Smartphone photography has gained a lot of importance in recent years. Manufacturers like Samsung, Apple, HTC, Huawei and others put a lot of effort into unique features in their cameras. Not long ago, Instagram introduced its Hyperlapse app for iOS devices, which led to Android users wanting something similar on Android. Although we have no idea when Instagram's Hyperlapse app will come to Android, there are some decent alternative apps for Android you can try. Before telling you about the best apps to shoot hyperlapse videos, let's talk about what hyperlapse East:
What is Hyperlapse?
According to Wikipedia, hyperlapse is an exposure technique in time-lapse photography, in which the camera position is changed between each exposure in order to create a tracking shot in timelapse sequences. In short, it is a timelapse video format, where the camera moves or periodically changes its location. To get a better idea, you can see a hyperlapse video below:
Now that you have an idea of what hyperlapse videos are, Here are the best hyperlapse apps for Android:
1. Microsoft Hyperlapse mobile
If you want an app that really mimics the simplicity of Instagram's Hyperlapse app and lets you record hyperlapse videos with ease, then you should try the Microsoft Hyperlapse app. It is an application which has a very simple user interface but is very functional. You only get two options on the home screen of the app – Import an existing video to apply hyperlapse effects or record a new hyperlapse video. Hyperlapsing is done after recording which gives you the option to choose between available video speeds (1x to 32x).
You can even choose to crop some sections of the video timeline with a slider. Once you are done editing your video, you can simply choose to import your hyperlapse video to your desired storage location. You also have the option of selecting the rendering quality of your video in 720p or 1080p. The features are quite limited compared to other hyperlapse apps but for an app that's completely free, we have to say we were pretty impressed with its capabilities.
2. Framelapse – Time Lapse Camera
Framelapse – Time Lapse Camera allows you to take both time lapse and hyperlapse videos and it is quite opposite to Microsoft's app, namely, it ditches simplicity for them. manual camera settings and controls. The interface looks like your camera app, with all the controls required for shooting a hyperlapse video available from the start. You get options to choose your video resolution from a wide range of 144p to 1080p, as well as bitrate settings. It also gives you the options to select an appropriate frame interval speed and choose custom video duration options.
There are also options like choosing your desired white balance setting, adjusting camera sharpness, filter effects, exposure compensation and self-timer options. As a user, you get a immense control over what you shoot.
There is a for version app that eradicates ads and unlocks some other manual device controls and features, like custom frame, exposure and white balance locks, standby mode, etc. Go for this one if you feel the need to have complete control of your hyperlapse video shooting app.
Installation: (gratis) (For $2.99)
3. Lapse It Camera • Time Lapse
Lapse It is a time lapse and hyperlapse shooting camera app that takes the tag further in terms of features. Like Framelapse, this also provides the user with a large number of shooting options such as adjustable manual controls for exposure, focus, white balance and scene modes. There are also options to speed up your time lapse or hyperlapse video (with millisecond precision up to 240x), schedule capture to start and stop automatically, set your own audio tracks as background music and more.
You also have the option of rendering the final video in a wide range of resolutions in multiple video formats. The app offers a lot of filters and editing options and you can also use it to record slow motion videos. Plus, you can upload your creations to the app's own community, where hundreds of other creations are waiting for you.
So you must be wondering why these aren't at the top of the list after practically packing every possible feature you would need to shoot a hyperlapse video? Well, the most of the features can only be accessed in the Pro version, with the free version being relatively spartan. But if you don't mind paying and want the perfect hyperlapse video running app, look no further.
Installation: (gratis) (For $2.99)
Don't want to use any third party hyperlapse app?
Well, manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Asus, Huawei, Xiaomi and the likes, bake in features like hyperlapse and timelapse in their camera apps. For HTC users, HTC Camera (available only for HTC devices) is a worthy app that has a notably nice hyperlapse option in the video recording section. Apps like the Asus Pixel Camera (only for Asus users) and the Xiaomi Camera app (not available on the Play Store) also have the ability to shoot hyperlapse videos. If the camera app does not support hyperlapse videos, you can check out the aforementioned great hyperlapse apps.