Today I found myself enjoying the view of the distant London skyline from Primrose Hill when I suddenly thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to test out the new panorama mode in iOS 6 on the iPhone 5.
This was a very quick panorama, taking about ten seconds to shoot. If you click on the photo below you will see a 50%, 6.3 megapixel (5400 x 1166) version of the shot from the iPhone re-sized in Photoshop and saved with 80% quality in a new browser window (be sure to click on it in the new browser window it if is scaled down to fit initially). If you click on the link at the bottom of this post you can download the original 16MB, 25.2 megapixel (10800 x 2332) image straight from the iPhone 5 for a closer look. I thought this post might be of interest to those interested in seeing how the IOS 6 panorama feature performs.
It is interesting to me what a remarkably painless job the iPhone does of capturing panoramas. It takes almost no effort at all and you get rather great results. Admittedly I don’t see this approach replacing the tripod and DSLR approach of the discerning photographer but the iPhone does a very good job. The iPhone shots have the perspective corrected automatically and while the above shot was just a quick test, it could easily be improved in your favourite photo editing software. I have to say I am very impressed.
Although the creation of panoramic images is nothing new and it has certainly been getting easier in recent years with the evolution of software such as Photoshop, I can imagine that we will be seeing many more panoramas in the months to come due to the sheer simplicity and accessibiliy offered by iOS 6 devices.
Oh and you really should visit Primrose Hill if you haven’t had a chance to do so already as it is rather lovely. I hear that sunrise is particularly spectacular.
Download the original file here (right click and save as).
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About the author
UK based photographer Mark J P.