One of the main reasons I use my iPhone is to take quick photos. Even though the 2 megapixel camera isn’t the highest quality, it’s the convenience and added iPhone functionality (eg. emailing) and the applications that I enjoy. One of my new favorite apps is Pano by Debacle Software (download from iTunes), which lets you take seamless panoramic photos through the iPhone’s native camera.
Pano is extremely easy to use. Launch the app, then take a photo of what you want as the panorama’s farthest left frame. You’ll take four shots total to make the panorama. Each time you take a photo, you can confirm if you want to use it or retake. After confirming the shot, the screen displays a translucent ghosted image of the previous right edge so it’s easy to match the image to take your next shot. Once you’ve taken four shots, the images are merged and the panorama placed into your phone’s photo roll.
Here are a couple of quick examples that I took. The images are sized down to 550 wide to fit here, but are originally 2686 pixels wide.
As someone that’s made panoramic photos manually or using desktop software since art school, using Pano was a pleasure and a nice reminder that at its best, technology makes our lives easier and more fun. I’ve got a new yet another hobby now.
I was also impressed by the personal customer service I received from Eric Akaoka, one of the founders. He saw my tweet while checking Twitter search and let me know that I just needed to restart my phone. I wish all customer service was this direct and helpful!