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SpheronVR – advanced digital imaging. High-quality digital cameras and system solutions for a diverse community of professionals with a shared goal: the perfect picture.

CONTENTS At a glance

SpheronVR PanoCam SpheroCam SpheroCam HDR Imaging software Workflow Accessories Application areas


Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort. John Ruskin (1819 – 1900)

ABOUT US SPHERON VR

What happens when two scientists get totally carried away

apace. The PanoCam digital panoramic camera made its

Today, that original visionary idea is quite some way to

by a project? When their quest for answers grows as

professional field debut in the summer of 1999. Since

becoming reality. SpheronVR AG, headquartered in

boundless as their technical demands? Gerhard Bonnet

then, it has been continually developed and sold all over

Kaiserslautern/Germany, manufactures and sells one of

and Stefan Steuerwald have set new standards in digital

the world.

the world’s highest-quality digital cameras.

photography. Their developments have inspired an enthu-

Our satisfied customers include renowned organisations

siastic following among users all over the world. Finding

Establishing SpheronVR AG in February 2000 consoli-

like the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in

answers gives rise to innovation; technical demands trans-

dated resources for pursuing further innovative develop-

Zürich/Switzerland,

late into quality.

ments, organising in-house production facilities and first-

Technology, software and service all match our products’

class customer service.

high quality.

Lucasfilm,

Boeing

and

NASA.

The company was founded on the idea of a digital

The company’s founders see themselves as drivers of

panoramic camera. Said camera would have to cater to

innovation within the enterprise: their camera system with

We are on a thoroughgoing quest to devise means of sa-

professional requirements and offer a viable digital alter-

a fully spherical field of view set new standards in photo-

tisfying your specific needs as a photographer, multimedia

native to existing, film-based solutions. The first working

graphic documentation work; we presently consider our

designer, 3D specialist, engineer or architect.

prototype was shown at Photokina in 1998. Motivated by

High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology, with its 26 f-stop

the positive response, product development continued

usable dynamic range, to be a photographic milestone.

Our work is dedicated to your profession.


Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort. John Ruskin (1819 – 1900)

ABOUT US SPHERON VR

What happens when two scientists get totally carried away

apace. The PanoCam digital panoramic camera made its

Today, that original visionary idea is quite some way to

by a project? When their quest for answers grows as

professional field debut in the summer of 1999. Since

becoming reality. SpheronVR AG, headquartered in

boundless as their technical demands? Gerhard Bonnet

then, it has been continually developed and sold all over

Kaiserslautern/Germany, manufactures and sells one of

and Stefan Steuerwald have set new standards in digital

the world.

the world’s highest-quality digital cameras.

photography. Their developments have inspired an enthu-

Peggy Stein

Our satisfied customers include renowned organisations

siastic following among users all over the world. Finding

Establishing SpheronVR AG in February 2000 consoli-

like the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in

answers gives rise to innovation; technical demands trans-

dated resources for pursuing further innovative develop-

Zürich/Switzerland,

late into quality.

ments, organising in-house production facilities and first-

Technology, software and service all match our products’

class customer service.

high quality.

Lucasfilm,

Boeing

and

NASA.

The company was founded on the idea of a digital

The company’s founders see themselves as drivers of

panoramic camera. Said camera would have to cater to

innovation within the enterprise: their camera system with

We are on a thoroughgoing quest to devise means of sa-

professional requirements and offer a viable digital alter-

a fully spherical field of view set new standards in photo-

tisfying your specific needs as a photographer, multimedia

native to existing, film-based solutions. The first working

graphic documentation work; we presently consider our

designer, 3D specialist, engineer or architect.

prototype was shown at Photokina in 1998. Motivated by

High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology, with its 26 f-stop

the positive response, product development continued

usable dynamic range, to be a photographic milestone.

Our work is dedicated to your profession.

Hauptstraße 186 SPHERON VR AG – Contact:

67714 Waldfischbach-Burgalben

fon: + 49 6333 / 27 66 - 0

info@spheron.com

Germany

fax: + 49 6333 / 27 66 - 11

www.spheron.com


PanoCam – the logical developmental progression from the previous century’s film-based panoramic photography. State-of-the-art digital technology and highly optimised workflows contribute to images of unprecedented quality – with reduced time and expense.

