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The stock camera app on my Samsung Galaxy SIII has a "panoramic" mode whereby I can drag the camera around my body acting as a pivot to capture a panoramic view going from anywhere from x to 360°.

However, such panoramic view is only linear. I would like to be able to capture a grid of photos, which would be assembled together.

I was wondering if this were possible by moving the camera around as follows:

rectangular grid panoramic view

I would also like, in a similar fashion, to be able to capture a sky or dome, by doing a normal 360° panoramic view, and then shifting the camera upwards (one square), then repeating the 360° turn, and so on, till the camera is vertical:

hemisphherical grid panoramic view

The individual pieces are then pieced together, as normal.

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While not an Android application you can do this offline with Hugin, note that there have been at least some attempts to port Hugin to Android:

  • Cross Platform Windows, OS-X, Linux
  • Free, Gratis & Open Source
  • Internationalised - Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Czech, Dutch, Danish, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish and Ukrainian translations
  • Simple Linear Stitching Yes
  • Grid Stitching Yes
  • Out of order stitching Yes
  • Produce very high resolution image Yes
  • Straighten skewed shots Yes
  • Simulating an architectural projection including correcting Barrel & Perspective distortions Yes
  • Combine pictures taken with different lenses or cameras Yes
  • Focal Stacking Yes
  • Exposure Correction Yes - the different shots taken on autoexposure are likely to be exposed differently Hugin can correct for this
  • "Little Planet" Yes

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Note that I have not used any of the Android Apps that try to do this but have had very good results from running Hugin on various platforms

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