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sweep panorama m43 camera?

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

  1. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 10, 2013
    Vancouver, B.C.
    I'm having a play with panoramas lately and am looking for the most intuitive way to create them.

    So far I'm taking single photos and stitch 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, trying to duplicate that composition.
    This worked to some degree and with some more practice I'll probably get better.

    I was wondering though, are there some m43 cameras that do a good in-camera panorama? (my phones panorama quality is horrible).

    cheers,
    Tilman
     
  2. ex machina

    ex machina Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    Baltimore, MD
    The Lumix GX7 has a decent sweep-type panorama feature, though I haven't used it very much to date, this example was shot with the 14-42 kit lens and straightened a bit in LR

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    Power Plant: Pano by lewisfrancis, on Flickr

    I became interested in stitched panos using an iPhone app called Autostitch, since then I've been playing around with the desktop version stitching my GX7 shots:

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    Engine Control Room by lewisfrancis, on Flickr
     
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  3. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 10, 2013
    Vancouver, B.C.
    Thanks for the link to Autostitch! That looks like an interesting option in case I don't go for in-camera panos...
     
  4. cmpatti

    cmpatti Mu-43 Veteran

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    May 8, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    I've also used Autostitch on my iPad, and have had good success with it.

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  5. GFFPhoto

    GFFPhoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2013
    Hugin is free and awesome if you go for an out of camera option
     
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  6. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    I agree hugin can do a good job, but interface is a little clunky and not that intuitive to use. I use hugin because it's free and works with mac
     
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  7. marcsitkin

    marcsitkin Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Jan 24, 2013
    Harwich, MA USA
    Marc Sitkin
    I like PTGUI myself, works really well.

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  8. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 10, 2013
    Vancouver, B.C.
    Thanks for all the suggestions so far! Any more ideas about cameras with good in-camera-panos?

    The reason why I'm looking for in-camera-options, is that with the "computer-based" stitching I don't know until I'm back home if the composition I was going for worked or didn't work.

    With in-camera-panos it's easy enough to try a few different angles, and then decide which one works best compositionally (e.g. a lower cameraposition with more ground in frame?, or angling the camera up a bit?, etc.)


    What might be ideal is if the camera did in-camera stitching, but also saved the single shots? (so you could stitch them yourself on your computer in case the camera-stitching didn't quite work)
    Do any of the cameras do that?
     
  9. ex machina

    ex machina Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 3, 2014
    Baltimore, MD
    Pretty sure the GX7 won't save individual components of a sweep pano.
     
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