CAMERAS PanoCam

Technology

Operation

Image Quality

The camera captures a panorama by rotating around its

With its combination of high build quality and intelligent

Our cameras have a vertical resolution of 5300-plus

vertical axis while a CCD sensor inside samples the scene,

software, the PanoCam delivers convincing performance

pixels. Since it is the focal length of your chosen lens alone

strip by vertical strip. The digitised image data is sent via

in the field.

that determines the horizontal resolution, you can shoot

a USB link to a notebook computer, where it is displayed in real time and stored on the computer’s hard disk.

panoramic images with several hundred megapixels and The camera itself has no controls. Everything is operated

48-bit colour depth in a single pass.

from the notebook computer, which clamps directly to a This technology offers numerous clear advantages. There

tripod leg with the same ease as the external recharge-

Image data from the camera can be used for anything

is no film to develop, no negative scanning and stitching

able camera battery pack. The notebook’s display doubles

from a conventional cropped view, through online virtual

discrete images together.

as the camera viewfinder, for a true WYSIWYG (what you

tours, to high-end CD-ROM and large-format printing

It eliminates geometrical and chromatic aberrations.

see is what you get) preview within seconds. From the

applications: PanoCam high-resolution scans are the

A panoramic exposure takes less than a minute under

notebook, you can adjust camera exposure settings, or

perfect source material for creating a whole range of

average lighting conditions.

pause a scan for as long as you need.

finished products!


PanoCam – the logical developmental progression from the previous century’s film-based panoramic photography. State-of-the-art digital technology and highly optimised workflows contribute to images of unprecedented quality – with reduced time and expense.

CAMERAS PanoCam

Technology

Operation

Image Quality

The camera captures a panorama by rotating around its

With its combination of high build quality and intelligent

Our cameras have a vertical resolution of 5300-plus

vertical axis while a CCD sensor inside samples the scene,

software, the PanoCam delivers convincing performance

pixels. Since it is the focal length of your chosen lens alone

strip by vertical strip. The digitised image data is sent via

in the field.

that determines the horizontal resolution, you can shoot

a USB link to a notebook computer, where it is displayed in real time and stored on the computer’s hard disk.

The camera itself has no controls. Everything is operated

Tim Kondermann

2002

panoramic images with several hundred megapixels and

1 ° - 1600 ° cylindrical panoramas in a single rotational pass

48-bit colour depth in a single pass.

Highest-quality image data in the 100-megapixel league, with 48-bit colour depth per pixel

from the notebook computer, which clamps directly to a

Hamburg

Integrated ICC colour management

This technology offers numerous clear advantages. There

tripod leg with the same ease as the external recharge-

Image data from the camera can be used for anything

Fast operation: less than 5 minutes from setting-up to final exposure

is no film to develop, no negative scanning and stitching

able camera battery pack. The notebook’s display doubles

from a conventional cropped view, through online virtual

Image monitoring on the notebook computer display, also in real time during the actual exposure

discrete images together.

as the camera viewfinder, for a true WYSIWYG (what you

tours, to high-end CD-ROM and large-format printing

Intuitive operation thanks to refined camera software

It eliminates geometrical and chromatic aberrations.

see is what you get) preview within seconds. From the

applications: PanoCam high-resolution scans are the

Fully-digital workflow – no film, development and scanning expense

A panoramic exposure takes less than a minute under

notebook, you can adjust camera exposure settings, or

perfect source material for creating a whole range of

average lighting conditions.

pause a scan for as long as you need.

finished products!

No “stitching” discrete images PanoCam – the Benefits:

Significant time and cost savings compared to conventional techniques


Capture the entire room in a single shot, from its famed stucco ceiling to the impressive mosaic floor. No need for compromise between scenic depth and the breathtaking height of the camera’s vantage point: the SpheroCam captures a full spherical image in a single shot.

CAMERAS SpheroCam

Technology

Operation

Full spherical photography in ultra-high resolution and

SpheroCam operation and on-site working procedures are

aberrations, common to all scanning systems, are com-

quality is the perfect tool for documentary work.

virtually the same as for the PanoCam. The notebook

pletely and automatically removed.

