Virtual Tour Image Quality Options

All of our photo spheres are captured using advanced Nikon DSLRs. Some tour companies will use a 360 camera instead. While a 360 camera is much faster at creating photo spheres, the quality doesn’t even come close to what can be achieved using a professional DSLR.

Because we use such high quality equipment and lenses, it allows us to have a lot of control on how the final images appear. We offer the following options to suite your needs.

Bracketed High Dynamic Range (HDR)

This is our standard image quality. It involves taking multiple images at various exposures and then blending them together. This improves the light and dark areas of the image to give a more natural mage; closer to what your eye can see.

This option is included in the price so you will not need to pay extra for HDR. This method is not well suited for moving scenes such as when people are in the area or on a windy day. Anything which is moving will appear ghosted. To see a photo sphere using this method, click here.

Bracketed HDR without Noise Reduction
Bracketed HDR without Noise Reduction at full zoom.
Bracketed HDR with Noise Reduction.
Bracketed HDR with Noise Reduction at full zoom.

Non-Bracketed High Dynamic Range (HDR)

This is an option for Custom Virtual Tours. It uses a different HDR method which takes more time to produce, but does not have the ghosting issues of the bracketed method. This method also results in much more vibrant colors. (This color style is optional if it doesn’t suite your taste.) To see a photo sphere using the Non-Bracketed HDR without Noise Reduction, click here.

This method can result in more noise in the image. It will not be noticeable unless you plan to allow maximum zoom while in the Custom Virtual Tour. We will happily apply our Noise Reduction option to correct this if you prefer, although it can result in a ‘softer’ image. To see a photo sphere using our Non-Bracketed HDR and Noise Reduction, click here.

Non-bracketed HDR without Noise Reduction.
Non-bracketed HDR without Noise Reduction. at full zoom.

Noise Reduction

Some images, especially when viewed at maximum zoom, may appear ‘noisy’. This is a by-product of the digital photography. We can apply an additional technique to the images to reduce noise on request. It in included free of charge if you are ordering a Custom Virtual Tour and can be added for a small fee if you are using the Google Street View Tour. To see a Custom Virtual Tour using our standard Bracketed HDR with Noise Reduction, click here.

Non-bracketed HDR with Noise Reduction.
Non-bracketed HDR with Noise Reduction at full zoom.