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 Post subject: One Shot Pano
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:25 pm 
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Good Day all,

I remember a while ago there was a camera on the Kolor store called gyro......something. Has anyone got one of these for sale or know where i can buy one, or just post a link to one please.

I know the quality is not great but i have a client that is looking for a large scale job with this sort of quality.

I look forward to your response.


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 Post subject: Re: One Shot Pano
PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:28 pm 
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netline wrote:
Good Day all,

I remember a while ago there was a camera on the Kolor store called gyro......something. Has anyone got one of these for sale or know where i can buy one, or just post a link to one please.

I know the quality is not great but i have a client that is looking for a large scale job with this sort of quality.

I look forward to your response.

I have no idea whether the company is still in business:
http://www.girocam.com/

http://www.giroptic.co.za/p/588598/the- ... our-camera

A used example:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/ ... dition=all

Perhaps the Ricoh Theta would do instead?:
https://theta360.com/uk/about/theta/


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 Post subject: Re: One Shot Pano
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:23 am 
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Hi...

I would suggest you go with the Theta, its much cheaper at a third of the price and APG support is coming soon..

Destiny..

PS...
I have just downloaded the app on my Mac but I cannot find demo images to view... but I found this one.. I think very good for $400... Most of the panos I have seen to date were not as good..
https://theta360.com/spheres/samples/2a ... 27b212e7-1


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 Post subject: Re: One Shot Pano
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:51 am 
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I am really beginning to like this camera.. The early images I saw were not that great.. I still feel its over priced though.. Most reviews make reference to it being over priced and in Australia the prince is between $520 to to nearly $600.. Way too much... :( Perhaps the prince will come down in time.. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAEih4Ip7us


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 Post subject: Re: One Shot Pano
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:11 am 
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netline wrote:
Good Day all,

I remember a while ago there was a camera on the Kolor store called gyro......something. Has anyone got one of these for sale or know where i can buy one, or just post a link to one please.

I know the quality is not great but i have a client that is looking for a large scale job with this sort of quality.

I look forward to your response.


I tested the Theta just for fun. The quality is poor anbd definitely not acceptable for commercial work. Far away from the GoPro`s quality. Tons of stitch-errors inside rooms due to the construction, too low resolution.

If you want to saitsfy your client: buy a mid-class dslr or a mirrorless camera and put a good fisheye on it. 5 - 7 shots for a complete sphere
which you can build a completly automated stitching and rendering workflow for.

This all takes no longer than using a Theta and needing hours and hours of editing each pano.

Thinking "the client don´t want or need better quality" . . is a big mistake. Maybe he states that before he sees the first results. But when you present him bad quality he will not be happy about it - no matter what he said before.

So: if you do panos anyway - make them in good acceptable quality. Doing things in bad quality always is a dead end road.

The Theta is a fun-device, a toy. If you want to make money with panorama-shooting: buy a device which provides acceptable quality.

There´s no cheap way doing it with one shot at all. The "cheapest" one-shot solution is a rig of 6 GoPros. But you need to take in account very much work with stitching and editing when you use them when you have objects in close AND far distances at the sae time and you run into big troubkes shooting in rooms of average sizes.

So again: buy a mid-class DSLR or mirrorless camera, a good fisheye lens and a good manual NPP-head. 6 - 7 shots and you´re done.
Stitching can be automated to some extent then.

Useless to produce garbage just because teh camera is cheap i mean . . :cool:

best and good luck, Klaus

PS: the reputation of panorama-photography is getting lower and lower. Because of more and more
cheaply made work flooding the web. This will lead to a state you can´t earn good money wioth it anymore.

The only way to make acceptable profit is producing excellent quality and having a good taste whith visualizing the client´s project.


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