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360-degree panorama photography (review 1)

After seeing some decent results from other users, I’ve downloaded some 36–degree apps for my Android phone.

Over the next week or so I will test them and report my findings. First up is this one by Sfera-360.com (the web link doesn’t mean much but you shuld find the app by searching for Sfera).

 

http://photos.sfera-360.com/SferaWebViewer_BP_w240_h320.swf?id=0IY6VKKcAmF2

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I’ve taken the code from the webpage link after uplaoding my 360-images, which was taken today in the park outside Clitheroe Castle. 

To use this free app, you have to tap your phone screen and then slowly rotate clockwise. There is a helpful on-screen horizon line to make sure you don’t slip from the phone’s viewing plane too much.

GOOD: It works quite well. There’s audio too – which was a surprise and not always a good thing. Audio can be switched off easily in the app. It also has GPS location.

BAD: The link you get to view your 360-degree panorama online is not the most easy on the eye and does take a while to load. We’ll see how the loading time compares with the other apps.

When you upload your link on the app a message tells you that you must buy ‘tickets’ to post links – with the first five tickets free. To buy 10 tickets (you can’t buy a single) costs £1.19. This is not great value.

SUMMARY: Decent quality but may be more cost-effective to get an app where you pay upfront.

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This entry was posted on June 6, 2012 by in Uncategorized.
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