iPhone 4S Time-lapse Shoot Out

I was in the middle of taking a long time-lapse sequence with my PortaSlider and my Nikon D90 and decided to give my new iPhone4S a time-lapse workout. But instead of just one time lapse sequence I decided to test and review three different (paid) time-lapse apps. This has in turn actually evolved into a few days of testing. I limited my testing to only 3, so I am sorry if I missed your paid app, send me a tweet (@timelapsehq) if you want me to review yours.

For the sake of keeping this a pure test I have kept these time-lapse sequences as 100% rendered on the iPhone. That means there is no post processing from off the iPhone, it’s all carried out directly on the iPhone.

[help_box]Here is a tip for time-lapse enthusiasts that want to take regular timelapse sequences on your iPhone. To save battery life and the potential for interrupted sequences, turn your airplane mode on.[/help_box]

The three Apps in question are iTimelapseTimelapse Pro and Timelapse.


iPhone App – iTimelapse


The Pros


  • Ability to render the video and include audio tracks
  • Full HD Resolution rendered
  • Also allows export of individual frames
  • Allows for the use of flash
  • Can lock portrait or landscape mode
  • Can overlay frames
  • Easy to edit individual frames
  • Has YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and WiFi sharing options


The Cons


  • No ability to chose the exposure or focus point
  • Does not allow the use of the front facing camera


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iPhone App – Timelapse Pro


The Pros


  • Ability to lock the exposure and focus point
  • Ability to set the flash on or off
  • If paused can realign by overlaying the last frame in the sequence
  • Easy to edit individual frames


The Cons


  • No sharing options
  • Can’t lock portrait or landscape modes


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iPhone App – Timelapse


The Pros


  • Ability to lock the exposure and focus point
  • Can store images directly to the camera roll
  • Can render the video and include audio tracks
  • Allows for Double Shot (a HDR variation) and Smoothing
  • Allows you to turn the display off to save the battery
  • The cheapest app


The Cons


  • Limited Interface
  • Can’t create individual projects
  • No sharing options



Comments (7)

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  2. Nik November 2, 2011 at 5:39 am Reply

    nice one! I’m going to try out iTimelapse with my 4s.

    Question for you Bruce, with movies you create in iTimelapse, I see that I can share them easily through iTunes to save to my mac, which is fine.

    But for other videos in my iPhones photo library, is there any other way (other than iPhoto) to import my photos to my mac?

    1. Brusca November 2, 2011 at 7:57 am Reply

      Hi Nik, iTimelapse also has a local wifi sharing option which is great if you want to avoid iTunes altogether.

      As for transferring I have always used Aperture which is a professional photo library editing package. I am unsure of other ways but you can bet there is an app that allows you to share your photo library through a wifi sharing option on the app store somewhere. Would be worth hunting down I think.

      1. Nik November 3, 2011 at 12:19 am Reply

        great! thanks!

  3. OSnap! December 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm Reply

    For awesome time-lapse sequences on the iPhone, you should also check out our recently released app, OSnap! Ultimate Time Lapse

  4. reemas December 16, 2011 at 11:51 am Reply

    do you have a recommendation overall? which app do you find yourself using the most?

    1. Brusca December 29, 2011 at 2:30 am Reply

      I prefer iTimelapse and will be doing a full review soon.

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