Create panoramic photos easily with in-camera stitching

Ever wanted to create a panoramic photo? The beauty of panoramic shots is that you can capture a really wide view, great for nature photos, and architecture. Several new cameras (and some older ones) make it really easy by doing all the work for you. All you have to do is take a few photos while panning the camera horizontally or vertically, and the camera will automatically stitch them together to form a beautiful wide or tall panorama.

Many cameras have a panoramic mode, but only some perform the stitching in camera for you, instead of requiring you to run some software on your computer. In fact, there is a group dedicated to in-camera stitched panoramic photos on flickr.

Boston Skyline by soelin, using a new mirrorless Sony NEX-5. The Sony NEX-3 also does in-camera panoramas.

185 degree Panoramic lobby by Debs (ò‿ó)♪

185˚ Panoramic lobby by Debs (ò‿ó)♪, using a Sony DSC-TX5.

Cph lakes panorama by extractor2000

Cph lakes panorama by extractor2000. Taken with a Sony DSC-HX5v.

sea panorama by blumblaum

sea panorama by blumblaum. Taken with a Fujifilm S1000fd.

montblanc by mako10

montblanc by mako10. Taken with a waterproof Pentax W80, presumably the newer W90 also does automatic panoramic photos.

dusk by heiwa4126

Dusk by heiwa4126. Taken with a Kodak V705, an older camera known for its dual lens system, seems to be very popular for panoramic photos!

Bridge Under The Freeway

Bridge Under The Freeway also by heiwa4126. Taken with a Kodak V705

Fujifilm announces new 15x travel zoom: Finepix F305EXR (aka F300EXR)

This has been a busy week for new camera announcements. Following Panasonic’s stream of new cameras, both Fujifilm and Samsung have announced a number of new models.

Fujifilm’s new F305EXR (called the F300EXR in Europe I believe) looks like a very competitive travel-zoom camera. The F305EXR packs an incredible 15x zoom into a very compact body, while still achieving the widest angle lens out there of 24mm, (compared to the 28mm of the Canon SX210). It also features a high resolution 460k dots large 3″ screen.

The F305EXR faces stiff competition among other travel zooms, most importantly the ZS7 from Panasonic and Canon’s SX210 IS.

Fujifilm F305EXR vs Panasonic DMC-ZS7

  • The F305EXR has more zoom (15x vs 12x)
  • The F305EXR higher ISO sensitivity, hopefully indicative of lower noise at high ISO
  • The ZS7 features optical lens image stabilization, which likely will allow you take photos at even slower shutter speeds without blur than the F305EXR’s sensor shift image stabilzation
  • The ZS7 also has a built in GPS, great for geotagging photos

See a detailed comparison of the F305EXR vs the DMC-ZS7 at Snapsort.

Fujfilm F305EXR vs Canon SX210 IS

  • The F305EXR higher ISO sensitivity, hopefully indicative of lower noise at high ISO
  • As mentioned above, the Canon SX210 IS doesn’t have a very wide lens, only 28mm, unlike the ultra-wide 24mm of the F305EXR
  • The F305EXR has a much higher resolution screen than the SX210, making it much easier to see the quality and focus of your images as you take them
  • Similar to the ZS7, the SX210 has optical image stabilization built into the lens, whereas the F305EXR has sensor-shift image stabilization

See a detailed comparison of the F305EXR vs the SX210 IS at Snapsort.