The DIY-streetview Camera has six sensors that combined record 30 Megapixel of jpg images. The resulting panorama size is 7500 x 3750 pixel. The release interval is 3 seconds. It covers 360 x ca. 160 degrees. That is 90%. Coverage is the whole world but the car/backpack. A set of 16 GB SD cards last for about 4 hours. Max SD card size is 32 GB.
The DIY-streetview camera has been designed to provide great ground coverage ideal for narrow spaces e.g. bicycle paths, walkways and pavements. Vertical coverage is about 160 degree. That is a 90% coverage.
Leveling normally is done manually using a tripod and a level or a gimbal. Both are impractical, because you either need to stop for each shot to set up and level the tripod, or take care of the delicate mechanical gimbal all the time.
The DIY-streetview camera instead has a build-in fully electronic orientation sensor that records extra log data for each set of images. With this extra data the Image Processing Software automatically levels the footage when processing, so you always get straight panoramas, even when the camera was leaning when recording.
While a lot of GPS receivers record the position well, they do not provide the direction the camera looks when recording.
The DIY-streetview camera has a build-in GPS receiver that records not only the position for each set of images. In addition it also provides the direction the front camera was looking. This information is crucial to create the streetview experience.
When processing the Image Processing Software automatically geotaggs all the panoramas with GPS date and time, local date and time, latitude, longitude, altitude and image direction.
The DIY-streetview camera housing is precision made to withstand the most challenging environments. The black housing is for shooting in an urban environment. A bright red color housing is to stand out for crisis work like earthquakes. A white color housing helps with very hot and sunny locations. A dust and rainproof version with glass lens covers is available.
The camera runs on 12 Volt DC. The power cord is 5 meters (ca. 15 feet) long. In addition to the included 12 Volt battery a verhicles 12 Volt power outlet is sufficient to power the camera.
With the wired remote control you can switch the DIY-streetview camera on and off from inside the car. The remote control also has LEDs to indicate operation modes: Power, Rec, Error. And an audible alarm for when the SD cards need to be changed after about 4 hours. The remote control has a 5 meter (ca. 15 feet) cord.
The DIY-streetview camera saves the images and extra data to a set of SD cards. Max. recording time is about 8 hours per set of 32 GB SD cards.