As wikipedia mentions: “Time-lapse photography is a technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much more spread out than the frequency used to view the sequence”.
Time-lapse videos have been relatively popular for a few years now, when cell phones were powerful enough to process them, so many cell phones include the feature in their camera app. However, this is sometimes limited, so it is better to use third-party applications for creating time-lapse videos. These are the best available nowaday on Google Play.
Framelapse is one of the oldest time-lapse applications on Google Play, with many years of experience (note: it used to be called Droid Timelapse) and over a million downloads. There is both a free and a paid version, although the former is sufficient in most cases.
In Framelapse you can choose the speed interval (how often a photo will be taken), set a maximum duration and adjust the bitrate and resolution. It is one of the most elaborate and stable time-lapse apps.
Framelapse – Time Lapse Camera
Time lapse camera
It has a similar name, but it’s quite different from the previous one. In fact, if Framelapse stands out for being quite stable, the same cannot be said for Time Lapse Camera (also called Time Spirit). Still, it has all the necessary settings for a good time-lapse and is very easy to use.
A curiosity of this application is that you can create time-lapse videos from existing photos, which is much better for making stop-motion animations or in cases where the camera movement is minimal, such as when trying to capture the growth of a plant.
Time Lapse Camera
Lapse It is probably the application from this list that gives you the most configuration options. Basically you can set everything from focus type to white balance, ISO sensitivity, flash usage, duration or interval of each image.
Although the interface is a bit old-fashioned, it has a “Material” mode that is being tested and that modernizes it a bit. Like the previous application, it can also be used to make stop-motion animations, joining multiple photos together.
Lapse It – Time Lapse Camera
In 2014 Instagram launched Hyperlapse, an application to create time-lapse videos that was never published on the Android platform. A year later, Microsoft followed suit with Microsoft Hyperlapse, an app with a very similar (or identical) concept to Instagram that specializes in creating time-lapse videos with the camera in motion.
Microsoft Hyperlapse has the advantage that speed can be adjusted after recording, and it stabilizes the image for smooth motion. Although the application has not been updated for a couple of years, it still gives very good results.
Microsoft Hyperlapse Mobile
As its name explains (Simple time-lapse), this application is a simple alternative, without too many additional options. Almost the only thing you can do with this app is to record, although it has two settings to control the frame rate and resolution.
If you are looking for something complex, this is not the application for you, but if you are looking for something very simple and that doesn’t consume many resources, then this option is the one for you as it only needs 5 MB of storage and it is perfect for creating simple videos.
Simple Time Lapse
SuperLapse is an app with a more up-to-date interface. With it you can make the most common adjustments such as specifying the interval between frames and the resolution or exposure of images.
This app stands out because it allows you to block the focus, exposure and white balance during recording and thus prevent the mobile phone from trying to focus between different shots thus ruining its creation, which is a very common problem often found in other similar applications.
Superlapse – Time Lapse Camera
Finally we have Timelapse, an app that we rescued from the trunk of memories and that has not been updated for five years, but that is precisely why it can be useful when you have an old mobile phone that you want to reuse to make time-lapse videos. It works with Android 4.0 or higher.
This app works in a very common way: first it takes all the photos at once (Capture) and then it joins them all in a video during the encoding process (Encode). Nevertheless, the interface of this app has aged quite well and is still in use among time-lapse video fans.