The SpheroCam is specially designed for use with fisheye

computer is the camera’s control centre, where you can

lenses, with a 180° vertical field of view. As it rotates

adjust exposure, focus and colour temperature. Then, you

Every camera is separately hand-built and carefully cali-

about its vertical axis, the SpheroCam captures a com-

store the scene to disk in ultra-high resolution and quality.

brated to precisely determine its compensation coeffi-

plete spherical image of the surrounding scene at 50-

Mount a long focal length lens in place of the fisheye, and

cients. Every micrometer counts.

megapixel resolution.

you can use the same camera for high-resolution cylin-

We found that adjustment grub screws and demountable

drical panoramas at resolutions of several hundred

housings seriously impaired quality – which is why you will

megapixels.

find only two gold-plated precision screw fittings in the

Every camera/fisheye lens combination is individually fine-tuned during manufacture – a painstaking procedure that involves precisely determining the imaging charac-

SpheroCam housing. Quality

teristics of the selected lens, and aligning its centre of

If all that sounds a like a bit of an effort – well, yes, it is.

focus within micrometers of the camera’s rotational axis.

There are some major differences to the PanoCam when it

But none of that need bother you. We did a lot of testing

We know that doing it this way is the only route to superla-

comes to post-processing the raw spherical image data.

and optimisation, so we know you will have nothing but

tive quality, full spherical photography.

Utilizing a special post-processing routine, chromatic

praise for the SpheroCam’s image quality.


Capture the entire room in a single shot, from its famed stucco ceiling to the impressive mosaic Peggy Stein

2002

Chapel

floor. No need for compromise between scenic depth and the breathtaking height of the camera’s vantage point: the SpheroCam captures a full spherical image in a single shot.

CAMERAS SpheroCam

Technology

Operation

Full spherical photography in ultra-high resolution and

SpheroCam operation and on-site working procedures are

aberrations, common to all scanning systems, are com-

quality is the perfect tool for documentary work.

virtually the same as for the PanoCam. The notebook

pletely and automatically removed.

The SpheroCam is specially designed for use with fisheye

computer is the camera’s control centre, where you can

lenses, with a 180° vertical field of view. As it rotates

adjust exposure, focus and colour temperature. Then, you

Every camera is separately hand-built and carefully cali-

about its vertical axis, the SpheroCam captures a com-

store the scene to disk in ultra-high resolution and quality.

brated to precisely determine its compensation coeffi-

plete spherical image of the surrounding scene at 50-

Mount a long focal length lens in place of the fisheye, and

cients. Every micrometer counts.

Full spherical (360 ° x 180 °) digital images in a single rotational pass

megapixel resolution.

you can use the same camera for high-resolution cylin-

We found that adjustment grub screws and demountable

Highest-quality image data in the 50-megapixel league, with 48-bit colour depth per pixel

drical panoramas at resolutions of several hundred

housings seriously impaired quality – which is why you will

Also perfectly suited for cylindrical panoramas with longer lenses

megapixels.

find only two gold-plated precision screw fittings in the

Integrated ICC colour management

SpheroCam housing.

Fast operation: less than 5 minutes from setting-up to final exposure

Every camera/fisheye lens combination is individually fine-tuned during manufacture – a painstaking procedure that involves precisely determining the imaging charac-

Image monitoring on the notebook computer display, also in real time during the actual exposure

Quality

teristics of the selected lens, and aligning its centre of

If all that sounds a like a bit of an effort – well, yes, it is.

Intuitive operation thanks to refined camera software

focus within micrometers of the camera’s rotational axis.

There are some major differences to the PanoCam when it

But none of that need bother you. We did a lot of testing

Fully-digital workflow – no film, development and scanning expense

We know that doing it this way is the only route to superla-

comes to post-processing the raw spherical image data.

and optimisation, so we know you will have nothing but

tive quality, full spherical photography.

Utilizing a special post-processing routine, chromatic

praise for the SpheroCam’s image quality.

