Scheduling image captures (photos)

I would like to be able to create a schedule to take images files (not a time lapse video). I can do this with other cam apps like Microseven.
I want to be able to study each image and the changes closely, not just watch a time lapse video. It would be specifically helpful to me right now as I am trying to calibrate a very old pendulum clock. Automatically capturing images would help determine the characteristics of time keeping and effects of changes (versus me wandering by at random times and manually collecting the data)

This is essentially the same as time-lapse, except that the images are in a video format instead of individual files. However, Windows Media Player on Windows or QuickTime Player on Mac will let you step frame-by-frame through a time-lapse video and even export those individual frames. This, I believe, would accomplish your goal.

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Key differences with time lapse video.
1] difficult to easily land on the time frame of interest
2) difficult to share the image with others for review
3) have to wait until the time lapse video is complete before you can begin investigations


Good points.

Think of this as a long duration time-lapse. I have a WyzeCam on top of my oil tank (in the basement) viewing the fuel gauge level and a digital thermometer.


I want to be able to capture one (or 2) frame(s) per day for the entire heating season. Others may simply like to watch the grass (or other plants) grow. I can’t do that with the current time-lapse feature.

If I could add 10000 votes to [mwmcca]'s request, I would :wink:

Additional background:
In the attached photo, the fuel gauge float shows the current tank level just over 75%.
The thermometer provides a high temp (set at 100degrees F) and a low temp (set at 40degrees F) audible alarm. The Wyzecam is set to “notify on sound”. This will alert me to a potential fire (too hot), or out of fuel situation (too cold).

What’s that “big white rectangle” in the infrared image?
It’s no surprise that the fuel tank sits in the dark and therefore the infrared lights are ON.
Unfortunately, the IR lights washout the image from the LED thermometer display. The “big white rectangle” is actually a Post-it Note. It reflects enough infrared back to the camera that the camera reduces the IR output allowing the LED display to be visible. It took a few tries to “calibrate” the position of the Post-it Note. It works surprisingly well.


Under Actions for the cameras, TAKE A SNAPSHOT would be a obvious task (to complement UPLOAD A SHORT VIDEO.)
Then under Automate, EVERY X MINUTES/HOURS should be an option. This would be helpful in addition to a single event.

This would then enable photo scheduling and photo time-lapse.

A little help Team Wyze?


I was wanting to try time lapse but was disappointed in that you have to define a start and end time so it’s not continuous forever. I’ve also read that the resulting video is limited to 4GB so I guess the video is created within the camera?

How about a time lapse where it just takes a photo and stores it in local storage. To view the time lapse from the app, I would just pick the start and end time/duration, and the app will stream the photos directly from the camera. If I want to save the time lapse as a video, the app can do that on the phone using the photos and so that will overcome the 4GB limit.

And this can serve as a very low frame-rate continuous recording.


I’m thinking this can be placed under:
Local Storage:

  1. Record events only
  2. Continuous recording
  3. Continuous snapshots

And then under snapshots, you can define the interval between shots like a time lapse.

Then under snapback, these interval shots will play like a time lapse between the recorded event videos.

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Or we can do it the “hard way”: :grinning:

Raspberry Pi Time-Lapse In Four Dead Easy Steps

I want this feature so I can take interval pictures of my water meter to track usage. My current approach is overly complicated using a laptop and webcam.

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I’m using my camera for EXACTLY the same thing, to check the level on the oil tank.


I’d like to be able to set up snapshots at dusk, dawn and noon, with the V2 normally doing other things,

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I would also love to have this feature. I am also using my Wyze to monitor equipment, and the ability to take a snapshot on an automated schedule would be very useful. I am using the short videos now, but the photos would take less space and they would be easier for me to use.

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i too would like to see this feature, I’m actually surprised it’s not available.
While the timelapse feature is nice I’d prefer to have a gallery of the images which comprise the timelapse as well.

decided to get a Pi camera with IR,cheaper than a wyze (already have a RPi) and with a bit more control - thank you @YetAnotherDave for leading me down that rabbit hole

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Really surprised this functionality is missing. Come on guys! Let’s make this happen!

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We use cameras to take photos of plant growth and then analyze the images to generate scientific data. I have not been able to find a cheap, off-the-shelf camera to take images at 30min+ intervals and have resorted to building Raspberry Pi based cameras to do the job. Seems this should be a relatively simple modification as most of the parts seem to already be there.

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Microseven cameras have this feature.
Don’t buy for night vision…

Thanks for the Microseven suggestion. Looks like they might work but the documentation is sparse - no mention of the timed still image capture capabilities at least not on the surface.

I would like to simply take timed photos around sunset. The time lapse records more than I need for longer than I need. I could simply “get 10 photos one every three minutes and not use up so much battery. . Also a repeat function would be nice and timed 15 min before sunset to 15 after or personal preferences so I don’t have to set it daily.


I simply want a daily still photo sent to my phone every morning. Give me better confidence that the cam is still operating or didn’t miss movement.