List of Large Sensor Cameras with Built In Intervalometers

Star Trails with an Intervalometer

An intervalometer makes it very easy to make star trails images. Canon EOS 6D, 14mm @ f/2.8, 100 x 30s, ISO 6400

Timelapse photography complements night photography well since we’re typically dealing with long shutter speeds and using techniques that require lots of exposures, such as image stacking. The easiest way to make a timelapse is to buy an accessory intervalometer for your camera but I don’t always like carrying a bunch of gear around and an intervalometer is just an extra piece of equipment. So if possible, I prefer a camera that has the interval timer built-in. I’ve scoured the internet to find all the large sensor cameras that have built in intervalometers in their software / firmware. Here’s the list so far:

All of the cameras below feature a sensor that’s 4/3, APS-C or full-frame (or medium format in the case of the 645D/Z) so they should also be great for night photography, especially when paired with a fast wide angle lens. Some of them, however, are fixed lens cameras.

I’m trying to keep this list complete so if you know of any other cameras that include a built-in intervalometer, or if you see a mistake, please let me know in the comments section below!

Nikon

D200
D300
D300s
D3
D3s
D3x
D4
D4s
D5000
D5100
D5200
D5300
D5500
D600
D610
D700
D7000
D7100
D7200
D750
D800
D800E
D810
D810A

Canon

7D Mark II
1100D*
500D*
50D*
550D*
5DS/R
5D Mark II*
5D Mark III*
600D*
60D*
650D*
6D*
700D*
7D*
EOS M*

Leica 

Leica Q (Type 116)

Pentax

K-3
K-3 II
K-5
K-5 II
K-5 IIs
K-7
K-50
K-30
K-01
K-r
K-500
645D
645Z

Olympus

OM-D E-M10
OM-D E-M1
OM-D E-M5II
PEN E-P5

Samsung

NX1
NX500

Sigma

DP2 Quattro
DP2x
DP2s
DP2

Ricoh

Ricoh GR
Ricoh GR II
Ricoh GXR A16
Ricoh GXR A12

Panasonic

DMC-GH4
DMC-GH3
DMC-GX8
DMC-GM1
DMC-GM5
DMC-G7

Fujifilm

X-T1
X-T10
X100T
X-E2***

Sony

NEX-5R/5T**
NEX-6**
a5000**
a5100**
a6000**
a7**
a7II**
a7R**
a7RII**
a7S**
RX1**
RX1R**
RX100M3**
RX100M4**

*Certain Canon EOS cameras require the Magic Lantern firmware hack to be installed to enable a built in intervalometer function
**The Sony Alpha cameras requires the Time Lapse downloadable app
***Requires Fujifilm X-E2 downloadable firmware version 3.00

UPDATED: July 17, 2015

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Ian Norman

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Ian Norman, co-founder and creator of The Photon Collective and Lonely Speck. Ian is a full time traveler, photographer and entrepreneur. In February 2013, he called it quits on his 9-to-5 to pursue a lifestyle of photography. Follow Ian's photography adventures on Instagram.

41 Responses

  1. Angela September 14, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    I know this post is a little old but you should add the new Canon 5D Mark IV to the list. It has a built in intervalometer (which I can’t wait to try ^_^)

  2. Jafar Dw August 30, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    Does canon 1300d contains inbuilt intervalometer ??

  3. J May 27, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Hi Ian!

    I was wondering if the Sony a3000 should be on this list. If not, is it due to the sensor size, or the lack of an intervalometer? How would the a3000 be for astroimaging if it was paired with a Rokinon 12mm or 8mm?

    Thank you!

    • J May 29, 2016 / 3:54 pm

      Also, what sensor will be better- Sony RX100iii, or the Sony a3000.

  4. colin lister March 29, 2016 / 8:15 am

    the basic canon 5d and 5d11 and 5d111 have not got an itervalomiter unles you download magic lantern not everyone wants to do that

  5. Yemil Aragon January 25, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    You can add the Canon 70D to this list. With Magic Lantern installed it has a built-in intervalometer that works quite well.

    • dawn carter June 30, 2016 / 11:07 pm

      i have been reading on this and it says it is not available. Is it really? is it safe?

  6. Jan January 9, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    Thank you!! This info is very helpful for me. It is important function in self portrait fishing photography. You can add to list DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill.
    I wonder how this feature works in a difrent of cameras.
    I Have RICOH GR. When I use intervalometer with timer i focus only once before first pic.
    When I press the shutter button camera focus every time before taking picture.

    With sigma there is no option interval with timer and focus only once before taking 1st pic.

    I still waiting for ful frame camera with intervalometer working with timer and focusing before every photo and fully side rotatable screen.

  7. amine DZ November 21, 2015 / 10:20 am

    thank you very much Ian
    I was looking for the list of nikons cameras that has a built in intervelometer and i found more than i want thank you again !

