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Pana-ramic images via your iPhone or iPod Touch

Check out the picture below.  I recommend clicking on it to see its full size cause the compressed version doesn’t quite do it justice.

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This is a picture I took this weekend via my iPhone 3G and an app called Pano.  This is one of the most amazing apps I’ve ever seen for a handheld device and gives you an idea of just how powerful software and hardware have become.

Pano (link to iTunes store) is by a company called Debacle Software.  The app allows you to take six portrait pictures or four landscape pictures, which it then stitches together into a single panoramic image.  It’s amazing watching it work.  After the first picture is captured, a “ghost” area is provided for each subsequent picture so that you can roughly align an item from the previous frame as a reference for the current frame.  The alignment doesn’t have to be perfect – I took the above shot in dim light (around 5pm) and had trouble making out the ghost guide (thus the reason behind my girlfriend’s truncated head).  Even so, that picture looks pretty impressive.  Consider that only a few years ago, that kind of processing power required a fairly hefty desktop computer and some serious software.

The only downside to the app is that you HAVE to take all the pictures.  You can’t just have it stitch together 2 or 3 photos – it’s either 6 or 4, depending on whether you’re in portrait or landscape mode.  I hope they address that issue in future versions, but otherwise, this is a pretty amazing app.  I can’t wait until there’s a sunny day in Love Park.  When I get that image, I’ll be sure to post it.

Update:  I had an email exchange with the developers of Pano today.  Apparently, if you choose to cancel any time after you start taking pictures, Pano will give you an option to merge the pictures you’ve taken so far.  So the 4/6 picture requirement is not really a requirement after all and you can use as few as 2 or as many as 6 images to create your panorama.  Awesome.

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