As much as the Nokia 808 PureView can do photographically, one thing it can't yet do is take panorama photos - at least not without lots of effort. Here Richard Dorman puts in the effort to point the way, with some beautifully re-constructed 808 panoramic shots. And, for good measure, he shows us how he gets really long exposure special effects shots of flowing water. Great stuff.
From the article:
So how do you do that? Well very carefully is how. Obviously the first thing is selecting what you want to take the panorama of. Once selected, find the central point of the panorama and face it. Now keep your feet in the same position and turn your upper body to the left (I find left to right works best for me) and position the camera where you want to start. I might add at this point I would recommend having the viewfinder grid enabled, it helps to keep the horizon level as you pan round. Now unlike using an app for the panorama there is no restriction on how many images you can take, so don’t be afraid to have big overlaps. Now pan round taking images as you go, remember this is going to be cropped later so use 4:3 mode, it will give you more scope for cropping afterwards. Now snap away keeping as level as possible and only moving your upper body. Keep your feet and your arms as still as possible at the same distance from your body. I didn’t say it was easy
Hopefully this process will get simpler when, or if, Nokia gives us a Panorama option in the camera UI and not a separate application. Please, let’s do it right this time!
OK so now, with any luck, you have your images and it’s time to create the panorama. Sync your images with your PC, Mac if you prefer, although I don’t know what application you would use on a Mac. I use Image Composite Editor on my PC. Select the images and let the magic begin
Nokia did issue a panorama utility for the N8 (etc.) but it was slow and limited to low resolution output. Better by far is to have it built into the Camera application itself (as on the N86). Has Nokia still got the resources and will to implement such an improvement for the 808 PureView?
See also Richard's experiments with filters and rubber bands, to get long exposure flowing water effects!