No “stitching” discrete images SpheroCam – the Benefits:

Significant time and cost savings compared to conventional techniques


We are revolutionising conceptions of photography. Film exposure involves finding an acceptable compromise between light and dark; every photographer is relieved to have got it right. Now we have banished that uncertainty with a subtle twist to the established procedure: you can set the exposure after taking the shot!

CAMERAS SpheroCam HDR

The Starting Situation

The Challenge

The Camera

Many real-world scenes have a tonal range far in excess of

The challenge, then, was to develop a camera capable of

The SpheroCam HDR is the first-ever camera to feature

what available technology can properly record. Aesthetic

capturing at high resolution the full tonal range present

full-fledged HDR technology. It is a system solution with

and compositional considerations apart, ‘getting the light

in any given scene. Imagine the brightness of the late

greater reserves of dynamic range than are likely to be

right’ was for over a century the best way to compress

evening sinking sun, and compare it with the darkness of

found in most scenes. And yet, this camera is just like our

highlights and shadows within the bounds of the recording

a shadow cast by an object bathed in the sun’s rays.

other models in terms of its elegant, convenient operation

technology.

Now imagine a camera capable of recording scenic detail

via a notebook computer. It captures all levels of light

When things went digital, it became possible to overlay a

from the incandescent highlights to the inkiest shadows.

intensity, in all directions, in a single scanning pass. Image

series of bracketed exposures. But it still involves a great

under and over-exposure become things of the past.

deal of work – and that to capture merely the limited range

Hard to imagine? Then ask for a demonstration and get

which the human eye can perceive.

acquainted with a major advance in digital photography!


We are revolutionising conceptions of photography. Film exposure involves finding an acceptable compromise between light and dark; every photographer is relieved to have got it right. Now we have banished that uncertainty with a subtle twist to the established procedure: you can set the exposure after taking the shot!

CAMERAS SpheroCam HDR

Martina Virbom

2002

The Starting Situation

The Challenge

The Camera

Many real-world scenes have a tonal range far in excess of

The challenge, then, was to develop a camera capable of

The SpheroCam HDR is the first-ever camera to feature

what available technology can properly record. Aesthetic

capturing at high resolution the full tonal range present

full-fledged HDR technology. It is a system solution with

and compositional considerations apart, ‘getting the light

in any given scene. Imagine the brightness of the late

greater reserves of dynamic range than are likely to be

Full spherical HDR digital images in a single rotational pass

right’ was for over a century the best way to compress

evening sinking sun, and compare it with the darkness of

found in most scenes. And yet, this camera is just like our

Up to 26 f-stops dynamic range

highlights and shadows within the bounds of the recording

a shadow cast by an object bathed in the sun’s rays.

other models in terms of its elegant, convenient operation

Also ideal for cylindrical HDR panoramas or regular cropped images with HDR depth

technology.

Now imagine a camera capable of recording scenic detail

via a notebook computer. It captures all levels of light

Supports popular HDR file formats (Radiance, TIFF/float, raw)

When things went digital, it became possible to overlay a

from the incandescent highlights to the inkiest shadows.

intensity, in all directions, in a single scanning pass. Image

No need to overlay multiple exposures and “stitch” discrete images

series of bracketed exposures. But it still involves a great

under and over-exposure become things of the past.

Highest-quality images with resolution up to 50 megapixels

deal of work – and that to capture merely the limited range

Hard to imagine? Then ask for a demonstration and get

which the human eye can perceive.

acquainted with a major advance in digital photography!

Fast operation: less than 5 minutes from setting-up to final exposure SpheroCam HDR – the Benefits:

Intuitive operation thanks to refined camera software

Air Zermatt


Camera and software complement each other, so hardware excellence must be reflected in the software. That is why we develop our own, also as an effective means to implementing users’ suggestions and feedback. The result: an intuitively operated creative control centre.

SOFTWARE Imaging Software

Operation and control Other than attaching a lens, our cameras have no other

find the ideal camera location and optimise focus, white

manual adjustments; everything is controlled from the

balance and exposure time. The results are instantly visi-

notebook computer. The camera software was developed

ble on the display. You have a comprehensive set of tools

by SpheronVR from the ground up, and has been continu-

for assessing image quality – even during the exposure.

ally improved over the years in close collaboration with

You can even pause the scan at any time, and continue

image, through virtual tours, to technical documentation

professional users.

seamlessly later.

and large-format prints – and all that from just one highresolution photographic capture.

