360 degree photography and videography - what's the latest?



  • Looks great! I was looking into the specs of this camera but can't find anything on interval or remote control ( wifi connect distance 10 meters??
    Curious to know how your going to trigger it!
  • Just photos, Jim.
  • Hey Gerco, there are limitations with the Panono for sure.

    You are right, there is no interval timer. The Panono's quickest trigger interval is around 10 seconds and the support team advised me that they are unlikely to introduce an interval timer on the phone app because of overheating - you can't work it too hard!

    That answers your question about how to trigger the camera. There is a Panono app for both Android and iOS based phones. This allows you to connect to the camera via wi-fi. You can choose full auto mode for taking pictures, or you can use manual settings: shutter speed, ISO, white balance. Aperture is fixed at f/2.8.

    Photos can be transferred to your phone and then uploaded to the Panono cloud where the photos are stitched for you. Of course, you can choose to download the files to your computer and do your own stitching if you prefer.

    Going back to the wi-fi range, my son helped me do a test on the ground this morning. Panono Support suggested a range of up to 100m - we managed 70m before we lost connection. We lost connection because my son went out of sight on coast path slope, so I think there is more distance to achieve. When connecting via wi-fi I am using a manual DNS server code rather than relying on the automatic option. I have seen a number of online articles that say using, as the DNS code on your phone boosts the wi-fi signal to whichever device you are wanting to connect to. I have not used the automatic setting yet so cannot compare.

    I'm sure this is more information than you wanted but it might be useful for anyone considering buying a Panono for themselves. I sourced mine from Ebay and got a very good deal at less than 1/3 the new price.
  • Hi Ningaloo, thank you for this extensive answer: it looks like the wifi-range is more than I expected and that is hopefull! Please keep us posted on your airborne experiences.

    In the meantime Ricoh has improved the Theta S with a Theta V version. Bigger sensors but still, only two lenses. In that respect the Panono looks a big step ahead
  • First test after work today with my boy on phone app control duty. I cannot embed the 360 image here so you'll have to click the link if interested!


    The wind was strengthening tonight. My big 11ft delta actually took its first ever dive as a result, just after this photo was taken. Both kite and rig landed in gorse bushes about 30m apart. Solution? Unsnag the delta from the gorse and relaunch out of trouble!

    Flickr link: https://flic.kr/p/2f4Ku5u
  • Looks terrific Kevin!
  • Amazing shot Kevin, good resolution and sharp.
  • Brilliant!
  • Beautiful detailed shot! Could you tell a bit more on the wifi-range in practice? Thanks! Gerco
  • Thanks for the kind feedback.

    Gerco, of course. After the initial connection between camera and phone I let out about 30m of line quite quickly. My son then checked the phone to see if the connection was still good. There is no live view when using the app, but a shutter button is displayed if the connection is good. A message appears on screen if the signal is lost.

    When the shutter button is green the camera is ready to take a picture (actually 36 pictures!!). When it is just a white outline then the camera is processing/not ready.

    After the initial 30m, we checked again in 10m stages and 70m was the maximum we achieved on the first flight.

    When the signal was lost we entered the settings menu to check if the wi-fi signal was being received. Each time we checked here it was still connected. Only once did we have to reselect the camera from on the wi-fi list to get the connection back. The other times we checked it was already in the process of reconnecting to the phone.

    In practice, a range of 70m is very adequate. If I want anything higher then I'll just send my drone up.

    The local forecast for KAP is bad until Monday so I have to wait patiently for KAPanono flight #2!
  • After reading Kevins posts I decided to buy a secondhand Panono on ebay. I did my first succesful flights last week.
    The default wifi range lives up to my expectations: it is close to an estimate of 100 meters. I lost contact with the camera several times but it was reconnected after scrolling back in the menu of the app.

    Using the smartphone app, pushing a shutter on my phone and flying a kite at the same time will take some learning. An other issue is the closeness of the kiteline witch is doubled or tripled by the multiple lenses. That said, the details in the images are superb!
  • Hey Gerco.

    I look forward to seeing some results? Please share a link here!
  • Sorry Kevin, it is commissioned work for the city of Doesburg. I can't share it!
  • Paid my stitching to the Panono co ;-(
    Here is an other example with some help by PTgui and Photoshop.
  • PTGui now does my stitching rather than the Panono cloud service. EUR 0.79 per stitch is too much!

    I downloaded a template from this page. Do you have this? It's very good.
  • Hi Kevin, that looks promising.

    Did you buy the PhotoMatix software or is there a way to work around this?
  • I do have Photomatix but I do not use it for Panono HDR. I only take the 'normal' set of 36 pictures with the Panono.
    I process most of my photos with Topaz Labs and some Photoshop (CS6) custom presets.
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