Brinno Announces the World’s First HDR Time-Lapse Video Camera


When it comes to creating quality time-lapse videos, many photographers relish having a serious amount of control over their result. But if you’re the kind of person who isn’t into intervalometers or messing with rail systems, and you’re looking for something that’s more of a “set it and forget it” system, Brinno’s new TLC200 Pro may fit the bill just right.

Admittedly, this is a very laser-focused product; meaning you’re not going to be using it for anything other than creating time-lapse videos. But if that’s what you’re looking for, Brinno is making sure that nothing else out there makes it any easier.


On the ease-of-use side of things, Brinno has designed the TLC200 Pro to do all of the work for you: it takes the photos and converts them into a time-lapse all in-camera. It even runs off of a set of 4 AA batteries that will last you 240,000 frames for convenience sake.

On the technical side of things, The TLC200 Pro packs a 1.3-megapixel 1/3-inch sensor that opted for pixel size in favor of number, giving it exceptional light-sensitivity for overnight time-lapses, but maxing it out at 720p. You’ll also be able to choose from a number of CS-mount lenses for different focal lengths and apertures.


Here are a couple of sample time-lapses created entirely with the TLC200 Pro:

As we said at the top, many of the time-lapse photographers we know relish the control they get when shooting, and wouldn’t ever consider buying a machine that’s made exclusively for taking time-lapses. But there are many out there for whom Brinno’s TLC200 may mean a quick and easy way to get into time-lapse photography … minus the photography part.

No word yet on price, but the non-pro version of the TLC200 retails for $300, so the Pro should go for a price somewhere north of that. To learn more, head over to Brinno’s TLC200 Pro product page here.

(via Gizmodo)

  • kjb

    720p is the max for a pro version? The best thing about time lapses is that you can shoot them at 4k/5k and obtain very high resolution and cropping abilities. No thanks!

  • Eduardo Cervantes

    1080p or bust. What a fiasco!

  • agour

    The interchangable lenses is a cool idea, but I’m not convinced there’s a market for something like this. Buying a GoPro would be a better idea for most people I’d think

  • Mike

    “We went cheap on the sensor so let’s use the pixel size as an excuse”

  • John Kantor

    Well the other comments certainly show how clueless the vocal part of the readership is. I’m not particularly interested in time-lapse, but this does exactly what the GoPro did: open up a niche to the average photographer who doesn’t want to spend $5k+ on equipment.

  • Michael Andrew Broughton

    hdr? the dynamic range on those sample vids suuuuuucked. i have a pentax k-r. they go for around $300 used, can do real hdr in-camera, can give you any video resolution you want with the right time-lapse software and have a built-in intervalometer.

  • Spongebob Nopants

    Yuck! Grainy washed out shades of vomit.

    This is the second HDR video device I’ve seen sample footage of and the video was disgusting to look at on both. Auto HDR is NOT good for video.

  • Dave

    You will not hear of this company in a year.

  • Samuel

    There is really no excuse for putting out a camera in 2013 with a max res of 720p, i mean really i was drooling over an 8k video camera the other day, what a waste of time. It looks good though shame its not really useful.

  • Andrew

    I have an existing Brinno which I bought for timelapse – only shot one with it as the quality is garbage. Don’t waste your time on this.

  • kjb

    Yours remains the only positive comment about this product announcement, against 9 negative responses. GoPros do way more than this for considerably cheaper, including shooting 12mp stills in timelapse mode! That’s only about 13x higher resolution than this, for considerably cheaper. If this thing was $99, then maybe, but for >$300 plus lenses, all for 720p? Why defend such an item?