Cylindrical panoramas, spherical panoramas or full spherical panoramas?

Rather than limit our clients to one type of panorama in a ‘one size fits all’ scenario, we offer three formats of 360º panorama. They are Cylindrical and Spherical and Full Spherical.

← Cylindrical Panoramas (360º by 140º)

A cylindrical panorama enables the viewer to look round horizontally through 360° and up & down to a limited extent. We recommend using cylindrical panoramas when the ceiling and floor are of no significant interest or for wide open exterior views.

The advantages of a cylindrical panorama are:

  • Concentrate the viewer on the most important aspects of the scene when the floor and ceiling are not of interest.
  • Better suited to exterior panoramas of wide open spaces.
  • Ideal for print.
  • Being simpler to produce, cylindrical panoramas cost less than their spherical counterparts.

Spherical Panoramas with Tripod Cap (360º by 180º) 

A spherical panorama enables the viewer to look round horizontally through 360° and vertically up & down as well. The base of the panorama where the tripod appears can be capped with the clients logo, or alternatively the downward view can be limited in the viewing software to avoid the tripod area.

We recommend using spherical panoramas when the ceilings and floors are of interest but the downward view is of little interest.

The advantages of a spherical panorama are:

  • 180° vertical field of view is ideal when there are interesting features within the upper part of the scene.
  • Ideal when space is limited.
  • Tripod area can be utilised to provide the viewer with contract details, your logo or whatever you wish to show.

Full Spherical Panoramas (360º by 180º)

A full spherical panorama enables the viewer to look all around horizontally as well as vertically up and down. The floor beneath the   camera position is patched seamlessly into the panorama to provide the user with a totally uninterrupted view in every direction, much as if the viewpoint was hovering in mid-air.

We recommend using full spherical panoramas when the ceilings and floors are of utmost interest, or in confined spaces. Full spherical panoramas take longer to photograph and produce than their cylindrical or spherical counterparts, and thus they cost more, but they do provide the user with best possible view.

The advantages of a full spherical panorama are:

  • 180° vertical field of view is ideal for situations where there are interesting features within the scene both above or below the viewpoint.
  • Ideal when space is limited, such as the cockpit of an aircraft or the interior of a car.
  • A high-resolution, full screen spherical panoramas provide real impact and unsurpassed detail, making it the ultimate 360° panorama!

Note: Spherical or full spherical panoramas are sometimes incorrectly called ‘360º x 360º panoramas’! It is impossible to have a vertical field of view greater than 180º. If a company is offering ‘360º x 360º panoramas’ it’s simply a sign that they they don’t really know what they are doing.

If you are still unsure which panorama type is most suitable for your project, please give us a call on 0845 644 3605 and will be happy to advise.

 

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