I have a Canon PowerShot SX 540 HS.

Is there a simple way to create a time lapse video?

I'm fine using an Android app for this if required.


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The simplest way to do a timelapse.

Get a tripod and mount your camera.

Get a chair and count some numbers and shoot. A clock is useful.

Repeat the shoot for some minutes.

Now use an editing software to convert the image sequence to video. One useful program is VirtualDub.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, you are right. This works. But since most cameras support timelapse, this way feels too complicated today. \$\endgroup\$
    – guettli
    Sep 27, 2018 at 18:38

I found one possible solution. The "Canon Hacker Development Kit" can be used and you can install an alternative firmware: http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/SX530HS

.... But I am unsure if I want to go this way. If possible, I would like to use a more "official" way to get time lapse videos working.

I have a SX540, not a 530, this is one of several uncertainties why I would like to go a save way.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Do not use this software for different type of camera, this can lead to brick. \$\endgroup\$ Dec 31, 2017 at 14:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RomeoNinov ok, now I have a new question: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/95479/… (How to get CHDK working on this camera?) \$\endgroup\$
    – guettli
    Jan 1, 2018 at 12:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ guettli, unfortunately this is not so easy. Please check the answer of Philip Kendall \$\endgroup\$ Jan 1, 2018 at 14:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ @RomeoNinov CHDK won't brick the camera because it doesn't modify the on-camera firmware. All changes are in memory only. Just turn the camera off, then back on. \$\endgroup\$
    – xiota
    Sep 25, 2019 at 20:23

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