Brinno’s new TLC200 Pro claims to be the world’s first HDR time-lapse camera, which is pretty cool in its own right. But the big win for budding travel photographers is its incredible ease-of-use.
In Brinno’s own words, the elevator pitch for the TLC200 Pro is that it’s:
… built with an HDR ( High Dynamic Range: 115dB) image sensor making the creation of high-quality Time Lapse Videos a snap! With Brinno ready-to-view technology, we give you a real Time Lapse Video, not thousands separate photos, no complicated post-processing! Even you can upload your time lapse video to Youtube or Vimeo immediately!
On paper, it has a lot going for it:
Professional grade, but easy enough for beginners to use
High Dynamic Range (HDR) image sensor produces stunning 720p time-lapse video under virtually any lighting conditions, from low-light to intense backlighting
Aspherical 19 mm f/2.0 glass lens for 2X sharpness and 4X low light performance
Additional CS mount lenses are sold separately
Unlike DSLR cameras, the TLC200 Pro creates the AVI file in the camera so it is instantly available with no post-processing required
The Traveler’s Take
The first thing I noticed in the unboxing is its size — more specifically, its lack of it. It’s about half the size I expected after seeing the pictures. The footprint is comparable to a larger point-and-shoot camera — just small enough to throw in your shirt pocket.
Brinno includes everything you need to get started in the box — batteries, a lens cover, 4GB SD card, and a printed user manual (I didn’t know these still existed). An included Quick Start Guide also provides straightforward instructions for getting started, as well as a couple of presets for popular shooting scenarios like “Sunset” and “Low-light Environment”. From unboxing to shooting took me less than five minutes.
As mentioned above, the feature set for the TLC200 Pro is lengthy. But a few points in particular stand out, particularly for travel photographers:
Diminutive size: it’s almost an afterthought to toss in your existing camera bag
Ability to mount different lenses: the kit lens is pretty solid, but the ability to swap additional lens types is a nice feature
Creates an actual AVI file, rather than the (typical) string of JPGs for much higher quality output and with zero post-processing necessary
Long battery life: of course this ultimately depends on a variety of factors, but it’s capable of up to 7 straight days of filming
Fully adjustable settings, including exposure, saturation, contrast, sharpness, and white balance
In practice, the TLC200 produces quite good results, however, I wouldn’t call them great. But, when considering the very affordable price tag, it’s a solid choice for amateur photographers looking to add a bit of time-lapse to their photography repertoire.
Pricing + Availability
Available now for around $230 (USD) direct from Amazon.