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Old Feb 26, 2003, 2:14 PM   #1
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From what I understand, the Olympus panorama function that gets enabled with Olympus-brand SM cards pretty much lock in the exposure value and provide the not-really-useful vertical lines for framing each shot.

With the C-4000 (and a bunch of the more recent models, I'm sure), you can enable exposure lock over a number of sequential shots.

Is there anything else the panorama function on Olympus SM cards do other than the exposure setting?
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Old Feb 26, 2003, 2:28 PM   #2
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The Camedia Master software will stitch a sequence shot with the panorama feature enabled. Not otherwise.

Camedia Master's stitching is not very impressive, though.

BTW. I find those lines really useful...

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Old Feb 26, 2003, 4:10 PM   #3
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I personally find the Olympus Pano feature to be utter crap. I'm sure it's just me not knowing its limitations though ops:

However, I do find it limiting because 1) I have to use Olympus-brand media cards. 2) Must shoot in .JPG format. 3) Can only stitch up to 10 images. 4) Camedia auto-pano software is too limited. And I highly doubt the Camedia Pro will be any better (I could be wrong, of course).

Instead, I just opted to use a third-party software such as Panorama Factory. It's not too bad. I haven't fully learned how to use it and how to compensate on certain things, but I have come up with some almost-seamless pano-scenes.

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/...8.jpg.orig.jpg


http://www.imagestation.com/picture/...8.jpg.orig.jpg


http://www.imagestation.com/picture/...2.jpg.orig.jpg


http://www.imagestation.com/picture/...e.jpg.orig.jpg


I didn't really use AEL on any of them, though I could have easily done so by reframing the first image all the time. I find this software a lot easier to use, and a lot more predictable. Plus, I can shoot in any file format, in any size that I want, and stitch more than 10 (hence, I'm able to just operate with 128MB Sandisk).



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Oz...

good pano work...

Great variety on subjects, lenses and composition
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Old Feb 26, 2003, 7:13 PM   #5
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You don't have to use Olympus Smartmedia cards to use the Panorama mode. You only need the camera to think you are using one. I have two Olympus cards that came with my cameras, but have converted the rest and they all work great.
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good pano work...

Great variety on subjects, lenses and composition
Thanks, dig. I find the photos to be "in need of major work." sort of speak. As for the lenses, I didn't use any. The fisheye is coming from the Panorama factory itself.



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Oz,

I agree. I, too, use Panorama Factory and find it excellent. The Oly software has nowhere near its capabilities when it comes to blending frames seamlessly.

Still, I do find that the frame marks assist alignment when setting up a sequence. I use kludged SM cards - I don't value the facility sufficiently to actually pay money for Oly cards.

I have one pano that prints at 10cm x 82 cm and comprises 8 frames, so the 10 frame max doesn't bother me too much. At ten frames, a print is already long enough to have to be stored rolled. I understand, though, that if you're shooting 360s for viewing in a java applet or similar this will be an issue. However, if that is what you're doing, I don't see that shooting in SHQ as opposed to TIFF is a significant drawback.

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jbailey:

Care to tell us how you converted your SM cards to Oly panorama versions?
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Old Feb 28, 2003, 1:47 PM   #9
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robnjay,

This is a regular question.

1) You need a Smartmedia card reader

2) It needs to be supplied with the smprep.exe program for formatting SM cards. Zio and Zio-clones qualify. It will probably look something like this (though the badge may well be different):



3) You need to read the detailed description of the process at http://www.geocities.com/roberthaus/pan/.

4) If you'd like to try the process, but don't want to mess with a hex editor, you can get all the required files at http://homepage.ntlworld.com/fenlander/smprep.zip. Use them as described in Robert Haus's article.

5) Try it first with a low-value card, like the 16Mb one that probably came with your camera. At your own risk!

I've had zero problems with the fix and have pano-enabled all my cards.

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5) Try it first with a low-value card, like the 16Mb one that probably came with your camera. At your own risk!
Not to sound like a smart alec, but the card that comes with an Olympus camera is most likely an Olympus brand Smart Media card, and therefore has this function enabled already... :lol:

At least the three SM "starter" cards that came with my three Olympus cameras have all been Olympus brand.
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