Monday, June 19, 2017

65 megapixel 360 photos in RAW format with Pano 5+1 Mark II

You can take 65-megapixel 360 photos in RAW format with no parallax stitching error with the Pano5+1 Mark II, a panoramic head for GoPro Hero 5 (with an included adapter for Hero 3 and 4).

The Pano5+1 Mark II is the new version of the original Pano5+1.  The new version has several improvements including:
- compatibility with GoPro Hero 3, 4, or 5 (natively compatible with Hero 5, and an included adapter for Hero 3 and 4)
- fully spherical (the original version required manually holding the camera for a downshot).
- transparent body casts less of a shadow
- the Pano5+1 doubles as a case for the Hero 5.
- includes a carrying case.

By using a Hero5, it is possible to take photos in RAW for maximum image quality and then stitch the edited images together.  Please note the kit does not include stitching software.  I believe you should be able to use PanoramaStudio 3.

Here is the video

Here is a sample 360 photo.  The photo is of a car interior, which is usually a difficult subject for larger 360 cameras such as the Panono.

Here is the crowdfunding page.  Here is the official website.  Given that this company has already produced a previous version of the Pano5+1 and because it is not complex, it is a low-risk crowdfunding project.  I backed it and will post a review if/when I receive it.

You might also be interested in the new Panohero H5B for Hero 5, which is also a panoramic head for GoPro Hero 5 Black.

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