In camera panorama?

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crypie Junior Member • Posts: 36
In camera panorama?

I'm evaluating options to make the m43 jump. I have an older Canon Rebel DSLR but would like to move to the m43 for the size savings. Since this is such a competitive segment, I'm looking at features which could meaningfully differentiate products for me. One of the things I think I want is in-camera panorama mode.

When travelling, I've actually been able to get some really nice results from the iPhone panorama mode. I figured that if I used a newer m43 I would be able to get even better panoramas. However, it doesn't seems like this is a differentiating factor many people discuss. Is this because most people stitch the images together afterwards? In my mind, that's sort of like shooting in RAW. For the hardcore shooters it makes sense but lots of folks do just fine with in camera JPEGs. I'd rather just pan and shoot and get a usable shot instead of messing around with software.

Here's my question, how often do you use the in camera panorama feature? Is it a feature you would use to help determine which camera to choose. I believe Sony, and Panasonic are the main players with this feature and Oly does not. It seems like a big gap for Oly but I could be wrong.

Thanks

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Acrill Senior Member • Posts: 1,901
Re: In camera panorama?

I have used the Fuji version and it generates noticeable stitching errors.

It is a good feature if you are travelling, for instance, and want to post panoramic pics like the Arc de Triomphe from underneath without the hassle post-processing.

For other purposes you can get better panoramic results by stitching during the post-process stage.

Maybe the Sony and Panasonic versions are less error-prone, don't know.

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Impulses Senior Member • Posts: 4,043
Re: In camera panorama?

I've used Sony's version with my HX P&S and it produces pretty good results... Changing lighting conditions (e.g. dark on one side, bright on the other) can be a challenge, as can moving subjects (duh) but I rather like having it. Looking forward to trying out Panasonic's version on my LF1 (arriving tomorrow).

For me it's nice to have, even if stitching them later can produce better results (significantly better in some cases, depending on how many shots you take, whether you break out the tripod, etc)... Whether you put it ahead of other things is more of a personal choice.

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hindesite Senior Member • Posts: 1,999
Re: In camera panorama?

I've used it a couple of times, and it is good enough - if you are careful - that there are not any obvious stitching errors. I can see that I would use it from time to time, but my preferred method is to use MS-ICE. In-camera pano is limited to 1 row, and also limited to span - whereas I can stitch 100s of images in multiple rows using software. In general I find that panos show what is there, rather than what I see, so I don't use them very often.

I wouldn't consider this factor alone enough to inform a decision, but look at the other things you get. In camera HDR works OK, but you have to be careful - again, like panorama it is something I'll use occasionally but will more often use software.

Some of the in camera filters and effects are neat, if you are in to that kind of thing. Viewfinder is great - as is the touchscreen display. WiFi is not good - very early days for this and is very clunky to set up and not reliable - but I think since the hardware is there, firmware updates can improve it remarkably. Here's hoping.

It is a remarkably nice camera to use, and I much prefer it to other m4/3 cameras with built in viewfinders from other manufacturers. Costs less, too.

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LincolnB Veteran Member • Posts: 4,118
Re: In camera panorama?

crypie wrote:

I'm evaluating options to make the m43 jump. I have an older Canon Rebel DSLR but would like to move to the m43 for the size savings. Since this is such a competitive segment, I'm looking at features which could meaningfully differentiate products for me. One of the things I think I want is in-camera panorama mode.

When travelling, I've actually been able to get some really nice results from the iPhone panorama mode. I figured that if I used a newer m43 I would be able to get even better panoramas. However, it doesn't seems like this is a differentiating factor many people discuss. Is this because most people stitch the images together afterwards?

Yep.

In my mind, that's sort of like shooting in RAW.

Yep.

For the hardcore shooters it makes sense but lots of folks do just fine with in camera JPEGs. I'd rather just pan and shoot and get a usable shot instead of messing around with software.

Here's my question, how often do you use the in camera panorama feature?

Never.

Is it a feature you would use to help determine which camera to choose.

No, even though I do a lot of stitched images.

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crypie OP Junior Member • Posts: 36
Re: In camera panorama?

Thanks for all the answers. MS ICE seems to be the preferred stitching option. Does anyone use Linux and have experience with any of those options?

hindesite Senior Member • Posts: 1,999
Re: In camera panorama?

crypie wrote:

Thanks for all the answers. MS ICE seems to be the preferred stitching option. Does anyone use Linux and have experience with any of those options?

I've used Hugin on Linux, but would even go to the trouble of running a Windows VM to run MS-ICE, it is really good.

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