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Tourist
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Shorter shutter speed for Night Timelapse for Gopro Hero 7

Hi, I am exploring the night timelapse mode in my Hero 7 Black and am wondering if the Gopro team has the intention to include shorter shutter speed of 1s and shorter interval of 2s in the future? At the moment, the shortest shutter speed is 2s and shortest interval is 4s.

Explorer
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Re: Shorter shutter speed for Night Timelapse for Gopro Hero 7

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Actually, the shortest interval is Auto which takes a picture immediately after the last, so a 2 second shutter gives you about a 2 second interval (there is a slight delay while the camera processes the first image). Note: Auto Interval and Auto Shutter can give you an even shorter time interval.

As far as a shorter shutter, this is also accomplished through Auto, although it will generally opt for a longer shutter time in low light, especially if your ISO is too low. In Auto, the shutter will expose from 1/4096th of a second up to 2 seconds. So 1 second is in there, but depending on your ISO and available light, the camera might choose a faster or slower shutter based on the available light to the sensor.

Tourist
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Re: Shorter shutter speed for Night Timelapse for Gopro Hero 7

Hi @danielr15, thanks for responding to question. I like to shoot timelapse with motion blur of the moving objects, but 2s shutter in broad day light is just too long and causes overexposure when I do not have enough ND filters to limit it. Any suggestion or trick I can do to at least make sure in auto shutter that it is at least 1s?
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Re: Shorter shutter speed for Night Timelapse for Gopro Hero 7

@whiskertango, I agree with what has been suggested about setting the shutter speed to Auto. But in this case, there can also be a possibility that the camera will eventually set a faster shutter speed depending on the ISO and lighting conditions.

 

This is such an interesting situation. Motion blur on timelapse sounds really cool. However, 2s shutter speed in broad daylight will definitely give us overexposed footage -- even with ISO limit set to 100 (while EV adjustment is not applicable in this mode). Currently, the minimum shutter speed you can manually set is 2 seconds.

 

Perhaps, what I can personally suggest is to achieve this effect through post-processing. This will require some extra steps, but can also be another option to using ND filters.

 

Anyhow, let's see what other suggestions we can get from other users.

Tourist
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Re: Shorter shutter speed for Night Timelapse for Gopro Hero 7

Thank you all for your input. Though I still hope that the option is there for me to select. Hopefully the team can consider to add in future software update spin. I will try out the suggestions above, but that will also mean more work in post. Still, its good to understand more from experienced people like you all. PS: I just started learning about photography.
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Explorer
Posts: 11,998

Re: Shorter shutter speed for Night Timelapse for Gopro Hero 7

Without ND filters it's going to be tough. You'll need your ISO MIN and MAX at 100, but even with this low ISO it's going to be hard to trick the camera into a longer shutter without overexposing. By pressing on the rear LCD you can lock the exposure value, so theoretically you could face the camera into shadow and lock the exposure value (creating a longer shutter). You could take a series of night photos until you find the right balance that exposes for 1 second (just time how long it takes to take the picture, not including the processing time). Once you figure this out, go into night time lapse and pick the same location to lock the exposure balance.