The Five Best Panoramic Camera Apps of 2019

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Panoramic pictures have taken the photography world by storm. With the rise of VR technology and the spread of 360 degree cameras, multi-camera phones, and other technology, now is the perfect time to get into panoramic photography. But you don't need a headset or a fancy camera to use these panoramic camera apps, and in some cases, you don't even need to move the phone.

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Panorama 360: Best 360 Camera App for Business

Panorama 360 on iOS

What We Like

  • Works with most 360 cameras, as well as Android phones.

  • Designed with professional considerations in mind.

What We Don't Like

  • Has a buggy history with iOS.

  • Might be more app than non-pros really need.

  • Sometimes feels more aimed at pro photographers instead of amateurs.

Panorama 360 has hung on for a long, long time, having been available since 2011. It's also probably one of the most fully-featured apps for panoramas, and will even work with 360 cameras and other VR tech.

That professional focus can be great if that's what you're looking for, but if you're looking for something more basic, or aren't interested in anything beyond the occasional vacation photo, this may be more app than you need, especially as some high-end features are locked behind an in-app purchase paywall.

Our one other dislike really boils down to iOS; the Android version is more stable, making this a slightly better choice if you're on that platform. While the iOS version is far from shaky, the Android version has a bit less of a bug history.  

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iOS Camera: Best Basic Panoramic Camera App

iOS Camera with panoramic shots

What We Like

  • Right there on the iPhone with a swipe.

  • Easy sharing.

  • Works smoothly with zero bugs in iOS.

What We Don't Like

  • Just one feature in a broader app.

  • Still requires some practice before you can use it smoothly.

  • Apple has rested too hard on its laurels.

Apple pioneered the panorama game, first introducing it in iOS 6 as part of a broader push into turning your iPhone into a Swiss Army Knife of photography.

By and large, it works well. Just hit start, keep the arrow level, and move slowly in a circle, and you'll have a perfect panorama, although you should probably spend a little time practicing in the back yard before you use it on the family vacation.

But that's also all you get; while Apple has refined the algorithms and ease of use of the app, it's clear they view this as just one tool in the tool chest. If you're looking to use this for professional purposes, want to connect your iPhone to a third-party device, or just want more features than what's offered, you're going to have to venture into the app store.

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Fyuse: Best Photo App for Playing With

Fyuse app on iOS

What We Like

  • Not just panoramas, but a host of fun ways to take different types of photos.

  • Surprisingly easy to use and doesn't have a high demand in terms of specifications.

  • Will work on almost every modern phone.

What We Don't Like

  • Proprietary formats are harder to share.

  • A little too toy-like in some respects.

An attempt to launch a new kind of photography social network, Fyuse encourages users to create not just panoramas, but whole hosts of different types of “spatial photographs” the app insists on called “Fyuses.” These can be panoramas, be up and down, or circle around an object, following the motion of your phone when you look at a photo.

The technology is undeniably impressive when you see it in action, and it's a lot of fun to play with, but the app faces the fundamental question of what problem it actually solves to justify using it more often than not. Similarly, the use of a proprietary format can limit image sharing, which may be a dealbreaker if you were hoping to post that neat panorama to Instagram.

It's hardly perfect, and hopefully it'll be refined to step beyond its self-imposed confines, but if you're a panorama fan, it's decidedly something different to experiment with.

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PanoramaCrop: Best Panoramic Camera App for Faking It

Panorama Crop app on Android

What We Like

  • A great tool for professionals who want to turn big photos into panoramas.

  • Simple and easy interface.

What We Don't Like

  • Loads of ads and in-app purchases get in the way.

  • Practically demands shooting in landscape with your phone.

If you prefer to shoot with a DSLR, but also want to upload some cool panoramas, or if you want to use a camera for more control of your image, then turn it into a panorama in post, PanoramaCrop offers a speedy way to do that with an Android phone. It also allows those with shaky hands to more easily turn big images into panoramas. Just feed it a picture and it'll let you crop it to a panoramic view. It's a useful tool to have on your phone if you're shooting and want control without booting up Photoshop, and the panorama cropping is easily scaled.

PanoramaCrop has both ads and in-app purchases, but it's still usable, and probably the most effective cropping app we've found if you love shooting huge vistas. Also potentially annoying: if you use your phone to shoot, it may take a little work to arrange a photo shot in landscape to be properly cropped; shooting in portrait is much easier to crop, which is something of an odd choice.

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Photoaf Panorama: Best Panorama App to Learn On

PhotoAF Panorama on Android

What We Like

  • “Bubble level” tools make keeping your camera level much easier.

  • Plenty of tips and tricks for rookies.

What We Don't Like

  • Extremely limited in free mode.

  • Outdated, cheesy interface

  • Android only.

This might be the most granular of the panoramas, with little “bubble” levels on the screen helping you keep your phone in the proper orientation to create the image you want. On some level, it's the most newbie-friendly app, with accessible tips and tricks to learn more about the app and what it does.

However, there are some trade-offs due to the paid pro version, such as the HD version of the app being locked away unless you pay up. Furthermore, the app itself has a chunky, dated interface. Looks aren't everything, of course, and the style or lack thereof isn't crippling, but if you're new to panoramas, test out a few other apps first and ensure this is the one that you want, before you pay for the app.