Brinno TLC200 Pro HDR Time-Lapse Video Camera

Brinno TLC200 Pro HDR Time-Lapse Video Camera

Brinno TLC200 Pro HDR Time-Lapse Video Camera

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  • 1.3MP 1/3" HDR Image Sensor
  • HD Time-Lapse Videos at 1280x 720
  • Accepts Interchangeable CS-Mount Lenses
  • Includes 19mm Lens (35mm Equivalent)
  • Fast Aperture: f/2.0
  • 1.44" TFT LCD Monitor
  • 120° Lens Rotation
  • Time Interval: 0.3 sec - 24 h
  • Powered by 4 AA Batteries
  • Includes 4GB SDHC Card
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Brinno TLC200 Pro overview

  • 1Description

Whether you're recording events, projects, or the natural world, the AA battery-powered TLC200 Pro HDR Time-Lapse Video Camera from Brinno will allow you to see and show change over a given period. It performs time-lapse photography every 0.3 sec or at selectable intervals from 1 sec - 24 hr, and instantly creates HD 1280 x 720 videos from the captured still images; no stitching or other post-processing is required. There's also a burst mode for shooting 3-5 photos in 1 sec. Videos are compressed into smaller files for easy playback on smart devices.

The TLC200 Pro features a 1.3MP, 1/3", High Dynamic Range (HDR) image sensor, which helps produce great shots with high contrast—even in challenging lighting conditions, such as those encountered at night. The camera accepts interchangeable CS-mount lenses, including the supplied 19mm (35mm equivalent) wide-angle lens, which offers 120° rotation and a fast f/2.0 aperture for effective low-light shooting. Additionally, the TLC200 Pro is equipped with a 1.44" TFT LCD monitor. Captured files are saved on the included 4GB SDHC memory card or an optional card up to 32GB in capacity.

HDR Image Sensor
The 1/3", 1.3MP High Dynamic Range (HDR) image sensor helps produce great shots with high contrast—even in challenging lighting conditions, such as those encountered at night. It can capture a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than some standard CMOS sensors can, resulting in a more accurate representation of the range of intensity levels seen by the naked eye. High, medium, and low HDR settings can be selected. The sensor records still images and HD time-lapse videos at 1280 x 720 resolution.
Time-Lapse Videos
Instantly creates HD videos from photos captured in time-lapse mode. No stitching or other post-processing is required, and thousands of photos can be combined into one video. Choose a time interval of 0.3 sec or select one of many intervals from 1 sec - 24 hr to see change over a given period, whether you're recording events, projects, or the natural world. There's also a setting for shooting 3-5 photos in 1 sec.
Firmware for Time-Lapse Recording
Enables you to select a beginning and ending time for your time-lapse videos, e.g., start at 8 am and finish at 5 pm.
Additional Shooting Mode Options
Stop motion is available using the optional Shutter Line ATS110. Motion-activated shooting is possible via the optional Motion Sensor ATM100.
TIMER Function
Allows you to program specific times when the camera will wake up and begin recording and when it will shut off. This means you will have complete control without having to be there to turn the camera on—just set it and forget it.
Interchangeable Lenses
Accepts interchangeable CS-mount lenses, including the supplied 19mm (35mm equivalent), wide-angle, aspherical glass lens, which offers a fast f/2.0 aperture for effective low-light shooting and shallow depth-of-field effects. This lens, which comes pre-mounted on the camera, features a 112° field of view and can also rotate 120°, enabling panoramic image capture. Optional lenses include an 18-55mm f/1.2 with a 45mm diameter and a 24-70mm f/1.4 with a 32mm diameter. The lenses can be mounted and removed via the included screwdriver and screw. An optional IR filter can also be added.
LCD Monitor
Equipped with a 1.44" TFT LCD screen, which allows for accurate targeting of subjects and precise framing of scenes. You can also turn the time stamp and LED indicator options on and off. When on, the LED indicator will flash while capturing each frame. The LCD allows you to set a date and time and choose one of the following settings for the frequency band filter: none, 50 Hz for Europe, and 60 Hz for USA. Additionally, it shows you the remaining battery life and firmware version, and tells you whether the SD card is full, missing, or in need of replacement. The monitor turns off after 50 sec of inactivity, in order to save power.
Scene Settings for Night Shooting
For a standard twilight scene, program the camera for an exposure time of up to 1 sec. For a night scene, try 2 sec. When photographing the moon, 2 sec is optimal—unless you're shooting in ASAP mode, in which case 4 sec is best. When shooting stars, choose 4 sec, or 8 sec in ASAP mode.
Low-Light Sensitivity
Large pixel size of 4.2um and notable low-light sensitivity of 3650mV/lux-sec enable recording of sharp images in dim lighting situations. The updated firmware allows for fast adjustment to greater variations in light.
Playback on Mobile Devices
Using the optional Brinno ABR100 or another compatible card reader, play your videos on your smartphone or tablet. Videos are compressed into smaller files to make them easy to play and share.
Image Quality
Good: High compression rate produces the least image data of the 3 settings, so it does not yield the highest quality but works best for long capture periods
Better: Moderate compression rate results in more image data and works well for general use
Best: Low compression rate produces the maximum amount of image data to achieve the highest quality
Camera captures files to SD or SDHC memory cards up to 32GB in capacity, and includes a 4GB SDHC card.
Accessory Mounting and Connection
Has a tripod mount on the bottom, as well as an extension connector for the attachment of the optional Brinno Time-Lapse accessories, which include the Shutter Line and Motion Sensor.
Optional Waterproof Housing
The water/weatherproof ATH120 housing provides protection for your camera against the elements. It is a clear case with a built-in lens port that is optically neutral, meaning it will not distort the field of view in any way.
In the Box
Brinno TLC200 Pro HDR Time-Lapse Video Camera
  • BCS-019 19mm f/2.0 Wide-Angle Kit Lens
  • Lens Cover
  • 4GB SDHC Memory Card
  • Screwdriver
  • Screw
  • 4 x AA Batteries
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty (Excluding Memory Card and Batteries)
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    Brinno TLC200 Pro specs

