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Drift TimeLapse

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Drift TimeLapse

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Product Highlights

  • 360° Rotation
  • Battery-Free Operation
  • Supports Loads Up to 2.2 lb
  • 1/4" Threaded Screw
  • 1/4" Mounting Thread
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The Drift TimeLapse allows you to capture 360° panoramic videos with action cameras and lightweight camcorders. It uses a battery-free clockwork mechanism to provide rotation. To begin your panorama, simply twist the top to the desired degree of rotation, and then release.

The Drift TimeLapse features a 1/4" threaded screw for attaching your Drift HD Ghost Action Camcorder or other camera with 1/4" mounting thread. The TimeLapse will support cameras weighing up to 2.2 pounds. For mounting the Drift TimeLapse itself, use the 1/4" threaded hole at the bottom of the device.

The maximum rotation provided by the Drift TimeLapse is 360° and takes one hour to complete. For faster rotations, you can stack two Drift TimeLapse units together.

UPC: 609728270933
Construction ABS plastic
Maximum Load Capacity 2.2 lb (1.0 kg)
Mounting Thread 1/4" captive screw
1/4" threaded hole
Dimensions (Ø x H) 2.75 x 1.81" (7.00 x 4.60 cm)
Weight 2.86 oz (81.00 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.2 x 3.0 x 2.1"
Drift TimeLapse
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    DriftTimeLapse
     
    3.1

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (7)

    60%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (12)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Highly compatible (3)

    Cons

    • Flimsy design (11)

    Best Uses

    • Shooting outdoors (6)
    • HD shooting (5)
    • Travel (5)
    • Shooting indoors (4)
    • Documentaries (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Film professional (10), Tech savvy (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Seems great on the screen

    I ordered it after reading the specifications and learn that its features will work for me, however i received a faulty unit that had a jumpy performance and rotated 90 deg. in 3 minutes...Read complete review

    I ordered it after reading the specifications and learn that its features will work for me, however i received a faulty unit that had a jumpy performance and rotated 90 deg. in 3 minutes instead 15 minutes as stated in the scale.

    Drift customer service was absolutely great and managed an international logistics to provide a replacement unit. They really did an unbelievable job from the UK for an item bought in USA and brought to Australia. They deserve most of the stars I'm giving here.

    It says that can handle up to 500g but it struggled to work with mi Canon G1 X that is lighter. No problems using the iPhone.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Save Your Money

    Despite the photos, this unit is rather flimsy. You're never quite sure how far you've wound the timer because there's no marker on the top, so basically the degree measurements are useless. I...Read complete review

    Despite the photos, this unit is rather flimsy. You're never quite sure how far you've wound the timer because there's no marker on the top, so basically the degree measurements are useless. I ended up putting a piece of masking tape on the top with a marker line to denote where the round begins, but it doesn't seem to always return to the same spot in its rotation. Add this to the fact that it will only rotate in one direction (counterclockwise, which i my opinion isn't a natural pan rotation since we read/view from left to right and this is right to left)... Opt for a $2 egg timer, then at least you won't be disappointed.

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    3.0

    Seems nice, built OK...

    By Bill Mahon Photo

    from Sacramento, Ca.

    About Me Film Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Flimsy Design

    Best Uses

    • Documentaries
    • HD Shooting
    • Home Movies
    • Shooting Indoors
    • Shooting Outdoors
    • Travel

    Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

    Seems nice, built OK...

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    1.0

    Weak equipment

    By Tim

    from Memphis, TN

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Expensive Egg-timer
    • Flimsy Design

    Best Uses

      Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

      The specifications say it holds 2lbs, but the platform must be absolutely level to work with any weight. I found that even the lightest camera will bog-down the mechanism. It will work with a GoPro and my iPhone. I did not see any performance advantage over gluing a tripod mount to an egg timer.

      The devise is one speed, one hour and only level panorama. It does easily attach to camera and tripod. The item did not come with any instructions.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Good

      By diegopei

      from Argentina

      Verified Reviewer

      Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

      It works well with GoPro, it is for this, do not do magic.
      I recommend it

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not worth it

      By DogsAfire

      from Northern Michigan

      About Me Long Time Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Flimsy Design
        • Poor Build Quality

        Best Uses

          Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

          Piece of trash. It's an egg timer with fancier paint and a little better spring. Ours never worked out of the box. The time was not the least bit accurate - as in completing its "hour" in less than 15 min. The weight of the camera must be centered on the drift, otherwise, the mechanism will jam and not run at all.

          After looking at the construction, it wasn't even worth asking for a replacement.It's little more than a toy.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          3.0

          it works!

          By todiego

          from Lima, Peru- South America

          Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

          it's simple but that is a attribute because i can take it to anywhere anytime and i like that. It's easy to use whit a compact stand. It works.

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          4.0

          Great cheap motion for time lapse

          By Kyle Spradley Photography

          from Laramie, WY

          About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Flimsy Design

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Travel

          Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

          Was looking for a cheap way to add motion to my time lapse shots with the GoPro Hero4 Black Edition. Came across this and was amazed by the price. About half the price of other similar products. So thought I would give it a shot.

          At first glance, it seems pretty durable, easy to use and straightforward. And it is. Not something I plan on having in the camera bag for a decade, but simple enough to provide some great footage.

          Easy attachment of camera and onto a tripod plate.

          It creates real smooth motion, even in real cold temperatures. I did find out the GoPro with LCD screen in housing does make it a little bit more of weight than it might handle at times. Especially if you tilt the camera straight up.

