4G Time Lapse

Canon DSLR on 4G for Time Lapse of Construction Sites Image & Live Video

Canon DSLR cameras are a powerful choice for short term time-lapse and even long term time-lapse. For external construction projects, the Canon DSLR camera will require some further system parts. Construction sites are hazardous, dusty and suffer like we do from the UK weather. Each system we build is connected to back to our 4G and 5G control box. With a DSLR, you will also need an external housing unit. The housing unit for the DSLR time-lapse camera will also need a heater. This is used to demist the front screen in cold winter months. In this post we are going to cover the differences in set up and maintenance of a canon DSLR camera and network IP based camera system. Burgess Technologies provides trade customers and end clients with 4G/5G camera systems for construction sites. Each system ships pre-configured and is Plug & Play. No technical expertise is required. Plug our 4G/5G control box into the power, mount the camera and the installation is complete.

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Canon dslr 4g time lapse camera

Remote managed Canon dslr 4g time lapse camera

Canon DSLR Camera or an IP based network camera for indoor time-lapse

The great thing about an internal project is you may not require an external housing unit for the Canon camera. “External housing” gives us this clue anyway, if you can locate the canon camera in a safe place there is no need to worry about housing the camera, after all there are no weather conditions to worry about. A network based IP camera is also a good choice for internal time-lapse projects too. The thing with internal projects, like re-builds and fit outs etc the camera does not usually need to record or capture an image of a large area. A 4K 8MP network camera may be best the choice. If the project benefited from a higher mega-pixel camera, then the canon dslr may be the best option. You can buy a canon 2000D for around £500 and this gives you a massive 22 mega-pixels.

Canon DSLR Time Lapse Camera for External Projects.

As touched on in the intro, for capturing images of an external construction project, the canon DSLR time-lapse camera would need an external housing. That housing also needs a heater. An IP camera is self-contained in its own housing, it’s a more ready to go camera. The biggest issue with any external housing for a DSLR is that housing units scree misting up. In the UK we get some pretty cold weather, therefore you need a heater unit within the housing. In a nutshell, IP cameras are designed to be in the field for your years. They have a warranty of 3 years. A DSLR camera for time-lapse can still last as long, but there would probably be more maintenance involved, resulting in more site visits.

DSLR canon time lapse camera over a 4G network Power

A DSLR canon time lapse camera draws slightly less power than a network IP camera. A DSLR needs a constant power supply though. The batteries in say a canon camera only lasts a few days. You can purchase a mains power unit, which supplies the canon cameras with constant power. If you are thinking of using a network ip camera for time-lapse, then that camera uses POE. Power Over Ethernet is a technology which sends data and power over a data cable. For example, we send our network time-lapse cameras out with a 20MTR cat5e data cable. The data cable comes out from our 4G box and then into the camera. With POE you can run out to 100 mtrs which is is 330 feet. With network and POE extenders you can run out to 1KM.

Megapixel and Image Quality

The first Network IP cameras was invented by Axis in 1996. This groundbreaking technology opened up a host of advanced features over older analogue CCTV systems. An analogue CCTV system was closed, almost dumb. A network camera (also known as an IP camera) was based on an open architecture. This allowed customers for the first time to view their security camera systems remotely, and over the internet (IP) – Internet Protocol. In the first few years, cameras was released that could capture in 1080P, which is full hd at 2MP (mega-pixel). Today, network cameras go as high as 7K. Our own minimum resolution system is based on a 8MP 4K IP camera.


Using a DSLR for time-lapse is more cost-effective if your project requires 20MP and over. Many construction sites that need time-lapse cameras, opt for 4K resolution. 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) is 4 x full hd @1080p. A 4K time lapse camera captures an image in 8MP. If your own project requires 4K only then a DSLR time lapse system is probably not the best way forward. Some projects do require image capture at 20MP and above, and this is where the DSLR is the best solution.

A 20MP network IP camera is 3 or 4 x as much money as say a canon eos 2000d. For example a Sony IP camera is near £2000 to buy. The canon 2000d with a decent lens is a 1/3rd of this price. This means we can build a 24MP canon construction site solution for under £2000.Using a Canon camera for time-lapse is a great choice, for the right application. Short term construction projects, indoor time lapse projects where a housing unit and heater is not required, mega builds where you need to cover large distances and finally, film creators who want to zoom in a lot on post-production. Typically though, most time-lapse applications only usually require 4K resolution which is 8MP. Those who want a little extra can opt for the 12MP system and both fall under the network IP solution. Generally, IP network cameras are much less maintenance, they are designed to be working continuously outdoors for a number of years. They also carry a 3-year warranty.

