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Best performance for timelapse (G12 but more general question)?

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Hi all,

what is the best performance (eg how many frames per minute) you get when shooting timelapse with a G12 (or similar)?

With the g12 in P mode, manual focus, the best I get is 1 picture every 4 seconds

Any advice welcome!

Cheers
PO

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Offline reyalp

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Re: Best performance for timelapse (G12 but more general question)?
« Reply #1 on: 04 / July / 2011, 19:07:08 »
4 seconds seems long, do you have raw enabled or DNG enabled ?

What timelapse script are you using ?

If you don't need maximum resolution, some cameras have a reduced resolution mode that is much faster. This is not the normal image size setting (which often makes shooting slower), but a separate mode that is either high iso/low light or special fast shooting mode. If it's a high iso mode, you may be able to use CHDK to force the actual ISO low...
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Re: Best performance for timelapse (G12 but more general question)?
« Reply #2 on: 04 / July / 2011, 19:46:04 »
I'm using the "Accurate timelapse" script that I used to have on my old (and still rock-solid) a640.
I guess I have to find a more modern script but there seems to be way too many timelapses scripts now
==> any recommendation from a power user?

I prefer to shoot at max resolution as I zoom / pan in post-processing.  I do not shoot raw, just jpeg, for timelapses.

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Re: Best performance for timelapse (G12 but more general question)?
« Reply #3 on: 04 / July / 2011, 19:56:06 »
I'm using the "Accurate timelapse" script that I used to have on my old (and still rock-solid) a640.
I guess I have to find a more modern script but there seems to be way too many timelapses scripts now
==> any recommendation from a power user?
I wasn't saying you should use a different script, only asking which one. The name doesn't tell us much, if you have link to the script or post it as an attachment that would be more useful.
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I prefer to shoot at max resolution as I zoom / pan in post-processing.  I do not shoot raw, just jpeg, for timelapses.
Fair enough.

Do you have the picture review setting turned off ?

Again, 4 seconds seems far to long, my lowly d10 can shoot ~1fps with a slow card. Have you watched the camera to see what it is doing in those 4 seconds ?
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Re: Best performance for timelapse (G12 but more general question)?
« Reply #4 on: 10 / July / 2011, 11:02:59 »
hi - sorry for my late reply...

The script I use is below.

Picture review: off (it freezes the script otherwise)

Even in Manual mode with manual focus setting, the camera seems to evaluate the light etc.

Thanks!

-- -------------------------
rem  author Divalent, based on my "simple intervalometer" script previously posted
rem     (which in turn was based on the ONMI intervalometer of Keoeeit)
rem  Camera: S3, and other Digic II camera's
rem  CHDK version: Fingalo's versions v106 or later
rem    (must have get_tick_count and get/set prop)
rem
rem  Note: this intervalometer only shoots in photo mode (not video or burst)
rem
@title Accurate Intervalometer
@param a Number of Shots
@default a 50
@param e Interval (Mins)
@default e 0
@param f Interval (Secs)
@default f 2
@param g Interval (0.1 Secs)
@default g 0
@param h image size (0,1,2,4,5)
@default h 0

  if e<0 then e=0
  if f<0 then f=0
  if g<0 then g=0

rem  TURN RAW OFF!  (this is my preference. You can delete)
  set_raw 0

rem  Turn NR off.  (I usually have this off, but just in case)
  set_raw_nr 1


rem
  if a<0 then a = 999999
rem ensure # of shots more than 1
  if a<2 then a=2

rem d = user specified cycle time (in 0.1 sec units)
  d=e*600+f*10+g
rem now convert d to msecs (same units as get_tick_count uses)
  d=d*100
  if d<1 then d=1

rem  ========  Digic III cameras, remove this section =========
rem, get jpg Image quality (= 0,1,2 from best to worst)
  get_prop 23 i
rem explicitly set quality to best
  set_prop 23 0

rem, get image size 24 = 0, 1, 2, 4, 8 for L, M1, M2, S, W
  get_prop 24 j
rem, check image size variable, force to a valid number
  if h<0 then h=0
  if h>4 then h=8
  if h=3 then h=4
  set_prop 24 h
rem  ========  end of Digic II camera-specific section =========

  n=1
rem start with initial pause of 1 sec
  sleep 1000
  t=get_tick_count
  shoot
  sleep 100
  print "Shot", n, "of", a

rem now we've done the first shot.  do the rest

  for n=2 to a
  s=t+d
:wait_loop
  t=get_tick_count
  if t<s then goto "wait_loop"
  shoot
  sleep 100
  print "Shot", n, "of", a
  next n

rem, restore 23 & 24 Image quality and size
  set_prop 23 i
  set_prop 24 j

  end


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Re: Best performance for timelapse (G12 but more general question)?
« Reply #5 on: 10 / July / 2011, 15:59:00 »
I haven't tried your script; but one thing to check is that 'Safety MF' is turned off in the Canon menu.

Phil.
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  g12 (1.00c, 1.00e, 1.00f & 1.00g)
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