In the way it both distorts and accurately represents the world, the panoramic feature available on some iPhones (and other devices) has reignited my excitement with photography. The act of taking a picture, which requires a zen calm and a tai chi like twist through 270 degrees, also has a pleasing physicality. Catching an aesthetically appropriate start, end and centre point for any image (or not) presents an interesting mental challenge, as does the question of whether to pan with or against any movement in the scene. Exposure, which is set at the start of the process, also requires some finesse, especially as the lighting conditions can change during the time it takes to capture the image. As can be seen below, the CMOS sensor has difficulty in some types of artificial light.
The 800 pixel wide images shown below were captured on an iPhone 4s (to 2018) or 6s. Other than the resize, none have been manipulated in any way. The original images, which range from 6 – 12 MB in size, are 10,800 pixels wide and 2,396 pixels high (4s) or 8 – 15 MB and 16,378 pixels wide and 3,848 high (6s).