert it into a computer to view your high definition videos on the included software.

With everything all in one place it is easy to get creative with the TLC100, while not having to worry about the complicated technical aspects of time lapse video. Set it up for a few days, hit record, and watch all of the intricate, subtle changes over time that occur in an area--whether it's the angle of shadows changing throughout a day, or the construction of a new home.

Easily Record Time Lapse Video in HD
In just 3 easy steps, and with one-button operation, you can create time lapse videos in 1280 x 1024 HD with ease.
Weatherproof
Tested and rated for outdoor use, the TLC100 is safe to leave recording out in the rain.
Power Saving
Just four "AA" batteries can capture up to 28,000 frames that are turned into a time lapse video. While the unique power control technology allows the TLC100 to standby outside for several months at a time.
Removable Storage
An included 2 GB USB Flash drive comes with setup software, and is replaceable for up to 8 GB of total storage.
Camera Type Time Lapse Camera
Optics
Zoom N/A
Focus Range Standard: 3.3' (1.0m) to infinity
Macro: 1.5' (0.5 m) to infinity
Field of View 49.5º
Shooting Controls
Interval Recording Default: 1 min, 5 min, 30 min, 1 hr, 4 hr, 24 hr
Custom: 5 sec - 12 hr
Memory
Built-in Memory N/A
Memory Card Type USB Flash Drive (Up to 8 GB)
A/V Recording
Recording Formats AVI
Video Resolution 1280 x 1024 HD
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Not Specified by Manufacturer
Weatherproofing Yes
Power
Battery Type (4) "AA"
Physical
Dimensions 3.7 x 7.6 x 2.4" (9.3 x 19.2 x 6.0 cm)
Weight 9.2 oz (260 g)
Brinno TLC100 Time Lapse Camera
  • 2 GB USB Flash Drive
  • Setup Software (included in USB flash drive)
  • 4 x "AA" Batteries
  • Limited 1-year Manufacturer Warranty
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    BrinnoTLC100 Time Lapse Camera
     
    4.4

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (7)
    • Waterproof (4)
    • Reliable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

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        4.0

        Great for the price

        By Will the video guy

        from Montgomery, AL

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Waterproof

        Cons

        • Bulky
        • Narrow Lens Angle
        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

          Comments about Brinno TLC100 Time Lapse Camera:

          I've only had it for a couple months and I've already used this little guy to capture clouds, sunsets, traffic, and concert venues filling up. It's solid and decent quality.

          It records in a weird resolution. It's 1280 wide, but it's 4:3, which I actually like because I stick it in motion and make it look like a tracking time lapse - though I'd prefer to just have it be 1080p so i could do the same from left to right.

          The lack of a viewfinder is a pretty big deal since the lens angle is surprisingly narrow. I've had some shots where later I found out later it didn't even capture what I thought I had it pointed at, because of how narrow the angle is and I can't see that without taking a shot and looking at it on a computer - then adjusting and trying again.

          but for the money - you can't expect much better and I love how easy it is to use!

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          4.0

          Quality is as expected

          By Burwash

          from Kanata, Ontario, Canada

          About Me Occasional Shooter

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Dawn To Dusk Video

            Comments about Brinno TLC100 Time Lapse Camera:

            Image quality is better than expected. On/off beeps could be louder. Exposure of sky can to high if portions of view are dark. Avi videos work as described. Don't forget max 4096 frames per video so don't set your sample rate to high if you want an all day video. 19 inch closeup setting worked great at bird feeder. Software loaded and worked easily. Bright coloured case could be black so it is not so obvious. Great product. Very satisfied.

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            5.0

            I would use often.

            By Tom

            from Atlanta, GA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Waterproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Dark Conditions

              Comments about Brinno TLC100 Time Lapse Camera:

              Easy to set up and use. Waiting for Spring garden to do just that.

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              • Yes

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              4.0

              Best Outdoor Camera for the $

              By Milo88

              from Knoxville, TN

              About Me Occasional Shooter

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Reliable
              • Waterproof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Construction

                Comments about Brinno TLC100 Time Lapse Camera:

                Bought this to film our new church building that is being constructed. So far, so good. Take the time to do some test shots and make sure your tripod is level. A great camera and it is very easy to operate and configure.

                I customized the setting to take a photo every 2 minutes. I change the batteries weekly and swap out the USB stick at the same time.

                The camera mounts to any standard tripod. I bought an inexpensive tripod and weighed it down with a sandbag to help stabilize it.

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                5.0

                LOVE IT!!!

