For those that use their BlackBerry's camera on a regular basis and love taking pictures, don't you wish you had a delay feature to grab the perfect shot? Camera Timer is an easy to use application that is not only an adjustable self timer and time lapse photography tool but offers the ability to create MP4 videos from those captured images. The time-lapse video creation gives users the ability to control the frequency (the timer portion), image size, orientation, speed, and add color effect (grey scale, sepia).
Once launched, you can adjust the flash, switch between the front or back camera, or start the timer by tapping the start button. By swiping down from the top and selecting settings you can adjust the frequency (i.e. number of shots to take and the number of seconds to delay) if you wish to take advantage of the time lapse feature or looking to capture multiple shots evenly spaced apart. Images may also be resized or set to be saved to the SD card rather than device memory. By default, images are stored to its own folder, though you may change the name/location on the device in the photos folder.
- Switch Front and Rear Camera
- Control flash eg: No flash, Auto or On
- Take 1 or xxx number of pictures
- Delay from 1 to xxx number of seconds
- Picture counter to tell you home many pictures are left to take
- Stored pictures in its own folder for easy access
- Resize picture to No Resize, 25%, 50%, 75% or 360x640, 576x1024,720x1280 or 1080x1920 before saving. This will save storage if you do time lapse capturing
- Disable shutter sound
- Written in 100% native Cascade
- Create MP4 movie
- Screen never turns off and always ready to take the next picture
No matter where you are or what you are doing I do find it makes snapping photos a breeze. What I like is that because it controls the time in-between shots, fewer images appear blurred and quality is improved. As far as handy applications goes, this one is quick to learn. Simply set the timer, steady your device, pose and tap start.
While I may not have the hours available to try the time lapse feature on recording a beautiful sunset, videos are painless to create with just about any image in your library or the designated folder discussed above. Please note that this feature (MP4 creation only) requires OS 10.1 to operate and, of course, file size is a factor in terms of storage or sharing. It's interesting to see what such a simple task, even my commute to work, looks like through a series of pictures.
Also, in order for the application to run properly, users should accept the permissions displayed when Camera Timer runs for the first time.
It will only set you back $0.99 and is compatible with the Z10, Q10, and Q5.