I've had a Gigapan for nearly three years and made a lot of pictures with it. It's great fun but with plenty of difficulties. First of all it's amazingly time consuming and depending on the length of lens you choose which, along with the amount of panoramic coverage you want, determines how many individual exposures you end up with. Just shooting a Gigapan will take the device from ten to twenty minutes. Stitching the picture on your computer also takes from ten to twenty minutes, the upload the finished picture to the Gigapan site can easily take an hour or two.
On the other hand, what you have finally is a very, very, large file that can be printed very big by a commercial printing house such as Lgphotoprints.com. In this way you can make a grand mural with great detail -- so long as it's the kind of scene that accommodates the robot’s limitations. For example, the Times Square picture shown as an example is not going to be anything like you hope for with the people moving in the street. The reason is that the individual exposures are taken in vertical sequences, starting from the upper left in columns one after the other, with from one to seven or eight exposures per column working from top to bottom and left to right -- as many columns as you've instructed it to include. For the Times Square picture, the movement of people at the bottom of one column is going to make stitching indecisive wherever the scene has changed because so much has shifted from the end of one column to the next column.
The Gigapan is best for scenes where not much movement takes place such as a distant landscape or cityscape from a high position.
Is it worth it? Despite its many limitations the Gigapan robot is a lot of fun. Of course it works best if you happen to be a patient and meticulous type – even an obsessive type who feels at ease with challenging gadgets.hour or two.
Is it worth it? Despite its many limitations the Gigapan robot is a lot of fun. Of course it works best if you happen to be a patient and meticulous type – even an obsessive type who feels at ease with challenging gadgets.
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