Back in the beginning of August we noted some very cool simultaneous-exposure, multi-image 360-degree panoramas made by photographer Chris Ramirez for the New York Times. They were shot with a prototype product made by Kaidan called the EventCam, which uses 10 Canon PowerShot S60 digital point-and-shoot cameras arrayed in a circle.
Ramirez has since used the EventCam at the Republican National Convention, and PDNOnline has interviewed him about his experiences with the panorama rig. The interview includes a fun shot of Ramirez wading through the RNC crowd with his strange contraption mounted on a 10-foot tripod.
The unit that Ramirez is using is the only one in existence, according to Jim Anders, President of Kaidan. The company has not yet decided whether to manufacture the EventCam as a commercial product. "We're seriously considering it," Anders says, "but we have no timetable [for making a decision]."
In the meantime, Anders says the best opportunity for interested parties to take a look at the EventCam will be at an upcoming immersive imaging conference known as the IQTVRA Summit, to be held in Sedona, Arizona, USA October 25-29, 2004.
A selection of EventCam panoramas (along with some produced by other means) can be viewed at Chris Ramirez's web site.