Saturday, January 19, 2013

Taking panoramic photos on a Samsung Galaxy S2 - snow cycling

Until a few weeks ago I had no idea that most Android phones can take panorama photos.  Although far from perfect and no much for proper panorama stitching software like Hugin the results are very pleasing.  The process is also very swift; creating a pano photo on my Galaxy S2 takes just a few seconds which is remarkable considering that specialised software can take hours to prepare and stitch photos together.

How to take panorama photos on an Android phone.

  1. When in camera mode press the cog to open settings.
  2. Select shooting mode and press the panorama option.  The default is single shot.
  3. Take your first photo then move your phone either to the left or right.
  4. Follow the direction arrows on the screen by moving your phone and Android will automatically take more photos.
  5. When you have finished taking panorama photos check what resolution your camera is set to; in my experience I've noticed that Android sometimes reduces photo taking quality to the lowest possible setting. A bug I'm sure.

Please post links to your own panorama photos in the comments section, I'd love to see them.
It is worth taking several photos because as you can see below results are sometimes a little more creative than you may intend them to be.