Was this flawless Photo Sphere panorama taken with a Google Nexus 4 on a tripod?

Was this flawless Photo Sphere panorama taken with a Google Nexus 4 on a tripod?
Google posted a new advertisement on its YouTube page several hours ago showing off a cool new feature of its Nexus 4 smartphone – the Photo Sphere. For those not familiar, Photo Sphere is used to capture 360-degree panorama photos, and here we have a few examples as to how they look. Now, you're probably aware of the method for producing panoramic photos – the user swipes the phone horizontally while it takes multiple photographs, which then get stitched together resulting in a single image. This technique might require a steady hand, however, if you want your photos to be ideal. 

And speaking of steady hands, Google might have actually used a tripod to take the photo you see below. An eagle-eyed reader of ours pointed out a strange shadow in the middle of the photo, which appears to be cast by a tripod and a person taking the shot, even though if the advertisement is to be trusted, the Photo Sphere is supposedly being taken by a pretty lady holding a Google Nexus 4 in her hands. The mysterious shadow is visible in the video as well. 

Of course, we aren't entirely sure whether a tripod was really used, but the evidence is there and we have to bring it forth. Sometimes images captured with Photo Sphere aren't stitched well, unless the user stands almost perfectly still, but the ad demonstrates how an ideal panorama can be taken with no effort at all. That's a case of an advertisement being misleading, some might argue, and we tend to agree, although its is probably not as bad as that Nokia Lumia 920 ad that wasn't taken with a smartphone at all.

What do you, guys, think? Is that a tripod in the middle of the photo, or could it be something else? Let us know down in the comments!

Thanks for sending this in, David!

source: Google (YouTube)

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1. Evil.Bunny

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

So what's the big deal ?

4. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Big deal or not, Google should apologize on this. We all know the Nokia OIS fiasco. Conceptually Nokia also had a defending statement, because they never claimed that the footage was taken by L920, still they apologized. Google should take that as example and release a small apology. That's all they need.

9. MeoCao unregistered

Your should know that an advertisement is generally different from the actual thing. Turn on your TV and you see it in almost all ads.

12. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

A small apology won't hurt. It's not like they totally clean, they showed a lady taking this pic, while real job was done by a tripod. Tell me if I'm wrong.

14. MeoCao unregistered

I saw an ads yesterday, a boy drank some kind of milk and he grew 10cm something in an instant. Do you think the milk producer should apologize too? I saw a TOYOTA in an ads which looked glossy and decidedly different from the same TOYOTAs on the streets. Should TOYOTA apologize?

18. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I'm just talking about what you're arguing Wendy with. You are biased towards Google and Android.

20. MeoCao unregistered

May be, so you should point out what the bias is :)

28. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

mate just forget trying to be reasonable. people on here show there true colours basically its ok for google to do anything but if another company do or have done similar its a disgrace. google is the new apple to these android fanboys like MeoCao. as for the tripod thing, google should clear this up and apologise. they could have stated ''tripod used'' but didnt so there misleading everyone just like nokia had even if it was unintentional.

36. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

So true..

40. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2389; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

My only question: where's the shadow of the cameramen and producers that were shooting this commercial? To be honest, even when Nokia had the whole "not taken with an actual Lumia 920", I didn't really care. I mean if you really think advertisements showcase a reality then you need to wake up. They are all just doing something to get your attention and make you think that if you buy said product you will achieve such results. It's up to the consumers to do their research and go test the product to see if it really does what it claims to. Neither the Nokia ad nor the Google ad fall under false advertisement because neither came out and said if you buy this product this is what you will get. Instead, they both used marketing schemes to make the consumers BELIEVE that if you buy this product this is what you could get but they never actually SAY this is the exact results you will achieve. Have you guys never seen a pharmaceutical drug commercial where they make it seem as if you take a certain drug for rheumatoid arthritis you will be this happy-go-lucky person free of pain or if you take a drug like Cialis then your sex life is somehow magically better?

45. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Google aint Nokia so they shouldnt apologize for anything! They are a legit company and most of your computing prowess is based on the tech developed by Google...your basic search for infinite knowledge couldnt have been quenched if it werent for google...so show some respect its highly due mate

46. apoorv.chincholkar

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

Please. Hey tough guy internet warrior. Yes you. Stop being a troll. Let's put a face on this tough guy internet warrior. Moderate your posts, please. i.imgur.com/RpJNE.jpg

5. MeoCao unregistered

Right, it's doesn't matter. It would have difference if Google claimed this is "SAMPLE" taken by N4. Nokia got a lot of heat b-c the L920 "samples" were in fact taken by a DSLR.

11. wendygarett unregistered

At least Nokia apologies for faking it LOL

15. MeoCao unregistered

haha, NOKIA lied, they showed the "SAMPLES" and samples mean to be real. ads do not mean real generally.

16. wendygarett unregistered

that also an ads bro LOL but hey, google removed the video... probably a sign to apologies LOL

19. MeoCao unregistered

Did you follow the Nokia case? It was not an ad, it was samples. Nokia also had many L920 night photo "samples" which were in fact taken by a DSLR.

32. jibraihimi

Posts: 808; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Hahahahaha..... You my friend should get the award of 'Times fool of year' . First of all nokia never claimed that OIS shot were taken by Lumia 920. They were showing some samples, and in that samples OIS effect video was also there, but it was blunder by marketing team that failed to mentioned that videos were to show the result of OIS effect, and that it was not the real deal, and it was mistake by all the tech sites mentioning that the video was from Lumia 920 without first confirming the same from Nokia, and to hide their shortcomings they began to blame Nokia for misleading people. Whereas Nokia Never claimed those videos were from Lumia 920. Even after that Nokia apologised for that mistake...............and if you have seen real videos from Nokia Lumia 920, which shows OIS effect then you might have seen that Lumia 920's real camera samples are really very good, and it does what it says. So please stop making more fool of yourself by defending google, because mistake is mistake, and they should atleast clarify it, if not apologize............. Worshipping one company and brand is not going to take you anywhere, so please your brain and be rational, don't just be a stupid fanboy..............

33. jibraihimi

Posts: 808; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Ooops, in the end I wanted to say please use your brain. But this autocorrect has now started to eat the words also..... :)

21. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Haha true. Fanboys going wild, they see every other platform/OS glowing with red color. Motto is, 'We are always true'. Gimme a break.

24. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

lol google not faking this, because this taken using N4, not using DSLR using tripod or not is optional.

17. brar.arsh

Posts: 202; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Yes, Its an ad and not a "Sample".. Nothing wrong in it..

13. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

No big deal. I was too eager to buy Nexus 4 because of android 4.2 and it's features like photosphere but had to compromise on low space, mediocre camera and lack of lte. But then I saw a Galaxy Note 2 video on youtube which had a custom rom showing the same photosphere feature with better quality. My doubts have been cleared. Note 2 it is.

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Whether the Photo Sphere image was taken with a Google Nexus 4 on a tripod or not, it doesn't really matter. At least google is showing off a revolutionary new feature may it bring good images or not..

8. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

If only people could be so inteligent at time the OIS fiasco happened... Anyway, an example such as this is good of displaying the concept. For actual performance, we are waiting for real photosphere captures!

43. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I have photosphere on my Galaxy Nexus. From my personal experience I don't see the tripod as being a big deal. The real challenge in photosphere shots has to do with the action around you. People, for example, are usually moving and not standing around like mannequins, so I can see seam areas between some of the shots. Don't get me wrong, it does an amazing job and I love the results I get, but no, it's not 100% perfect in real-world use.

34. jibraihimi

Posts: 808; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

" At least google is showing off a revolutionary new feature may it bring good images or not.." Well miss this revolutionary new feature was already available on WP7 in the form of 'photosynth'........... So nothing new here, in fact you should check photosynth, it does better job than this........

3. whencatsruletheworld

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Tripod or not, it was taken with a Nexus 4. Unlike Nokia who misled their customer by using a DSLR.

6. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

No proof that it's even taken with N4. I'm kidding of course, when a little doubt creeps in, you can assume every possible conspiracy, no? This is like deja vu... same happened with the 920 but later they proved their ability. I hope google should do the same, show some real world examples!

7. whencatsruletheworld

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Yeah i guess so. Lets all wait for real world examples! (Y)

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