By Cindy Downes on Tue, 12/13/2011
The GoPano micro enables you to create 360 degree panoramic videos with your iPhone 4. It’s simple to use: Download the GoPano app (free on iTunes). Snap on the GoPano micro lens. Then, tap the record button.
The unique feature of this lens is that it records EVERYTHING SIMULTANEOUSLY. That means that, in addition to what you see through the lens, it’s also recording you, the operator, at the same time. I’m not sure I like that part because, when I scroll in a certain direction, I see me with a frown on my face as I am using the device! However, if I were traveling, at a concert, or at a sporting event, I think this would be fun to show my friends.
Once the video is recorded, you can scroll around in all directions, even pan up and down, to view the video. You can see in all directions 360 degrees. That’s really cool!
After I finished my first video, I wondered what was different from using this device versus using the iPhone’s built-in camera video. I noticed several things: (1) You can’t scroll around in all directions in a video made from iPHone like you can with the GoPano, (2) You can’t see yourself in the iPhone video unless you deliberately shoot in your direction, (3) the field of view is smaller in the iPhone camera video whereas the GoPano gives you wide-angle recording, and (4) the video made with the iPhone camera is much crisper and better quality.
If you’re looking for a unique Christmas gift, the GoPano is recommended. It’s unique, fun to use, and even more fun to share the results! Free online sharing of videos created with GoPano is available on their website. (Check out the videos there and try scrolling on them!)