    Camera Type Digital time-lapse video
    Resolution 1.3 MP sensor
    1280 x 720 / 0.9 MP still images using optional Shutter Line
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Sensor 1/3" HDR
    File Formats JPEG
    Pixel Size 4.2 um
    Light Sensitivity 3650 mV/lux-sec
    Image Stabilization Not specified by manufacturer
    Lens Aspherical glass lens
    Focal length: 19 mm (35mm equivalent)
    Aperture: f/2.0
    Angle of view: 112°
    Zoom With optional 18-55mm f/1.2 and 24-70mm f/1.4 lenses
    Lens Mount CS Mount
    Focus Type Manual
    Focus Range 19 mm f/2.0 lens:
    Manual focus: 0.4" / 1 cm to infinity
    Default setting: 15.75" / 40 cm
    Rotation 120° vertical
    Shooting Controls
    Sensitivity ISO sensitivity not specified by manufacturer
    Shutter Speeds From less than 1 sec - 4 sec
    Metering Not specified by manufacturer
    Exposure Modes Daylight, twilight, night, moon, star
    Manual Controls Exposure, saturation, contrast, sharpness
    White Balance 4000 to 7000K Auto, 5000K day, 7000K shade, 6000K cloudy, 4000K fluorescent light (cool), 3300K fluorescent light (warm), 2800K tungsten light
    All color temperatures are approx.
    Burst Capability ASAP mode captures 3-5 photos in 1 sec
    Interval Recording Yes, with automatic generation of time-lapse video
    0.3 sec, 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 5 min, 10 min, 1 h, up to 24 h
    Shooting Modes Time-lapse
    Stop motion using optional Shutter Line ATS110
    Motion-activated using optional Motion Sensor ATM100
    Webcam Yes, can function as webcam via connection to computer and installation of free webcam software
    See Brinno's website for suggested software
    Built-in Flash None
    Memory Card Type SD/SDHC card up to 32 GB accepted
    4.0 GB SDHC card supplied
    A/V Recording
    Recording Formats AVI
    Video Recording Yes, from time-lapse images
    Video Resolution 1280 x 720p
    Frame Rate 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 fps
    Length Maximum video length: 8192 to 20480 frames, depending on time interval setting
    Audio Recording No
    Viewfinder Type LCD monitor
    Viewfinder Coverage Not specified by manufacturer
    Display 1.44" / 3.7 cm TFT LCD monitor
    Multi-Channel Playback Not specified by manufacturer
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity 5.0 VDC-in micro-USB connector
    System & Software Requirements For transfer/viewing on PC: Windows XP or later
    For viewing on smartphone with OTG Card Reader: OTG-equipped smart device
    Micro USB cable
    Operating/Storage Temperature Not specified by manufacturer
    Durability Waterproof with optional ATH120 housing
    Battery Type 4 AA batteries (included)
    Power Supply For long term use, attach optional 5.0 VDC external power supply to Micro USB connector
    Dimensions 2.5 x 2.0 x 4.2" / 6.4 x 5.2 x 10.7 cm
    Weight 4.9 oz / 140 g without batteries
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.6 x 3.8 x 2.0"