What every your time lapse camera needs, burgess technologies LTD has been building systems and supporting customers for over 6 years. If you have a project you would like to discuss, please contact our UK office in warrington.

Published Time-Lapse Films

Below are a few examples where you can see our technology as part of a produced short film. This will give you an insight into final delivery. However, its good to note that there are many factors that can determine the quality. Was the time lapse films produced in their 4K original resolution ? Burgess Technologies is not a production company, we provide our systems to partners who complete post production. The below examples are from our best selling 4K UHD 8.3MP cellular system.

London Bridge Theatre - Balcony build

Steve the owner of Wildside UK Productions had never worked with network and cellular technology before. Steve is an award-winning cameraman of some 20+ years and works mainly with broadcasting cameras. PORTFOLIO LINK HERE

The End Client wanted to deploy our 4K UHD 4G system so they would have the ability to check on images remotely. At the same time they ran a broadcasting camera which was also used for time-lapse. This created a useful test to compare both.

The start of this flim is recorded with a SONY Broadcasting camera – Our camera is the one with the wider angle. The zoom and lens angle can be operated remotely. If you hover your mouse over the time section at the foot of the video, when it around 41 seconds is when its our 4K system.


The End-client enjoys this remote web-browser portal. Multiple & practically an unlimited amount of people with the log in credentials can view from anywhere. We can remote into the hardware for any support requests. You can view, share and mass transfer your images for post-production at any-time and anywhere.

PLEASE NOTE: The recording screen grab below is from a laptop on a 720p monitor.

Lazenby - Cannon Green London

This product was delivered by Seveer Media based in Manchester. The end client is Lazenby and for almost a quarter of a century they been regarded as the leaders in the field of decorative concrete. This project involved three of our 4K UHD 4G Time Lapse systems. Like all our customers new and old, Seveer media had never installed this technology before. We spent around 5 days building and testing the system. Seveer just powered up and positioned the cameras. PORTFOLIO LINK HERE


Original video link here. The time lapse sequence using images captured from our system starts at 1 minute in.

Quaker burial site discovered on Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Estate

A 200-year-old burial site was discovered during redevelopment work at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. Our 2nd camera system, installed by Echo Video helped keep an eye on unexpected find. You can read the full press article here.

Remote Camera System 2

New Waverley - Edinburgh

To see an example time lapse film CLICK THE LINK BELOW. This is a monthly update film for owners, investors, architects etc. Do be sure to select 1080P. This is a great update film from Mettje Hunneman of VideoLab Studio in Scotland. Also note that a final film can be produced in its full 4K if required. Mettje’s monthly update film is 1080P

External Link here to Recent Time-lapse 


Vari-Focal & Wide Angle Lenses

The two main 4G LTE Time Lapse camera systems we sell are our 5MP system and our 4K UHD System. Both have the ability to remotely change the focal settings of the lens.

  • 5MP camera system: 29° to 88° wide angle
  • 4K UHD camera system: 35° to 109° wide angle

A lot of cropping is carried out post production. However, there are still times when having the ability to crop the image in its live status is advantageous. Take these two examples below.

The Indoor Camera was capturing a ledge to the left of the Camera and the Outdoor System was capturing a builders storage unit, which had some rather interesting graffiti on it.

Image Crop without Loosing Resolution

If you are using software to crop the image, you will also be cropping the actual image size. Again, this is not really an issue, these high megapixel cameras and the images they capture allow for cropping and editing. However, if you want the flexibility to do this pre-capture, then we have systems that can do this.

“A lot of the time our 8MP camera system is purchased because our partner has the budget for this higher end system, so the included optical zoom is a bonus. This is more probable than a partner buying the system just for the Optical Zoom, In other words: The remote zoom is a great feature but high resolution is usually why people opt for that camera.” 

Systems that include a remote operated lens:

^ Before the remote optical zoom, showing a ledge

The Image above shows the ledge to the left and after the remote operated Optical Zoom, it shows the ledge removed. Alteration of a Varifocal Lens or Optical Zoom Lens does not change the resolution. From the 8MP Camera.

