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Sensational smartphone Gigapixel panoramas, realized with Pano Assistent

It was a very simple message I received this afternoon: “Hi, as a regular reader of your blog I think the Gigapixel panoramas which I have created with the Lumia 1020 and the Nokia 808 might be interesting for you“.

The sender was Harald Meyer, and in his Twitter bio you’ll see he’s the developer of mobile photo apps, e.g. CameraPro, PhotoFX, HDR Pro, PhoneTorch – and many more (see here). I didn’t realize that when I checked the link he sent me – and I can tell you his work is no less than sensational.

Here’s a “simple” screenshot of a church you’d say. He writes “This panorama shows the church in Maria Anzbach, Lower Austria. The panorama was captured with a Nokia Lumia 1020 (Windows Phone 8) with 38 MP (4:3) resolution. The light conditions were very bad which causes plenty of noise.” Click on the shot to view the original file – you’ll probably not believe your eyes…

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I asked him a few questions to give you a bit more information about the app that makes this possible, Pano Assistent (in the link you’ll see it’s available for the Nokia 808 PureView and for Windows Phone 8, as well as for Android and iOS).

As soon as I receive his answers I will follow up on this post, but you should already know that (and I quote from here) “Panorama Assistant does not stitch panoramas but it assists in shooting perfect source images for panoramas which can then be fused using your favorite software such as Photoshop, Autopano, etc.”

I’ll share one more from his panorama’s – not 360 degrees but nevertheless impressive. It’s compiled of shots from the Nokia 808 PureView. This panorama shows the Vernagt Lake (South Tyrol) and below you’ll see the complete picture (remember Twin Peaks? :-)

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Again, click the file to zoom in and move around in the shot. Now it’s very tempting to just copy all his shots and link to them directly, but I won’t – I’ll just send you to his site for you to see all the examples he shares from there.

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16 Responses

  1. […] written about his sensational panoramas here already, and I even posted an interview with Harald earlier this year. Recently, he sent me two […]

  2. […] you’d just like to read some information for a change :-)  Recently I posted about some Sensational smartphone Gigapixel panoramas, realized with Pano Assistent, which is an app developed by Harald Meyer in […]

  3. Boris

    Thanks for the useful information! I need this application.

  4. Pano Assistant is not working for me! Vertical is moving horizontal isn’t! How can I calibrate this thing?

    • Marc @PureViewClub

      I have no idea, sorry… Hope the developer is reading this too.

      • Quote from e-mail FOR ALL 808 USERS!!!

        For horizontal positioning the compass has to be calibrated (text on the
        top right must be green). It is sufficient to move the phone a few
        seconds around until the text turns green.
        Best regards,
        Harald Meyer

        Hope it helps someone :)

  5. Bansod

    N8 and 808 beats 1020 in colour rendition and detail.. On website, scale down three of them to 5mp for right comparison, 1020 have oilyness in pics, softness..and poor white balance too.


  6. Falk Lumo

    I tried the same with the 808. However, I am currently struggling with the vignetting the 808 produces. I don’t get even skies when using Autopano. I am currently trying to create an Adobe lens profile to correct for this. Shoulkd be no prob for the 1020, but the 808 allows no all manual exposure which is another problem when creating a lens profile.

    I am wondering how Harald managed to solve all this …

    • TimmyC62

      I can’t say I understand the problem you’re describing, but here’s my 360-degree horizontal panorama with the 808: http://forum.pureviewclub.com/index.php/topic,585.0.html

      Take a look and see if it has elements of your problem or not.

      • Falk Lumo

        Your sky is cloudy, so it is hard to know if your sky would have turned out evenly lit without clouds. Moreover, my 360 degree panos are from double row portrait-oriented shots (to avoid the thin stripe result). May or may not increase the vignetting problem. Depends on the stitcher too.

        • TimmyC62

          Ah, I think I understand – you mean the different exposures the phone uses when snapping different segments of the panorama depending on the lighting. Well, given that you can have more control over the camera when using the regular app as opposed to the 3rd party panorama apps, I think it’s safe to say that you are more likely to get a more balanced exposure throughout the panorama when you use the regular app or CameraPro. As well, manually snapping the segments is quicker than waiting for the pano program to detect matches, so you can also reduce the chances of different segments in the pano mismatching between shots.

  7. Hi Marc!
    I know him (or better to say: All his apps for the 808…)
    Great developer work from this Austrian Guy.
    Can’t wait to test it on my 1020.



  8. rhishi

    just bought app for my 808 pureview. As always harold is a gr8 app dev, waiting for some guide for the app though.

  9. Frankie

    damn it, i was in a tour today for some museums and old churches in the midlands, and was looking for something like this for my 808… sad I noticed now, glad to know is there, im buying it in a heartbeat!

    • Marc @PureViewClub

      Well Frankie, I’m still waiting for some answers, but I think you can’t realize panoramas like these in a tour visiting several museums and old churches. Looking forward to learn how much time and shots it takes! :-)

  10. Tunday


    However, its quite a concern that 808′s panoramas are so clean and amazing, with minimal noises at full zoom. 1020′s every panaroma are quite noisier and smeary at full zoom