The end game would be that you put your phone in recording and on some stand, and you just have to slowly turn the pages of your photo album. One can dream.
People will record the video differently hence, adding more complexity to solving, comparatively, a simple problem.
One person might do the movements really fast, which leads to blur, which would mean they now need to add de-blurring. Other person might even miss an angle that was required. I think this is likely why panoramas are made in parts.
I just finished scanning a batch of my old high school photos, but I didn't take a lot, so it was only a few hundred. Managed to fit three at a time on the bed of my all-in-one printer/scanner, but it was tricky because there was a dead zone along the edges, so they had to be in the middle, but spaced out enough that the software could auto-crop them. Still not TOO bad, but I wouldn't really relish doing it for thousands.
I didn't see any mention of resolution in the blog post, and many comments here and elsewhere about low quality.
Is the resolution still capped?
It makes really blurry photos. Every photo I take looks like someone turned the pixelate filter on.
Any suggestions... I'm doing this at night with lights on... will try it tomorrow during the day to see if more light is the answer.
EDIT: The photos I get back aren't only blurry, compared to photos I take with my phone camera, but they are about 2/3rds the size. iPhone 6S... I'd rather it take a bit longer on the compile and get me a better quality image.
But that said, I've not explored what else is out there.
It sucks when science creates something cool but it doesn't work in the real world.
> After testing PhotoScan on a variety of pictures using four different phones, I'm sad to report that we're not getting our camera's worth from the app. The long dimension of scanned pictures is always scaled (up or down) to 2,000 pixels, compared to the 4,000-pixel capture resolution of the 6P (12.3 MP -> less than 3 MP).
If you are looking for real "archival" imaging, this app probably won't suffice.
On the other hand, it's nice to have on your phone to grab the occasional image e.g. from a picture on the wall behind glass or something similar. As another commenter mentions, maybe to grab an old photograph out of an album and put it on Facebook or the like.
Users should also note, its cropping is not always accurate -- larger contrasts produce better results. But, after it grabs its initial image, you can adjust the cropping -- including outward, to the limit of what was initially imaged.
P.S. I have a Nexus 5x. I'm guessing the app may work relatively well for me also because I'm using a phone that the Google developers are particularly likely to specifically support and have used/tested against.
Since this appears to be a small project -- maybe a 20%-er or the like? -- at a guess, results may vary significantly depending upon phone and camera module. At a guess -- I've no idea.
In day to day use you may find the big phone with its 'best camera ever' and full suite of sensors to not be practical compared to your svelte normal phone. The added bulk, the fear of dropping the bulk or the likelihood of theft just puts you off carrying it around. But when these exciting science experiment apps come along then you are good to go, no need to make space for the app on your normal phone (where it probably won't work anyway) you can put it on the big phone. Even more fun, you can share the big phone around without fear of your personal messages popping up on its screen - a guest phone as it were.
The latest and greatest Beta version of Android is also default on the Pixel series, I didn't even have to install PhotoScan, mysteriously it was already installed on mine when I had the 'must try this' moment a few minutes ago.
Android phones are a bit like office PCs in the 90's when you could have some 386 running Wordperfect in the same room as some Pentium machine used for CAD, sure they all use some variation of the same operating system but that 'flight sim game' would only be worth attempting on the latest/greatest hardware and totally useless on anything less.
You'd think there'd be lots of cheap ones coming out of China, but I couldn't find any with a quick search.
It's a perfect way for a not-so-technologically-savvy parent to scan their old photos and put them up on Facebook.
 nice initials btw
Who's the guy in the sample pic? One of the researchers?