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The name GigaPan first came to national attention at President Obama's inauguration, when it was used to capture "the largest picture in the world." To the delight of all of the photo and techno geeks tuning in to the day's festivities, Wolf Blitzer and other on-air commentators kept returning to the real-time photo collage like kids in a candy store. They couldn't get enough of it and apparently, neither could viewers. And now, the hardware used to produce these awesome images is available at B&H Photo and in a choice of three flavors, no less.
Designed for use with almost any digital camera—including the most basic point-and-shoot digicams, GigaPans enable you to capture ultra high-res image files by stitching hundreds (or even thousands) of individual images into a single monster image file.
GigaPans accomplish this neat feat by slowly panning the scene you wish to capture, vertically and horizontally, in carefully calibrated intervals. Once they're completed, these images are carefully stitched together practically seamlessly to create a single, incredibly detailed photograph that can be used for any number of out-sized applications.
GigaPans are available in three sizes for use with specific camera sizes. The most basic unit is the GigaPan Epic, ($349) which is powered by 6 AA batteries and is designed for use with most point-and-shoot digicams. The next model in the line-up is the GigaPan Epic 100 ($449), which is also powered by 6 AA batteries and can be used with larger point-and-shoot digicams as well as smaller DSLRs. The top-of-the-line model is the GigaPan Epic Pro ($895), which is powered by a rechargeable power pack and is designed for use with cameras weighing up to 10 lb.
All three models come with GigaPan Stitching software and cables. Camera and tripod are not included, but if you're looking, you're already on the best site to shop for these items.
Stay tuned for a hands-on review of the new GigaPan robotic camera mounts, in the near future.