Or any smartphone or camera with a dedicated panorama system
Nexus panorama photo of Central Market in York, PA – 180 degrees 3920 x 636 pixils at 72 dpi
A baked in panorama feature is the smartphone journalists super wide-angle.
A panorama can help with a quick scene setting tweet of a news event. Blending foreground and background together giving context; providing points of interest to a really wide slice of life.
Current generation Motorola smartphones and early high end Samsung feature phones (like the ACH-990 from 2005) use a technique that stitches individual full frames together.
The Droid X, X2, Bionic, and RAZR can stitch from 2-6 frames. The technique for shooting with these camera phones is to expose, turn, stop at indicator, allow for exposure, turn, pause at indicator allowing for exposure, turn…
The Samsung Galaxy, as a function built into Android 4.0, shoots what appears to be a continuous video stream, but is actually small vertical strips of still photos.
As the series of photos is exposed, each is (metered) exposed and then seamed together. Many slices become one in the rendering process at the end of the shoot. Because there are many slices shot very quickly there is a better chance of making a gradual exposure change or freeze many elements in motion that will become one image.
Note: Shooting the panorama can be stopped at any time. If you don’t want to shoot the full 180 degrees you can choose where the panorama ends by touching the exposure button again.
CANCEL stops the rendering process if you have determined by the preview that you have screwed up. The blue bar at the bottom of the panorama interface shows you how far you have to go and doubles as a processing indicator.
Do not pan or wave the camera. Keep turning the camera on a center axis. You can scan either left to right or right to left.
Do not change direction of the camera up or down or try and correct your path. Stop capture, hit CANCEL and start over when things get screwed up.
Think where the camera is going to wind up at the end of the scan, where your body, hands and fingers will be during the scan and if the circle you will create during your scan will capture your intended wide area.
When you move the Galaxy Nexus too fast the frame will blink “too fast” in red. The area will still expose and process, but will be blurred. Exposure time (speed at which you move) for the panorama will vary with the amount of light available.
Some practice with steady, predictable scans will turn your Galaxy Nexus into a super wide angle machine.
A sunset snow shower in West Manchester Township, PA with the Galaxy Nexus
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