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Photosynth on your Nokia Lumia: 360° panoramas

Photosynth  360° panoramas

Published by Adam Fraser on June 7, 2012

Whenever you take a photo, you do it because you want to capture a memory. Rather than taking just a static, flat photo, why not capture everything – all 360° of it. With Microsoft’s Photosynthon your Nokia Lumia you can now create complete panoramics, in all directions, in a matter of seconds. This is a must-have.

The best way to demonstrate how this app works is to show you the results. I found some open space in London and stood in the middle of it, loaded up Photosynth, and the app started taking the photos instantly an automatically.

If you use your cursor on the image above, you can drag the image around from left to right, up and down to see the entire scene. It’s not just a photo of one subject, from one angle. It’s a more immersive experience. My rushed photo-taking has left some dark spots, so make sure you take your time with your panorama, but even with those dark spots, I’m sure you’ll agree the photo still came out really good.

When you start taking a photo with Photosynth, you’re prompted to pan the camera around its current position. As you start taking photos, an innovative capture system lets you see your progress during the capture so that you’re reminded what’s already been taken. This is powered by Photosynth’s computer vision algorithms and makes capturing a panorama very easy.

Once you’ve finished capturing that spherical-image, you’re left with a few options. You can just save it to your phone in the Pictures Hub, however the image just looks flat and distorted as it’s supposed to be viewed when stitched into a sphere. For optimum viewing, we’d recommend using the app to view your saved images.

There’s also the option of uploading the images using the free service. This is where you can store all your Photosynthed images and view them on the larger screen, as well as deciding whether to share them with the rest of the photosynth community, or not.

Photosynth on Bing Maps

If you decide to share your images in this way, there’s the added option of having your panoramic photo appear on Bing Maps for everybody in the world to see. It’s a great way to show off your local area or a famous landmark.

Alternatively, if you’d like to just share the images with your friends, you can share it to your Facebook and Twitter profile, as well as sending it via email, using the share option in the app.

Photosynth is available for the Nokia Lumia 610, Nokia Lumia 710, Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 900

Have you used Photosynth? We’d like to see your photos. Feel free to share them with us using the comments section below, and tell us what you think of the app, too.


Published by Adam Fraser on June 7, 2012



Photographer Captures 24 Hours In One Panoramic Photograph



 24 Hours  Panoramic Photograph

His long exposure photo was taken with a Canon 550D DSLR camera. In the dazzling shot, star trails look like a modern interpretation of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’, while the glowing sunlit clouds recall something by Michelangelo’s careful hand. The photographic masterpiece creates an almost spiritual vision of Greece’s beauty, don’t you think?




White Tip Shark Ilot Mato South Reef New Caledonia

White Tip Shark Ilot Mato South Reef New Caledonia in New Caledonia


Panoramic photo by Richard Chesher

When I took this image of the white tip shark, Triaenodon obesus, it was about one metre from the camera lens. It looks big because it was so close, but was only about 1.4 metres long. Normally these sharks are kind of hard to get close to – at least on normal terms. One can get a lot closer when feeding them – but that’s one thing I don’t get involved with; feeding them with bait or feeding them with parts of myself.

I have to admit that I don’t think sharks are cuddly creatures. I don’t trust them. They have a chilly, unintelligent persona and I don’t feel comfortable taking my eyes off one when I see it in the water. They normally reciprocate the feeling (humans are a lot more dangerous than sharks) so we tend to go our separate ways pretty quick if we happen to meet unexpectedly. But this shark was apparently unaware of what I was and seemed quite comfortable hanging around. In fact 3 or 4 of its mates were hanging around, too. They were not sure of what kind of creatures Freddy and I were because we were wearing our stunning zebra-striped leotards. You can see Freddy in hers, swimming up the coral gully on the reef behind the shark.

The sharp, high contrast pattern of these leotards confuse our normal human shape in shark eyes (also in fish-eyes) and the reef creatures are a whole lot less worried about us than when we look like a normal human killer fish. The suits also have the benefit (if you call getting close to sharks a benefit) of protecting our tender skins from the sun, the occasional jellyfish or stinging coral. It even holds a little body heat.

For more about diving and snorkelling spots in New Caledonia’s fabulous lagoon, check out the cruising guide to New Caledonia.




ImmerVision Develops the World’s Smallest 360-Degree Panomorph Lens

360-Degree Panomorph Lens

ImmerVision, the inventor of the 360-degree panomorph lens and worldwide expert in immersive optical technology, has developed the world’s smallest manufactured ImmerVision Enables panomorph lens with 182 by 360 degree field-of-view. This one-of-a-kind megapixel lens designed for consumer electronic applications, measures less then 6mm and can be manufactured by leading lens providers worldwide, offering customers a panoramic view of any environment in the palm of their hand.

“This new 6mm lens is the smallest 360-degree lens in the world, making the panomorph lens one that can be developed in any size, with any image quality, for any application,” said Alessandro Gasparini, Chief Commercial Officer at ImmerVision. “There is increasing demand for 360-degree imaging capabilities on portable devices that require higher optical performance, quality and flexibility with reduced lens size and cost; all requirements which panomorph technology can meet.”

Tamaggo, a consumer technology company, recently had a leading lens manufacturer create a 14-megapixel panomorph lens with 200 by 360 degrees field-of-view. This resulted in the release of the first-ever 360-degree imager with unparalleled image quality and range, putting Tamaggo at the center of attention at the CES tradeshow last January.

Demand for panomorph lenses and distortion-free viewing is also increasing in the security industry. Come fall 2012, a new super-megapixel board-mount panomorph lens will be used in next-generation ImmerVision Enables certified mini domes from the security industry’s top-tier camera vendors.

Finally, much like JPEG or H.264 for photography and video, ImmerVision Enables has become the standard for 360-degree solutions and applications. Organizations are using this standard to develop cutting-edge 360-degree hardware and software products that are compatible between each other, offering customers complete immersive viewing everywhere and at any time.

ImmerVision is currently designing an even smaller panomorph lens than the announced 6mm. Mobile device manufacturers are gearing up to have this miniature 360-degree panomorph lens installed in smartphones and tablets.

About ImmerVision

Leading innovation in 360-degree panoramic imaging, ImmerVision licenses its panomorph optical and software technology to global lens producers, product manufacturers and software developers. Panomorph lenses are the only ones that can be adapted to any camera, any sensor, and any consumer, commercial and government market. .

SOURCE: ImmerVision