Android Photosphere: Beats my DSLR

Random Observation/Comment #355: I still refer to my smartphone as a cellphone out of habit. I should just name it… JARVIS.

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Y’know that guy who holsters his DSLR to use his smartphone to take pictures? Well – that’s me. I’m the guy holding up the Galaxy Nexus panning around slowly with the photosphere. Why? It’s to stitch photos and easily share them without bringing my laptop or using any complicated software.

Convenience used to be the main reason to use a smartphone camera. I always have my phone with me, so I can easily foodspot or snap a quick photo of an odd moment.  You can take decent pictures from the 8MP and you’ll probably use some silly instagram filter on the thing anyway to make it look washed out and artistic.

What I’m more impressed with today’s technology is the stuff I CAN’T do with my DSLR. I’m mainly talking about the biggest deal breaker between iPhone iOS vs Android phones jellybean: Photosphere. This is such a game changer.


Here are some photos I’ve taken in the past year with the photosphere feature (photos redirect to Google+ album because it’s the one that shows the full photosphere experience).

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Google+ is currently the best for viewing these, but it won’t be long before it expands to iPhone and it’ll be a huge rave. The photosphere interface allows you to take multiple pictures of the entire sphere of space around you. It easily shows you these blue dots on a transparent plane. When you slowly move the camera over these dots, it will capture the photo automatically.  It takes about 10 seconds to move the camera to touch each dot and then another 15 seconds to do the magical stitching in the background, but it’s fantastic. This feature completely removes my need to buy a wide angled lens because this can cover so much more without distortion.

I honestly think we’ll see Facebook and Twitter try to add this feature on their photo streams if Google doesn’t keep their I.P. hands over this program. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a loophole somewhere.

~See Lemons Photosphere