Impressing, but for what purpose ?
"Btw.: the speed mode afaik is related to spherical shooting only - isnÂ´t it?"
The VRdrive can run in speed-mode for all types of shooting patterns.
In one of you last answers you wrote: "at max speed the VRdrive can do 360 in 6 secs with no stop (=speed mode)".
Is there another speed-mode? How do you shoot a pattern with no stops?
When shooting a patern it means for hirez usually - here i doubt a speed mode will work! The camera needs to stabilize for each shot.
How would you shoot bracketed in speed-mode? What about mirror-lock in speed-mode?
Afaik "Speed Mode" means continously scanning a 360x180 sphere - without stopping for each shot. I did it using the VR head (one row, fisheye) and realized that only ONE pixel moving with open shutter blurs the image visobly when you zoom in to 100%. 2 Pixels moving makes a clearly visible smear at less than 100%.
Shooting a hirez-sphere or mosaic means the need for high resolution. Right? High resolution means sharp, crisp visualization at deep zooms to 100%. But if itÂ´s NOT sharp at 100% - you donÂ´t need to shoot a hirez pano . . .
Ok - one pixel-move can be acceptable. Two pixel-move definitely means blur.
We have a - meanwhile irrational - race for extremely high resolution in panos. Do we now get an equally irrational race for speed-modes?
WhatÂ´s the real sense in it? Whether a sphere takes 19sec or 1,5min - who cares? WhatÂ´s it good for? Impressing naive clients?
Our clients are impressed by our photographic quality - not by speed.
Working quick and dirty and speedy ruins the reputation of panorama-photography! ItÂ´s anyway not taken very seriously in advertising agencies or other ranges where theyÂ´re used top pay much money for a well-made photo production! In that range they see it as toying around - not as serious photography. Hard to convince them that it can be made in an adaequate way their product deserves.
Doing shootings "quick and dirty" - and cheap - underlines this "underdog" status of the theme "interactive panorama" at top-class clients.