                By Bones

                from Anderson, SC

                About Me Law Enforcement/Military

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fun
                • Reliable
                • Waterproof

                Cons

                • No View finder

                Best Uses

                • Items over time
                • Sunrises and susets

                Comments about Brinno TLC100 Time Lapse Camera:

                I took it to the beach and used it to catch the sunrises, Our church youth group lining up and getting lunch (all 2700 of them!!!), and 501 Baptisms at sunrise in the ocean! It was AWESOME. Easy to use, and very user friendly. If I had any negative about it, it would be that it has no view finder, so aiming it made me nervous that I would miss something (but I didn't so... it's all good!!)

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Coolest shampoo bottle ever...

                By MardaView

                from Calgary AB CAnada

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Simplicity

                Cons

                • No View finder

                Best Uses

                • Construction Documentaion

                Comments about Brinno TLC100 Time Lapse Camera:

                I purchased this camera to record the construction of a house.

                Despite looking like a shampoo bottle this thing is pretty slick. The software loaded in seconds (ok, minutes) and I was able to use the software immediately. Super simple!

                My only two gripes are: No view finder and the software is not Mac Compatible. Video quality is good enough for time-laps and the controls are dead easy. Once again, a viewfinder would make this a much easier product to work with.

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                5.0

                Time Dilation 101

                By Daryl

                from Hanover, PA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight
                • Quality Lenses

                Cons

                • No filter option

                Best Uses

                • Any creative dilation
                • Construction progress
                • Flowers blooming
                • Insect metamorphosis
                • Traffic Analysis
                • Weather observation

                Comments about Brinno TLC100 Time Lapse Camera:

                Time Dilation 101

                I picked the Brinno TLC100 Time Lapse Camera because of its macro setting of about 19 inches. I am intrigued at the present time by the Weems Stormglass and I thought it would be perfect for documenting the crystal behavior along with a barometer, thermometer and lightning detector in the same frame.

                The camera has some very useful features all at a very reasonable price:
                1) it can be used outdoors because it's weather resistant.
                2) It has six adjustable intervals of 1, 5, and 30 minutes and 1, 4 and 24 hours, and one interval that can be custom set anywhere from 5 seconds to 12 hours
                3) It comes with 4 AA batteries that last 38 hours in the every 5 second mode and up to 200 days when the interval is set to 24 hours.
                4) The camera also includes a USB 2GB (capable of handling an 8GB) flash memory for storing the videos which also contains the software. Microsoft Windows 98, XP, Vista, or 7 is required to install and run the software and set the custom interval which is set at 5 seconds at the factory.
                5) It has a setting for date and time, which is stamped at the bottom of every frame.
                6) There is a fluorescent lamp setting for either 50Hz, 60Hz or Off.
                7) There is a setting for low light which, if on it will continue to record if it gets dark. If off it will shut off when it gets dark and turn back on when it is light.

                The Time Lapse Camera has a flat base and can sit on any flat surface, and also has a standard ¼ 20 socket for a tripod. It has a power button on the front and three LEDs over the lens to indicate power, battery status, and memory status. There is a knob around the lens for adjusting macro or standard lens settings.

                You start the time lapse by holding down the power button until you hear two beeps. You will then see the power indicator light illuminate and then go off. From this point on, the camera dutifully performs its program until it runs out of battery, the memory card gets full, or you shut it off by holding the power button down again and hear three beeps that means, "I'm now turned off." While it is capturing your project, there is no shutter clicking or mirror slapping or wearing out of mechanical parts. It runs on silently while going about its business. If you doubt that it is on, simply look at the center power LED and you will see it blink about every 15 or 20 seconds. A short rapid sequence of flashes happens at exposure times.

                The camera outputs 1280×1024 AVI files (1.3 Meg). These are in the aspect ratio of a 4x5 and not the widescreen 16x9. There is no viewfinder or viewing screen but it takes little time to intuitively know where to point it. If composition is critical, it is not too much trouble to take a test shot and view it. Doing this helped me to become familiar with the camera's "behavior and language". The field of view is listed as 49.5 degrees, perhaps just a tad wider than your traditional "normal".

                The images are sharp and have good contrast even when I am at 19 inches to the subject and shooting in a light level where I would suspect the camera's lens would be approaching wide open - that light level of a 60th at f/4 with 400 speed film.

                I wish it had threads on the lens for a filter, so I glued on a step up ring and attached a +3 which enabled me to get a close ups at 9 inches. For grins I put an R72 on it and took it outside in the sun, It will do infrared - but you will likely want an AVI editor to make it black and white.

                I like this camera so much and it is such a bargain that I bought a second one for another simultaneous project!

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