TLC200 Pro Is the World’s First HDR Time-lapse Camera

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We’re huge fans of great time-lapse travel video (maybe a little too huge). It’s not all that surprising because, let’s be honest, time-lapse videos are awesome.

Brinno’s new TLC200 Pro claims to be the world’s first HDR time-lapse camera, which is pretty cool in its own right. But the big win for budding travel photographers is its incredible ease-of-use.

Brinno TLC200 Pro Time-lapse HDR Camera

The Skinny

In Brinno’s own words, the elevator pitch for the TLC200 Pro is that it’s:

… built with an HDR ( High Dynamic Range: 115dB) image sensor making the creation of high-quality Time Lapse Videos a snap! With Brinno ready-to-view technology, we give you a real Time Lapse Video, not thousands separate photos, no complicated post-processing! Even you can upload your time lapse video to Youtube or Vimeo immediately!

On paper, it has a lot going for it:

  • Professional grade, but easy enough for beginners to use
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) image sensor produces stunning 720p time-lapse video under virtually any lighting conditions, from low-light to intense backlighting
  • Aspherical 19 mm f/2.0 glass lens for 2X sharpness and 4X low light performance
  • Additional CS mount lenses are sold separately
  • Unlike DSLR cameras, the TLC200 Pro creates the AVI file in the camera so it is instantly available with no post-processing required

The Traveler’s Take

The first thing I noticed in the unboxing is its size — more specifically, its lack of it. It’s about half the size I expected after seeing the pictures. The footprint is comparable to a larger point-and-shoot camera — just small enough to throw in your shirt pocket.

Brinno includes everything you need to get started in the box — batteries, a lens cover, 4GB SD card, and a printed user manual (I didn’t know these still existed). An included Quick Start Guide also provides straightforward instructions for getting started, as well as a couple of presets for popular shooting scenarios like “Sunset” and “Low-light Environment”. From unboxing to shooting took me less than five minutes.

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Interchangeable Lenses for Brinno's TLC200 Pro HDR Time-lapse Camera

As mentioned above, the feature set for the TLC200 Pro is lengthy. But a few points in particular stand out, particularly for travel photographers:

  • Diminutive size: it’s almost an afterthought to toss in your existing camera bag
  • Ability to mount different lenses: the kit lens is pretty solid, but the ability to swap additional lens types is a nice feature
  • Creates an actual AVI file, rather than the (typical) string of JPGs for much higher quality output and with zero post-processing necessary
  • Long battery life: of course this ultimately depends on a variety of factors, but it’s capable of up to 7 straight days of filming
  • Fully adjustable settings, including exposure, saturation, contrast, sharpness, and white balance

In practice, the TLC200 produces quite good results, however, I wouldn’t call them great. But, when considering the very affordable price tag, it’s a solid choice for amateur photographers looking to add a bit of time-lapse to their photography repertoire.

Pricing + Availability

Available now for around $230 (USD) direct from Amazon.

Disclosure: Vagabondish received a complimentary TLC200 Pro camera in advance of this post. Read our view on sponsored content.

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Mike Richard
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Mike Richard has traveled the world extensively since 2008. He's camped in the Jordanian desert with Bedouins, tracked African wild dogs in South Africa, and survived a near-miss great white shark attack in Mexico. He loves the great outdoors, good bourbon, and he (usually) calls Massachusetts home. He also enjoys speaking in the third person.

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