The software ships as part of the camera package and sys-

We know that our customers can exit a location in the cer-

Built-in post-processing assists you through virtually all

tematically exploits the benefits accruing from complete

tain knowledge of taking a hard disk full of top-quality

the crucial steps: precise trimming to 360°, seamless tran-

decoupling of image acquisition (in the camera) and image

images with them!

sitions at image boundaries, projection onto cubic or

monitoring/processing (in the notebook computer). You

plane surfaces, scaling, sharpening, and storage in a vari-

get a high-resolution viewfinder with a full-screen image

ety of image file formats and colour spaces.

display, plus highly comprehensive, elegant operation with

Post-processing

a mouse and interactive dialogues.

You simply assemble a sequence of discrete processing steps from the extensive options available, then apply it to

Panoramic or full spherical raw images are the starting

a raw image. The post-processor quickly and unobtrusive-

Step up to a new level in your daily professional activities,

point for generating final versions suitable for an exten-

ly gets on with the job in the background, for cost-effec-

with an optimised solution: use preview mode to rapidly

sive range of applications: from a conventional cropped

tive project realisation.


Camera and software complement each other, so hardware excellence must be reflected in the Claus Peter Dudek

2002

Smart Passion Cabriolet

software. That is why we develop our own, also as an effective means to implementing users’ suggestions and feedback. The result: an intuitively operated creative control centre.

SOFTWARE Imaging Software

Operation and control Other than attaching a lens, our cameras have no other

find the ideal camera location and optimise focus, white

manual adjustments; everything is controlled from the

balance and exposure time. The results are instantly visi-

notebook computer. The camera software was developed

ble on the display. You have a comprehensive set of tools

by SpheronVR from the ground up, and has been continu-

for assessing image quality – even during the exposure.

ally improved over the years in close collaboration with

You can even pause the scan at any time, and continue

image, through virtual tours, to technical documentation

professional users.

seamlessly later.

and large-format prints – and all that from just one high-

Developed in-house at SpheronVR AG, to perfectly match our camera

resolution photographic capture.

Real-time progressive viewfinder image during the scanning sequence

The software ships as part of the camera package and sys-

We know that our customers can exit a location in the cer-

Built-in post-processing assists you through virtually all

Easy access to all the major exposure variables

tematically exploits the benefits accruing from complete

tain knowledge of taking a hard disk full of top-quality

the crucial steps: precise trimming to 360°, seamless tran-

Focus tool with acoustic and visual indicators for object-referenced focussing

decoupling of image acquisition (in the camera) and image

images with them!

sitions at image boundaries, projection onto cubic or

White balance tool for exact colour temperature compensation of objects or ambient lighting

monitoring/processing (in the notebook computer). You

plane surfaces, scaling, sharpening, and storage in a vari-

Easy tools for image quality assessment

get a high-resolution viewfinder with a full-screen image

ety of image file formats and colour spaces.

Exposure time may be modified on-the-fly during image capture

display, plus highly comprehensive, elegant operation with

You simply assemble a sequence of discrete processing

Built-in Lens Manager gets the maximum performance out of each lens in your kit

Post-processing

a mouse and interactive dialogues.

steps from the extensive options available, then apply it to

Post-processing batch sequences keep manual processing to a minimum

Panoramic or full spherical raw images are the starting

a raw image. The post-processor quickly and unobtrusive-

Integrated ICC colour management

Step up to a new level in your daily professional activities,

point for generating final versions suitable for an exten-

ly gets on with the job in the background, for cost-effec-

with an optimised solution: use preview mode to rapidly

sive range of applications: from a conventional cropped

tive project realisation.

Easy software update availability via internet Imaging Software – Features:

All important commands and preferences accessible via shortcuts


Extremely high-quality photography is the critical first step. Next comes elegant transformation of those unique images into a variety of practically useful formats. Our cameras deliver convincing results. Take a look, and you will be convinced too.

