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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:34 am 
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Check this out:

http://www.dcviews.com/press/giroptic-360.htm

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:04 pm 
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Negative Slony was writing a negative post but decided not to post it for fear of sounding too negative.


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There's a similar device here http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/02/360_gizmos_one_shot_panor.html


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:46 pm 
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See by yourself !

The camera is not inexpensive (for $999 you could buy an entry level DSLR and a fisheye, or quite), a 8 MP sensor (where, I guess, not all pixels are useful) is not enough for crisp 360° x 110° full screen panos, but the HDR image handling looks effective... It looks better than any previous attempt.

(Following image come from http://www.giroptic.com/tourism_solution.php#)



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 1:01 am 
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I've used something similar several years ago. The quality of the Mirrored surface left a lot to be desired, as it was not really feasible to clean and was made of plastic, resulting in the mirrored surface after time deteriorating...

The quality of the image was only suitable for the size you see above any larger and basically it was unusable, i suppose it will find a niche market somewhere.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 5:12 am 
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Look for "one-shot panoramic lens" -- there are a ton of solutions out there, from a lens that sits on your DSLR to a device that sits on your lens.

The advantage is cost--you can buy a DSLR (even the entry level are good) and use other lenses. Or you can even get a one shot device for a P&S.

One shot setups give you 360x110 or so, so you can't get a spherical pano, but you can get most of a room if you're shooting real estate.


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