These are 360 degree panoramas I've produced by various techniques. Some are taken with my new 0-360.com Panoramic Optic, while others are built from multiple photos stitched together using PTGui, an advanced photo stitching program.
Advantages of the Panoramic Optic:
Panoramas are taken with a single shot, allowing easy and quick capture of many panoramas. It also makes it possible to capture scenes with a lot of movement, such as passing cars or crowds. Finally, the lower resolution (see below) means many panoramas can be uploaded to a website, with smaller files resulting in faster load times and less bandwidth cost.
Disadvantages of the Panoramic Optic:
The vertical field of view is quite limited, so objects above and below the camera are not visible in the shot. Also, unless you have an expensive and extremely high megapixel (100 or more) camera, due to the compression of a full 360° image into the camera's normally limited field of view, the resulting panoramas are of low resolution and quite grainy.
Advantages of stitching with PTGui:
Panoramas consist of multiple high-resolution images, allowing much clearer and higher resolution panoramas to be constructed. Also, since objects can be moved between shots, unwanted elements such as tourists and traffic can be masked out. This also meakes it easy to shoot a full 360° by 180° spherical panorama, since the photographer and camera equipment can be moved out of the way for direct downwar and upward shots.
Disadvantages of stitching with PTGui:
Changing the camera's position between shots results in parallax, which leads to stitching artefacts. Similarly, it is difficult to capture moving objects such as crowds or cars, since these may be in one shot but not the next. Clouds also change position while shooting, requiring careful masking to capture them. Shooting panoramas this way is also time-intensive, not only in taking the photographs but stitching them. Finally, the higher resolution of the resulting panoramas lead to slower load times and higher bandwidth usage.
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