By Andrew Liszewski
While you can take your own 360 degree panorama shots with the right lens and a small roundtable why not go all out and do it right? The Seitz Roundshot D3 can create a full rotation digital panorama in only 2 seconds and the resulting images are composed of about 470 million pixels. The sensor on the D3 gives the camera an impressive ISO/ASA range of 500 to 10,000 and the unit even includes a 640×480 touch screen that can be used for previews and as a wireless remote.
Of course keep in mind that an uncompressed 360 degree panorama shot taken by the camera at 48-bits will weigh in at about 2.7GB so the unit relies on a special portable hard drive that it connects to via gigabit ethernet. I guess swapping out SD cards after every photo is just not practical.
A mobile version of the Roundshot will be available for $37,463 but why not save a few bucks and just go with the studio version which only costs $34,906. Both models are due for release in early 2007 so make sure to preorder yours now.