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Recommendations for digital camera with really great panorama capabilties?

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Jock Elliott, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Could be continuous, could be stitch-together; I would prefer to hear about ones that you have actually used.

    Cheers, Jock
     
  2. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    One thing I really love about the RX100 for stitching is the virtual horizon.
    I'd definetely list that as a much have feature.

    It's also very easy to lock exposure and focusing, I tied it to middle button and left button on the real wheel.
     
  3. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I'm not much of a pano guy but I know you can go plenty of great stitch together panos from almost any camera if you use a tripod and the right stitching software. Since I'm too lazy to try that I've done in-camera auto-panos with Sony cameras (Nex 5, RX1, and RX100), Fujis (X100, X10) and the Panasonic LX7. Of these I'd have to say Sony does the best job of correcting for my lack of steadiness as a tripod as I sweep. The Fujis have shown plenty of jumps when I haven't been steady panning and the Panasonic did to some extent as well. I can't seem to screw up the Sony panos no matter how unsteady I am. I'm not sure how they do it, whether they take a little off the top and bottom to even everything out or what, but they're really pretty incredible. But I'm strictly amateur hour when it comes to panos. I think to do it right you'd want to use a tripod and good stitching software.

    -Ray
     
  4. porchard

    porchard SC Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2013
    Devon, UK
    Apologies for going slightly OT, but when you say that you set a button to lock focus, do you mean that you set the button to engage the flexible spot setting?

    I have to say that I wish that the RX100 had a means of assigning a button to a straightforward AFL function (à la Fuji X series).
     
  5. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    Fuji X100's continuous panorama isn't bad, but you need to make sure that shutter speeds are slower than 1/250th to prevent banding (apparently the shutter speed isn't 100% precise above 1/250th, so different shots could have slightly different exposure, leading to banding).

    Sony has a reputation of having the continuous panorama thing pretty much spot-on.
     
  6. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    No, what I do is autofocus where I want focus to be, and then I use the middle button to switch to MF. That effectively locks AF for as long as I want it locked. And the focus peaking also gives me a good indication for whether or not I end up having things out of focus that I wanted in focus.
     
  7. demiro

    demiro Serious Compacts For Life

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    Dec 15, 2011
    Sony does seem to have a trick for the panos. Even their cheaper P&S cams do a nice job.
     
  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    The Fuji X100 and X10 that I've used were pretty good when I used good technique. I shot a few on my brother's cheapo Sony and they were flawless. I think they may have been the first add that feature and they do seem to be a step ahead.

    If you're really into panoramas though, I recommend taking as many photos as you want (remembering to switch to MF so your focal plane doesn't change....and also being fully manual so all your exposures are the same) and stitching in post. There's many different programs that will stitch them together fairly flawlessly. Your end result will be higher resolution, larger file. If you're just going to view it on a screen, it doesn't matter quite as much, but if you're going to print one to hang in your home, you'll appreicate the extra IQ.
     
  9. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I went looking for a couple panoramas that I like and had forgotten that I went through a panorama phase. Once I realized how easy it was to stitch images together, I started seeing panoramas in unlikely places. And sometimes instead of switching to a wider lens, I'd just shoot 2 or 3 frames and stitch 'em.

    Looking for Lauren by Lukinosity, on Flickr


    Take me out to the ball game by Lukinosity, on Flickr


    Bullseye Records Panorama by Lukinosity, on Flickr


    movie night panorama by Lukinosity, on Flickr


    scenic outlook panorama by Lukinosity, on Flickr
     
  10. porchard

    porchard SC Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2013
    Devon, UK
    Ok, I see what you mean now. I'll give this method a try, and see if works for me - thanks...:smile:
     
  11. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Luke,

    What stitching software do you use?

    Cheers, Jock
     
  12. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    It's been a long time since I was REALLY into it, so when I do one now, I just use Photoshop Elements. It works simple and is as automated or manual as I want it to be. I have also used Arcsoft Panorama maker and Hugin. There may have been some others I tried as well, but that was a couple years ago.
     
  13. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Haven't been there in well over 20 years, but I recognized this Kauai shot the second I saw it. When we lived in the Seattle area, Hawaii was actually a pretty affordable vacation and we went several times over a period of years. That's just off the road heading up to the Na Pali Coast, no? And that beach where they filmed the famous scene in "From Here to Eternity". Amazing island. We liked it so much we never went anywhere else on the islands - just straight to Kauai. The first few times we stayed in rental, open air huts at some 7th Day Adventist camp down on the south end of the island (inland from Poipu) that cost about $25 a night. Later we moved into some of the lesser resort hotels down at Poipu beach. Great memories from there...

    -Ray
     
  14. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    That sounds about right, Ray. My wife is better with the places and names. I really need to get back to Hawaii. Or at least out of this prolonged winter.

    on an unrelated note, they don't work great on computer screens, but I also love me some vertoramas (vertical panoramas) as well.

    Sunset over the tracks by Lukinosity, on Flickr
     
  15. Hikari

    Hikari SC Veteran

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    Jan 5, 2013
    Maine, USA
    For in-camera stitching, the RX-1 does good job. For stitching in post, any camera will work. I prefer stitching in post.
     
  16. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    I don't get great panoramas from my Fuji F660 - perhaps i need to practice more with it but the wide angle is too extreme & they don't stitch well

    Its a shame as I rely on Panoramas for survey work - (the business end of my photos)

    The 16:9 ratio works quite well on its own though & has less convergence than wide angle at 4:3.

    Previously I had excellent results from my little & cheap Nikon Coolpix A3200. Arc soft Panorama Maker came bundled with it & its a great simple to use package.

    Nikon Coolpix pan

     
  17. porchard

    porchard SC Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2013
    Devon, UK

    I tried this, and it works a treat. Thanks for the tip!:smile:
     
  18. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk SC Top Veteran

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    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
  19. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    NYC
    You can try also free autostitch program:
    AutoStitch