The first prototypes of the Panono 360° camera ball arrived nearly five years ago. The team that created it have been hard at work refining this previously inconceivable concept, in order to get it to where it is now. Five years of hard work have paid off, and you can finally order this crazy cool device now.
The Panono is a 360 degree throwable camera ball. It allows you to lob it up in the air and effortlessly take dramatic panoramic shots. There’s also a tripod and a self-stick so you can take outstanding remote 3D pics or the most dramatic selfie ever attempted. It has obvious applications for estate agents or anyone else wanting to provide a complete panoramic image of an area. Aside from that it’s a great way to create really exciting 360 degree photos to impress friends and colleagues.
The Panono takes outstanding pictures. These can be clear and crisp as long as the stitching works, and there is no denying that they do look great. This is largely due to the fact that the Panono has the bragging rights as being the highest resolution 360° camera on the market with a resolution of: 108MP / 16k.
If you’re thinking about purchasing a Panono ball then we suggest that you practise your throwing skills first, because imparting spin on the ball could result in a blurry picture. Basically make sure you don’t throw like a girl if you’re going to buy one (sorry girls).
Another thing to bare in mind is that when you throw the Panono you’ll also be in the picture and the chances are you won’t be at your best – eyes wide with arm outstretched having just launched the ball into the heavens. In reality you’ll want to use the selfie stick or a tripod to take pictures remotely. That way you have more control about how you appear in the image and can take a much cleaner, crisp image.
The picture is stitched together and displayed using a dedicated app which is extremely intuitive and easy to use. While other 360 cameras often require complex and mystifying software to stitch images, the app does it all automatically.
The only trouble for us is the price tag at €1499.0o – which makes this camera only really applicable to the professional market. If you were looking to buy one to take to a festival with your friends then you might want to think again. However, considering the resolution and spec, the high cost can be expected considering the quality of the technology involved.
All in all, this is a nice piece of gadgetry and it’s a really a cool concept, so if you’ve got €1499 burning a hole in you’re wallet then its a good way to spend it.
The Panono is available to buy here
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