TriggerTrap is the Timelapse 2.0

I recently was given the chance to start using the Triggertrap Mobile to do some time-lapse photography and I have to say. This is the future of time-lapse. We all know how a time-lapse has been done traditionally. An intervalometer was hooked up to our cameras and set to fire off photos at a given interval for a set period of time. And for years that has worked great, and when something works great we often get comfortable with it, we get maybe too comfortable and stop thinking outside the box if you will.

But lucky for us the people at Triggertrap decided to take a step out of the box when thinking about shooting time-lapse sequences.

They had the foresight to see how mobile devices, which are pretty much tiny computers, could be used to expand on simple interval shooting.  And thus the Triggertrap Mobile was born.

The Hardware

Upon first inspection the Triggertrap Mobile dongle appears to be nothing more than just that, a little black box or dongle and a cable (designed for your particular camera’s trigger release port) that connects to the dongle.  No buttons or dials, no lcd screen or any visible means of control, and when I show people who have never seen the product before their typical reaction is, “uh, how do you control that thing?” And this is where I blow their minds. I pull out my iPhone or iPad or my son’s Nexus 7 tablet and launch the Triggertrap Mobile app.

Triggertrap attached to Olympus OM-D and controlled with iPhone5

Triggertrap attached to Olympus OM-D and controlled with iPhone5

Welcome to a new level of time-lapse control.

The Triggertrap Mobile app is loaded with cool ways in which you can trigger your camera’s shutter. The typical intervalometer feature of  taking  X number of photos over  X amount of time is there of course, but even that most basic function has been given cool new twists.  For instance, you can select a time-lapse option they call “Time Warp” in which the time lapse gets progressively faster or slower  by allowing control over the interval between shutter actuations. So imagine starting off with shots firing every 3-4 minutes, then as time passes they increase in frequency to the end. Or maybe the reverse? Or how about ramping up the slowing back down? Think of the possibilities with this! How about a time-lapse based not on time but on distance? Using your devices built in gps you can do what Triggertrap calls a “Distance Lapse”.  Set the Triggertrap up to shoot a photo from one every  7 meters to one every  1.5 km!!! Perfect for that cross country roadtrip isn’t it?

There are other option here too, one that are not necessarily interval shooting features but ones that are definitely fun and interesting. Some of those are the ability to trigger your camera with sound, with motion detection from your mobile devices camera, or vibration, and even facial recognition!

Shooting modes and settings screens in the Triggertrap Mobile app running on my iPhone5

Shooting modes and settings screens in the Triggertrap Mobile app running on my iPhone5

I am leaving several other modes of operation out in the interest of keeping this review short, and so I can go out and test the Wi-Fi slave mode on my Triggertrap! Haha.
This is the part of the review where I dish out the negatives. If I weren’t doing that then it wouldn’t be a real review right? So the biggest complaint I have is something really minor and actually maybe it’s something only I would complain about. I wish they would offer a pouch of some kind in which you could store your Triggertrap when not in use. But the pouch would have another purpose too. The puch should have a velcro strap that can be used to secure it to your tripod. I would like it to be big enough to house the smartphone I am using to run the Triggertrap dongle too. They could brand the pouch to make it a little less boring. Right now when I am using the Triggertrap I am doing any number of things to secure my iPhone while the time-lapse is being created. For instance, on my OM-D I flip out the articulated screen and tuck my phone in behind it as shown in the photo above. So maybe this isn’t a complaint or a gripe as a wish list for the next kit they produce.

I hope you found this review helpful and informative and as always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to post them below and I will try and respond as quickly as I can.

Take care,
Jamie A. MacDonald
Olympus Visionary
http://www.jmacdonaldphoto.com
http://www.about.me/jamie.macdonald

 

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About Jamie MacDonald

Jamie MacDonald is a nature and stock photographer living in Michigan’s lower peninsula. A husband and father of two boys who describes his love of photography as one that is, rooted in the desire to move people to see the world around them in new ways.

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9 Responses to TriggerTrap is the Timelapse 2.0

  1. Cato Kristiansen March 12, 2013 at 4:17 am #

    Thanks for the review.

    I believe this is just a intermediate solution. In our close future we will download a app that will run on our cameras. When we need remote control, the camera will be operated from a smartphone/tablet. Then you don’t need the pouch or an extra phone/tablet :)

    • Giulio Sciorio March 12, 2013 at 8:43 am #

      Very true Cato. The GH3 is one of the first to have such functionality with Lumix Link app for Android or iOS.

      Thanks for reading and commnenting

      G

    • Cat Bend March 12, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

      Of course, almost anything in digital photography is “intermediate,” including DSLRs. This is a solution now for many types of cameras, and cheap compared to other accessories assuming we already have the phone/tablet.

  2. Jan March 12, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Thanks for the review! Did you tried LE-HDR mode with the OM-D? Would be interested if it works correctly.

    BTW: Perhaps you want to know how I attached my iPhone to my OM-D. http://gdgts.de/kamera-mit-iphone-pimpen/

    • Cat Bend March 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      I tried the Android version with an E-5 and the LE-HDR mode worked fine. Haven’t tried it with an OM-D yet. I’m still struggling with the Wi-Fi slave mode which causes the app to crash.

      • Jamie MacDonald March 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

        Cat,

        Bummer :( I have tested it on iOS and it functioned properly. When I get home this evening I will see how it works on my GSII. I am running ICS. What version are you running?

    • Jamie MacDonald March 12, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

      Jan,
      I haven’t tried it ‘yet’…Just waiting for the right location and or weather. I will be in the Florida Keys next month and am thinking I may try an HDR Sunset :)

      Thank you stopping in to read!

  3. Alex March 12, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Here is a negative. The problem is that time lapse photography could take hours, that is when I need the phone the most to surf the web or chat with someone or to play games just to pass the time and I won’t have a phone to do that.

  4. Marco Pontello March 16, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    I have coded a tiny Python module to control a Triggertrap Mobile dongle hooked to a PC. So the triggering options are almost endless! :) Here it is: http://goo.gl/PIaMO

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