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Panoramas with the iPhone

Methinks the incredible ease of use and fabulous display of the iPhone 6s Plus make a strong argument for a solution that doesn’t suck among real cameras (all of them do... for example, the Sony A7R II bangs the shutter violently when taking a pano). But most impressive of all, the iPhone 6s Plus actually makes panos with moving people in it without blurring the person.

Yes, I’m shooting my regular cameras up here, but a few random sample panos from iPhone 6s Plus. It is so easy to whip it out of a pocked and have a pano done in a tiny fraction of the time and hassle of any conventional camera that I use. I don’t much care for the image quality of iPhone stills, or the lack of control or blowing-out of details and exposure problems, but as a tool that “pounds a nail”, it sinks it most every time with minimal effort—thus the vaue is high as a real tool.

The biggest headache with iPhone panoramas is no control over any aspect of exposure. While it uses HDR, it still blasts and destroys things like sunsets and bright areas when/if darker areas are included. Here the results are decent, but too often the iPhone blows-out the key areas.

Photos have been moved to an updated post with more examples.

Lower Conness Lake
f2.2 @ 1/1000 sec, ISO 64; 2016-06-29 18:54:55
iPhone 6s Plus + iPhone 6s Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2 @ 29mm equiv (4.2mm)

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