4K Time Lapse Camera

4G Outdoor remote monitored time-lapse camera system

In this post we are going to cover how a remote managed 4G time-lapse system works. Burgess Technologies LTD has been building remote monitored 4G time-lapse cameras systems for over 7 years (at the date of this post 15.10.21). We have welcomed many end user clients, but we mainly build camera systems for trade customers.

Typically, we get enquiries from traditional media service companies and drone operators. Usually our new client is a trade customer who is already providing some kind of video production service to construction sites. They have then been approached by their client to provide a long term time-lapse camera system, one that can be monitored remotely. This falls into 2 x categories, remote management so the 4G outdoor time-lapse installer knows the system is working. Also, a remote web-portal, so the end client of the construction build can monitor progression remotely, from a phone, tablet or computer.

4g outdoor time-lapse camera system

4G & 5G makes the Time-lapse camera remotely accessible.

If you think of our system as 2 main parts, these are the Camera & our Cellular 4G control box. Using a 5G network for the outdoor time-lapse camera is an option. However, the speeds available from a 4G LTE network architecture are more than adequate for image capture of a construction site. The camera is only sending an image every 10 minutes, therefore 4G is absolutely fine.

Within our 4G control box is a high speed M2M cellular router. In our pre-build and configuration service, we set the router up, so it's broadband ready when it gets to site. As soon as the system has power, the 4G outdoor time-lapse camera will start to send images off-site and to your cloud folder. What is a cloud folder ? The cloud folder is a directory on our own cloud hosted server. We set you up FTP access and this allows our customer to access the images remotely. More importantly, it allows you to download all your captured images, so you can make your time-lapse film.

long term 4g camera for time lapse

When the system is up and running, there are 3 x main features of remote access

1, REMOTE FILEZILLA FTP ACCESS - As mentioned above, we set you up as an FTP user to your image cloud folder directory. This would consist of an IP address, port number (always 21) and then your username and password. In the folder will be your captured construction site time-lapse camera images. They transmit from the 4G camera over a pre-set schedule. The FTP access is never given to the end client, It's something the time-lapse provider keeps private. Only he/she can download the images and make a time-lapse film.

See this external page on filezilla

2, REMOTE WEB-PORTAL - We have created our own built time-lapse image web portal. It's a web browser based interface, it allows you and your client to monitor the construction site progress remotely.

3, REMOTE SUPPORT ACCESS - Outdoor 4G Time Lapse systems are delivered as a true Plug & Play solution. Inside the 4G control box is a pre-configured High speed 4G LTE router. The SIM card we use is called a special VPN SIM. This allows burgess to log into your camera remotely and make any desired changes. After the time-lapse cameras are installed, it can run for months and years with no issues or remote support needed. However, at some stage through the build project, you may want to change the schedule. A milestone day or something happening with significance may need a higher capture rate, to make a short film.


Remote 4G Outdoor Time Lapse camera options.

Here are Burgess we like to keep things simple, we have spent years creating and perfecting out of the box 4G camera systems. There are several options of remote time-lapse options. They are:

8MP 4K Outdoor Time-Lapse over 4G

4K 8MP is the minimum resolution we offer for construction site image capture. 8MP at 4K is classed as Ultra HD @ 3840 x 2160 pixels. Although this is our most cost-effective time-lapse camera system, it's still very powerful in its offering.

12MP 4K+ Outdoor Time-Lapse over 4G

Our 12MP camera system offers 4 more Mega-Pixels, it captures images in 4000 x 3000 resolution. This camera also has a different type of lens. The first mentioned 4K system has a fixed lens of 105 degrees. The 12MP features a motorized varifocal lens. You can change the horizontal field of view from 35 to 105 degrees.

DSLR system

If your construction application requires a very high megapixel camera, then we can build you a remote monitored DSLR camera system. Typically, we would help deploy a 24MP canon camera. The DSLR camera would be integrated into our usual 4G box. However, it would also feature a mini PC. The above 2 systems use on-board technology, which allows the camera to send images off site. A canon camera does not feature that same technology, this is where the Mini PC comes into use.

Network camera or DSLR for long term time-lapse

Our out of the box 4K 8MP and 4K+ 12MP are network cameras, network (IP cameras) are much less maintenance compared to a canon camera. Network IP cameras are designed and manufactured to be outdoors in harsh environments for a number of years. As we know, a DSLR is not. Using a DSLR often results in more site visits as opposed to deploying a network camera for time-lapse.

How many Megapixels ?

Network cameras are advancing year-on-year. Certain network camera manufacturers have 1000s of staff in Research and Development. Cameras have superior lenses and sensor technology.


Click the link for our 4K/4G out of the box time-lapse system

We have sold 100's of 4K 4G network camera time-lapse systems. All systems are out of the box and plug and play solutions. Plug the Burgess 4G control box into power (12V/110V/240V) and the camera will auto send images to your cloud folder directory. You and your client can monitor on our web-portal.

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