How many images are needed
to shoot a panorama?

This calculator tells you the Field Of View of both fisheye and normal lenses, as well as the number of images needed for a panorama using a given overlap. You can also find out how much overlap you get with a given number of images. By playing with the numbers you can optimize your shooting strategy.

1. Enter Camera Data

Focal Length 

mm

Film/CCD height 

mm

Size utilization 

%

Film/CCD width 

mm

   

Min. image circle 

mm

For fisheye lens

 

For normal lens

VFOV (portrait) 

deg

 

VFOV (portrait) 

deg

HFOV (portrait) 

deg

 

HFOV (portrait) 

deg

FOV min. image circle 

deg

 

FOV min. image circle 

deg

For fisheye lens

 

For normal lens

Overlap in % of FOV 

%

 

Overlap in % of FOV 

%

Desired panorama FOV 

deg

 

Desired panorama FOV 

deg

Nr. of images landscape 

   

Nr. of images landscape 

 

Nr. of images portrait 

   

Nr. of images portrait 

 

For fisheye lens

 

For normal lens

Given nr. of images 

   

Given nr. of images 

 

Overlap landscape 

%

 

Overlap landscape 

%

Overlap portrait 

%

 

Overlap portrait 

%

Note:

The calculation for fisheye lenses is theoretical. If the image is larger than the image circle of the lens (i.e. circular fisheye) the calculator will not warn you for the fact that the image area will not be covered by the image circle of the lens.