Besides taking video, taking time laps is another great way to use the GoPro camera to take never seen before action shots. This option is perfect for the user that is fully immersed in the thick of the action. Like a snowboarder mid-flip, or a biker mid corner there is little time to reach for the shutter button and still have the concentration to maintain control. This is where time lapse photos can come in handy. Time lapse can also be handy to record that beautiful sunset and sunrise on the lake or boats pulling into the lock on the Mississippi river.
Short interval time lapse has some trade offs though. Just as with video the processor still has to push the data gathered from the image sensor to the memory card. Time is the factor and .5 and 1 second frame rates compress the image, 2 – 60 second rates have time enough for a fully uncompressed image from the image sensor to move to the memory card. An uncompressed image is sharper than a compressed image.
Capturing photos using time laps is good, but sometimes the image you want might be hidden within that half a second photo rate. So shooting in burst can cut the time between shots even further. With photo rates of 30 per second to 3 per second. This mode works best when using a smart remote or smartphone to start and stop the picture capture.