    Brinno TLC200 Pro reviews

    TLC200 Pro HDR Time-Lapse Video Camera is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 35.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Quality Camera I've had this product for about two weeks now, and I am very happy with it. The build quality is decent: it doesn't feel like it will fall apart in my hands, at least. The buttons work fine, and so does the screen. I've heard people complain about having to go back to the main page every time they change a setting, but it really only requires a few clicks to go back to the settings afterward. The lens can move up and down, making it easy to adjust the POV of the timelapse. (The waterproof case requires the lens to be perfectly straight though.) There is no autofocus, so be prepared to spend a while making sure the focus is perfect.
    Date published: 2014-05-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible value for the money! I have been using a dozen of theses cameras for long duration time lapse videos outdoors and indoors for over two years without a single failure. The longest project has been running for over 1.5 years, outdoors in a waterproof case with any problems. I believe this is the best self contained, cost effective time lapse camera solution on the market. Battery life is amazing when using the Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA batteries, I have gone as long as 60 days continued usage outdoors and they were still working. The only weak link of the system is their focusing method. When you select the focus feature it magnifies the view on built in lcd screen but the resolution is so poor is makes it very difficult to determine if you have the sharpest focus. I usually am making a best guess on the focus from the screen, do a quick capture then check the video clip on a laptop to see if it is in focus. Even with this one issue it is still an very versatile and effective camera
    Date published: 2016-01-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Time Lapse Camera I have only had this camera for a little over a week, but wow it is cool. I have used in the car for driving time lapse, event time lapse, cloud/weather, and star photography. So far this is very easy to use and the fact that the file is already in an .avi file makes it worth the money. I would prefer a few more buttons, maybe like a 4dir thumb pad or scroll wheel. But then again I shoot with a D300, that has lots of function buttons. I will probably invest in the weather casing and an astronomy filter or two. I will be primarly using this for time lapse photography of my photoshoots to put together in a music video for my clients.
    Date published: 2014-07-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timelapse Video for Production I purchased this to create time lapse videos during production and build process in the event industry. I am extremely pleased with the results. It has provided a unique tool to document the process and review with clients the behind the scenes action. Many clients have no idea exactly what it takes to produce and build large scale events. The time lapse videos not only provide learnings but are also quite convincing to clients on the financial investment.I had shopped around, and actually used other devices before purchasing this Brinno. The price is quite reasonable. Extremely easy to set up & use, and easy to pack up and travel with. The best feature-- when you are done and upload the Chip into computer, the time-lapse is automatically created for you. No editing or software needed! The improved wide angle lens is great. Stellar investment and I will be purchasing additional units.
    Date published: 2014-09-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant intuitive device runs forever on 4 AA batteries Ran it out of the box for four 12 hour long time lapse sessions and barely made a dent in the battery life. It still shows all battery life bars lit. Read the manual, figure out how many frames per minute exposures and the replay speed you want, point it at the subject, turn it on, and come back half a day later. One exposure every 30 seconds for 12 hours four days in a row did not dent the battery life, nor fill the included 4gb card. I'm using it to see where the sun hits the roof for solar panels. The waterproof case is excellent - unexpected rainstorm was no problem. Comes with batteries and the 4GB card that is plenty for two plus full days at two frames per minute. Good quality .avi movie on my 21 inch monitor. Quality build, intelligent operation and excellent results. Very impressive value for the price.
    Date published: 2016-07-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Efficient The product are great! work well! I use this for constructions time-lapse. I think it's the most economical way to make this work. something I would like to have wifi to work more comfortable.
    Date published: 2015-11-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent timelapse Helped me get a $10,000 time-lapse project for major general contractor. These cameras are fantastic and easy to set up. Best feature is unattended recording for in my case 30 days on a 32GB card with 4 AA batteries. Would recommend to all video professionals.
    Date published: 2015-05-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from mixed feeling HDR works great but you have to choose a proper setting. too bad that the camera doesn't play back shot footage. But at least unlike HD Hero it has a screen. Lens has about 120 degree coverage w. fisheye effect. Advantage width, availability of other lens. Disadvantage the cost of the lens. GUI IE controls are horrible. Takes me 5 min's to find a particular setting. Very frustrating. But the settings are great, once you find 'em. Tilting lens is a great feature. RTFM (Read The Fricking Manual) is a must.
    Date published: 2014-03-17
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