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Windows Phone App Review: Pano

Second generation HTC Windows Phone (Titan and Radar) owners have a panoramic setting in their camera app to let them stitch together three images to create a wide, panoramic image. But what about other Window Phone models? Enter the Windows Phone app Pano.

Pano was recently released over at the Windows Phone Marketplace that will allow you to stitch together up to sixteen images to create a massively huge panorama.  Pano has had a decent amount of success over on the iPhone and based on what we've seen, should be just as successful with Windows Phone users as well.

Pano is laid out really simple on screen controls to build the panorama, snap a photo, and change the orientation from landscape to portrait. You can use the hardware button to capture the images but the on screen button may be more convenient.

Once you take the first image, an alignment window is created to the left of the screen. It is a ghost image of the far right of your first picture that you will use to line things up for the next photo. Once lined up, snap your next photo, align things up again and repeat the steps as needed.

When you are through taking the photos, tap the check mark to build the panorama image. Depending on the number of photos being merged, this could take several minutes to process. Once complete, the panorama image is displayed and saved to your Pictures Hub.

In taking Pano out for a test spin, the end results weren't too shabby. Trying to shoot a panorama hand held can be challenging and the best results came when I used a tripod.  This doesn't mean you can't shoot panos hand held but need to have a steady hand and avoid shifting forwards or backwards.

You need to concentrate on lining up the vertical lines in the alignment window. With shifts in landscape you may not be able to match things up exactly and I found that Pano made the necessary adjustments with the horizontal alignment. The merging seemed to struggle with curves (such as with the rounded sidewalk in the pond image) but for the most part did a really nice job of it.  The blending of images was equally as nice to avoid noticeable stitch lines.  Image resolution for the end product is 262 dpi.  Naturally, overall size is dependent on how many images are merged together.

It is nice to be able to stitch up to sixteen images and change the orientation to portrait. You can just about shoot a 360 degree pano with Pano.  In comparison, the HTC Windows Phones' panoramic feature, that is built into the camera app, is limited to three images.

At times it was tough seeing the alignment window outdoors and it would have been nice to have seen a setting to adjust the transparency.  But it's nothing a little shade can't fix.  I do like the ability to rotate the camera's perspective from horizontal to portrait.  It adds a little flexibility to your panoramic situations.  All in all, Pano is a nice photography app for your Windows Phone.  

There is a free trial version available with the full version running $2.99.  You can find Pano here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

QR: Pano

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

12 Comments
  • Doesn't Ztitch do just about the same? And last I checked a free app! jejeje This definitely looks nice however, good to know we have multiple choices! Awesome!
  • LG offers the same feature since 2010 btw.
  • hmm... panorama images standard in htc phones?
     
    i love it when you guys inform me of stuff already installed on my titan i did not know about and would otherwise never have found... ok, i rarely use my photo function, but still... great job.
     
    now i only need an easy to use live streamer for videos. something that stores a video directly on the web so LEOs can't grab your phone and delete the vid you just made documenting their abuse of power 8)
  • Imo, this looks a little nicer than ztitch. Also, is the pano feature only on newer HTC phones? I have the trophy and I can't find a pano option anywhere.
  • You are correct.  The Pano feature is on second gen Windows Phones from HTC.  I'll clarify things in the post.
  • Where is Photosynth?
    The best stitching app only available for iPhone - from Microsoft? This makes me laugh an cry at the same time.
    Microsoft release Photosynth for WP7 now!
  • This is an (almost) exact copy of AutoPanorama, which is free by the way and processes images 5 times faster than this one. Someone forgot to copyright their solution :-)
  • Yes it is almost the same as AutoPanorama with faster uploading of images.. I do agree why is Microsoft taking so long to bring the Photosynth to WP7. Maybe they have plans to have it built in the camera settings which would be nice.
  • I'd rather wait for PhotoSynth to come... even if it takes a few more months...
     
  • I did my own "quick & dirty" comparison today using both this app & the built in panorama on my Titan. The results: The Titan wins in both clarity, resolution size, processing speed & ease of use when composing. However, for all those who don't own the Titan, this app is def the best out there currently.
     
    Here are the samples. Since the Titan shoots 3 shots for its built in panorama mode, I did the same with the 3rd party "Pano" app.
     
    Titan: http://i.imgur.com/byPEU.jpg
    Pano App: http://i.imgur.com/MZk1L.jpg
    Titan: http://i.imgur.com/ExXk3.jpg
    Pano App: http://i.imgur.com/oAr9e.jpg
  • Samsung phones have Panoramashot built into the Photo Studio app. Five shots with framing guide. Then stitchs them together into a single photo automatically.
  • Hm... the stitching is more like: Just putting them together and done.
    Because it doesnt correct the curvature of the picture. Only a solution for landscapes