Just as a simple comparison - of my various camera/lens/panohead setups - not really valid when downsized?.
Here are some quick panos taken in rougly same location and conditions with:
1. Nikon D40 6MP, Nikkor 10.5mm fullframe FE, aperture priority f8, fine JPEG, Nodal Ninja 5, 6 shots around at 10 degrees down and one shot at 60 degrees up, auto CP detection, rendered at max. res. approx. 8400x4200, spline 36 and Smartblend.
2. Nikon P5100 at 5MP, Nikon FC-E8 cropped circular (when zoomed out a bit) FE convertor, full auto, fine JPEG, Bophoto pano bracket on monopod, 4 shots around, auto CP detection, rendered at max. res. approx. 4600x2300, spline 36 and Smartblend - could have shot at max of 12MP (or 8MP or 10MP) but forgot to change settings. Anyway I guess 5MP is closer to the 6MP of the D40.
3. Nikon D40 6MP, Sigma 8mm f3.5 cropped circular on DX sensor FE, aperture priority f5.6, fine JPEG, Nodal Ninja 5, 4 shots around at 5 degrees up, auto CP detection, rendered at max. res. approx. 6600x3300, spline 36 and Smartblend - shot later after changing detente ring in pano head; when sun was not bright!
4. Nikon D40 6MP, Sigma 8mm f3.5 cropped circular FE, aperture priority f5.6, fine JPEG, Nodal Ninja 5, 6 shots around at 5 degrees up, auto CP detection, rendered at max. res. approx. 6600x3300, spline 36 and Smartblend - 6 shots around because I was too lazy to change the detente ring in the pano head at the time.
All panos post-processed in Photobrush - levels adjusted a bit (without great care and with no attempt to match images), all downsized to 2000x1000 for posting on forum, sharpened a bit (unsharp mask), re-saved as JPEG.
Not sure this 'tells' one much. Note 'native' max. pano size difference when renedering relevant iof goal is fullscreen display as speherical. And that P5100/FC-E8/Bophoto combo does better than one might have expected especially as was on full auto settings and on a monopod.
Nikon D40, Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye, Sigma 8mm f3.5 fisheye, Nikkor 18-55/50/35mm lenses, Nodal Ninja 5 Lite, Nodal Ninja 4 with R-D16, Agno's MrotatorTCS short.
Nikon P5100, CP5000, CP995, FC-E8, WC-E63,WC-E68, TC-E2, Kaidan Kiwi 995, Bophoto pano bracket, Agno's MrotatorA.
Merlin/Orion robotic pano head + Papywizard on Nokia 770/N800/N810 and Windows 8/XP/2K.
Last edited by mediavets on Wed Apr 09, 2008 4:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.