Ever thought of owning a camera which resembled your football? I bet, you don't. But here's a German startup company called Panono who have developed something like that indeed
The company first started working on their Panono camera, a ball-shaped device that captures photo "spheres," back in 2011. The camera is capable of shooting 360 degree images at a whopping 108 megapixel and thereby making the device the highest resolution still camera available in the market.
Basically the Panono camera looks like a small football with a number of 3MP camera on the body of the device at different radius. Thereafter the images shoot by these lenses are stitched together to make a super high resolution image.
One need to throw this device upwards and the Panono ball aka. Camera captures a panoramic image at the highest point of projectile.
Coming to the details the Panono looks almost exactly like the mock-up that was showcased in2013 when the company was launching their crowd-funding campaign. The camera is about the size of a grapefruit, and feels just as heavy. The plastic exterior is sprinkled with small, slightly indented lenses with rubberized green trim, thereby providing a better grip.
On one of the ball's poles is an LED flash with a trigger button, whereas the other houses a cap that covers the microUSB port. There's also a connector for a removable handle. The handle comes into play in situations where you wouldn't like to throw your superbly costly football camera! Instead you can simply attach it and click the button provided on the grip.
Even it wouldn't be a sound idea of always throwing up the camera in the air for capturing images as it isn't full shock proof as of yet! This may be a worry, as one need to sell out a dime - $1,499 to get hold of the camera. You wouldn't want to destroy the camera you bought at such a hefty price tag!