If you have an Android smartphone or tablet that is running one of the newer versions of Google Android, it’s possible that the native camera app already has a panorama function built into it. This is true of several devices that are running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above, but it’s not necessarily the case and you might want a suitable alternative. That’s why it’s great that you can find a variety of free panorama photo apps via the Google Play Store for your chosen Android smartphone or tablet.
The resulting ultra-wide panorama pictures may or may not be compatible with some of your preferred photo filter apps, but you don’t need to add a filter to make an impact when you already have a nearly 360-degree panorama on your hands. Tangentially, the panorama photos that you take with these apps can be quite interesting to use as your Facebook cover image or as a header on your website.
Panorama – 360 (Free)
The default camera app in your Android smartphone might be able to stitch together a panorama, but it may be restricted to about 180 degrees of vision. That might not be good enough and that’s why the suitably named “360″ app is so appealing. You simply tap the screen to start the process and then move in the direction indicated by the pointer arrow. This can continue for up to 360 degrees and the panoramas can even be viewed via a 3D viewer. The app also has an integration social network for sharing your panoramas, in addition to Facebook and Twitter sharing.
Just like the above app, Photaf also supports taking panorama photos of up to 360 degrees of vision. The images that it takes are automatically stitched together from within the app, resulting in a panorama that can be uploaded to Photaf.com for free and viewed from the computer. Naturally, the files can also be exported to the native Android photo gallery, complete with pinch to zoom capabilities. Upgrade to the $4.99 pro version for HD mode and the ability to use the camera in portrait orientation.
It’s simple, it’s straight forward, and it’s free. Infinite Panorama isn’t the most highly rated of the free panorama photo apps for Android, but it can still get the job done. The app simply stitches together up to four photos that you can in succession, creating that panorama that you desire. There’s a red guideline in the center where you try to align to the green cross, ensuring that the stitching process can work properly.
Self-proclaimed as “the simplest and most creative panorama app ever,” Wondershare Panorama does the usual stitching together of images that you take as you slowly pan the smartphone or tablet camera from left to right, but it comes with a few bonus features that you may not find elsewhere. Taking a page out of Instagram and other similar photo apps, this panorama app also comes with “amazing effects” like four seasons, old photo, and sketch, among “dozens of magic effects.” One-tap uploads to Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and email are also supported. Wondershare also has other apps like PowerGIF, PowerCam, and MobileGo.
Panorama apps typically work in one of two ways. There is the “sweep” method where the shooting is happen continuously as you sweep from left to right. In this instance, the shooting is actually happening in video mode, reducing the effective resolution and quality. The “pan and shoot” method, on the other hand, takes multiple separate photos in succession and stitches them together. What the HD Panorama app does is combine these technologies for the best possible results. This is potentially a great upgrade from the stock camera app on your Android phone.
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