Photo Sphere Camera 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Photo Sphere Camera 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Google has released a brand new iPhone photography application in the App Store. Dubbed Photo Sphere Camera, it provides functionality similar to the iOS Panorama shooting mode, and then some more.

By continuously taking images as you pan your device around, Photo Sphere Camera then stitches the individual photos together to create a nice sphere-like 360-degree image which can be published directly to Google Maps or shared with anyone on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and via email.

The app is a free download. I’ve included additional tidbits right after the jump…

The app couldn’t be simpler.

After tapping the shutter button, a series of blue on-screen dots will appear acting as a virtual representation of your surroundings. Now picture yourself standing inside a huge globe and simply pan the device around until you’ve captured each and every one of these dots.

The app will stitch the individual images together, creating a single 360-degree view that can be swiped and panned around with your finger (it’s a lot like Street View in Google Maps), geotagged and published to Google Maps or Google’s Views service, shared with others on social media and more.

To be perfectly clear, photo sphere functionality has been built into Android’s native camera app for the past year.

From Google’s release notes:

Create beautiful 360º images and publish them on Google Maps. Photo spheres empower you to look up, down and all around to revisit the amazing places you’ve encountered — and share them with anyone.

The following how-to video explains how Google’s app can be used to take a series of photos and automatically turn them into a seamless 360-degree panorama that can be published to Google Maps.

iPhones since iOS 6 have had support for taking high-quality panoramic images with the stock Camera app.

Check out two more app screenshots below.

Photo Sphere Camera 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)Photo Sphere Camera 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

Key features include:

  • Outdoor enthusiasts: from mountain top vistas to towering forests, Photo Sphere Camera helps you easily share 360º views of the great outdoors.
  • City lovers: the energy of the streets, the soaring skyscrapers, the historic landmarks: you can capture it all with a photo sphere.
  • Add your photo spheres to Google Maps to help others explore the world and make more informed travel decisions.

To learn more, head over to Google’s official Photo Sphere microsite.

Download Photo Sphere Camera free in the App Store.

The 18.7-megabyte download requires any iPhone from the iPhone 4s onward and iOS 7.0 or later. The iPhone 4 can’t create photo spheres, cautious the search giant.

  • Dan

    this is pretty cool, thanks for the heads up

  • Recently I just made a test with an iPhone with Microsoft Photosynth and a nexus 5 with Google Photosphere: phosynth is a good software, but it seems that Googel Photosphere has a better algorithm to adjust the image settings once processed. Photos looks better built and without too many different shadows and lights.

  • Tom

    First Microsoft, now Google?

    • John

      …and yet we are still sitting here asking “When Apple?”

      • Dan

        business as usual

      • felixtaf

        iOS ‘X’ beta will have an updated camera with built-in ‘iSphere’ feature!

    • SkyFall

      No actually first was a dev from App Store who made the 360 app. I think they released it in 2010. And the app works great.

  • Mohamed Danish

    Microsoft’s Photosynth is from years..

  • Willie

    if i have to create a google+ account for this im so gonna flip

    • Dan

      don’t think so, works for me and didn’t link to my G+

  • Plistumichu

    It’s nice to see how non-responsive the app is when the user tried to scroll through the picture.

    • Dan

      was responsive for me on 5S

    • pegger1

      You realize they weren’t actually swiping the phone, don’t you? The hand motion was over an animation.

      • Plistumichu

        Yes, I realize that.
        But that’s why we love Apple and how they care about every detail. Even if an animation, I should probably try to show a very fast and responsive app. But the guys in Google don’t.

      • pegger1

        Relax, It’s not a phone ad, it’s a how to video.

  • felixtaf

    Off topic – I hate all these new icons from Google/Other devs with white background. Its jus ugly! Why they cant be a little more creative???

  • Karl Kurtz

    Going to use this for image based lighting and 3D environments.

  • great idea. but in few examples i see the break lines. in an app that guides you how to do this right if you still get choppy images, I will pass until that’s fixed.

  • Warmachine69

    No iPod touch support

  • vifish

    Too late google, i’ve been using photosynth for years, and i refuse to contribute to google!

  • Matt

    Oh yes. I’ve always been jealous of the panorama on android phones.

  • Ryan Exley

    I can’t seem to share photosphere a I have created directly from the app. Only offers to publish to Google Maps.

  • Lemerio P.

    360 panorama app has been around for the longest which has already been doing this. But I will definitely try it to see if it’s better.

    • blu

      I was going to say the same thing. I have been using Panorama for quite a while and it works well.

  • Aris Nugroho

    Yeahh..!! This is what I’ve been waiting for! 🙂