Monthly Archives: February 2015

[SOLVED] – Panasonic Lumix Time Lapse (TZ40, GH3)

Panasonic TZ40I love my Panasonic TZ40 camera, but once I tried to do a time lapse shot of a flower I have realized this functionality is not there.

I have tried the “Panasonic Image App” but that did not included this feature, which is silly since all the functionalities are there.

Searching the net I couldn’t find any app or API that will solve this problem, so I thought this would be a nice challenge for me 🙂

Using the ios app I have sniffed the TCP traffic between the phone and the camera and was able to understand the underlaying API.

Which this information I have put together a small page that can be used to create time lapse images. I have successfully tested this with my Panasonic TZ40, but should work with other models as well, sich as GH3)

Since I did not had much time (I am busy being a new dad for 2 weeks now :)) the page is very basic, but I would appreciate is anyone would come up with a better design. I am considering an iOS app as well if there is demand for it.

So how it works:

Step 1:
While you still have internet access on your mobile, desktop, or any device visit this page:
http://diy.2pmc.net/timer/

panasonic_time_lapse

Don’t click start since we are not connected to the camera.

Step 2:
Now connect your device (ie. mobile) to the camera via WIFI. At this step you can start using the Panasonic Image App, set the desired settings (ie. zoom, focus).

Step 3:
Switch to the mobile browser on your mobile/desktop and now you can click “Start”. An image will be taken every 10 seconds. You can adjust the interval as you wish.

I have not tried to see when the mobile device will go into sleep mode if you don’t interact with it. If this happens you can set a higher time or disable this feature while you are making the time lapse (you can even use your desktop 🙂 ). Ideally we can create a native app that will trigger the shoots from the background.