360 Panorama For iPhone - app review


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360 Panorama for iPhone just issued a large update to their popular panorama app that uses the built-in gyroscope feature. This essentially allows you to capture more accurate panoramic photos much easier. It can take a bit longer than a standard stitching app but the overall quality seems to be better. As iPhone photography becomes even more prominent and mainstream, good photography apps tend to do well. 360 Panorama is definitely an app to check out if you enjoy editing and taking photos on your iPhone.

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When you first load the app you'll be presented with a 360 view grid with an image in it. You'll simply select capture and the app will capture what you're viewing as a panorama in real time. The app has built-in light sensing too as well. This will automatically help the app adjust for low light settings. In good light settings, you should have no problem panning continuously to get a pretty good shot. In low light, I tended to go a bit slower to prevent seeing seams in the image.

Occipital has also mentioned that holding your phone at an angle also allows you to maximize capture area. This is a great feature if you have good light quality. In a low light setting, this feature wasn't too great and I'd still recommend holding it in portrait.

After you've finished creating your panoramic shot, you can view it live in the app as a 360 view image. Simply rotate your phone and the gyroscope feature will automatically pan the live shot for you (refer to video for example). You also have the option to save the image to your camera roll as a regular image, e-mail it, or upload. Some uploads allow the full 360 view as well. Nice little add on for those who want an interactive photo.

Overall, I'd say this is one of the better pano apps I've used on my iPhone. The only issue that really bugged me was that when you attempted to move the phone up and down a bit in order to maximize a capture area, the image didn't line up very well and you'd be left with overlapping elements. But for a simple 360 shot, this app will be a great addition to anyone's photography app portfolio.

Pros

  • Extremely easy to use
  • You have options when it comes to sharing your photos in-app
  • Rendering time is faster than other similar panoramic applications
  • Overall quality is much better (in most situations) than stitching applications

Cons

  • When creating a pano, if you move your phone up and down, sometimes the seams don't match up properly
  • In low light settings, seams can be noticeable if you pan around too quickly

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Allyson Kazmucha

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@Kris video plays fine on the iPhone, sometimes google takes a while to provide an iPhone compatible version of the video, it's certainly not a fail on @tipb's part!

It is a YouTube glitch. All tipb videos are YouTube. Some days YouTube is great, other days, it takes three or four times before it will load. I have noticed this with other non tipb videos.

Broadcast Journalism 101: NEVER refer to your audience as "you guys". Your goal is to make a one-to-one connection with the viewer or listener. Whenever you feel compelled to say "you guys", simply replace it with "you".

How come whenever I move the grid tilts and I have to tilt and I mess up. also does iPod touch 4 fully supported with gyroscope like iPhone 4

Allyson,
Thanks for the demo. What are you using to record your iPhone screen? I have been looking to do something like that for a while to no avail. Thanks.

@Adam H
I use display recorder, it's a jailbroken application available via cydia
@Kris
I've already told you in a bunch of other comment sections, it is NOT tipb, it is youtube. it's not tipb specific, and i don't understand how you are having issues viewing videos on your phone. mine are fine, as are everyone else's. there is no need to post the same thing on every article, i've already responded to you once. if you have frash installed, that will mess w/ video

If you've Jailbroken and installed Frash you can have problems viewing embedded YouTube videos. If not, you're probably holding it wrong! :p

@zero really? that's odd. i didn't have that issue even w/ the pre-release version. are you going too fast or in a low light environment?

"Overall, I’d say this is one of the better pano apps I’ve used on my iPhone."
So what is the best Pano app for iPhone, or what are the others we should consider?

@Allyson
yeah, i have yet to get one to meet up correctly. It does work better with good lighting, but even going extremely slowly i can't get it to meet .. how did you do it ? is there a system ?

What can you use to view the saved panaromic images? I had partial success with 360 GyroramaLite. The problem with this is that it crashes with certain images. I think the problem is related to maximizing the capture area. In any case I don't like using it as you actually physically need to rotate the phone just so you can pan the photo.