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GigaPan EPIC 100 Robotic Camera Mount

3.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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  • Designed for larger point and shoot cameras
  • Extendable plate accommodates larger cameras
  • Bubble level Onboard, for quick set-up
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Product Description

The GigaPan EPIC 100 comes with fully integrated software - GigaPan Stitch software - which automatically combines photos to create megapixel panoramas and uploads them to GigaPan.com. Specially designed to fit larger point and shoot cameras, the EPIC 100 is also compatible with several small DSLR cameras (maximum weight, including camera, is 3 lbs.).

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 16 inches ; 9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B003SUZL4O
  • Item model number: 600-0007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 18, 2010

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

I've been shooting high res panoramic images for a long time and have non-robotic panorama brackets. The GigaPan Epic 100 appealed to me because it's just barely able to fit my Panasonic G2 Micro Four Thirds camera. I'd have to go with the much larger Epic Pro that's twice as expensive to use my Nikon DSLR bodies and lenses.

While the Epic 100 is much smaller than the Pro, it's still a large, heavy device to carry around. It easily takes up three times the space of my manual panorama gimbal bracket and it's probably three times as heavy. The mounting bracket on the Epic 100 is adjustable so you can set up the camera and lens so they pivot around the entrance pupil (incorrectly but commonly referred to as the "nodal point"). But the range of adjustment is very limited, so be sure your camera and preferred lens will fit. I can just barely make the bracket work with my 45-100 Lumix zoom lens. The Epic 100 comes with a button-pusher servo to automate photo capture. And GigaPan offers a remote cable for use with some Canon compact cameras in place of the button pusher. I found information on how to make a composite cable that will work with the micro jack remote on my G2 and some other Panasonic MFT cameras, but I'm disappointed that GigaPan doesn't offer its own cable to make the connection.

Watch the tutorial video for the Epic 100 on YouTube. Setting up and using the Epic 100 isn't rocket science, but it's far from quick and easy. It's especially not quick. Once you get the Epic 100 set up on a tripod, you'll need to set up the field of view for the focal length you're using. If you change focal lengths, you'll need to run this procedure each time you make a change. You then choose the type of panorama you're shooting and set it up.
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I'm a visual effects artist in Los Angeles, working with film and high end commercials. I use panoramic heads for creating HDR images for digital lighting. At first, this panoramic head was quite exciting. I've had previous experience with creating 360 panoramic images, so I'd say for someone with moderate to advanced experience, it is quite fast to get acquainted with this hardware. The software is bare bones though, and it is definitely a drag on time when setting the panorama parameters (F.O.V. and start and end points). Personally, I think the benefits outweigh the longer initial setup, but I can see how some may be annoyed with the process. Once everything is calibrated, this machine is quick and precise with it's movements and it yielded excellent results for stitching. It was fun while it lasted.

My bad review (initially 1 star) is due to the poor craftsmanship of my Epic 100. Within a month, the stickers on the arm by the tilt motor started removing itself. Within 2 months, the pan motor started sputtering and eventually started to fail. The same failure was starting to happened to the tilt motor too. This failure even happened when there was no camera loaded. I've followed all the guidelines of weight capacity (Canon T2i), recommended batteries and even purchased the official bag for safe transportation.

All in all, I got 5 panoramas before it broke down (about 1 per weekend). The worst part is that I was on a VFX shoot and I had to rent equipment to finish the shoot. Gigapan has offered to repair it, but after I PAY THE POSTAGE to mail it back to them.

I will post an update after the repairs.

UPDATE:

I'm not happy that I had to pay the $20 for shipping there, but they were "nice" enough to pay the return shipping.
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The Gigapan system is truly amazing. You may remember it from the famous shot of Obama's inauguration. Gigapan 100 is basically a robot that turns your standard digital point and shoot camera into a panorama machine, capable of photographs beyond your wildest imagination. And don't think you know what panorama is just because you've done a few of them handheld and stitched them yourself. Gigapan is in a different realm. The level of detail and clarity is astounding; the stitching of hundreds of images, seamless. When your panorama is finished, you can zoom and zoom, and zoom some more to see tiny distant details buried in EPIC landscapes.

The system is easy to use. The stitching software is elegant and simple. The results will blow your mind.

Go to the Gigapan website and check out some of the user panoramas.

This is one machine that every serious photographer should have in their arsenal. Gigapan also makes the EPIC PRO, for those who want to use a DSLR.

I cannot recommend this product enough. Be prepared for a whole new style of photography---one in which the viewer of the photograph can literally navigate a whole landscape, tag certain features, zoom in to hidden details, and literally immerse themselves in a scene. This is the cutting edge of panoramic photography!
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While awkward to use this device produces the finest panorama photos made today. But to use the GigaPanSystems does take some practice. Also using the software can be problematic
Even with the issues you will initially be confronted with, the panoramas this machine makes are incredible
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