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.