Egglapse – how to make a super fancy time lapse

19 Aug
Egg timer time lapse unit

Egg timer time lapse unit

Made a fancy time lapse a few days ago from 9th floor. The components:

  • Cylindrical egg timer (Ikea)
  • Camera mounting screw (Withworth screw)
  • Ball head
  • Canon compact camera with miniature time lapse mode (newer Ixus, eg 220 HS) or camera with remote

The camera screw is hotglued to the cylinder, or you can glue the ball head directly on the timer and attatch the camera screw under the timer for tripod mounting. The ball head is for adjusting the angle. The egg timer will turn about 360 degrees in one hour. I set the camera to 20x speed on the miniature mode. This is a good and fast tempo for the egg timer. The result is a super slow and steady smooth panorama during the time lapse. This time the rotation stopped too early due to resistance and tape, which was just in time for keeping a good framing. The timelapse then continued without movement.


  • The wider you zoom, the slower the pan will appear.
  • Secure the camera with a thin wire in case the glue looses grip.
  • Practically, the timer will alarm you when the rotation is done :)

The next video is from Vika using Ixus 220 with miniature mode, tilt shift and 20x recording speed. Color graded in After Effects.

This is made with Canon G9 with the chdk hack, giving a full frame time lapse without remote. From Torpfestivalen.


About Retro Mc Smart

Born in '79. A maker and visual artist.
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Posted by on August 19, 2011 in camera, diy, film, gadgets, photography


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