Weatherproof Time Lapse Camera Housing and Why You Need It

Watching a high-quality time-lapse video can be such a spectacle. Be it the stages of construction of a world-class building or the transitioning of natural phenomena, high-resolution time-lapse cameras, and availability of the best editing tools and techniques ensure the end result is nothing short of excellent. However, we must also appreciate the role of a quality time-lapse camera housing in mitigating problems that not only hamper the clarity of the recording but also the cameras’ functionality, particularly in long term photography.

Imagine huge drops of rain splashing on the camera all the while it is rolling. Or, accumulated dust. Perhaps some snowflakes. Environmental conditions pose a huge risk to time-lapse photography. This is particularly true for long term construction time-lapse photography that has its cameras mounted on poles or walls for months, sometimes years. Some of the biggest challenges include;

  • Accumulated dust over time reducing clarity and also affecting camera functionality.

  • Sun flare, radiation, and reflection minimizing ubiquity and high temperatures causing overheating of the device.

  • Raindrops spluttering on camera, a potential cause for rusting or device mechanical failure.

  • Snowflakes blocking the view or melting into water and low temperatures freezing the unit.

  • The harsh impact of strong winds.

A quality time-lapse camera housing offers solutions to most if not all of these problems. In fact, the type of housing should be one of the determining factors when choosing a time-lapse camera specialist for your project. It must offer protection from several elements; excessive light, extreme temperatures, moisture, impact, and solid matter. Of course, without compromising the view even for cameras with full frame features such as lenses and sensors.

Look out for a robust build with body materials that are enduring, anti-rust and non-reflective. Aluminum or fiberglass are great choices. You also want housing that is either self-regulating when it comes to extreme temperatures and has some form of cooling or heating mechanism or stable and not affected by temperature changes. Being watertight is also of utmost importance.

Construction Time Lapse Specialists Australia befit a good example of a firm offering quality weatherproof time-lapse camera housing for both indoor and outdoor photography.

Their cameras boast of the IP-66 weatherproof housing. Wondering what this means? Well, the IP code (International Protection code) is a mark on cameras that indicates its rating on the level of protection offered by its housing against solid and fluid elements such as dust and water respectively.

According to the rating chart, IP-66 housing is just but the best housing you can get when it comes to shielding the camera from solid, liquids and mechanical impacts of up to 20.0 joules. This means their cameras offer total protection from dust (very common at construction sites), powerful water jets from the heavy downpour and even withstand wind impact.

In addition, the optic glass windows are B270, making them resistant to radiation and flare during extremely sunny days.

The company opted to go with aluminum for the body material which is tough and anti-rust, completing everything you would look for in a time-lapse camera housing for that perfect shot!