WORKFLOW Workflow Summary

Capture

Store

The digital advantage is already apparent before the first

Captured image data is always stored initially as a 3x16-bit

you can create multiple-resolution versions of the original

exposure, as you set up the camera in a precise horizontal

TIFF file on the notebook’s hard disk. The file size depends

file, QuickTime VR movies, JPEG files or full spherical

plane with the help of the built-in electronic level and fire

on the selected image quality parameters. Right after the

images projected onto various geometries. In any case,

off a quick preview.

exposure, the camera software’s post-processing tools get

that crucial original exposure is read-only, safe and

Now you can properly assess and adjust to the scene,

to work deriving the image files you will need for subse-

secure.

thanks in particular to the camera’s capability for variable

quent steps. Alternatively, you can save the post-process-

exposure times as the scan progresses. Next, you either

ing steps for later.

By way of example, the process may proceed as follows:

simply select from a choice of pre-set sensitivities and

After the exposure, the image is inspected and saved to

colour temperatures, or initiate a precise hardware white

disk. The post-processor then receives its instructions:

balance adjustment.

Integrated Post-processing

The results are colour-accurate, thanks to integrated ICC

trim the image to 360°, cross-fade the transition between the left and right hand edges of the frame, convert to

colour management. The focusing tool gives a precise,

Post-processing is the key to preparing your image mate-

sRGB colour space and generate a QuickTime VR movie.

easy check on the lens setting.

rial for multi-purpose use and deriving versions that are

The camera software gets on with the sequence in the

Finally, set the scan resolution and press the Start button:

suitable input to the desired application.

background, and the finished QTVR movie is ready for

the self-timer allows you an interval to get out of shot.

The exact post-processing sequence is user-definable, so

viewing shortly afterwards.


Extremely high-quality photography is the critical first step. Next comes elegant transformation of those unique images into a variety of practically useful formats. Our cameras deliver convincing results. Take a look, and you will be convinced too.

WORKFLOW Workflow Summary

Capture

Store

The digital advantage is already apparent before the first

Captured image data is always stored initially as a 3x16-bit

you can create multiple-resolution versions of the original

exposure, as you set up the camera in a precise horizontal

TIFF file on the notebook’s hard disk. The file size depends

file, QuickTime VR movies, JPEG files or full spherical

plane with the help of the built-in electronic level and fire

on the selected image quality parameters. Right after the

images projected onto various geometries. In any case,

off a quick preview.

exposure, the camera software’s post-processing tools get

that crucial original exposure is read-only, safe and

Now you can properly assess and adjust to the scene,

to work deriving the image files you will need for subse-

secure.

thanks in particular to the camera’s capability for variable

quent steps. Alternatively, you can save the post-process-

exposure times as the scan progresses. Next, you either

ing steps for later.

After the exposure, the image is inspected and saved to

colour temperatures, or initiate a precise hardware white

disk. The post-processor then receives its instructions: Integrated Post-processing

The results are colour-accurate, thanks to integrated ICC

2002

Museum

By way of example, the process may proceed as follows:

simply select from a choice of pre-set sensitivities and balance adjustment.

Hugh Gilbert

trim the image to 360°, cross-fade the transition between

Full spherical and cylindrical digital panoramic images in a single rotational pass

the left and right hand edges of the frame, convert to

Easy equipment handling – just the camera, tripod and notebook computer

colour management. The focusing tool gives a precise,

Post-processing is the key to preparing your image mate-

sRGB colour space and generate a QuickTime VR movie.

Image monitoring on the notebook computer display, also in real time during the actual exposure

easy check on the lens setting.

rial for multi-purpose use and deriving versions that are

The camera software gets on with the sequence in the

Extensive software-assistance with focus, white balance and lens optimisation

Finally, set the scan resolution and press the Start button:

suitable input to the desired application.

background, and the finished QTVR movie is ready for

the self-timer allows you an interval to get out of shot.

The exact post-processing sequence is user-definable, so

viewing shortly afterwards.

