Finally my favorite Panorama app arrives for Windows Phone 8. I’m a long time Photosynth user, way back when Windows Phone 7 didn’t even exist. In fact most non-iDevice users may not know that Photosynth from Microsoft was first released for the iPhone way before Windows Phone was even released. My complaint last year was that Microsoft was dragging their feet while getting Photosynth for Windows Phone 7 and this year that Photosynth was notably missing from the Windows Phone 8 yet again!
Finally Microsoft has announced that Photosynth is now officially available for WP8 users through the Windows Phone Store. For those of you who haven’t yet tried it or know about the app are advised to first go download it!
The app allows you to create immersive panorama spheres which you can later explore by scrolling both sides and even up and down. It’s almost like being there. The best part is that it’s quite easy to capture the photo. All you need to do is to keep moving your camera around and up and down to capture the entire scene, while the app guides you and auto clicks the scene. Once you’ve captured the entire site, the app stitches up the entire scene allows you to preview it and save it to your phone. You can then share it from there with your friends through Facebook, Twitter and Email. To give you an idea of how the final image comes, here’s one I captured quite a while back with Photosynth.
Do keep in mind that Photosynth like most panorama captures work well when you’re not trying to capture very near by objects, but from a distance.
The Photosynth blog also mentions that the new features for Windows Phone 8 are:
- Camera lens integration – Quickly capture and view panoramas by launching Photosynth directly from the built-in camera app
- View shared panoramas – View panoramas shared with you via email, Facebook, or Twitter directly on your mobile device
- More camera controls – Adjust for various lighting conditions by using new exposure and white balance locking options
via: Photosynth Blog