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Good Small Camera with Panoramic Shots
on February 23, 2013
I bought this camera largely for the ability to take panoramic shots. It takes decent regular shots and video as well. At first I was very enthusiastic about the camera and took it on business trip to Las Vegas. I took many shots with the camera and many on Panoramic mode in parks like the Sahara National Preserve, Red Rock Canyon (just outside of Las Vegas) and Joshua Tree National Park.
Panoramas are easy to take and produce good quality images.
The downside is that the panoramic images are not as high a resolution that you would think - especially in regard to the height. It also tries to make you take a panorama that is a very large angle. I suspect the longer it is - the less likely you are able to hold the camera steady (without a tripod) and the up/down movements reduce the height of your image.
There are some neat features of the panoramic mode that allow you to take panoramas going in any direction.
Would love to take two panoramas from the same position at slightly different angles and have the camera put it together. Then I could address the height issue. I really want to print my images in large format and this is difficult to do. Microsoft has a product that can help with this as well. Using a GoPro camera and the Mircosoft software you can produce really good panoramas as well, but there is a slight distortion due to the wide angle of the lens in the GoPro.
Between the two cameras - I had a lot of great pictures that I really want to print and cover my office with at work. Now, if I only had more money to do that...