360-degree photography made easy
iOS App of the Week There are quite a few apps that can be used to stitch together a series of overlapping photos in order to create a single, wide-angle panoramic picture.
These apps all use clever algorithms to try to line up elements within the photos in order to create a seamless overlap, but even the smartest software can’t do much to help if your photos are just too far out of alignment.
Hold your phone vertically (left) and wait for the Yin-Yang symbol to guide you (right)
Dermandar Panorama cleverly pre-empts that problem by using the iPhone’s built-in gyroscope to help you auto-align your photos as you take them. That makes it much easier to get good results when the photos are subsequently stitched together.
When you launch the app, it starts by telling you to hold the camera vertically upright – you can’t take photos with the iPhone held in horizontal landscape mode. Once the iPhone is properly upright you’ll see the scene in front of you with the two halves of a Yin-Yang symbol displayed at the top of the screen.
Preview your panorama
You hit the Start button to take the first photo, and then as you start to turn right or left. the iPhone the Yin-Yang symbols start to move closer together, indicating how far you need to move in order to line up the next shot.
When the two symbols touch, the app automatically takes the next photo for you, and a little icon within the Yang symbol indicates the total horizontal angle that you’ve covered so far.
Prepare your pic for uploading (left) to your preferred public gallery (right)
It’s that on-screen feedback that makes Dermandar Panorama stand out from its rivals, and it only took me a few minutes of practice before I was able to get some really good shots that covered a complete 360° sweep.
You can preview the completed panorama within the app before deciding if you want to save it permanently, and then upload your photos to Facebook, Twitter or the public galleries on Dermandar’s own website.
If you’re new to panoramic photography then it’s probably a good idea to start with one of the many free panorama apps, such as Microsoft’s Photosynth. However, Dermander Panorama is well worth £1.49 if you’re a keen photographer and want to get some really good panoramic shots with the minimum of effort. ®
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Sweep panorama is available on Sony (et al) pocket cameras
Sweep it back and forth to paint the large picture.
Anything less is not there yet.
I also notice
that for all it nags you about holding it consistently upright, it then fails to take pictures with consistent exposure settings, so the resultant panorama has obvious vertical shading bands.
My camera does this already, at least for 3 frames.
And that's the cheapest Fuji pocket camera in the shop. It uses image tracking to place a cross on the scene that tracks around as you move the camera. When you line it up with a fixed circle on the display it takes the next shot. Sometimes it screws up but mostly it does an excellent stitching job.
I found Autostitch a pain as it doesn't let you provide hints. Photosynth is unpleasant to use. Best one I've found is PhotoStitch, that comes bundled with Canon cameras.
Might be a clever app but the panoramas are awful.
Try AutoStitch Panorama -- you don't need to hold the phone any special way, just snap away overlapping in vertical and horizontal orientation just as you like, even in several rows, and it will analyze and stitch the photos together. Creates much better panoramas with even less bother while taking the photos.
Thanks for the review...
but on checking the results it made my mind up to not buy this app. Poor seaming, overuse of feathering and no exposure smoothing. Nice UI elements do not a good app make.