          Like I said dont expect it to last your whole photo career, but for a quick fix it works great!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          2.0

          fair construction

          By pogm

          from nj

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

          the top part easy to come out

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very cool

          By Phillip

          from Dallas, TX

          About Me Film Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • HD Shooting

            Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

            this is a simple, but very cool gadget. I use it with my go pro. easy to set up, and go!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            NICE AND CHEAP!

            By Giovani

            from San Pedro, CA

            About Me Film Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Shooting Outdoors

              Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

              I use it with my gropro to make timelapse

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              save your money

              By dj

              from ca

              Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

              Very cheaply made, out of the box broken. Won't support an dslr weight.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best ever time lapse add

              By Douglasrm

              from Rio de Janeiro

              Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

              Greate product best time lapse ever

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              5.0

              Great Time Laps Tool

              By Brad

              from Balimore, MD

              About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Technically Challenged

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Lightweight
              • Produces High Quality Film

              Cons

              • Flimsy Design

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Home Movies
              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Travel

              Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

              This litle thing is well worth it! I was a little skeptical about it at first, but between is not needing batteries of any kind and how easy it is to use...I was sold! You just set up the camera turn the Drift, and viola! Awesome footage.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Garbage - Doesn't even tell time!

              By Cyclokros

              from RI

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Flimsy Design

              Best Uses

              • Buyers' Remorse
              • Frustration
              • Irritation

              Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

              This thing is a flimsy piece of plastic junk. The idea is great, the price is great, but that's where it all ends. I tried this without a camera at first, it seemed to keep time okay. Then I stuck a camera on it and tried it again... It would work "tick tick tick tick tick..." and so on, the stop ... silence... then randomly start ticking again. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. Working or not working, it always panned at an angle. It would not pan in a level, straight line, but at about 5 to 10 degrees. The weight of even a small point and shoot was more than this thing could handle, so it would lean to one side.

              Don't buy this item. It doesn't work as advertised, nor will it even work as an egg timer.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This is a great buy.

              By ADFvideo

              from California

              About Me Film Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Lightweight
              • Produces High Quality Film

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

                  This simple inexpensive device really makes a time-lapse come alive.
                  So easy to use, but really steps up your time-lapse.
                  Perfect for GoPro andDSLR.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great little gadget

                  By Le Vince

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy Design

                  Best Uses

                  • Timelapse Photography

                  Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

                  Used so far for timelapse photography with a GoPro Hero3+ but should hold a DSLR. Not so sturdy (top part comes off easily and there is some play between the two halfs) but works great if you can't be bothered with adapting an egg cooking timer.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Save Your Money

                  By The Surfer

                  from Huntington Beach, CA

                  About Me Film Professional, Pro photographer, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy Design
                  • One Directional
                  • Poor Interface

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

                    Despite the photos, this unit is rather flimsy. You're never quite sure how far you've wound the timer because there's no marker on the top, so basically the degree measurements are useless. I ended up putting a piece of masking tape on the top with a marker line to denote where the round begins, but it doesn't seem to always return to the same spot in its rotation. Add this to the fact that it will only rotate in one direction (counterclockwise, which i my opinion isn't a natural pan rotation since we read/view from left to right and this is right to left)... Opt for a $2 egg timer, then at least you won't be disappointed.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Share this review

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Seems great on the screen

                    By j.a.

                    from Brisbane, Australia

                    About Me Former Photojournalist, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Can't Support 500g
                    • Flimsy Design

                    Best Uses

                    • Shooting Indoors
                    • Shooting Outdoors
                    • Time lapse
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

                    I ordered it after reading the specifications and learn that its features will work for me, however i received a faulty unit that had a jumpy performance and rotated 90 deg. in 3 minutes instead 15 minutes as stated in the scale.

                    Drift customer service was absolutely great and managed an international logistics to provide a replacement unit. They really did an unbelievable job from the UK for an item bought in USA and brought to Australia. They deserve most of the stars I'm giving here.

                    It says that can handle up to 500g but it struggled to work with mi Canon G1 X that is lighter. No problems using the iPhone.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    A Flimsy $[$]Kitchen Timer but worse.

                    By The Surfer

                    from Huntington Beach, CA

                    About Me Film Professional

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy Design

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel
                    • Very Light Cameras Only

                    Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

                    Bought this to use for travel time lapses with a GoPro (this definitely isn't robust enough for an SLR). Cheaply built, much larger than it looks in the photos and definitely not solid in any way. There's also no way to tell how far you've wound the unit because the top half doesn't have a marker to show how far you've wound.

                    Oh, and it only rotates counter-clockwise, which visually seems the wrong way to pan if you only get to choose one direction.

                    Like the previous reviewer said... buy a kitchen timer instead, at least then you won't be surprised when it's rubbish.

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                    • No

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                    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Max load weight?

                    By Eddie

                    from Melbourne, Australia

                    About Me Film Professional

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy Design

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

                      This thing looks pretty solid in the photo and with a load capacity of 1kg, twice that of most of the smaller rotating tripod heads, I thought - Perfect. I got a SL1 and a small wide angle lens. Total weight being round 800g. Well, it arrived today, and the build quality is horrible. It feels cheap and plastic, and when I put the camera on and turned, it didn't move. I'm sure it'll work for you if you put your Drift or GoPro on it, but build quality wise - it feels like it'll break any second. I've seen $2 kitchen timers with better quality.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Nice and Simple

                      By Mike, professional YouTuber

                      from Cleveland, OH

                      About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Site Had No Description

                      Best Uses

                      • HD Shooting
                      • Shooting Outdoors

                      Comments about Drift TimeLapse:

                      This product easily accommodates my cameras, and unwinds in exactly one hour. I don't exaclty know when a one-hour 360 degree timelapse is necessary, but it's so easy to experiment with, I look forward to using this little device in many situations.

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                      • No

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