Shooting Time Lapses on your new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and what you need to know about them


Time lapse -- a camera feature that lets you condense very long periods of continuous capture in short clips -- is something of a rarity, even with full-blown DSLRs. The same applies to the smartphone world, where the feature is equally exclusive. With iOS 8, Apple changed that, and the special shooting mode is now available on devices that are supported, including the now aging iPhone 5s.

Using Time-Lapse on the iPhone is foolproof, and essentially everyone can make effective use of it, as all that's required is for you to pick a scene, swipe to the leftmost mode on the camera (i.e. Time-Lapse) and just click record. From that point on, your iPhone will start capturing frames every few seconds, depending on the overall length of the video. But since absolutely no settings are available for the shooting mode, it might be beneficial to know exactly how the mode works. To start off, Apple claims that the feature will snap photos at "dynamically selected intervals". What this means is fairly simple -- depending on the total length of the time lapse, the number of shots taken differs, and so does the speed at which clips are played back relative to the actual speed of the composition. Sounds complicated, right? But it's not!

Say you shoot a 10 minute time-lapse -- the camera will shoot 2 frames every second and then combine them. The playback speed will be 15 times the actual speed. Clips between 10 and 20 minutes will have 1 frame for every second captured, and playback speed will be double -- 30x. For clips from 20 to 40 minutes, your iPhone will snap 1 frame every 2 seconds, and play the footage back at 60 times the normal speed. And so on, and so forth. In other words, every doubling of the capture length beyond 10 minutes means twice less frames shot per second, condensed over twice the speed. 

We shot two samples for you to check out. As long as you have a scene you want to create a time lapse from, getting it done on iPhones with iOS 8 is a child's play, and that's great.


reference: Studio Neat

Related phones

iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6 Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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9 Comments

1. android_hitman unregistered

such innovation! we must bend to it.

2. jlbrazil

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

time lapse is also available on the iPhone 4S

3. jlbrazil

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

time lapse is also available on the iPhone 4S

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31625; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Awesome feature, I use it soon much.

5. Philipand96

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

This is a gimmick and adds nothing in my opinion It requires using a tripod or some other device, to keep the camera position fixed. One of the cardinal rules is broken.... Do NOT Mix actions at different speeds. Two iphones set up in "same" position one set for 20 minutes and the second for 40 minute Playback on both iPhone for the first 20 minutes produces 2 slightly different images as they are both recording the same event at different intervals, Both have recorded the same 20 minute period! This is more to do with preserving memory than anything else. If Apple wants to promote these gimmick Apps it should say why, as the setting should dominate the recording not the duration altering the setting Score 2/10 for novelty

7. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

And measuring sunlight UV levels isn't a gimmick? smh

6. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

and how useful is the feature really????? who really want to shoot a video for 2hrs just to get a 1 minute time lapse vid..... then wat ???

8. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Shot this with my Gnote 2 almost two years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5LVjoDQL_w

9. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I think the best feature is the 240fps Slo-Mo. It looks amazing.

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