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The Best Affordable Outdoor Camera: Demandar Panorama Cell Phone App

I'd like to take better wide landscape shots when I'm traveling, but I'm not interested in investing in a really expensive camera.

Demandar Panorama Cell Phone App.     Photo: Courtesy of Demandar Panorama

A:The easiest way to capture mountaintop views for posterity is to use a handy, low-cost panoramic app for Apple and Android phones. For instance, DMD Panorama—a newcomer in this area—creates 360-degee panoramas in about 20 seconds. It’s one of the quickest, easiest apps of its kind thanks to a scheme in which you stitch the image together by lining up two onscreen icons. The app comes in iPhone ($1.99) and Android (free) flavors.

Panoramic apps are a back-to-the-future technology—one of the earliest panoramic cameras, the Kodak Panoram, also shot ultra-wide-screen images by physically swinging the lens with a steel spring. With modern phone apps, you act as the swinging lens.

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