Testing Out the iPhone 5 and Panorama Mode at the Top of Koko Crater

I recently picked up an iPhone 5. Actually, not recently. I got it on Day 1. Yes, I’m an Apple fanboy and have always been one. So the iPhone 5 ships with the brand new iOS 6. One of the built-in features is Panorama mode as an option in the camera app.

Panorama apps aren’t new to the iPhone. I’ve been using Autostitch since I picked up the first generation iPhone in 2007. However, that app has always been a bit tedious. You have to take multiple photos, then launch the app, then select the photos, and then allow Autostitch to do its magic. Oh, and you must not forget to crop. Panorama mode in iOS makes things much simpler. You simply move your phone in a sweeping motion to the right and the app automatically creates a panorama for you and even crops it. It’s all kinds of awesome.

I’ve had the iPhone 5 for a little over 2 weeks now, however, I never had much of a chance to test Panorama mode. With just one early morning class to teach this past Friday, I decided head to Koko Head Regional Park for some cardio fun on the Koko Crater tramway and to test out Panorama mode on the iPhone 5. Bellow you will find a selection of Panoramas that I took.

The long, and straight road up. Here’s the first Panorama of the day that I took. The sky was a bit overexposed so I cropped a chunk of it out. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Here I am at around the fifth electric pole, or halfway up. The iPhone 5 handled the thin electric wires pretty well here. Wires are often tricky when stitching panoramas and often need to be edited in Photoshop. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Here’s a view from the top. Actually, this is a little past the summit, toward the mauka ridge. I love to climb down there, since all of the tourists and locals like to crowd the summit. Perfect panorama. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Looking toward Hawaii Kai Marina / Koko Marina. To the right you can see the trail going down the mauka ridge. In the background center you can see the eastern Koolau range. The summits of Mariner’s Ridge, Hawaii Loa, Kuliouou, and Wiliwilinui run along this ridge. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Here’s another vertical panorama. This time I started with the iPhone pointing out toward the horizon and then I motioned the iPhone toward me. I think that it produced an interesting perspective. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Here’s a view from the metal platform at the summit of Koko Crater, which is also known as Puu Mai. To the left, you can see Hanauma Bay. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

As I worked my way down, I took one last panorama. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

I’ve owned three generations of iPhones: the original iPhone, iPhone 4, and most recent iPhone 5. The camera that was built into the original iPhone was there for pure convenience. I could take photos with it, but if I knew I needed to take important photos then the point and shoot was still a necessary accessory. In other words, the original iPhone had a sorta crappy camera. The iPhone 4 changed that. With the iPhone 4 I could leave my point and shoot at home and not really worry too much about quality issues. With the iPhone 5, any previous worries about camera phone quality has gone the way of the dodo bird. The iPhone 5 begs you to leave your point and shoot, and, in many ways, your bulky DSLR at home. Convenience is a sweet thing and the iPhone 5 takes convenience to the next level.

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