Sony Pano. Feature Test

April 10, 2010 § 3 Comments

The best thing about working in electronics retail is that every time something new comes out, you get to unbox and play with it. The new 2010 Sony point and shoots are slightly better than last years. Among the new features (which include SD card support, finally) is this nifty in camera panoramic shot stitching. But instead of individual frame images being stitched it takes a video of you panning and then generates a still image from it.

Some test shots:

So, given Sony’s pretty generic track record (for cameras, anyway) it’s a cool little feature. It’s not perfect by any means (notice some ripping in the above images) but for cheap in camera effects, at least it’s mostly useful.

I’m not sure why, but it’s nasty with grain. It could be the tiny sensor’s jacked ISO trying to play with the big boys (read: SLR sensor physical size) or artifact from the video process. Either way, that might dampen the coolness of the feature if you’re doing this any place but the brightest of outdoor light. I mean, bathed in the glow of industrial fluorescent lamps certainly isn’t a dark environment by any means.

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§ 3 Responses to Sony Pano. Feature Test

  • Scott Axel says:

    How does it do when someone pans too quickly and can it do portrait pano shots? Just wondering.

    In addition to our D40x we have a little Kodak point and shoot.. we don’t use it often but it’s an impressive little 8 mp camera…

  • Brennan says:

    By portrait do you mean up and down?

    If so, yes. You can select left -> right, right -> left, up -> down and down upwards.

    I would get a point and shoot to pocket if I had the money. I love the DLSR, of course, but sometimes the backpack of lenses etc is inconvenient.

    If I could a little Canon G9, G10 etc would be cool. They’re surprisingly functional for a point and shoot.

  • Scott Axel says:

    Prior to our DSLR we had a Canon G6 but it’s a bit big to just have as a toss in the bag camera.

    Our second camera is a Kodak Easyshare Nice camera.. small (but not too tiny. I think it was around 100.. not expensive.

    It’s good to have ‘just in case’ but after used to the nice pictures and versatility of the DSLR.. it’s hard to really enjoy the camera…

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