Ball Camera Spherical Panoramic Camera

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If you’re a fan of panoramic photography and the creative use of technology, then you’re gonna dig the Ball Camera. The Ball Camera is a foam-padded ball with 36 2-megapixel camera phone sensors arranged to capture a 360-degree spherical image. It was created by German student Jonas Pfeil as a university thesis project in 2010. When you throw the ball in the air a built-in accelerometer calculates when it will reach the highest point and then takes a picture with the embedded cameras. After you download the image files you can view the 360-degree image with special spherical panoramic viewer software on your computer.

Ball Camera Spherical Panoramic Camera

As you can see in the sample photos and demo video below, the image quality from the Ball Camera’s 2-megapixel camera phone sensors is a little rough, as is the software blending. But the Ball Camera panoramas provide a unique perspective and throwing a ball up in the air is definitely a fun and novel way to take pictures. It’s also a lot smarter than throwing your Canon EOS 5D Mark III up in the air for a photo.

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Brandenburg Gate, Berlin - Ball Camera Panoramic Photo Sample
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Brandenburg Gate, Berlin - Ball Camera Panoramic Photo Sample

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin - Ball Camera Panoramic Photo Sample
Ball Panoramic Camera Being Thrown
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Ball Panoramic Camera Being Thrown

Ball Panoramic Camera Being Thrown
Ball Camera Spherical Panoramic Camera
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Ball Camera Spherical Panoramic Camera

Ball Camera Spherical Panoramic Camera
Ball Camera - Open - Electronics
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Ball Camera - Open - Electronics

Ball Camera - Open - Electronics
Ball Camera Panoramic Photo Sample
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Ball Camera Panoramic Photo Sample

Ball Camera Panoramic Photo Sample
Ball Camera Panoramic Photo Sample - Looking Down
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Ball Camera Panoramic Photo Sample - Looking Down

Ball Camera Panoramic Photo Sample - Looking Down
Ball Camera Panoramic Photo Sample - Rocks
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Ball Camera Panoramic Photo Sample - Rocks

Ball Camera Panoramic Photo Sample - Rocks
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Ball Panoramic Camera Demo Video:

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Unfortunately, the Ball Camera is not for sale – yet. It was created in 2010 but they haven’t found funding to produce it yet. They are looking for investors or someone to license the technology, though. At this point, I think the cameras and software need to be updated to produce better quality. But it’s still a fun product and for the right price I think the Ball Camera could be a big seller.

For more information, please visit the Ball Camera Web page:

Ball Camera Web Page >>


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About the author: Photo-John

Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of PhotographyREVIEW.com and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.


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