Take incredible time lapse videos with the ZenFone 4 Max


The ZenFone 4 Max prides itself on a massive 5,000 mAh battery, and one of the best ways to make use of it is for time lapse photography. These are created by taking still photos at set intervals and stitching them together as individual frames to make a video. The end results can capture long expanses of time and compress them into short clips that are easy to share. This looks particularly great for sunsets and cityscapes, where there’s a considerable amount of movement when you take into account several hours of footage.

How to set up a time lapse video on the ZenFone 4 Max

First off, you’ll need to secure the ZenFone 4 Max. It’s vital that the device stay put for the duration of your shot, otherwise it can get quite jumpy. A tripod is the easiest way to do this, along with a proper mount for your phone. If that’s not practical, you can just as easily secure the ZenFone 4 proppped up against a wall, a glass, or any other object that’s heavy enough. Just make sure it won’t slip.

Once you’re set up, just swipe to the camera mode selection screen – left to right in portrait orientation – and tap Time Lapse. You can still switch between standard and wide angle lens. For big landscape shots, you may find wide angle adds extra drama, but you will get a bit of extra sharpness using the primary camera.

Time lapse video on the ZenFone 4 Max

Just beside the lens selector is a drop-down menu to set the photo interval. Tap it, and you’ll get to chose whether to take a photo every 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, or 5 seconds. The shorter the interval, the longer your video clip will be. For action that is extremely slow-moving, you’ll likely want a longer interval to speed thing along.  For faster movement, or when you won’t be able to leave your phone to shoot for awhile, a shorter interval is the way to go.

Once you’re ready, just tap the red shutter key, and the time lapse will begin. The interface will disappear, and a recording timer will show in the bottom-left. Just above the shutter key will be a button to enable energy saver mode, which will turn off the display to save power. Just tap the screen to wake it up again. This is perfect for longer time lapses, and combined with the excellent battery life on the ZenFone 4 Max, you’ll be able to compress hours of footage.  If you need more, you can always plug in the ZenFone 4 Max to an external battery or directly into an outlet.

Once you’re done, just tap the Stop shutter and your video will be ready and waiting for you in the Gallery, accessible from the thumbnail shortcut in the corner of the Camera app. From here you can share it out to whichever apps and services you like.

Learn more about the ZenFone 4 Max and its incredible battery here.