GoPro Cameras: Time-Lapse Mode

By John Carucci

GoPro is an equal-opportunity camera because it allows you to capture still images that are every bit as impressive as its video. The wide-angle lens provides a crisp, sharp image for pictures that move and the ones that stay perfectly still.

The only thing more impressive would be finding a way to mix them. Well, you don’t have to look; the time-lapse mode on your GoPro provides the best of both worlds.

Get started with time-lapse

A time-lapse sequence consists of a bunch of still images that are captured at a constant rate. It’s like animation with photographs instead of computer-drawn pictures. By default, time-lapse mode on a GoPro shoots a frame every 0.5 second, but you can capture the scene at intervals as high as 1 frame every 60 seconds.

After you capture the sequence, the numerous images are processed in a video editing program (such as GoPro Studio Edit) and brought together in order. Sometimes, a time-lapse sequence consists of thousands of images, so you really need an application to put them all together.

Shoot time-lapse footage

After you power up your GoPro, here’s how to record time-lapse footage:

  1. Press the Power/Mode button to cycle through the available modes.

  2. When you reach Time-Lapse, press the Shutter/Select button to select it.

    The icon for Time-Lapse mode is a clock next to a camera.

  3. Change the time interval.

    Go to the Settings menu on the GoPro App and click Time Lapse to find the desired interval.

    The default setting is 0.5 second, but you can capture a frame every 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds.

  4. Press the Shutter/Select button to start time-lapse capture.

    The camera initiates countdown, and the red status light on front of the camera flashes each time a frame is captured.

  5. Press the Shutter/Select button to stop recording.

    The red status light flashes three times, and the camera emits three beeps to indicate that time-lapse mode has ended.