How to capture the perfect photo using Time Shift on the BlackBerry Z30

By James Richardson on 1 Oct 2013 12:14 pm EDT

Taking photographs of some things can be a real pain in the butt. Static objects are fine but when it comes to things that move, getting the perfect shot can be hard. That's where the Time Shift camera option on the BlackBerry Z30 comes in handy. Whether you are snapping an animal, a moving car or one or more people - Time Shift will allow you to do just what the name suggests and move the photo back and fourth in time - clever stuff!

Once you open the camera application on your Z30 you'll notice a camera icon up at the top right hand side of the display. Give that a tap and you'll see three icons. The one on the far right is for the camera mode, in the middle is the one to switch to video recording, and over on the left is Time Shift. Give that one a tap and you're good to go. 

Then it's just a case of pointing the camera at the chosen subject and taking the shot - either by touching the Z30 screen or using the volume/media hardware keys. One thing to bear in mind is the white box in the center of the display. This will turn green once the subject is in focus. 

As the BlackBerry takes the shot you'll hear a few clicks - this is all part of the magic. Once the shot is taken you'll see a tab pop up at the top of the display saying 'Detecting Faces'. If you are taking photo of one or more people each person in the photo will have a pink box around their faces.

Tap on one of them and the face will appear in a circular icon with a grey tab at its base. You can then grab hold of the tab (which will then turn blue) and drag it back and fourth around the circle. As you do this the Time Shift magic kicks into action, as you can choose where the face looks best. Tap the screen when you are happy and voila - you have Time Shifted. This option is perfect for group shots where normally you can guarantee that somebody blinks as you take the snap. Time Shift eliminates that giving you the perfect group shot every time. 

That is only half the action though as you'll also be presented with a bar at the base of the screen which you can swipe back and fourth - again, shifting through time. Once you are happy with the results you can tap the 'tick' icon on the screen to save the image. 

And that's how to Time Shift with your BlackBerry Z30. Good stuff, don't you agree? 

Reader comments

How to capture the perfect photo using Time Shift on the BlackBerry Z30


I don't use Time Shift for taking group pictures, I use it for any action pictures. Imagine photographing a tennis player as he swings his racket. With the regular camera mode it's difficult to time it exactly right, but with Time Shift you get photos of the whole range of movement and you can choose the best one.

--Q10 and Canadian all the way! Posted via CB10 on #IChooseBlackBerry10

I never thought of using it for that. Good idea!

--Q10 and Canadian all the way! Posted via CB10 on #IChooseBlackBerry10

You better use Burst mode for that ;) At least no need to pause to select the best one, plus Burst mode takes pictures until you hold your finger on screen. The only disadvantage is you cannot edit faces

Really? I have never found that. You just have to use it in s well lit area as the flash does not work. Also you have to hold your phone very steady as it is taking multiple photos at once and layering them.

Posted via CB10

I agree w/rocker_man1, it needs better software image stabilization to make it really shine. That's true with the camera app as a whole, though, not just a problem w/the Time Shift feature.

I noticed a fairly marked improvement turning on the image stablization option within the camera but to be honest, I haven't played around with the time shift all that much.. I can see how it might be a little dodgy trying to keep it steady in some situations.

It's not. All BB10 intelligent cellular telephones (if you prefer the long form) have this feature.

--Q10 and Canadian all the way! Posted via CB10 on #IChooseBlackBerry10

It's not.

CB is just trying build their page rank so when people get their Z30 and search for how to use Time Shift on the Z30 the CB site will show up in search engines.

Disagree, image quality is very good and it's an awesome integrated feature. Time shift allows you to alter image for perfect shot and/or someones face. Love it!

Action shots and time shift is a great combination. It's very cool moving the slider to get the best shot of the burst. Very clever.

Ya its pretty sweet I use it lots for sports and stuff...the ability to turn the string of pics(or just one or two of the) into a gif would be an awesome feature aswell =D

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Agreed. I also wish you could choose more than one to save.

--Q10 and Canadian all the way! Posted via CB10 on #IChooseBlackBerry10

Time shift can be entertaining for capturing goofy expressions instead of the typically desired nice ones.

Posted via CB10 on Z10

The one problem I find is that it doesn't always detect faces or at least not all of them. This may be a user error - any suggestions?
Usint the Z30 on 10.1

You're nice! It won't detect them properly if lighting is poor or they're too far away from the camera.

--Q10 and Canadian all the way! Posted via CB10 on #IChooseBlackBerry10

I love it too, only thing is it doesn't work with flash so night pictures have to be done the traditional way.

Posted via BlackBerry Z10

It shouldn't matter since neither the Z10, Q10, nor Z30 have lense zoom, just digital zoom. Taking a pic and resizing it has the same quality and effect as digital zoom.

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Z10

Time shift is a great feature and I am using it a lot in my Z10, too bad that can't use it with the flash.

Kinda cool, yes, but seriously handicapped by no flash, no zoom, no stabilization, and poor low-light performance. Sad waste of potential.

Posted via CB10

Lots of problems BlackBerry camera especially with low light and with flash it suck. Hope the software would be update on in future. Haha haha

Posted via CB10

I played around with time shift while taking pictures at the beach. Between that and the filters, which I had no idea were there, I was able to do some really cool things with the pics I took. I then used the Story Maker app with all the pics and made a really cool montage set to music. I was most impressed with the results, and I was able to figure it all out as I went.

Posted via CB10

When are they going to make it so you can keep snapping pictures and edit the time shift after.

Sent from The Legendary Zed10

The thing that bothers me with time shift is that you must review your photo immediately. I would like to take a bunch of photos and then time shift them when I get back home.

Posted via CB10

This is much better than Z10. 2xbattery life, takes much better pictures (Z10 takes better videos) and has two stereo speakers.

Nice don't really know why Blackberry is not using this as a major part of their marketing campaigns

Posted via CB10

Thanks for the article. We have this feature on the Z10. Now I really would like to know how BlackBerry will get the Z10 and the Z30 to the hands of first time consumers, and those who want to upgrade to the Z30.

I use it all the time especially when capturing shots of my kids.

What gets me is how it captures the shots you normally miss, almost like going back in time. I can take a shot, think damn I missed that moment but actually timeshift somehow magically gets it; like it reads minds.

Posted via CB10

Is there any way to preserve the full frames from Time Shift? I often find myself having to choose only one good shot when there are several that I'd like to save as well.

Posted via CB10

I wish you could save all the time shift as short video/gif or as someone mentioned earlier choose multiple shots to save... I've had some pretty cool and funny sequences which I would have loved to have kept.
Overall lovin' my Z30 though.. pretty bit to begin with but getting used to it now.