Preview Your Time-Lapse Before You're Even Done Shooting It with the VIEW Intervalometer

An intervalometer is an essential tool if you're shooting time-lapses, and this one from the makers of Timelapse+ aims at making the process a little bit easier.

It's called the VIEW, which, for all intents and purposes, is your standard intervalometer, only with a couple of interesting features that make it stand out from the crowd. Check out creator Elijah Parker's Kickstarter video to learn more:

Clearly the two most impressive features of the VIEW is its auto ramping and preview capabilities.

Auto Ramping

What this feature allows users to do is shoot from day to night (or vice versa) without having to calculate exposure themselves. The VIEW does this automatically using their sophisticated algorithm that analyzes the exposure value of each image. (They detail this technical process on their Kickstarter page if you want to learn more about it.)

Time-Lapse Preview

This feature allows you to preview your time-lapse before it's finished — even while you're still recording it. You don't have to wait until you're done with the shot hours later to know what it looks like at full speed or find out that you missed something.

Here are the features listed on Parker's campaign:

  • Preview your time-lapse at 24/30fps on the VIEW device or from your phone, even while the time-lapse is still recording!
  • Use the VIEW's wifi hotspot feature to setup and preview your time-lapse and even stream live view and adjust focus from your phone
  • Connect the VIEW to the internet via wifi and have full control from anywhere in the world! Perfect for long-term setups -- check, reconfigure, download images, and even setup motion from anywhere you are.  This is an optional service provided via -- one year free included for backers, $60/year (planned) after that.
  • Automatic day-to-night and night-to-day or even 24 hour with no setup needed -- just press start!  The holy grail of time-lapse is simpler than ever before.
  • Keyframe Focus Ramping with Nikon and Canon, with an interactive liveview setup
  • Built for the field -- withstands temperature extremes, 15+ hour battery life, designed to be used with gloves as well as touch-free gesture control so you can access it while a time-lapse is running without worrying about moving the camera
  • Auxiliary port for syncronizing shoot-move-shoot capabilites with most motion systems (best with just a fixed interval)
  • Full integration with Dynamic Perception's NMX controller for keyframed multi-axis setups that are synchronized with focus & interval, even variable intervals
  • Compatible with Canon DSLRs, Nikon DSLRs, and Sony Alpha Mirrorless (more likely to be added later)

The VIEW Intervalometer goes for $340, or the early bird price of $320. Head on over to the Kickstarter campaign to learn more.     

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ok ... I don't want to be a hater... BUT I hate kickstarted products. If your idea, concept is so great, WHY can't you figure out basic financing? The whole wait for a year to get something, if you actually ever get it is very annoying, I for one am not interested.

April 6, 2016 at 7:36PM


Hey Michael, I know Kickstarter hardware projects have bad reputation for delivering late or not at all. This is my second project, and I was 6 months late on the first -- delivering 9 months after the campaign. I've learned a lot since then and am much farther along and better prepared this time. Also, for financing that's pretty much the point of Kickstarter -- it's not a store; you're supporting the project by preordering in advance and in turn getting a discount for your patience as well as an opportunity to provide feedback along the way. Anyway, if Kickstarter's not for you, check it out again once it's shipping. Thanks!

April 6, 2016 at 8:10PM, Edited April 6, 8:10PM


Not only is the Kickstarter a place to get finance but it's a great platform for getting your idea noticed - a cheaper way to advert your product on the side while getting preorders.

April 7, 2016 at 2:46PM

Joonas Nieminen
Cinematographer and editor

looks very interesting - I look forward to seeing more about this product. Great idea!

April 10, 2016 at 10:34AM

Ed David
Director of Photography

I'm confused. You put $340+5 (shipping) down and wait a year and take on the risk that the product will not ship at all for a $40 discount on the final retail price. It just doesn't seem like it's worth the risk to me as a buyer for what you're saving. I'd rather wait, see if it works, and then buy one. Heck, if I just took that money and invested it for a year in an index fund I'd only be short 15 bucks (assuming 7%) on the final purchase price, and no risk at all. I guess having remote access included as a service for a year would make this worth it for some people.

I get kickstarter, but I can't see the upside is worth it on this one. Just saying.

I'm not trying to be a hater. I wish the creator best of luck. I just don't get the maths.

April 11, 2016 at 12:58PM