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Sony develops panorama module that uses full-circle lens






Full-Circle 360° Camera Module PDF document (660K)

SUMMARY

Until now, taking a 360° panorama with a normal lens has required taking multiple shots while rotating the camera slowly and then combining ("stitching") those shots together to form the panorama. In contrast, the 360° full-circle lens allows the full 360° surroundings of the camera to be imaged at the same time with a single lens.

Sony has now developed a camera module that uses this 360° full-circle lens, and is releasing as commercial products both a camera module that uses a 380K-pixel, 30 fps CCD that outputs a ring-shaped image as a composite video signal as well as a high-resolution camera module that uses a 1.28 MP, 7.5 fps CCD with a built-in panorama expansion processing function. New functions and applications can be created by combining these devices with a variety of different products, and thus these products can contribute to the creation of new markets.

Click here to continue reading the full story at SONY's CX-news 2003.11 Volume 34

Additional information: Full-Circle 360° Camera Module PDF document (660K)
December 30, 2003
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