Gorgeous Panoramic Photos Are Child’s Play With This Clever Camera App [Review]

Outside my local Apple Store

Outside my local Apple Store in Bath

DerManDar is a cute three-dollar panoramic photography app for iPhone, and it produces some lovely pictures.

It works like this: you hold the phone vertically, and turn slowly on the spot. The app takes snaps for you (you don’t need to hit the shutter button for each one) then stitches them together into an elongated panoramic view.

If you sign up with dermandar.com you can upload your panoramas there, so that friends can look at them in a Flash viewer; or you can simply share the jpg image file that gets automatically saved to your device’s Camera Roll.

Despite its odd name, this is a really nice app. Although it shares some features with stitching apps like AutoStitch (which has long been, and remains, one of my favourite photo apps), the two are very different in use.

Bath's Royal Crescent

The Royal Crescent in Bath, much loved by visiting tourists.

DerManDar comes with a built-in sharing network, from which you can explore images made by other users. It is designed to capture a level circle of images – what you’d see if you could spin on the spot. It dynamically takes the photos for you, so in some respects it’s not as flexible as AutoStitch. But don’t think less of it for that – the images it creates are a lot of fun to make, share and explore.

If you enjoy experimenting with photography on your iPhone, this is an app well worth trying.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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  • Morgan

    Sounds a lot like Photosynth — which is free :)

  • John Lehmkuhl

    It did a better job than my other 360 cameras – love the yin/yang signs for making sure you are in alignment for the next shot. Great to own! Also, only 1.99 right now, not $3.

  • Justin Gilbert

    I’ve been using it for a few days.  Love it.  Its crazy fast at stitching and easy to use.  It really is easier than doing it with a regular camera.  Couple of examples:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/j

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/j

  • Aaron

    Granted, you have to tap the screen once each picture overlaps properly, but it does a fantastic job… even for a Microsoft app!   :)

  • Aj Tk427

    Only if the app can’t properly stitch the pics together otherwise it’s automatic.  Love Photosynth!!!

  • Aj Tk427

    3 dollars is a bit steep when 360 is 99 cents (not that great though) and Photosynth is free and excellent

  • macgizmo

    Photoshop does a better job than any of these… though it’s more work transferring all the pics to your computer.

  • Josh Yates

    360 works GREAT for me…no issues at all.

  • brnmbrns

    I got this app for free when it was on sale a couple weeks ago and it’s great! Works very well.

  • Dan Smigrod

    You can share your 360ºs (free) with:
    http://tools.tourwrist.com/hos

  • Justin Gilbert

    Very fast stitching, no transferring to a PC, easy upload to multiple sites, just amazing.  

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Giles TurnbullGiles Turnbull is a freelance writer in England. He also writes for the Press Association and The Morning News. You can find out more at his website, and follow him on Twitter @gilest.

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