Aloha all in APPro land,
Apapane here from Honolulu, wanting to put in my 2 cents regarding the GigaPan unit. Besides Aeriscera (Kilgore661), has anyone on this thread actually read the philosophy behind the development and use of the GigaPan? I've read more than a few posts here that sound very elitist - once you are familiar with GigaPan and Carnegie Mellon University's Global Connection Project, then feel free to be more critical.
Has anyone on this forum used APPro to stitch 1750 frames? see http://share.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=5322
for an example. My largest APPro stitch has been 386 frames - more than that and it crashes.
Along with my Canon S5-IS, I can also mount my Olympus E-510 onto the GigaPan unit (btw- GigaPan is the unit, a gigapan is the product). The GigaPan has its limitations, for sure, but it was not developed, necessarily, as pro, or semi-pro, hardware. In this regard, the GigaPan group is well aware of the desire for a DSLR friendly unit, but does not yet have a time-line for its development. Certainly, GigaPan is not the only panorama game in town. Each individual must choose for him/her self the optimum "package" for their needs.
Full disclosure - I recieved a Fine Outreach for Science grant from Carnegie Mellon to perform beta testing of the GigaPan here in the wilds of the mid Pacific Ocean. I'm a botanist with interest in using high resolution panorama photography for habitat documentation and long term ecological monitoring. on soapbox< Hawaii comprises just 0.2% of the land area of the USA, but is home to nearly 1/3 of all the threatened and endangered species in the entire country.>off soapbox
Several months ago, I sent Alexandre Jenny frames from several of my gigapans as raw material for developing a GigaPan friendly version of APPro - still no update. It sure would be great to have the combined ability to align images as in the GigaPan stitcher, with the pre-rendering capabilities of APPro. The GP unit takes individual frames in columns, building up rows as the unit moves down, taking more columns from left to right. The stitcher asks for the number of rows in the gigapan, then automatically aligns the frames in the correct sequence - the program doesn't need to "hunt" for matches.
A question: What is your definition of a panorama? Does it depend on angle of view, field of view (a broad landscape vs a single building vs a subject 20 cm x 20 cm), image size, or "explorability". Maybe this can be spun off into a new thread?!