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Panoramic/fisheye point and shoot cameras
Hi there,.

I'm hoping someone may be able to help me in my search to find the ultimate point and shoot low cost camera....

Basically I'm after one that has a panoramic or fisheye function but all the research I've done indicates point and shoot cameras such as the Sony W55 and Canon Ixus 70 do not have this type of function..

Surely I don't have to buy a SLR camera to get this do I? I'm sure my Moms 10 year old point and shoot non digi camera has a panoramic function :-s.

Thanks for any advice .

Richie..

Comments (6)

Instamatics and old 35mm film cameras usually achieved "panoramas" by wasting most of the frame of film and cropping the top and bottom off. A few niche panoramic cameras worked by changing the interior of the camera such that it exposes two consecutive frames at once. Even these special gimmick cameras often didn't have a field of view that was much wider than a standard camera's lens choice..

Some digicams offer a threaded lens barrel, which lets you tack on a cheap bit of plastic lens to the end of it. These plastic "fish-eye" lenses are just a step above the peephole lens in your front door, which let you see whether there is someone hiding to the side holding your pizza man hostage, but which isn't likely to produce an Ansel Adams (or even a Gomez Addams) masterpiece. They don't sell enough of these things to merit making better lenses, and without better lenses they won't sell more of them..

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Comment #1

May have a look at Panasonic LX2, which has true 16:9 ratio CCD..

RichieU wrote:.

Basically I'm after one that has a panoramic or fisheye function but.

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

Comment #2

Ajay0612 wrote:.

May have a look at Panasonic LX2, which has true 16:9 ratio CCD..

This (LX2) is probably your best bet. For a real fisheye you would need to go with an SLR and a VERY expensive lens, although there are (or at least used to be) some low cost fisheye converters available..

New Fisheye lens from Sigma....

Http://www.dpreview.com/news/0711/07111402sigma45fish.asp.

Fisheye adapter....

Http://www.adorama.com/...5P.html?searchinfo=fisheye%20adapter&item_no=17.

Low cost fisheye adapter....

Http://www.lordofthelens.net/servlet/Detail?no=23.

Review of low cost adapter....

Http://photonotes.org/reviews/fisheye-adapter/.

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Comment #3

Ed Halley wrote:.

Some digicams offer a threaded lens barrel, which lets you tack on acheap bit of plastic lens to the end of it. These plastic "fish-eye"lenses are just a step above the peephole lens in your front door,[ e d @ h a l l e yc c ].

I think you're being a bit too dismissive of the screw-on wide-angle and long-focus lenses available. Whilst many will not be of any great quality, some can and do perform an acceptable job. have a look in this gallery.....http://www.awardlabs.com/d7addonlenses.

Some of the lenses do a good job and just about all of them can be bought from shops on Eb*y at a price that won't break your pocket or your heart if it doesn't work. Most of today's digicams offer a threaded lens so just make sure that anything you purchase will screw on with or without an adapter.......

Comment #4

Cheers guys thats awesome, thanks for all the links .

Unfortunately the Panasonic LX2 is a little out of my price range...however I've found an adapter lens for the sony w55: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/...QcategoryZ27432QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem.

Any ideas on how good this is?.

I'm really torn between the Sony W55 and the Canon Ixus 70 (although I can't find a panoramic adapter for it - but it does have a time lapse function which seems a decent function)..

I'd be really grateful if anyone can shed any light on which is better - i'm mainly going to be using the camera outdoors, hopefully when skiing in the mountains,.

Thanks.

Richie..

Comment #5

Your best bet for panoramas is to put the camera on a tripod, take two or more side-by-side images, and combine them with software..

This will produce superior results to anything less than DSLR with exotic lens. Nikon D40 with 10.5mm fisheye is about $1100. You could then "de-fish" the images with software and crop for panorama...

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