Kino-Lapse: a New and Fun Stop-Motion Photography App


Price: $1.99
Kino-Lapse: Written & Video iPhone App Review

Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Sure, your iPhone, iPod Touch, and/or iPad can take photos and videos. What about taking it a step further and getting just a bit more creative? You know, something like making awesome stop-motion videos?

Kino-Lapse, developed by Chih Chieh Hung, is a new app which seeks to serve a multitude of purposes. Based on time-lapse photography techniques, Kino-Lapse allows you to take mobile photography to a whole new level.

Concept and Functionality:

I’m always on the lookout for new photography apps. It’s fairly difficult to find one that isn’t solely focused on creating funky photos to share with the rest of the world. When I do come across one that breaks the mold, though, it’s extremely refreshing. Kino-Lapse is definitely a great spin on a very popular app category.

Kino-Lapse allows you to create stop-motion videos two ways. First, you can do so by specifying a length of time between photos (in seconds and minutes). Then you choose how many frames you want to take. If your device has a front-facing camera, you use that as well.

The second way Kino-Lapse allows you to create stop-motion videos is by distance. This is great for people who like to take photos while doing activities (such as driving or biking) but would like to do so in a hands-free way. Similar to timed mode, simply set the distance between photos and how many frames you want to take.

Once you’ve perfected your video, you can export it directly to your Camera Roll quickly and easily. The export process allows you to set a playback frame rate and, if you’re feeling creative, you can even add cool filters and music to your video.


Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

Aside from Kino-Lapse being a very fun app to use, there are a few neat features which make it even easier. First, all of your videos are saved in a built-in camera roll, which is perfect for those of us who love to keep our photos and videos organized.

The available photo filters and effects are also extremely cool. You can choose from the basic sepia, black & white, and other colors, or you can go wacky and try neat effects like sketch and comic. It’s easy to add music to your video, as well, because Kino-Lapse can import a song directly from your iPod. I definitely recommend adding something because the app doesn’t record audio with your video.

As far as any improvements, I would like to see the option of imperial units in distance mode. Also, I’d love to be able to import pre-existing videos from my device’s Camera Roll. Even though they wouldn’t be true stop-motion videos, it’d still be fun to create GIF-like short videos right on your device.


Currently Kino-Lapse is on sale for $0.99. While it’s a very useful photography app (and definitely fun to use), I hope the sale price sticks until another update is released. The app is also quite a hefty download, weighing in at just over 100 MB.

If you’d like to see a few examples of Kino-Lapse in action, check out the official YouTube channel!

Kino-Lapse is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review, as well as a video production fee.

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