Integrated post-processing: from original scan image to desired output format with a single mouse-click Workflow – the Benefits:

Significant time and cost savings compared to conventional techniques


A SpheronVR camera leaves nothing to be desired. To ensure lasting satisfaction, we did some further careful consideration

ACCESSORIES Scope of Supply

Standard items Nikon lens mount – Other lens mounts available on re-

rechargeable battery pack attaches to one clamp, the

Universal tripod mount – Adapter to mount the camera

quest.

notebook table to the other.

onto prevalent tripod/tripod-head combinations.

Software – A CD-ROM containing the camera software,

Tripod plate – The cameras are equipped with a six-faced

Lenses – most popular lenses designed for small-format

post-processing routines, and your camera´s custom cali-

mounting plate for use with a tripod head “Manfrotto

photography are easily used with our cameras. We will be

bration parameters.

029“.

pleased to advise on your choice of lens and supply the

Instruction manual – Useful information about your cam-

Electronic Spirit Level – With an accuracy of 0.5° leveling

right one(s) for your needs. We ask that you order fish-

era.

your camera will be exact and easy.

eye lenses for SpheroCam models exclusively via our-

Set of USB cables – For connecting the camera to the

Transportation case – Proven Peli hardcase with inlay for

selves, because only then can we guarantee ultimate im-

rechargeable battery pack, and thence to the notebook.

camera, lenses and accessories. This waterproof case will

age quality.

Rechargeable battery pack and charger unit – The bat-

protect your valuable equipment from shock and mois-

Notebook computer - we will gladly recommend a note-

tery pack keeps the camera powered for over six hours.

ture.

book suitable for your requirements, and supply it if de-

The charger includes a deep-discharge feature for extend-

sired.

ing battery pack service life, and ships with a set of international mains plug/socket adapters for use in various

Solution Packages Optional

countries.

We can also supply complete, matched turnkey systems

Tripod mounting clamps – Available in a variety of dia-

Studio power supply unit – No dependence on batteries

comprised of a camera, lens, tripod and notebook com-

meters for attachment to all popular tripods. The

for continuous stationary use, or long days in the studio.

puter – simply ask!


A SpheronVR camera leaves nothing to be desired.

Lens

To ensure lasting satisfaction, we did some further careful consideration

ACCESSORIES Scope of Supply

Standard items Nikon lens mount – Other lens mounts available on re-

rechargeable battery pack attaches to one clamp, the

Universal tripod mount – Adapter to mount the camera

quest.

notebook table to the other.

onto prevalent tripod/tripod-head combinations.

Software – A CD-ROM containing the camera software,

Tripod plate – The cameras are equipped with a six-faced

Lenses – most popular lenses designed for small-format

post-processing routines, and your camera´s custom cali-

mounting plate for use with a tripod head “Manfrotto

photography are easily used with our cameras. We will be

bration parameters.

029“.

pleased to advise on your choice of lens and supply the

Instruction manual – Useful information about your cam-

Electronic Spirit Level – With an accuracy of 0.5° leveling

right one(s) for your needs. We ask that you order fish-

era.

your camera will be exact and easy.

eye lenses for SpheroCam models exclusively via our-

Set of USB cables – For connecting the camera to the

Transportation case – Proven Peli hardcase with inlay for

selves, because only then can we guarantee ultimate im-

rechargeable battery pack, and thence to the notebook.

camera, lenses and accessories. This waterproof case will

age quality.

Rechargeable battery pack and charger unit – The bat-

protect your valuable equipment from shock and mois-

Notebook computer - we will gladly recommend a note-

tery pack keeps the camera powered for over six hours.

ture.

book suitable for your requirements, and supply it if de-

The charger includes a deep-discharge feature for extend-

Notebook

sired.

ing battery pack service life, and ships with a set of international mains plug/socket adapters for use in various

Tripod head with short handles

Solution Packages Optional

countries.

We can also supply complete, matched turnkey systems

Tripod mounting clamps – Available in a variety of dia-

Studio power supply unit – No dependence on batteries

comprised of a camera, lens, tripod and notebook com-

meters for attachment to all popular tripods. The

for continuous stationary use, or long days in the studio.

puter – simply ask!

