The Gigapan Epic device helps you create detailed panoramic photos with almost any point-and-shoot digital camera. Photographer David Bergman used it recently to make a panorama of President Obamaâ€™s inaugural address, a composite of 220 shots comprising a total of 1.47 megapixels. Man, itâ€™s awesome! Itâ€™s fun to look at panoramic photos this big, especially if you have the bandwidth and computing power.
Here is how the device works: First a digital camera is attached to the Epic, a small robotic mount that automates the picture taking process. Next, the hundreds or thousands of resulting images are downloaded to a computer and the GigaPan Stitcher software automatically combines them into a panorama. Then the GigaPan.org Web site makes it easy to post GigaPan panoramas for sharing with a global community, and the GigaPan Viewer allows people to zoom in and out to explore the panoramas in detail.
The GigaPan Epic, complete with the GigaPan Stitcher software, is available now for $379.
Of course there are other devices out there that can make it easy for you to take panoramas, like the Nodal Ninja (about $530 for the whole set). If youâ€™re the DIY type of guy, you can even build it yourself for about $10 following instructions here and here.