Cool Panoramic shots with a 360 degree Nikon

by James

360 Nikon
The fun thing about conceptual design is thinking outside the box and making it look darn near real. Who needs actual engineering to get in the way of the creative process? But in the digital age, even the what if can go from concept to production is less than the time it takes to hype an iPhone.

Well, over at Yanko Design, they have another great what if which could create panoramic pictures the easy way. Imagine not having to frame and reframe picture after picture in order to overlap them for a panorama you’ll have to stitch together later in Photoshop. That’s the basic idea behind designer Ye Chen’s Nikon camera concept which captures an unbroken view of a landscape by using an ergonomic cylindrical form lens to image an all-round 360 continuous degree photograph.

It’s trapezoidal design is purely for show, mind you, but it does include several indicators, such as an angle gauge and inclinometer to help properly position the camera for maximum exposure to the image. It will also gauge the direction of the rotating lens.

Just in concept for now, but the idea of a continuous rotating lens to capture the panoramic landscape in real time would make for a killer add on to any digital camera.

4 reviews or comments

EEJ Says: May 29, 2007 at 10:14 am

I’m surprised the design isn’t more…pyramidical? Conical? Not sure of the word I’m looking for, but I would think they would have made the bottom portion more 3 dimensional, as it doesnt look like it would balance very well without a tripod.

Otherwise, cool concept. Has nobody else come out with a rotational lens camera for panoramas yet?

Neagle Says: May 29, 2007 at 11:55 am

Yea! I have yet to see an affordable digital camera that can take a decent panoramic image. I’ll need a light tri-pod for this one. There are some high end accessories that can be used for high end pro-digital cameras but, I have yet to see a built in full 360 lens until now.

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