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I am looking to get into shooting panoramic photos of home interiors using my Canon Rebel T4i.

I've come across two systems for streamlining panoramic photo shoots: Gigapan Epic and Pano Pro. They both have different approaches to shooting panoramas. The Gigapan Epic Pro takes several photos by pivoting in 360 degrees on the nodal point. The photos are the "stitched" together in an application like Photoshop. The Pano Pro takes a single photo of a cone-shaped mirror. The photo is then "warped" into a equirectangular image.

Since both systems are around the same price, which system yields better panoramas in terms of image quality? Also, which system is more easier to use?


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What is the lens that you're going to use for this purpose? I used to work with 360 panoramic pictures and I've never needed some Gigapan equipment. –  edilsonfb Aug 29 '13 at 20:32

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They give you a completely different quality. The stitched solution can result in images that you could make 10ft long prints with. The single shot solution will be easier but will be of limited quality.

Some other things to think about. - you can get a fisheye lens at some point with stitched solution and still just require a few shots. - the single shot solution could be adapted for panoramic video, which while it really hasn't caught on that much, it will more over time. - think about what you are most interested in shooting. If it is landscape or architecture without a lot of moving objects then ghosting of moving elements isn't a big deal. Trying to catch kids running around or some very close up skate boarding for example, then a single shot solution may be better.

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The Pano Pro MKII is the largest mirror lens on the market today and has a worldwide following. The mirror size and the surface quality draw lots of light towards the surface enabling you to use smaller apertures and getting better quality images. However It is not the same as taking images with fisheye lens and multiple images being stitched together. The difference is because your camera sensor takes a reflected image from the mirror surface. This appears like a donut as a resultant image. This donut image only uses a large proportion of your sensor size whereby taking multiple images with a fisheye lens will create images full to each sensor size.

So with the Pano Pro MKII, the bigger the mp count that you have the better the image should be.

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The question was how do these two approaches differ - which is easier and yields better quality. I think the OP already understands how they both work –  MikeW Jan 29 '14 at 18:05

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