Shooting Movies of Star Movement (Star Time-Lapse Movie) (PowerShot G9 X)

Article ID: ART164502 | Date published: 01/22/2016 | Date last updated: 01/22/2016


Shooting Movies of Star Movement (Star Time-Lapse Movie) (PowerShot G9 X)


By recording a time-lapse movie that combines images shot at a specified interval, you can create movies with fast-moving stars. You can adjust the shooting interval and recording duration as needed.
  • Note that each session takes a long time, and requires many shots. Check the battery level and memory card space in advance.

  • Procedures for shooting start time-lapse movies are explained below.
1. Press the power button to turn the camera on.

2. Set the mode dial to [SCN].

3. Touch the icon appearing in the upper right of the screen.

  • If the default settings have not been changed, [ ] will be displayed.

4. The shooting mode selection screen will be displayed.
Touch [ ] [ ] or drag up or down on the screen to choose [ ].

5. Touch [OK].

6. When the following screen is displayed, press the <INFO.> button.

7. Touch [ : Star Time-Lapse Movie] to choose it from the options appearing on the bottom of the screen, and then press the <> button.

  • Zoom is set to maximum wide angle and cannot be adjusted.

8. Touch [ ] () on the shooting screen.

9. The following screen appears. Touch an item, and then choose the desired option.
  • Touch the desired setting and press the <> button.

The options that can be configured in [Start Time-lapse Movie] mode are shown in the table below.

Effect         Choose movie effects, such as star trail.
Shot Interval15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min.Choose the interval between each shot.
Frame Rate   (NTSC)Choose the movie frame rate.
Shooting Time60 min., 90 min., 120 min., UnlimitedChoose the length of the recording session. To record until the battery runs out, choose [Unlimited].

  • A shooting interval of [1 min.] is not available with these effects:
[ ], [ ], [ ], or [ ]
  • Even if you specify [Unlimited] in [Shooting Time] and use an AC adapter kit (sold separately), shooting will stop after about 8 hours, at most.
Estimated playback time based on shooting interval and frame rate (for a one-hour session)
Interval between ShotsFrame RatePlayback Time
15 sec. 16 sec.
15 sec. 8 sec.
30 sec. 8 sec.
30 sec. 4 sec.
1 min. 4 sec.
1 min. 2 sec.

10. Mount the camera on a tripod or take other measures to keep it still.

11. Check the brightness.
  • Press the shutter button all the way down to shoot a single still image.
  • Switch to Playback mode and check image brightness.
  • To adjust brightness, turn the <> ring and change the exposure level. Check brightness again by taking another shot.

12. Press the movie button to shoot.
[Busy] is displayed briefly, and then shooting begins.
  • Do not disturb the camera while shooting.
  • To cancel shooting, press the movie button again. Note that cancellation may take up to about 30 seconds.
  • The camera operates in Eco mode while shooting.
  • There will be a delay before you can shoot again, as the camera processes the images.
  • If the camera runs out of battery power or memory card space, shooting stops and a movie created from the images up to that point is saved.
  • ISO is set to Auto and cannot be changed.
  • Aperture cannot be changed manually.
  • The [Date/Time] you started shooting will be recorded in the image.
  • Sound is not recorded.
  • For easier viewing, try choosing MENU > [ ] tab > [Night Display] > [On] before shooting.
  • You can also access the screen in step 5 by choosing MENU > [ ] tab > [Star Time-Lapse Movie Setting].
  • To save each shot collected before the movie is created, choose MENU > [ ] tab > [Save Stills] > [On]. Note that these individual images are managed as a single group, and during playback, only the first image is displayed. To indicate that the image is part of a group, [ ] is displayed in the upper left of the screen. If you erase a grouped image, all images in the group are also erased. Be careful when erasing images.
  • Try switching to manual focus mode to more accurately specify the focal position before shooting.
  • Battery performance decreases at low temperatures. Try warming the battery pack a little by putting it in your pocket, for example, ensuring that the terminals do not touch any metal objects.
  • Even if you specify [Unlimited] in [Shooting Time] in step 5 and use an AC adapter kit (sold separately, shooting will stop after about 8 hours, at most.

This concludes the explanation of shooting start time-lapse movies.



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