Panorama Feature Added to iOS 6

The iPhone 5 was announced yesterday along with the new operating system called iOS 6. The new iOS will be released on Wednesday, but some developers have started using it to get their apps ready to run on it.

Apple discussed the new panorama feature during their presentation yesterday.

Panorama feature in iOS 6

iPhone is the most popular camera in the world. For good reason. Photos look so stunning, it’s hard to believe they were taken with a mobile phone. And everything that made the iSight camera in iPhone 4S the world’s favorite is now on iPhone 5 — and then some. The new panorama feature lets you capture everything from a family reunion group photo to a jaw-dropping shot of the Grand Canyon. With one smooth motion you can shoot up to an impressive 240 degrees. The gyroscope, A6 chip, and Camera app work together to create one seamless, high-resolution panorama up to 28 megapixels.

This feature will also work on older iPhones. When you have the camera app open, you tap the Options button and then tap on the Panorama button that you see. After that you just rotate around and keep a cute little arrow along a line in the middle. It’s really simple.

I took this shot at lunchtime with the glaring sun up in the sky. I haven’t done a lot of testing to see how quickly you can spin, but this one was done in just a few seconds. Click on the image to see it on Flickr (full resolution has been uploaded).

C-Ville Pavillion

When you update to iOS 6 (available next week) you’ll get to make nifty shots like this one. The size of the shots are really large, and depend a bit on how straight you kept the camera. The images turn out to be around 10800 x 2430 pixels on my iPhone 4s during my testing. This type of image has problems with items that are close to the camera, since it has a problem aligning/splicing these things together (example is when you stand next to a fence or a cubicle wall) so the clearest shots are the scenery type.

There are a number of apps available that already create panoramas so the developers of those will have to work to include more features than the built in camera app. I’m guessing we’ll see more panorama images on the various photo sites in the upcoming year.

Dermandar: Panoramic 360 with Ying-Yang

A new app (currently free) called Dermandar for iPhone was released earlier today. It allows you to create 360 degree panoramic shots.

GUI of Dermandar App
GUI of Dermandar App

Description

  • Easily create a panorama up to 360 degrees in no time.
  • Current version requires a gyro. Soon we will provide a version that uses the compass (for 3gs).
  • Just click and start rotating the device, the app will automatically shoot every while and the images will be turned into a large panoramic image in few seconds.
  • Share the panorama on social media (Twitter, Facebook).
  • By uploading the panorama on Dermandar website, you will be able to embed it interactively in a blog/website.
  • A free Flash/HTML5 viewer will let you share your unique creation very easily with all your friend

I gave it a quick try while standing in my kitchen (I’m a single guy…so might not be spotless!). It has a very unique interface. As you turn the ying-yang symbols get closer together. When they touch it takes a snapshot. You keep spinning around and the app will stop taking photos when you’ve done the full 360. It saves the full stitched picture to your camera. Mine was 5920×795 pixels (have only tried one so far).

You also have the option of uploading the image to a website where it will be hosted. When viewed on the iPhone the panoramic is done with HTML5, but when I looked on my computer I got a Flash interface. It would be nice if that was also HTML5.

This was my first try, and overall it came out pretty well. It gave me two refrigerators so it had a bit of a stitching problem. Since it was my first attempt (and hadn’t read any instructions) I may have been moving too quickly at the time, or not properly tapping to end (I just glanced at the instructions…very quick and helpful read). I saw no settings anywhere for location data, and when I did the upload to the website it didn’t seem to keep that info for the map. I’ll look in to that later tonight.

Take a peek at my kitchen if you dare 🙂

Overall it seems like a very good initial release and definitely worth giving it a try. There are several similar apps for panoramic images including: 360 Panorama (my personal favorite), Panoramic 360, and Photosynth (to name just a few).

You can download Dermandar from iTunes or visit their website.