GigaPan Launches DSLR-Friendly Version of Its Super-Panoramic System



April 15, 2009
Gigapan Epic 100

In February we told you about a consumer version of the GigaPan system which helped photographer David Bergman capture a now famous 1,474-megapixel panoramic image of the Obama inauguration. The catch with that system, which is called Epic and sells for $379, is that it can only accept small point-and-shoot digital cameras.

Gigapan has just unveiled a larger version of the technology called Epic 100 which is compatible with larger point-and-shoot models and small digital SLRs including the Nikon D90, Canon Rebel T1i, and Sony Alpha 350. Like the earlier version, Epic 100 uses a special robotic mount and stitching software to create a giant panoramic image. Epic 100 sells for $449.

A list of compatible cameras can be found here.

A press release on the Epic 100 is below.


PRESS RELEASE

Epic 100 Now Available from GigiPan Systems

PORTLAND, Ore. - (Business Wire) GigaPan Systems, maker of the GigaPan Epic robotic camera mount introduced in January, has released the second model in the GigaPan Epic series, the Epic 100. The new model is specially designed to accommodate a broad range of larger point and shoot digital cameras, as well as several smaller DSLR cameras, and includes new features for capturing detailed gigapixel panoramas. The Epic 100 is available for $449 at www.gigapansystems.com.

“The initial response to the Epic has been remarkable, and we are excited to be releasing the Epic 100 to fit a wider range of camera models,” said Henry Hillman, Jr., President, CEO and Founder of GigaPan Systems. “With the new design and features of Epic 100, professional and enthusiast photographers will be able to use almost any point and shoot digital camera to create visually stunning panoramas with ease and efficiency.”

The Epic 100 includes all the same functionality of the original Epic and also offers an expanded range for tilt and elevation of camera for setting panorama parameters and an illuminated display for shooting nighttime panoramas. The Epic 100 works with several smaller DSLR cameras and has a maximum weight limit of three pounds.

For both Epic models, GigaPan utilized technology originally developed by NASA for the Mars Rover to bring advanced high-resolution photography to a wide market. With the Epic and Epic 100, amateur and professional photographers can create visually stunning images with a point and shoot digital camera. Thousands of GigaPan images are available to explore on the sharing site, www.gigapan.org, including the famous image created by professional photographer David Bergman of President Obama’s inaugural address.

How the GigaPan System Works

First, a digital camera is attached to the Epic, a 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.

Embedding Wizard

Amazing GigaPan images can be easily incorporated into Web sites and blogs, creating interactive multimedia content to view, explore and share. More information about embedding is available at GigaPan.org.

Pricing and Availability

The GigaPan Epic and Epic 100 robotic camera mounts include the integrated GigaPan Stitcher software and GigaPan Viewer for interactive, online viewing. The GigaPan Epic sells for $379 and the GigaPan Epic 100 for $449. A full list of cameras the Epic and Epic 100 support can be found here: http://gigapansystems.com/compatible-cameras.html. For more information and to purchase the Epic and Epic 100, visit www.gigapansystems.com.

About GigaPan Systems

GigaPan Systems was formed in 2008 as a commercial spin-off of a successful research collaboration between a team of researchers at NASA and Carnegie Mellon University. The company’s mission is to bring this powerful, high-resolution imaging capability to a broad audience. For more information, visit www.gigapansystems.com.






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