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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 is this changing vertical perspective effect achieved?

This picture is a composition of slices of many photos taken from different heights, likely from a drone. The key to understanding it is to examine the camera's perspective or point of view from ...
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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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How are virtual tour photos taken?

A good overview of the techniques for shooting this type of 360x180/equirectangular/VR panorama can be found on Eric Rougier's fromparis website. The basic process is to shoot enough images to cover ...
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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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What are the pixel needs for huge prints?

The answer to this depends on the viewing distance. The usual rule of 300 PPI works well for close-up viewing, but even that isn't a hard-and-fast rule. What's more important is Pixels-Per-Degree (PPD)...
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Do I "need" a panoramic head to shoot 360 panoramas?

Distance to the closest object Let's say the closest object from your lens is a chair at 50cm. The different shots will be very different regarding this chair. If the closest object is like 5m away ...
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Correct way to shoot a panorama of large buildings?

Don't use Photoshop's Photomerge to stitch; use a more sophisticated panorama stitching package that allows for perspective correction and a variety of mappings. You also need to work on your shooting ...
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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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Minimum requirements to capture a "Street View"-like photo?

360x180 panos can be taken with a variety of gear, but they do get harder to take in certain situations. The first factor, obviously, is scene coverage. Either taking multiple shots or using ...
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How can I stitch a panorama correctly if I moved the camera along the horizontal axis?

You can use mosaic mode in Hugin for these types of panos. You have to be in Expert mode (Interface → Expert), but then in the preview window (GL button), under the Move/Drag tab, Drag Mode can be ...
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Is in-camera HDR and panorama better than post?

Whenever you compare in-camera to post processing you end up with exactly the same advantages to post processing: Control Lightroom for photos or photomatics for HDR has lots and lots of options and ...
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How do I shoot a panorama with a Nikon D5200?

The D5200 does not have a panorama mode built in. You will need to take multiple shots and stitch them in software like Photoshop or Hugin. When you take your shots, do not simply stand still and ...
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Is there a Windows panorama stitching package that can stitch RAW files?

Stitching RAW files is problematic. In order to get a good stitch you ideally want to correct vignetting and distortion first, something that you would do in your RAW converter, then just output TIFFs ...
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Do I "need" a panoramic head to shoot 360 panoramas?

It depends on the scene you're trying to shoot, how you're trying to shoot it, and what kind of 360 panorama you're making. Coverage and parallax are two separate things, so, no you can't "fix" ...
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Correct way to shoot a panorama of large buildings?

What you are seeing is a high amount of distortion, specifically barrel distortion. One method to correct for this is to use a tilt-shift lens. You can use the lens manipulations to correct a great ...
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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 do I find the focal length when stitching images made with an unknown lens in Hugin?

No, you need to enter either the field of view (FOV), or the lens and crop factor information. Luckily for you, for the Apollo mission images, the camera and lens information is well documented. The ...
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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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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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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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Are there true 360 degree cameras?

And here comes another 360/180 product: RICOH THETA - spherical panoramic photos, short videos, wi-fi control
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Minimum requirements to capture a "Street View"-like photo?

The Google Streetview images are taken with multiple cameras, simultaneously, and then stitched together as a panoramic. They talk all about it here, Street View. If you wanted to get a similar ...
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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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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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