It took the sudden rise of the Philippine football team Azkals in the sport and TJ Manotoc’s–@tjmanotoc on Twitter–impeccable sports reporting to bring to our attention the app 360 Panorama. He uploaded on Twitter beautiful 360degree views of the football stadium (and the roaring fans) and it felt quite right to check this app out.
The current price alone was encouraging: $0.99 3.1 launch sale (for a limited time only), 66% off from the regular price. Startup screen brings you directly to a curved grid which prompts you to point your iPhone’s camera to the starting point of your (future) panoramic masterpiece and click Start Capture start shooting automatically. Point your iPhone’s camera to parts of the panorama you want completed (it would be an excellent idea if you stand/sit in one fixed point and just rotate your own self around until you complete your desired panorama range).
On the Settings page one can opt to view the panorama on a 360 view or stereographic view. Tinker with the background andchoose whether you want it white or black. I personally prefer black. Better viewing experience.
What I like about this app:
- automatic shooting: no need to click a shutter button each time you want to take the next picture. Point your device to another part of the scene and it ‘reveals’ on the screen that scene
- automatic stitching: the most painful part of panoramic shooting is the stitching part… and this app saves you all that trouble
- 360-degree photo review: swipe your results left to right and you see your panorama come to life near-3D
- sharing options: one can choose to send the photo via email or upload on Twitter
What this app could benefit from:
- $0.99 forever!
360 Panorama is simple, intuitive, and fun to use for every shooting project. Gives one reason (and leaves one with absolutely no excuse) to go on several vacations and do panorama-tripping.
And since it was so unfortunate for me to have only discovered this recently after doing several trips, below is a panoramic shot of my workplace. Not much. Halong Bay in Vietnam would have been a better sample shot.