We humans have been capturing the events of our lives thru the camera lens for nearly two centuries. But there’s always been one problem: How can we record the action around us and still be photographed as part of that action? The folks at JK Imaging may have a solution. Marlo talked to Paul Meyhoefer, Vice President of JK Imaging, as Paul showed off the new Kodak PixPro SP360 camera.
The SP360 gives its big selling point away right there in the name, as the camera records a 360-degree view around itself. No more will it be necessary for a camera operator to stand behind a viewfinder and thus, be left out of the action.
The PixPro SP360 works with both Android and iOS, and the photos/videos captured by SP360 can also be exported to a computer for further manipulation. There’s also a range of mounting kits for the SP360 so the camera can be used in rugged outdoor environments or even underwater.
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Then I got out my iPhone and took a 360 Panorama view of the neighborhood. I used the new 360 Panorama application by Occipital for the iphone. All I had to do was spin around and capture the image.
The program just came out this week. It’s for iPhone 3GS, 4 and iPod Touch 4g. You call up the application, then start the capture at one point. Once the image is capturing, just spin around in a circle moving the camera up and down. When you have spun a full 360 degrees and the whole wireframe is filled up, choose done and your panorama is ready!
Once the 360 image is complete, I can choose to Twitter it (using YFrog or Twitpic), email or save it to the phone. You don’t even have to do the full 360 view. Let’s say you are taking a picture of a concert stage. Just capture the area and choose done.
The 360 view does have an online viewer to watch your work – Here is the 360 view of my front yard.
The program uses stitching of pictures, so you will see some weird spots in your photo. Just like most 360 programs, it can only do so much to “Stitch” the images together. Lighting and movement in the scene can make it tougher for the image to smoothly stitch together.
A pretty impressive application for only $2.99. I have been playing with different scenes. Remember that light also plays a role in your image, so make sure you have adequate lighting.