I occasionally like to make timelapse videos, and until recently I was able to use my previous phone (a Samsung Galaxy S2), which produced quite satisfying results (such as this youtube video).
But eventually the phone broke down. I am not sure if it was because of old age or because it wasn't made to take pictures of a plant for a whole week. Anyway, I am now left without any options for timelapse photography, so I am considering buying another device for this purpose.
My first idea was to simply buy a used Android phone and install the same app (Camera FV-5) on it. I can get another Galaxy S2 for 60€ and I was reasonably satisfied with the picture quality.
But using an Android phone for this has some drawbacks:
- It wasn't made to run an app, use the camera, and keep the screen turned on for a whole week; the phone got really hot (even in the shade) and might have broken down due to improper use.
- Phones automatically run some pretty terrible image compression and "sharpening" algorithms on photos and I'd like to have more control over how the images are processed.
- The phone needs to be plugged into the charger the whole time and uses a lot of battery. If it's not plugged in, the most I can do is a 30 minute movie of clouds or something similar. It would be better to use a dedicated device that doesn't do anything other than take photos, so maybe it would last longer in places where I can't charge it.
So considering this, which options would you suggest? Are there any dedicated cameras for making timelapse videos? Can I get a cheap digital camera that is better at it than a phone?
As this is a very occasional hobby for me, I'm not looking to spend a lot of money. My preferred price range is up to 100€, but i could go a bit higher for a device that is exactly what I need.