My main complaint is that due to the surprisingly low quality of the images coming from a 4MP image sensor I have been disappointed time and time again with the resulting videos and still images. I own an old 3MP camera which has never had the issues I outline below.
I bought this Project Camera as I need to document the construction of an outdoor project, which may take several weeks at least, and there are no convenient windows where I could setup a simple indoor webcam. Most "trail cams" I looked at did not have a time lapse mode, most utilizing motion sensors, so out of a selection of some very expensive cameras this seemed to be the one for me. On a side note - the Project Camera and the Plant Camera, both made by Wingscapes, are exactly the same product. The only distinction is that one is green and one is dark grey. This was confirmed by Wingscapes.
I like this product, it does most everything I want in an outdoor, weather resistant, battery operated time lapse camera. If this is your first foray into time lapse videos, and you plan to shoot outdoors, then this may be the starter camera for you. It is easy to setup and forget about. I purchased a 16GB card to go with mine so that I can shoot for extended periods at the highest quality setting, 4MP. If you do plan to shoot close up images - such as blooming flowers - do take the time to run several focus tests to avoid disappointment, as I found the focal depth to be quite shallow. However, that is not my main complaint.
In all three Wingscapes Project Cameras that I ended up testing (one shipped from the US and two from the UK) there was a consistent problem with random horizontal lines, dark or light, appearing in images. When these are strung together as a time lapse video the lines leap about the screen and are very distracting. Also, the images have a lot of "noise" usually associated with low lighting conditions but appearing even in brightly sunlit scenes.
The only positive out of this is that the compression of the videos when uploaded to YouTube seems to remove most of the low contrast lines and smooths out the noise, leaving only the occasional dark or very light lines to mar the video. The lines are less visible in "busy" scenes, but don't expect to get away with it if there are large expanses of flat color, such as blue sky, flat walls, a white backdrop, etc.
I must say that both the vendor I purchased from (Garden Secrets) and the producer (Wingscapes) have excellent customer service. When I complained to Garden Secrets, they did not hesitate to replace the camera. When the replacement camera turned out to have the same troubles I then complained directly to Wingscapes, who kindly offered to ship me a replacement camera - I only had to pay for the import taxes. Unfortunately this third camera also suffered the same problems with quality, at which point I had to give in to the inevitable.
I have made time lapse videos before with a laptop's internal webcam, with external USB webcams, and with higher spec digital cameras on a tripod. I have never before come across these distracting horizontal lines and excess noise in a digital camera when photographing a sunlit scene. Maybe other users may not be as critical of the end results. However, as I need an outdoor camera, and I am unwilling to fork out 3 times the price for something I may end up using rarely (Bushnell TrophyCam 1080p HD Black
), I will make do with this one for now.