With the Cardboard, Google made it easy for anyone to own a virtual reality headset without burning a hole in one’s pockets. Now Google has set its sights on the expensive VR cameras, and with its latest Cardboard Camera app, it is turning any Android smartphone into a camera capable of capturing VR-ready photos in seconds.
When you fire up the app for the first time you are given five sample photos to immediately try out the virtual reality experience. These photos look like your usual panoramic photos, but strap on the Cardboard VR, and suddenly they become more immersive. The 360-degree photos become 3D-like with nearby objects seeming so close that you can almost touch them.
We took the app for a spin and it doesn’t come with a steep learning curve. You click a photo just as you would click a normal panoramic photo, i.e., moving the phone slowly to your right in a straight line. Once you are done, click on the ‘tick’ button at the bottom of the screen, and wait for the app to do its magic. In under a minute the app turns your panoramic photo into a 360-degree 3D image.
The photos you’ve clicked get an all-new level of experience when you strap on the VR Cardboard. We clicked photos indoors as well as outdoors, and the quality of the final photos was quite impressive. The app also allows you to record an audio to accompany your 3D photo.
Google’s Cardboard Camera app is super fun and very easy to use. The app takes the experience of looking at panoramic photos to a new level. It is available for free on theGoogle Play Store, and works with most modern Android smartphones.