The special feature of the Panono is the principle of the 360° "throw camera" - when the spherical camera is thrown into the air, it takes a 16K/108 megapixel 360° panorama photo at the apex of its flight path with the help of its 36 cameras. Of course, it can also be mounted on a tripod. The Panono 360° camera is based on a 2011 project by Jonas Pfell and his team from the Computer Graphics Group of the TU-Berlin and was successfully financed and developed in 2014 by crowdfunding. Unfortunately the production and delivery took a long time and the price increased drastically until today. Panono finally had to file for bankruptcy and was taken over by a Swiss holding company in 2017.
In itself a nice niche solution for all those who like the special Panano 360° from above and have the money for it. A special feature of the Panono, however, is that panorama photos taken with it can only be put together online in the Panono cloud from the individual images - there is no standalone software that can do this due to the otherwise occurring parallax errors. And now Panono has taken a drastic step and announced according to one user that each photo will cost 0.79 Euro from September 1st - at a current camera price of officially 2.140 Euro. This step is justified by Panono with the strong use and thereby caused high costs for the servers, which are responsible for the Stitching of the pictures.
This effectively means that the already expensive camera can no longer be used free of charge because it is completely dependent on the cloud service, which is now charged for. This doesn&t affect many people, but it is a warning example of the dependency that can be placed on hardware whose function depends on external services. If you as a Panono owner don&t want to pay extra for each picture, you can only try to sell your camera. Or appeal to Panono and hope that at some point an offline tool will be provided to assemble the individual shots into a panorama. If Panono should go bankrupt and stop the service completely, the camera would be worthless.