Image after the Remote Optical Zoom, which removed the ledge on the left

zoom time lapse camera

The image above shows the builders container and a tree to the left, below these have been cropped out using the cameras Remote Operated Varifocal Lens, this is the 5MP Camera System.

cropped 4g time lapse

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4G or 3G based HD Time Lapse for Construction Site Monitoring

If you are looking to install a HD Time Lapse Camera at a construction site, using a cellular architecture offers several benefits. The system can be built as a stand alone solution and using the provided internet, you can store Time Lapse Images off site.

When embarking on this type of project the first thing to consider is which mode of cellular network to use. Our 2 main systems cover 3G and 4G. Both are then split into sub divisions to include 3G HSPA and 4G LTE.

Sometimes the specification will be driven by the End User. Your client may request a 4G Construction Site HD Time Lapse Camera, as they want the best technology. 4G and 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution ) at this moment in time, offer the fastest speed.

Remember though, for a 4G or 3G based time lapse camera, you are not constantly downloading and uploading a live feed. We set the Camera to capture a construction site image every x amount of minutes.

You can contact us now to discuss your own time lapse project, or read on. Below we will cover in more detail, image size, bandwidth and which is the best option. In a refreshing approach we like to down-sell ! We believe 3G is more than adequate for this type of application. Let’s explain why.

The Speeds of 4G Time Lapse & 3G Time Lapse

So, you possibly know that 3G is the third generation and 4G is the 4th Generation. The main thing we need to look at is upload and download speeds. 4G is around 4/5 times faster than 3G. However, for our time lapse projects 3G works great. We have more 3G Time Lapse Camera Systems at construction sites, than we do 4G.

Lets take a close look at those speeds:

We provide Static IP SIM cards from all the main cellular network providers. For this example let’s take a look at EE and their 4G Network.

EE’s 4G Network now, offers speeds of 12-15Mb/second
With an enhancement to their 4G network, very soon that will be an average of 24-30Mb/second. Top speeds are up to 60Mb/second.

Now if we look at 3G, on paper it will look incredibly inferior to the speeds of 4G.

A 3G Network, including EE, plus 02, Vodafone etc gives you an average speed of 1.5Mb/second.

Not that impressive, but it will work and it works well. Our HD Time Lapse cameras are capturing a JPEG image. This is not all that demanding on uploading and downloading bandwidth.

  • 4G Speeds now, 12-15Mb/second
  • 3G Speeds now, 1.5Mb/second.
  • Size of a 4K Image, 1Mb

Our 4G and 3G Construction site cameras can be used for live viewing. Whilst using the cellular network, this is not really advised. A high resolution network camera will power through your data allowance (if constantly live viewing). In the camera’s most natural set up, it will capture an image and send it to a remote server.

3G and 4G network speeds


The Cellular network is growing all the time and speeds are getting faster and faster. This is all to accommodate you and i, the mobile phone users. These higher speeds of the 4th Generation, makes downloading music and watching videos much smoother.

Our 3g and 4g Time Lapse Camera captures an image over a set schedule. One of the most popular is every 10 minutes or 6 per hour. This type of network operation does not really require 4G.

3G contracts are more flexible and a little less money. For example, we can provide a 3G Static SIM card on a 12 month contract. The minimum contract for a 4G Static SIM is 24 months.

So, a 4G Time Lapse Camera will cost a little more and we are not saying rule it out. We just want to stress the point that 3G will be fine.

Fixed SIM, not a Mobile SIM

Here at Burgess Technologies we programme the entire system. One very important aspect of the build, is the SIM card. We configure this to the 3G/4G Router so the camera is operational from the minute it receives power.

If you tried to operate the 4G time lapse camera and router with a mobile phone SIM card, it would not work. The SIM in your mobile phone does not allocate you a fixed IP address. The IP address of your Mobile SIM will change, this will alter and quickly corrupt any remote links and paths.

What we need is a Static IP address, which a special machine to machine Fixed SIM card will give you. These are available from all the main mobile operators. These include o2, Vodafone and EE. If you ask someone in a high street store, chances are they will not know what you are talking about.

Burgess Technologies is a re-seller of Fixed SIM Cards. We can assist with the procurement and then incorporate the SIM into your system.