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IguanaLapse iOS App Review

Daniel Bell reviews the IguanaLapse iOS app which lets you shoot timelapse videos using your iPhone or iPad - you can even connect it to your DSLR.

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IguanaLapse is an iOS app for iPhones and iPads that lets you shooting timelapses using the camera on the iOS device or remotely on a DSLR camera (extra cable required to connect to your DSLR). It is available from the iTunes Store for £6.99. We are testing the app using an iPhone only.

IguanaLapse iOS App Features

  • Shoot timelapses with an iPhone or iPad (no additional hardware required)
  • Shoot timelapses with a DSLR camera using an iPad or iPhone as an advanced intervalometer (requires IguanaMill Shutter Release Dongle & DSLR camera)
  • Easy setup
  • Select and lock the exposure, focus and white balance
  • Timelapes saved in full 1080p HD at a bitrate of approx 50mbps
  • Variable intervals & GPS triggering
  • Calculate all timelapse params and storage required for the sequence based on a range of common DSLR camera file size settings
  • All images and timelapses are saved in the Media Library
  • Rich metadata and geotagging of timelapses and high resolution images
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IguanaLapse iOS App Performance

If you have Bluetooth switched off, the first thing you are asked when opening the app is whether you would like to activate Bluetooth to pair with devices. No bluetooth devices are required when shooting timelapses on your iOS device. Next you are taken to the main screen where you can compose your shots. In the centre are the focus and exposure points which you can move around.

Along the top of the screen are options to lock the white balance, exposure and focus to ensure they remain consistent throughout the shots. There are also options to use the flash or torch or bring up a grid to help with composition.

There are five options on the bottom - as well as timelapse you can shoot stills. Media takes you to the videos you have created, as well as the individual stills for each video. Tools include two calculators - timelapse and storage. The timelapse calculator tells you how long your timelapse video will be and how long it will take to shoot, depending on the number of frames you choose, and the interval between each shot. The storage calculator helps you decide how much space you need on your memory card when using the app to shoot with your DSLR. The last option lets you choose between shooting on your iOS device or on a DSLR.

There is a large button to start recording timelapses, to the left of this button is a settings cog, here you can choose the number of shots, interval etc. When shooting there are options to pause and abort. The screen tells you how many shots have been taken and the amount of time remaining. When you have finished taking the pictures, the app will create your timelapse video.

Here is a timelapse video we have recorded - 250 shots at 1 second intervals.

IguanaLapse iOS App Verdict

IguanaLapse makes taking TimeLapse videos on your iOS device extremely easy. If you are shooting on your phone, it is a little inconvenient as you can't use your phone while recording is in progress. Recording on a tripod may be a more ideal method - if you have a support to keep it firmly in place.

Another factor you need to aware of when shooting with an iPhone is of course, battery life. Shooting long timelapses will reduce your battery life. Of course, this is not something which the IguanaLapse app can do much about. The app is well designed, easy to use, and the resulting videos are impressive.

  The IguanaLapse iOS app is easy to use and produces impressive timelapse videos.

IguanaLapse iOS App Pros

Easy to use
Good quality videos produced
Can adjust and lock the exposure, white balance and focus

IguanaLapse iOS App Cons

A little expensive - extra equipment needed to use on a DSLR
App asks if you want to activate Bluetooth when opening


The IguanaLapse iOS app is available from the iTunes Store for £6.99. For more information, please visit the IguanaMill website.

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