Price When Reviewed: 199 . 339 . 69
Pros: Versatile, easy-to-use program for assembling panoramic pictures and immersive spherical images from ordinary photos.
Cons: Fisheye stitching needs further development, though conventional rectilinear blending remains excellent. Pro is fine if you don’t need fisheyes or extra immersive formats.
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RealViz Stitcher is a flexible and easy-to-use program for assembling seamless panoramas and ‘immersive’ images from multiple overlapping photographs.
The new version 5.5 is a comparatively minor update, but the program is now split into various versions. The Unlimited edition costs £339, while a new lower-cost Pro edition costs £199. The new entry-level program, Stitcher Express 2, costs £69.
The Pro version is almost identical to version 5.1, apart from new SmartBlend technology in the renderer. Current users don’t really need to upgrade to the new Pro version. However, the Unlimited version has extra features. Most significant is a new ability to stitch images shot with ultra-wide angle fisheye lenses (capturing 180 degrees or more).
Stitcher Express 2 has fewer editing and output options but is great for learning the concepts.