MX1 - Time Lapse?

Started Mar 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
miles green
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MX-1 vs Q (regarding timelapses)
In reply to Tjalpics, Mar 6, 2013

Tjalpics wrote:

The MX-1 user manual (or 'camera manual' as Pentax calls it) states:

"Time-Lapse Movie - Captures frames for fast motion playback" and "In Time-Lapse Movie mode the number of recorded pixels is fixed to 640x480" so obviously not a movie recording, but seperate frames. Nowhere in the manual a time-lapse mode for photos/stills is mentioned.

After you took the time to read the manuals, i thought i'd check too, so I stand corrected in assuming the MX-1 does as the Q:

MX-1:

http://www.pentax.jp/english/support/man-pdf/mx-1.pdf

Q:

http://www.pentax.jp/english/support/man-pdf/q.pdf

The MX-1 only has time-lapse video producing 640x480 movies (presumably from still frames which are discarded).

The Q can produce 1920x1080 full HD timelapse movies. The duration of the recording, depending on the interval chosen, can be set up to 99 hours (with external power, because the battery definitely won't last that long!). The output is an AVI file.

Additionally, the Q can take intervalled pictures (which can be used in post-processing to produce time-lapses with higher definition, panning etc).

In either mode, the Q has trouble keeping up with shooting at 1 picture per second, even with a Sandisk Extreme card (borrowed from the K5). It will keep up at 1 pic every 3 seconds in raw and video mode. one every 2 seconds shooting jpgs in picture mode. A fix would be cool, or maybe the Q10 is fast enough?

On the bright side, the MX-1 has a slow-motion mode, and a pano-stitching mode, and some other fun stuff which is described in the manual.

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