In this project, I am going to show you how to make an automatic camera rig that will allow you to shoot high resolution panoramas using a cheap point and shoot camera. The camera rig is made from three metal frames and three servo motors. The servo motors control the pan, tilt and shutter of the camera. The metal frames hold all the parts together and allow you to mount everything onto a camera tripod.

An Arduino microcontroller is set up to automatically adjust the position of the camera and takes pictures at set intervals. When the process is complete, you will have a grid or pictures that cover a wide area. These pictures are them stitched together to create a single high resolution panoramic image.

Step 1: Watch the Video

Here is a video walkthrough of the project.

<p>Oh, that's a great project, I'll show it to my husband, he is gonna love the idea!</p>
<p>AWSOME !! ur talented !!</p>
Very nice! Useful!
<p>Thanks sharing</p>
<p>what an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing </p>
<p>Very nice, but the shutter triggering seems to be very or actually too rough probably just blurring the pics!?</p><p>But you just gave me the perfect idea for mechanically triggering buttons in different issues.</p><p>:-)</p>
<p>This is an incredible project, but I have a couple of questions/suggestions:</p><p>1. Making one of these for each camera you own and each lens on your DSLR would be a great way to find the PERFECT no-parallax point for your panoramas, and fortunately the parts are very inexpensive and interchangeable. Major kudos on the innovation for this build!</p><p>2. Would there be a simple way to tweak the code to add a button to allow for rudimentary angle adjustments? When trying to take a panorama, you usually want a 30% overlap on your edges to allow for seamless stitching. A button and maybe some indicator LEDs to let you know your angle adjustment (maybe 6 stops at a 5 degree interval or so, allowing for 30 degrees of adjustment) would take this project and make it INSANE for some professional panorama shoots.</p><p>I've done a few panorama shoots using a conduit holder and mini-wide lens mounted at my no-parallax points with great results, but having things automated would really take me to a whole new level! I love this build!</p><p>Check out one of my daytime NYC HDR panoramas here, but just note it's nearly 50MB and might take a little while to load. <a href="http://photos.ih-productions.com/Media/NYC28mmPanorama.jpg" rel="nofollow">http://photos.ih-productions.com/Media/NYC28mmPano...</a></p>
<p>Good suggestions. I will look into the angle adjustment things</p>
<p>An awesome project but way beyond my technical capabilities! By the way, I have the same digital camera that you've got here!</p>
<p>Doing a pan system over a very long period of time, with a go pro set to time lapse, would make for a nice video as well. One degree every minute or two.</p>
Oh it's a really cool idea anyways
You have a way better chance of winning than me this looks awesome
<p>Well, I can't actually win any of the contests because I am an employee here at Instrucables. I just enter because I like to participate. </p>

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