The new Panorama camera for the FARO S350 demo

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The new Panorama camera for the FARO S350 demo

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I recently purchased the new Panorama Camera and mounting bracket available now for my FARO FOCUS S350 scanner.

Only yesterday did the new version of SCENE come out that can now process the Pano Camera images and map the color on the scans.

The collection time for color now is down to 15 seconds for one 360° image or 30 seconds for two. Why two you ask, taking two masks out the top of S350 scanner body in the image. If you just take one image you will see the top of the scanner in each scan.

The camera being higher than the mirror is correct by one calibration scan you take at the beginning of reach job. This corrects for parallax on objects at a little distance from the scanner. Object very close will have a slight grey line around the bottom of the object where the color camera missed what the scanner captured.

All in all I'm very happy with the results.

The cost was about $1,600 USD total. Well worth it if you want color which I sometimes do.

I made this 2 minute video today to demonstrate the results.

We used two scanners for this job, one with the Pano Camera and one without. The camera path used to make this video is around the scan positions with the Pano Camera only. You will note the gray scale points made by the other scanner in this point cloud.




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Don't get me wrong, but this result looks very bed. I have X130 and with internal cam i have 10x better results. Are you sure that you did everything allright?

This is sample from my X130

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other samples from panocam that we can find on youtube looks way better...
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Looks awful indeed. Or did something go wrong with the rendering of the video?
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Half the points are not color as one scanner had the pano camera and the other was just grey scale.

I will make a new video with just the color scan points to see the difference.... but not today.... Thanksgiving Day!
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Okay, I agree that the first video did not look all that good due to half the point cloud was produced with a non-color scanner and the other half using the new 360 Panorama top mounted color camera.

This new video only uses the colored point cloud data.
See it here: https://vimeo.com/650150449

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Much better Paul. I don't use a theta z with my tx5 because this doesn't work but i use a theta z solo and am very pleased with the pictures. For 900€ it produces good pics for what i need them for.

Of course it's not the best photoquality but much better then that bloody istar i once had. Costed me 5x as much, bad results and noone at Nctech seemed to care about this product anymore so it died a slow dead. I sold mine to someone abroad.
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I like the combination with the Theta Z1, even if it doesn´t fit to our main application topics (parallax in near range won´t work for us). So I asked myself if there is a way to colourize the scans "manually" by the Panos, like Istar etc. did.
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INV_Scanning wrote: Tue Nov 30, 2021 10:56 am I like the combination with the Theta Z1, even if it doesn´t fit to our main application topics (parallax in near range won´t work for us). So I asked myself if there is a way to colourize the scans "manually" by the Panos, like Istar etc. did.
As far as i know there is no opensource library which can write/handle data as structured point cloud because that is what is needed to colorize a scan. you need to now the exact location of each point relative to the scanner as a pixel like a radial coordinate system. that way you would be able to write a program which handle the colorisation pixel by pixel.
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