Note: video by robi vincze


Mike said...

Very cool. How did you do the tilt shift? Is this in-camera audio as well?

jim said...


How, how, how did you do the time lapse? It's the one big thing I want my LX3 to do (my tiny Ixus does it!). I'd been hoping for a firmware upgrade to add this, but wait in vain.

I'd love to hear how you did it.

MacLo said...

For time lapse you can use (for MAC) iStopMotion...
For tilt shift.. you can create an automatism in PhotoShop, or make it in every shot...(i dont know a good software)

jim said...

Thanks for that tip.

I've figured out how to string together a load of images to make time lapse (actually, Picasa does it quite nicely).

What I haven't figured is how to get my LX3 to take the string of pics (apart from leaving it on continuous burst, and using a cable release & adapter to hold the shutter down).

The problem with this approach is that for slower moving objects (like a flower opening), you'd probably want to take a frame every few seconds, rather than one or two frames a second. The only solution I can see here is to discard a proportion of the pictures - not very neat solution and one that's limited by SD card capacity.

Which I guess is why so many people have been attaching electric servos and other devices to their LX3s to operate the shutter release.

If anyone at Panasonic is listening....timelapse features would be a really neat and useful upgrade to the LX3 and your other cameras - far more use than adding yet another scene mode. Canon cameras do it (OK, it's a bit rubbish, but it works - they simply slow down the frame rate in video mode to 1 or 2fps - simple but poor image quality). With the LX3, Panasonic could really improve on this by allowing variable frame rates in HD video mode or (better still) a timelapse function for normal pics - essentially a variable time between frames in burst mode that could be started and stopped by pressing the shutter release.

If only the camera firmware was open source.....I'm sure someone clever could write an app for this!

If anyone's got an elegant solution to this, I'd love to hear about it. These timelapse videos are fantastic.

Adam Scott said...

Agreed. I'd be incredibly interested in a time lapse feature for the LX3. If anyone has any suggestions please shout out. Whoever did this video clearly found a way.

jim said...

I just found another mechanical solution, this time as a kit:-

This looks like a solution for those of us with limited time / mechanical aptitude.

BTW, I have been in touch with the people that make the Draganflyer (featured before on this blog and at http://www.draganfly.com/). Their helicopters can be equipped with an LX3 with remote electronic control of both shutter and zoom.

They have told me that to do this they have to make internal (hardware) modifications to the LX3.

So it looks like we're stuck with mechanical solutions unless Panasonic see the light and upgrade the firmware.

D4yw41k3r said...

Please explain to me: What makes the spectator think this is looking like a LEGO scene? I couldn't figure it out - I just was able to agree ;-)

So WTH have I to do with my LX3 to get a picture like this?

Workshop/HowTo-URL? Anyone?

Mike said...

"What makes the spectator think this is looking like a LEGO scene? I couldn't figure it out - I just was able to agree ;-)"

I think it's the tilt shift effect, slightly saturated colors and the stop motion that you commonly see in animated lego videos.

Josh said...

Does this use burst shooting mode?

royger said...

Did you add the vignetting in the post-processing, or it comes from the raw photos?