Pano 360

There is an app I have had on my phone for a while called 360 which is for taking panoramic photographs.  I have had it for quite a while and have mentioned it before here but they have progressively introduced new features over that time.  While the new operating system has a pano function built into the camera (if your phone isn’t too old), it is rather basic and nowhere near as good as this one.

Taking images requires a little planning since you are able to take a full spherical image.  Doing this without having the whole thing look strange in close requires you to keep the camera point itself unchanged as you turn around.  This is harder than you think.  The software can compensate a bit but you need to try and get it right in camera as much as possible.

It shows you a grid of the total shot and so you can see which bits you have shot and what is needed to fill it all in.  It gives you a live preview as you shoot including looking straight up and down when required.  Once the image is complete (or as much of it as you want), it processes it and then you can upload it to a website to view later.  The links here are from that site.  It is a great app and fun in some situations and valuable in others when showing off a wide view is hard to do any other way.

When checking this examples out, don’t miss out on a cool feature.  At the top of the viewer are three buttons.  It starts on the middle setting which allows you to pan around.  If you click on the left button, it creates a view from the ground up.  The right button creates a view looking straight down.  (This only works properly if I have shot a full 360 image.)  This looks like the work that Gerry Holtz has done and I blogged about here although his is far superior.

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