More pixels and better stitching: Get the new Photosynth for Windows Phone 8 update

You already know that the Photosynth mobile app allows you to create full spherical panoramas. Up until now the resolution of these spheres has been no more than 4-5 megapixels. That size makes for quick uploads, but it doesn’t give you as much detail as you might like when you’re in some really interesting place.

Today we are proud to announce an upgrade to Photosynth for Windows Phone: we now support a high-resolution mode that allows you to capture up to 11 megapixels in a sphere. The examples below show the noticeable difference.



Standing from the same spot below the Space Needle, here’s a tight crop from the High-Resolution panorama (left) and Standard-Resolution panorama (right)


You enable this mode from our settings page:


Under the covers we have changed out the entire stitching system, and now use the latest and greatest Image Composite Editor engine from our friends over in Microsoft Research. Not only does this support higher resolution stitching, but also improved scene carving and image blending.

It’s a double win, and we look forward to seeing some of your best high-resolution panos uploaded to the Photosynth site. Of course, if you want to go for extreme resolution, you will still want to use the desktop ICE tool, which can stitch at any resolution up to a whopping 30 gigapixels. Whichever way you do it, keep capturing those amazing places!

Download the latest Photosynth for Windows Phone 8 app here.


The Photosynth Team.

Comments (3)

  1. animisiewaz says:

    I see version 1.8 on Windows Store but the phone don't update automatically. Even manually i can't get it. I don't see on the page any restrictions to update

  2. Luis says:

    Same problem as the post above. Even uninstalling and reinstalling the app gives me version 1.7 instead. Obviously the developers bumped the version number in the app store but did not upload the correct app binary.

    Please fix.

  3. Max says:

    Having the same issue. Currently on the 929 (Icon) and unable to download 1.8 from the store. Stuck on version 1.7.

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