Hands-On Video Review: GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount
Have you ever wanted to create massive panoramic images with ridiculous amounts of detail? Gigapan's Epic series robotic camera mounts are designed expressly for that purpose. In this video, Kelby Media's Larry Becker gets his feet wet with panoramic photography by reviewing the Gigapan Epic Pro, which is designed for larger DSLR/lens combinations. The robotic hardware takes you through the process of shooting panoramic photos with hundreds of images, and the company's included software automates the process of stitching those photos together.
In the video, Becker also interviews professional photographer David Bergman, who's well known for taking a Gigapan image of President Obama's 2009 Inauguration. This photo, like other Gigapan crowd shots, is so detailed that you can easily zoom for a good look at the faces of Senators, Supreme Court Justices, as well as thousands of other people. Bergman talks about his early successes as a Gigapan novice and gives some helpful tips about advanced practices for panoramic photography with the Gigapan Epic Pro.
|System Requirements||Windows XP and Vista, and Intel-based Macs with OS X 10.4 and higher
Minimum of 1GB of RAM (2GB is recommended)
30GB of free hard drive space (this can be an external drive)
GigaPan Stitch software (free download included)
|Display||2-line monochrome LCD|
|Power Requirements||Rechargeable battery pack (7.2V, 4300mAH)(included)|
|Battery Capacity||More than 1,000 images (on fully charged batteries)|
|Camera Mount||1/4" thread|
|Dimensions||11 x 12 x 6" (27 x 30 x 15 cm)|
|Weight||7.25 lb (3.3 kg) (with battery)|