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360 Panorama iPhone App Review

Daniel Bell reviews the 360 Panorama iPhone App.

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The app takes 360 panoramics using a sweep method, where you move the camera around until you have filled the full area of the gridlines, then it completes the stitching. You can then view them either as an image as you'll see below, on your online account or on the app using the gyroscope.

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360 Panorama iPhone App Features

  • Unbeatable speed
  • Gyro viewing
  • Every panorama is GPS tagged
  • Share online via Facebook, Twitter and email
  • Free and safe panorama storage online
  • Automatic quality boost

360 Panorama iPhone App Performance

Image capture is easy and takes between one and two minutes on average. There are two methods: Next Gen, which offers advanced stitching, and Classic, which uses a paint-like effect.

When viewing the panoramics on the app using the gyroscope the images look really impressive, but it is the effect of rotating the app to look round which makes it feel good. When viewing the panoramics on your computer, it's easy to see where the app struggles. It is hit and miss whether you get a decent image, with exposure varying throughout the image, something which is very obvious in the image of the car park.

The panoramic taken at Wembley makes it very clear that moving objects, such as the crowd, are impossible to capture. Also, on a sunny day, it's inevitable your shadow will appear, although this could be removed on an app such as TouchRetouch.

The final image, taken in an office, was one of the best, although it was edited using the Perfectly Clear iPhone app, which has improved colour and exposure.

360 Panorama iPhone App
360 Panorama iPhone App
360 Panorama iPhone App
360 Panorama iPhone App
360 Panorama iPhone App
360 Panorama iPhone App

360 Panorama iPhone App Verdict

Initially the results looked impressive, and viewing them using the gyroscope is where the app really excels. Unfortunately results can vary especially, for example, if it's sunny. This tends to fool the app and gives you an inconsistent exposure. We have previously tested the AutoStitch Panorama iPhone App, which scored 4.5. This used a stitching method but also adjusted for a more consistent exposure. Overall, for £0.69, you can't really complain, but there are more impressive apps on the market.

360 Panorama iPhone App Pros

360 Panorama iPhone App Impressive when viewing using gyroscope
360 Panorama iPhone App Available for £0.69p (as of 21st Oct 2011)
360 Panorama iPhone App Easy to use

360 Panorama iPhone App Cons

360 Panorama iPhone App Exposure can vary wildly

FEATURES 360 Panorama iPhone App
PERFORMANCE 360 Panorama iPhone App
VALUE FOR MONEY 360 Panorama iPhone App
OVERALL 360 Panorama iPhone App

The 360 Panorama iPhone App is available from the iTunes Store for £0.69. For more information please visit the Occipital website.

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