Tripod optional


We could talk at length about ourselves, but we feel that satisfied customers make the best advertisement

CUSTOMERS Some of our customers und their application areas

Movie Industry

Universities

Photographers

Industrial Light and Magic – HDR shots at the set for later integration of CG objects

ETH Zürich, Prof. Ludger Hovestadt – Research in

Tim Kondermann – Panoramic photography with empha-

Computer Aided Architectural Design

sis on virtual tours and large format printing

FH Bochum, Prof. Harald Gatermann – Research and

Peggy Stein – QuickTime VR photography of trucks and

Teaching in Architecture and Photography

commercial motor vehicles, virtual tours; associate pro-

Korean Broadcasting System - Application of the SpheroCam at the broadcasting agency of South Korea

Industry & Research

FU Hagen, Prof. Wolfram Schiffmann – Development of a virtual shuttle for projection of panoramic images

fessor at FH Düsseldorf (QTVR course) Hugh Gilbert – Artistic panoramic photography

NASA – Preparations and training for a Mars mission Peter Dudek – Panoramic photography of high-class

Boeing – Simulations for military applications DSTL – Science- and Technology Division of the British Defense Ministry

Multimedia

limousines

Localpoint AG – Virtual tours of real estate, hotels or Max & Co. – Full spherical photography for forensic applications 3G Gruppe – Image based measurements in tunnel construction

business objects on CD-ROM or via the Internet Teleinfo AG – Panoramic views of selected viewpoints on

More of our customers and their application areas

Earth in the "World Vista Points" series

can be found on our website www.spheron.com


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS PanoCam Hardware

SpheroCam

USB 1.1

Interface

more than 6 hours on one battery pack

Unplugged Operation

ø 140 mm, height 300 mm (5 “ x 12 “), 1.9 kg

ø 140 mm, height 150 mm (5 “ x 6 “), 1.5 kg

up to 5300 pixels

Ve r t i c a l R e s o l u t i o n Horizontal Resolution at 360°

Camera Details

Image File Size

23,000 pixels at 35 mm, depending on focal lenght

10,600 pixels with a 16 mm fisheye, otherwise focal-length dependent

gets larger with longer lenses, e.g. at 5300 pixels of vertical resolution: 16 mm = 330 MB, 28 mm = 590 MB, 80 mm = 1,7 GB (at 48 bits per pixel) adjustable 1 ° through 1600 °

Horizontal Field of View L e n s e s a n d Fo c a l L e n g t h s Ve r t i c a l F i e l d o f V i e w

Nikon mount up to 200 mm (others upon request)

Nikon mount up to 200 mm (others upon request), fisheye lenses are calibrated individually

focal length dependent, e.g. 115 ° at 14 mm

focal length dependent, up to 180 ° with fisheye lens

Dynamic Range

12 f-stops

up to 26 f-stops

CCD-Sensitivity

ISO 200, 400 or 800 (adjustable and dependent on white balance setting used)

Exposure Times

1/10,000 up to 1/4 seconds per scanline (1/6 f-stops in between standard graduation)

Fo c u s D i s t a n c e s

makro through infinity, depending on lens used

Fo c u s s i n g

Operation

96 bits per pixel – 3 x 32 bits (RGB)

DC motor with more than 2 million positions per revolution

Drive Unit

D i m e n s i o n s a n d We i g h t

manual with acoustical feedback and graphical aid

Principle of Operation

Scans vertical lines pixel by pixel while rotating about the vertical axis

Scanning Time at 360°

30 seconds up to several minutes, depending on exposure time and lens used

Number of Scans

virtually unlimited, only dependent on hard disk space Display of Notebook computer

Viewfinder

Scope of Supply

standard:

• Camera with Nikon lens mount (others upon request) • Software

Accessories

SpheroCam HDR

48 bits per pixel – 3 x 16 bits (RGB)

D a ta Pa t h

• Two USB cable sets • Battery pack including charger • Two tripod clamps • Six-faced mounting plate for tripod mounting • Mounting material for notebook • Robust and waterproof case • Electronic spirit level

optional:

• Studio power supply • Tripods, lenses, notebook


SpheronVR AG HauptstraĂ&#x;e 186 67714 Waldfischbach-Burgalben

phone: + 49 6333 2766 - 0

info@spheron.com

Germany

fax:

www.spheron.com

+ 49 6333 2766 - 11


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