Every now and again someone pops up and asks us what difference between the Triggertrap Mobile app and Triggertrap Timelapse Pro is. 

It’s a fair question.

First up, price. The Triggertrap Mobile app is free to download, whether for iOS or Android. Timelapse Pro, on the other hand, isn’t free. But it shouldn’t break the bank, either. Which leads conveniently, or inconveniently if you’re an Android user, to the next point. Timelapse Pro is available only on the iOS platform. Sorry everyone. We would love to be able to offer Timelapse Pro to Android users, but it’s just not possible.

The Triggertrap Mobile app is a multi-functional application to release your camera’s shutter. With seventeen modes in the iOS app (but slightly fewer in Android), divided into four categories, there’s a whole lot of camera triggering that the Triggertrap app affords you.

It has what you’d expect from a camera triggering app, for example a simple cable release, a self-timer, and a timelapse mode. But it includes some slightly more unusual functions, too. For example, you can use sound to trigger your camera. Or you can create a DistanceLapse, where it’s how far you, your camera, and your smart device moves that controls the camera shutter, rather than how long time ticks on. You can dip your feet into astrophotography with the star trails mode or turn your hand to HDR with the LE HDR mode.

Timelapse Pro, on the other hand, is dedicated to timelapsing. While the Triggertrap app is there for your simpler timelapse videos, the TimeLapse Pro app presents you with greater flexibility and control and enables you to step up your timelapsing capabilities.

With Timelapse Pro you can build a timelapse sequence using the delay and intervalometer blocks, give the sequence a name, and then save it. As well as building specialised sequences for complex timelapse projects, you can save timelapse sequences for your frequently shot subjects, too, for example clouds or sunrise. 

The delay block does what you think it might: inserts a delay of a specified length into the timelapse sequence. You can use as many delay blocks as you need, at the beginning or in between intervalometer blocks, to stop and start your timelapse whenever you want.

The intervalometer block determines how many shots you take. First you select the interval between shots and then you choose either how many exposures you want or for how long you want your camera to be shooting. This block-stacking technique gives you the flexibility to insert as many intervalometer blocks as you want or need into your timelapse sequence, and break them up with delay blocks if required, too. 


Picture credit: Pete Coutts

Picture credit: Pete Coutts

You could shoot a 24 hour timelapse of an intersection, taking more shots during rush hour but fewer when you know that the traffic will have eased off. Or you could create a photo booth sequence, which takes four photos in succession with a 20 second delay after the subject (or subjects) have pushed the big red button. And that’s just two ideas.

So now you know the difference between the Triggertrap app and the Timelapse Pro app. Happy triggering!