This is a current picture of my PanoDuino automated panohead. The controller hangs off the pan servo for now because I have 15' of wire that I'll use when using a long pole. The 9v battery is only used when the wireless function is turned on. All other times it runs off the rechargeable NiMH battery pack.


Here are the panoramic pictures taken with it. They will continue to improve as I learn how to shoot and edit the pictures.

  • Aldo Hoeben 7y

    The 8.6:1 gears look fancy!
    (note to self: fill-flash makes alu shine pretty ;-)
  • Andy Dufeau 7y

    That is too cool! Good Work!
  • Eric Au 7y

    You're pano-hero. It looks great.
  • Hikmet Gümüş 6y

    Very interesting project.
    Could you share your project ( details , codes etc ) ?
  • Andrea Biffi 6y

    I'm interesting at how you merge the photos together. Because you already know with great precision the degrees between each shot you could have set an unique algorithm to use for every panorama, don't you?
    After have seen your, I want now build my own motorized panohead ;-) with Arduino, servos (maybe not wireless...), and it would be hard. Anyway.... you're a genius!
    Seen in your 360 Panobot set. ( ?² )
  • robin_waarts 6y

    A few months back I had the same idea and with a little research I got here.
    I used your design as a start and wrote my own code, I use two pwm-channels(9/10) to drive the servo's..

    I started out with the heavier servos because my version had to move the EOS 5D / 5DmkII around and turned the bottom servo around to minimize the footprint.
    I also included a trigger cable from the flash to check the if the camera still is taking a photo before moving..

    Thanks for sharing this great project...

    This is my first version:
    Dagje panorama testen.

    There is also a dark movie two pictures up my stream..
  • Phil Warner 6y

    Thanks for sharing your project. You live very close to Aldo.

    That makes 2 of these in the Netherlands, 1 in France, 2 in Texas and another in Singapore.

    Greg in Canada is designing his own mechanics in CAD and fabricating them in his machine shop. I think it will be operated using the Papywizard software. He's getting close to having a working rig.

    I also included a trigger cable from the flash to check the if the camera still is taking a photo before moving.

    That's very interesting. The servos can be hacked to read their position. If the hot shoe can be used to to signal the the controller that the camera shutter has closed it would complete the loop.

    I need to get out my volt meter to see what's going on in the hot shoe. I guess that's the signal the flash uses when in the rear curtain mode.

    Keep in touch with your progress. I need to work on improving my system but I have taken the time.
  • Emad-ud-din Butt 5y

    Its really nice work.
    You have shared all hardware and mechanical details. Please Also share circuit and coding.
  • Aloysious A Gruntpuddock 4y

    Very neat!
  • CyrielKemperman 4y

    Hey, Did you mod the servo's for continous rotation? And what is the number of the servo.
  • Phil Warner 4y

    I updated the servo gearbox part link here because servocity moved the page.

    SPG785A Top Mount

    It uses a winch servo that I didn't mod. Others have modded the servo to give feedback on its position.
  • akila_ninomiya 4y

    I saw your panohead in Papywizard Plugins option.
    ... very beautiful & fantastic panohead! I think I wanna make such like that (^-^).
    and I'll introduce on my weblog "QTVR Diary".
  • Phil Warner 4y

    akila_ninomiya Nice blog. I added it to my RSS reader.
  • NathanJ2011 3y

    can we have the source files and some schematics? id like to build one of these
  • Gene Inman 2y

    agh.. Now I see
  • peper03 11mo

    Hi, The SPG785A Top Mount (8.6:1 gears) is not longer supported. Is it possible make the panoduino with SPG785A Top Mount (7:1 gears)?
  • Phil Warner 11mo

    The SPG785A should work great too.
  • Karl-Walter Weller 4mo

    Hi, can i please have the source files and some schematics?
    or you can tell me where can I find it?
    id like to build one of these
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