29.07.2018 - Years later, 4 years in 16 seconds
Today the camera has died.
More precisely, i opened it up for the yearly battery replacement and photo download, and once it was put back together the error light kept lighting up.
Turns out the card in it was no longer writeable.
Gonna try to replace it some time this week, meanwhile i feel like it's the right time to post the footage collected so far.
Here is it a noon every day. The best part of it i how the trees poof in blossom suddenly.
|Timelapse: 4 years of apples, centered at noon|
| Poof, blossom|
And here is the same closer to evening. You can actually see how the sun's elevation change as the times of the year go by.
The jitter in the sun represents the jitter in the camera's onboard clock.
|Timelapse: 4 years of apples, sun motion|
| Sun bobs up, sun bobs down|
So, how was it performing?
The batteries tend to last about 9 months, after which it starts losing frames at night.
The clock on it is a bit erratic and have drifted almost a full day over 4 years. Fortunately the drift is consistent so i can correct for it in post processing.
The sensor shows it's age, being 640x480 in the days of 4K being the norm and HD being the expected minimum.
All in all, i'm facing with a hard choice: Add more batteries so it'll last 5 years, or add a better sensor as well, and have to keep replacing the batteries every year...?