Pano – camera app to take 360 degree Panoramic Photos
May 3, 2012 10:22 AM –
Pano is a simple panoramic photography app for Android and iOS devices. Being able to only capture the narrow angle in front of you is a thing of the past with apps like Pano. Simply take a shot, move to the side, take another and so on! Pano lets you take up to 16 photos to get a real panoramic image.
Tested on: HTC One X
Pros & Cons:
- Simple and easy-to-use interface!
- Up to 16 shots to create a panoramic photo!
- Accurate results!
- Semi-transparent guidance overlays from previous picture to help you line the picture up!
- Small screen-view.
- No automatic mode.
- Lacks options.
Pano is a cute little panoramic photography app that lets you take 360 degree shots of your environment. Ever had a truly breath-taking view and normal photos have been unable to do it justice? With apps like Pano growing ever popular, you can now take great photographs of your whole view.
This feature is terrifically popular and something already included in the vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich camera. Pano does have a few benefits over this however. You can take up to 16 shots in total, making it much more likely to get a full revolution. When you take a picture, the result is overlayed onto the next one, meaning you can accurately line up the shots for continuity. Done correctly (and these things can take a little bit of practice but that’s half the fun) the effect is great, giving you a full panoramic perspective of your view.
Pano is also very easy to use, the simple UI enables users to take pictures quickly and accurately. The camera view itself is relatively small, meaning you don’t get the clearer, larger, lens view you normally get when taking pictures. It would be nice to have such an option, however, the options are something Pano lacks unfortunately. Other such apps I have used; notably Photaf Panorama Pro and my native HTC One X camera provide an automated service which aligns and takes picture for you (all you need to do is pivot around and let it do its work).
Therefore while Pano works well, there are arguably better options out there. If perhaps such options are either unavailable (you do not yet have ICS) or out of your price range for such an app (Photaf Panorama Pro is a bit more expensive) then Pano would perhaps be a much more favourable option. It’s a good, stable app that works well, coming with some neat features that make taking such shots a breeze.
Pano – Shot 2
Pano – Shot 8
Pano – Merging
Pano – Final image
For taking panoramic photos Pano is pretty cool. By providing up to 16 consecutive shots it means your pictures will deliver a full 360 degree image which is a great way of saving that moment.
Ease of Use:
Pano is incredibly simple and straightforward to use. Just point and click, line up the next shot and click again…. The overlay from the previous shot is a great way to ensure you stay in line, etc. and make it easier to create pictures that are continuous and not badly merged together.
This depends on how much of a photographer you are and have reasons to need a panoramic shot.
The interface is very straightforward and intuitive. I wish the viewer wasn’t as small as it is, other panoramic picture apps utilise the full screen.