Top 10 devices and equipment for shooting spherical panoramas and creating virtual 3D 360 tours. Comparison of characteristics and parameters.
You can start taking panoramic photos without significant costs using a conventional camera and a computer with which you need to stitch photos into one file - a spherical panorama in an equidistant projection. As for the camera, even a simple mobile phone camera with a resolution of 1-2 megapixels will do.
The quality of the resulting panorama, of course, will not be high, but you can try your hand at panoramic photography.
I did not use it myself, but I heard that there are programs for Android and iPhone that allow you to automatically take and sew the resulting photos in the 360x180 panorama in an equidistant projection. Personally, I used Nexus 5 with the default program.
User Dasiz claims that he used Oneplus One smartphone for his panoramas. Stitches made this way are not always of high quality. But the quality of such panoramas is much higher than when using the simplest phone with a camera.
Although there are solutions similar to Roundshot VR Drive that cost more than $ 3,500 for shooting high-resolution panoramas, we will not consider them in this article.
Panorobot - is a more budget solution, you can say the budget equivalent of Roundshot VR Drive. Panorobot also allows you to shoot spherical panoramas, working with cameras Canon. This solution allows you to get a panorama, it seems almost professional level.
According to the supplier of the device, it is possible to stitch the photo in free programs for stitching panoramas, such as PtGui in automatic mode.
With this small device, which in size and weight, probably less than a mobile phone, you can get a spherical panorama stitched into one JPG file in almost one second. Such a device can be used in the case when you need to quickly capture a virtual tour, but you can ignore the quality and high resolution of 360x180 panoramas.
The resolution of the panorama obtained with the Theta Ricoh device is only 3584x1792 pixels. Panoramas and virtual tours received by Theta can be viewed on the smartphone screen or in a small window...
You will need professional equipment, such as a DSLR camera, a panoramic head and a suitable tripod for professional virtual tours and spherical panoramas indoors and in high resolution. With this equipment, you can shoot panoramas in HDR format, which is especially important when shooting rooms, which allows you to avoid heavily exposed or dark areas in the panorama.
Here are some examples of panoramas taken from the air over Kaliningrad.. Drone Phantom 2 Vision + camera cannot be called professional. For panoramas from the air, it is better to use GoPro. DJI Phantom 2 Vision using the remote control allows you to control the tilt of the camera, and the DJI app associated with the camera allows you to watch and take pictures.
The only thing that the construction of this drone model does not allow is to remove the zenith.
|Any camera||Smartphone||Panorobot||Theta||DJI Phantom 2 Vision +||Professional equipment|
|Need to stitch panorama in Autopano, PtGui||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|Resolution of stitched panorama||5000x2500*||7168х3584||30000х15000||3584x1792||25000x12500||15000x7500|
|Shooting time, minutes||3-7||2-5||2-5||1 second||1 second||1-2 minutes|
|HDR shooting panoramas||No||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|Set of equipment||Any camera||
Camera with a wide-angle lens for shooting the sky
Nikon D5100 Body
Samyang 8mm CII
* Indicated values are approximate
Summarizing, I can say that the best option for shooting spherical panoramas with the highest quality/price indicator will be a solution from Panorobot.ru. Having spent on equipment only about 10,000 -15,000 RUB, you can receive panoramic images of high quality, almost professional level. Shooting panoramic photos indoors is also high.
Also, I would like to mention other devices for shooting spherical 3D 360x180 panorama that I could not use.
Good information. Thank!
Aleks, thank you. I am glad that the information was useful))