best "sweep panorama" compact/CSC?

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Tilman Paulin, May 12, 2014.

  1. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin SC Top Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    I'm having a play with panoramas lately and am looking for the most intuitive way to create them.

    So far I've been taking single photos and stitching them in Photoshop, which works fine.
    I find it hard though to pre-visualize the result while taking the photos. (e.g. quickly trying different angles, viewpoints, etc.)

    On yesterdays photo outing I used my smartphone's sweep panorama to do some test panoramas, until I found the composition I liked best. Then I took the usual succession of stills with my "real camera", trying to duplicate that composition.
    This worked to some degree and with some more practice I'll probably get better.

    I was wondering though, what are the best options for in-camera panoramas?
    Ideally, I'd like the ease of use of a smartphone -> move the camera and see the panorama-creation live on screen. (but at a better quality than my horrible cheapo-Android-phone :) )

    Does such a thing exist?
    I'm open to CSC's, compact cameras, even smartphones :)

    cheers,
    Tilman
     
  2. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    I've not come across anything better than the iPhone 5 for ease of use. The fuji xe1's pano mode was/is awful .
    I thought .
     
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  3. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Pano mode on the X100 isnt too bad, but that said, I havent used it since it was fairly new and no longer have those shots because I kinda overdid it at 180º: a bit too much. It was reasonably effective though.
     
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  4. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    iPhone 5s pano mode. Easy peasy . I like it.

    13986026587_29ddb48e61_b. IMG_0607 by sucofni, on Flickr
     
  5. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin SC Top Veteran

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    Nice!
    Yeah, I've seen some really nice iphone panoramas from other people too.

    What's the average image resolution of the iPhones panorama shots?
    (I don't need mega-high. When I currently stitch my EM-5 shots I get into 10.000-pixel-territory fairly fast, which I don't really need.)
     
  6. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

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    Garry
    That one was 8400x2500 about 21 million pixels
     
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  7. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin SC Top Veteran

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    Hehe, that sounds like enough :)
     
  8. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

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    Garry
  9. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin SC Top Veteran

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  10. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    Among dedicated photo cameras, I think Sony (who to the best of my knowledge were also first to come up with the technology) have the best reputation. All i can say is that my sony hx9v does it significantly better than my fuji x100. I've no idea if Sony cameras do it better than (apple) camera phones
     
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  11. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I believe Bart is correct when speaking of Sony being first in the consumer camera market to offer in-camera panos. I've never bothered comparing them. They all seem to do a "decent" job, but all would be better hand-stitched. Maybe I'll do a quick and dirty shootout tomorrow with 3 different brands.
     
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  12. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin SC Top Veteran

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    That would be amazing, Luke!
    I'm always torn between perfectionism and pragmatism. Good enough is most of the time good enough, but I still have a critical eye :-D

    The less time I have to spend at a computer at home though, the better. :)
     
  13. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I'm just looking for perfect "enough" :biggrin:
     
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  15. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC Top Veteran

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    Martin Connolly
    I had a Sony HX20V and the high-resolution panoramas from that were superb. The RX100 doesn't have the same option which is one of the few disappointments I have with it.
     
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  16. rbelyell

    rbelyell SC Top Veteran

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    never ever had the slightest problem shooting panos with the x100. i have zero understanding as to how the process could be easier or more effective, as one can control every factor manually or let the camera control everything. it is one of my favorite features of this feature rich camera.
     
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  17. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

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    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    I suspect it all works the same way with the XE1 but a whole lot quieter because if the lens shutter.
     
  18. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin SC Top Veteran

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    hmm, so many options :) Thanks everyone for their input so far!

    Does anyone have experience with how well the in-camera-panos work with trees/foliage?

    Most examples I've seen so far are landscapes with blue skies...
    These are two shots I took on sunday - would the in-camera panos run into problems with the trees/branches/river?

    14174873595_784cc30e82_b.
    quiet afternoon by tilman paulin, on Flickr

    13979509527_b2c34afc41_b.
    Wilson River by tilman paulin, on Flickr
     
  19. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    It was pouring rain this morning so no panos today (though I did shoot one in my office.....LOL). And now you've given me the pano fever. So while it's slow at work today, I'll share some links to examples of panos from various cameras so that we can see a wider variety of what these cameras can do. Auto-stitching has come a long way indeed.

    Here's a flickr group dedicated to Fuji X10, X100 and X-Pro1 panos (and I presume other more recent Fuji's as well) ......... https://www.flickr.com/groups/fujix10pano/

    And a group for RX100 panos (don't adjust your screen....there is someone in this group doing 3D panos (if you have some red/cyan glasses....try 'em out)....... https://www.flickr.com/groups/rx100_panoramas/

    I actually couldn;t find any more camera specific panorama groups....I'll keep looking.