Whenever you take a photo, you do it because you want to capture a memory. Rather than taking just a static, flat photo, why not capture everything – all 360° of it. With Microsoft’s Photosynth on your Nokia Lumia you can now create complete panoramics, in all directions, in a matter of seconds. This is a must-have.
The best way to demonstrate how this app works is to show you the results. I found some open space in London and stood in the middle of it, loaded up Photosynth, and the app started taking the photos instantly an automatically.
If you use your cursor on the image above, you can drag the image around from left to right, up and down to see the entire scene. It’s not just a photo of one subject, from one angle. It’s a more immersive experience. My rushed photo-taking has left some dark spots, so make sure you take your time with your panorama, but even with those dark spots, I’m sure you’ll agree the photo still came out really good.
When you start taking a photo with Photosynth, you’re prompted to pan the camera around its current position. As you start taking photos, an innovative capture system lets you see your progress during the capture so that you’re reminded what’s already been taken. This is powered by Photosynth’s computer vision algorithms and makes capturing a panorama very easy.
Once you’ve finished capturing that spherical-image, you’re left with a few options. You can just save it to your phone in the Pictures Hub, however the image just looks flat and distorted as it’s supposed to be viewed when stitched into a sphere. For optimum viewing, we’d recommend using the app to view your saved images.
There’s also the option of uploading the images using the free Photosynth.net service. This is where you can store all your Photosynthed images and view them on the larger screen, as well as deciding whether to share them with the rest of the photosynth community, or not.
If you decide to share your images in this way, there’s the added option of having your panoramic photo appear on Bing Maps for everybody in the world to see. It’s a great way to show off your local area or a famous landmark.
Alternatively, if you’d like to just share the images with your friends, you can share it to your Facebook and Twitter profile, as well as sending it via email, using the share option in the app.
Have you used Photosynth? We’d like to see your photos. Feel free to share them with us using the comments section below, and tell us what you think of the app, too.