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Things to look for in a camera to match cameraphone image quality

TL;DR - Pretty much everything in your post indicates that you don't really need a new camera, but need to learn how to use the equipment that you have. I haven't used RAW... it still boggles my ...
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How can I identify in advance if the air is going to be clear or not?

You might want to look at weather forecasts for astronomy - some of these sites go into more details than generic weather forecasts, and have predictions for things of interest to astronomers, ...
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How can I take a panorama with my Nikon DSLR on a dull day?

Don't use the camera's automatic "Easy Panorama" mode. Take the series of pictures manually and use desktop-computer software to stitch them together. This is a little more work on your part, but will ...
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Things to look for in a camera to match cameraphone image quality

Almost any camera system will out perform a camera phone when used properly. A camera phone uses a tiny sensor so even MFT cameras have a bigger sensor capturing more light so superior in low light ...
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Why is there a straight line across each 35mm photo (taken with Noblex swing lens panoramic)?

A light line can be the result from a scratched negative. Given the symptoms it could have been debris in the roll's light seal. Could also be in the camera or during processing.
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Can digital cameras easily take panoramic photographs?

If the old days you are thinking of are the late 1990s, you were probably using an "APS" camera. This is where the "APS-C" sensor size common in DSLRs today came from, but actually had three modes. ...
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Is it possible to install a filter (or remove one) in a Noblex camera without wasting/exposing film?

I've owned a Noblex 135 S for almost 20 years, and I just learned in the past few days how to do this... There's a key step in the German-language user manual, which was omitted from the English-...
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Why is there a straight line across each 35mm photo (taken with Noblex swing lens panoramic)?

A straight, fine line across the frame like this indicates a scratched negative to me. I guess it could be a dodgy scanner too. Examine your negatives closely to see if the scratch is there. You might ...
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How did CNN take that gigapixel photo for Trump's Inauguration?

It is defenitely stitched, although I must say it's done quite well! Here are two examples I found in a minute. With the cameras they have nowadays I don't think it took very long at all. Assuming ...
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What should I look for in a swing-lens panoramic camera?

I wanted a rotating-lens panoramic camera about 20 years ago. I wanted one that used 35mm film. At the time there were three options – Widelux, Horizon or Noblex. I ignored Widelux cameras because ...
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How to fix a poorly stitched panorama

This is just my opinion, but there's no way to "fix" stitching errors other than to re-stitch the panorama, and if you don't have the original images, but just the resultant panorama, then there's no ...
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How do you explain to an inexperienced person how to take photos for you to make a panorama?

It sounds like you need to show them, not just babble at them. It might also help to have them do this once in a controlled situation (your office, their office, the lunchroom, etc) with you watching,...
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How to stitch multiple flat virtual images in a grid with Hugin or other FOSSoftware?

After some more studying the program and testing around I finally got it to work! Here is every step I took: Launch Hugin (version 2019.0.0.a369cbe55179, on Manjaro Linux); Interface menu > Expert; ...
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How can I create a distortion-free high-resolution panoramic image of a three dimensional forest from a short distance?

What you are asking for is an orthographic view of a very wide, very tall three dimensional subject that can be taken from a relatively close distance. Theoretically speaking, the most elegant way to ...
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Panoramas with a Ball Head

Depends on the panorama you're shooting, and the subject distances. Far subject distances (landscapes), etc. with sufficient sunlight for the right shutter speeds, you can even get away with ...
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Convert regular panoramic photo into google cardboard file

OK, after a LOT of googling I finally have an answer: First of all, I downloaded the facebook template for 360 degree photos, and added the (equirectangular!) spherical photo onto it, and 'saved as' ...
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How can I blend images taken at different times of the day into the same panorama?

Is there a way to take a same set of images for a panaroma twice Yes. Simply do it a second time. You can be more consistent by using reference markings. For the tripod, that could be the join of ...
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Wide-angle Lenses and Panorama

Those are both choices to produce an image with a wide angle-of-view. The result will not be exactly the same though. Since you have an interchangeable lens camera, you have full manual controls ...
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How high resolution can a picture be before the human eye stops caring?

I love this question. There are several concepts of resolution and several aspects that affect each one. I will be playing with different names, sorry for that, ppi, lpi, pixel density, etc, but you ...
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Can digital cameras easily take panoramic photographs?

You are confusing concepts. If you want the equivalent, on a DSLR, to popping the switch on the type of camera I think you are referring to... Do this... (Use insulation tape to cover the borders of ...
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How to stop colour "banding" between frames when creating a panorama using Photoshop's Camera Raw

The banding is caused by differences in exposure across frames. You have several options to address the problem. Use the same exposure settings for every image. Manually set aperture, ISO, and ...
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Panoramas with a Ball Head

It is entirely possible to get good results. Although I do own a panoramic head, not only does it weigh over a kilo, it takes a huge amount of space and so most panoramas that I capture for myself are ...
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Are there true 360 degree cameras?

Yes, there are a number of true 360 degree cameras that can do 1080 HD/30fps out on the market at the moment. With the advent of 360x180 content on Youtube and Facebook, there's been an explosion of ...
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How did CNN take that gigapixel photo for Trump's Inauguration?

When you shoot panoramas, the amount of overlap you have during the stitch is key--with enough overlap, you typically have enough 'clean plate' to erase most ghost/clone/stitching error mistakes you ...
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How do you create a 360° virtual tour without a fisheye lens?

What you're missing is a lot of scene coverage. To get a 360ºx180º full spherical view, you have to cover the entire sphere. Without a fisheye lens, this is likely to mean multiple rows as well as a ...
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How to correct stitching with Hugin?

Broken-Line stitching errors There may be no way to fix these in Hugin itself, as it's very probable you have a parallax issue when shooting. If you do not rotate the camera/lens combination ...
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How do you explain to an inexperienced person how to take photos for you to make a panorama?

You need to take your photography hat off for a bit and put your training hat on. You've been to school - you know what's needed to successfully teach someone something. They need to understand ...
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How do you explain to an inexperienced person how to take photos for you to make a panorama?

As a professional technical writer, I tend to break things down into numbered step procedures, with as specific and unambiguous instructions as possible. However, whenever you think you've made ...
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How can I identify in advance if the air is going to be clear or not?

I have no idea if this holds true, but in growing up in Phoenix, AZ...the city is massive and sits within a valley, so it usually has a constant smog bubble. That bubble usually gets pushed out during ...
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Can digital cameras easily take panoramic photographs?

You might be remembering the Hasselblad XPan/Fuji XT-1 It used 135 film (35mm film) and could switch from shooting standard 24x36 mm frames to 24x65mm frames with the flick of a switch. From Michael ...
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