Timelapse options on the XF100 are a little strange. On first inspection, it appears to have some pretty flexible and solid options for timelapse photography with the Interval Record feature. However, you soon realise that although you can set the interval to 1 second, the fewest frames you can capture is 2. It would seem a lot more more logical to me to have a 1 frame option. 1 frame every 1 second. 1 frame every 5 seconds. 1 frame every 10 seconds….you get the idea. Why would I want to capture 2 or 3 or 5 frames in an instant at an interval of 2 seconds??! It doesn’t make sense. Anyway, there is a way to get the camera to operate as you want and get beautifully fluid timelapse shots. It’s quite simple really.
- Set the camera to 720p 50fps.
- Set the Rec Frames option to the minimum of 2 frames at each interval.
- Set the interval to whatever makes the most sense for your timelapse.
- Import the 50p footage into a 25p sequence.
In order for the footage to ‘conform’ to the sequence, 1 of the 2 frames captured at each interval is dropped and you end up with 25p smooth timelapse footage.
Menu Settings to Setup Timelapse
Test Timelapse Footage on XF100
Sample Footage Download
Below are three sample timelapse clips from the XF100. These are ungraded clips directly out of the camera so they will look a little flat without some work in post.Sample Clip 01 Sample Clip 02 Sample Clip 03