  8. krixoff November 10, 2015 / 3:41 am

    GX7 have an intervalometer

  9. Christopher July 17, 2015 / 6:10 am

    Hi,

    I´m using the EOS M but unfortunately it doesn´t have a built in intervalometer. Also using Magic Lantern but its intervalometer shoots `only´ every 10 secs and doesn´t allow any time setting changes. Really bad for longexposures. As far as I know it also has no connection for an external intervalometer. Thats why I´m intersted in the list above.

    • Ian Norman July 17, 2015 / 9:47 am

      Are you sure about the ML interval timer? I am able to shoot intervals other than 10 seconds on my EOS M with ML installed.

  10. Andrew Fuller July 14, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    The Nikon D810A has an intervalometer (plus a Long Exposure Manual Mode which gives you shutter speeds from 4 to 900 seconds).

    • Ian Norman July 17, 2015 / 9:47 am

      Thanks Andrew!

  11. Gianguido May 7, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    Wow what a site! Just discovered you guys (through photon collective!).

    Do you have any experience with the OM-D cameras and astrophotography? I’ve read terrible things about the E-M1’s noise… It seems like an otherwise fantastic little gem of a camera. Thoughts?

    • Ian Norman May 8, 2015 / 1:14 am

      I do have some experience with the E-M1 and I really like it. It is a little more limited by the smaller sensor but there are still some fast lenses available for the Micro 4/3 mount that should prove excellent for astrophotography. At the end of the day I really don’t try to let sensor size bother me and instead look at lens availability. Lenses like the 12mm/2.0 15mm/1.7, 17mm/1.8 and upcoming 7-14mm/2.8 are all excellently fast and perfectly suitable for some landscape astrophotos. I just recently made a trip out to the desert for some night shooting with the Sony RX100 III which has a 1″ sensor and it seemed to do quite well:

      Sensor size is only one part of the equation and there are a lot of really great possibilities with smaller sensor cameras out there. The E-M1 and the other m4/3 cameras have a lot going for them.

    • Gianguido May 8, 2015 / 9:49 am

      I guess I was referring to the issues discussed here:

      http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/m43/em1-em5-dark.html

      and also somewhat here:

      http://cameralabs.com/reviews/Olympus_OMD_EM1/EM1_long_exposure_noise_vs_EM5.shtml

      One feature of the OMD’s that looks sensational is the Live Composite shown here, for example:
      http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2015/02/11/the-power-of-the-olympus-e-m5-ii-long-exposures/

      I am quite torn between the OMDs and the Fuji Xs (E2 or T1)… as I guess many people are.

    • Ian Norman May 8, 2015 / 10:38 am

      Thats interesting, looks like long exposure NR is a must on the E-M1. My experience with the E-M1 was all with daytime shooting so I never go to witness that problem. I have gotten some good results from other 4/3 cameras like the LX100.

    • John Yip May 20, 2015 / 11:25 pm

      Gianguido, I had an EM-1 and the long exposure noise is definitely a problem if you are not using the LE NR. It is for this very reason that I sold my EM-1. Now I am using an A7s and am loving it.

      Btw, love this site Ian. Keep up the good work!

  12. Joshua Levy February 4, 2015 / 2:03 am

    Really great information as an intervalometer is something i’ve always wanted to get except my pentax kx doesn’t have a plug to receive one. This is why I am looking for a new camera. I have never used one so I am in no way an expert on this subject but would like to outline the features that I expect it to have.

    1. Ability to make adjustments to iso
    2. Ability to program time start and end
    3. Solid battery life
    4. In camera stacking – probably not but would be nice

  13. Bruce January 13, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    Samsung NX1 has built-in intervalometer.

    • Ian Norman February 5, 2015 / 4:22 pm

      Thanks Bruce, will add it!

  14. Bubba Hogg September 2, 2014 / 8:08 am

    Thank you!! This info is very helpful. I’ve been digging around forever looking for something like this.

  15. Matthew July 3, 2014 / 2:11 pm

    There’s also a built in intervalometer in the Panasonic Lumix GM1 and GX7. Much easier to carry those smaller bodies into the wildnerness than a massive DSLR (or indeed GH4 the GH3) :-p

  16. Gianluca Lastoria June 4, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    Nikon D3 is missing (an old but still valid camera for astrophotography), D4s has a double entry. Nice blog, by the way :-)

  17. Miika May 28, 2014 / 11:20 am

    There is a time lapse app for Sony A7/A7r in Sony’s app store, and they are full frame bodies.

  18. Mike May 4, 2014 / 12:56 am

    Nice informative article there once again, Ian.

    As a Nikon D5200 user I can confirm the built-un intervalometer is present and is definitely fully usable and adjustable within the 30sec time exposure. Since I’ve bought an external intervalometer as well, I can still have a choice for a quick longer star trail if I wanted to go over 30sec per a single frame shot.

    Well done:)

    • Ian Norman May 4, 2014 / 9:55 am

      Thanks for verification Mike! Yes, an external intervalometer is still good for any exposures in Bulb Mode! I personally use Bulb rarely though.

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