I want to take a year of photos from my balcony to capture views as the day changes, and to make a time-lapse videos of the view. Is GoPro the best bet for an inexpensive, weather-durable camera for prolonged use in the Southwest high desert?
There's a great view from my balcony, and I've taken a lot of photos of it, but I wanted to capture more and eventually make a video. I have a little point-and-shoot Canon camera, so CHDK
is an option, except if the camera is outside there's the issue of rain, snow, and dust, if the heat and cold alone won't kill it. I could buy a weatherproof case, or I could stage the camera inside.
Unfortunately, there's only one window on the second story that opens onto the balcony side, and it's a sliding door to the master bedroom. While I could set up a tripod inside, there's still the issue of glare through the glass, not to mention the chance that the view could be blocked if we go out onto the balcony.
There are a few dedicated weatherproof timelapse "video" cameras
, which take photos at intervals and make a video without user involvement, but I want to have individual photos, to be able to enjoy the individual "frames" and to be able to speed through the dull days by omitting photos that don't feature much change.
I recently found out that the GoPro has a "time lapse" option
, but it sounds like I'd need to it up to run off of external power for a long-term shoot, which isn't a problem as long as it would be able to still be weatherproof.
I don't need anything super-compact like the GoPros, but the durability sounds great. Are there other options I've missed? Thanks!