Michel Dusariez's panoptical camera is based on the Dane Lars R. LARSEN's LARSCAN prototype.

In one single shot that takes less than 5 seconds, it gives a full 360 degrees horizontal by at least 105 degrees vertical negative on 120 film. At 360 degrees, the negative is less than 5 inches long, and the ratio is 1:2.6 and it can thus be enlarged in a standard 4x5 inch enlarger.

The small, compact design, the extended vertical angle and short shooting time all make it possible to use it in a variety of conditions and environments.

The underwater 35 mm prototype which uses a 12.5 mm lens also covers 360 degrees horizontally, but because of the different lens and the high refraction index of the water, the vertical field is reduced, the ratio being 1/7.5.

Using the Dusariez Panoptical camera for Quicktime VR offers many advantages compared with the standard Apple procedure:

. Dusariez System Apple System
Vertical Range 105 degrees 85 degrees
Shooting Procedure one shot taken in 5 seconds 12 shots to be taken at very accurate regular interval (30 degrees) with very accurate constant shooting parameters (e.g. exposure)
Moving Objects Moving objects are allowed (e.g. walking people at a few meters distance); fast objects create continuous distorded speed blurred images. Discontinuity with moving objects which are not recorded on the next shots.
Flexible, fast, light system which can be used in a variety of environments (e.g. aerial kite photography, underwater,...) Needs a precise, very stable tripod and long accurate shooting process excluding many subjects.
Scanning Procedure one high resolution negative on a standard 120 film roll

Negative dimension is about 50x110mm fitting in one 4.5 x 5 inch scan for Photo-CD Pro and allowing high-res QTVR

12 24x36mm negatives in 12 scans on a standard Photo-CD
Stitching No stitching required Semi-automatic iterarive stitching process requiring a high performance machine with at least 40 Mb RAM
Average QTVR preparation time 15 minutes 2 to 4 hours