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In 1981, the Globuscope camera was introduced. Developed by the Globus Brothers of New York City, it was the world’s first hand-held 360° rotational camera. Weighing in at only 3.5 lbs. it was also one of the most portable panoramic cameras ever invented.

This 35mm film camera allows a photographer to capture eight 360° images on a single roll of 36-exposure film. Each 360° negative measures 6.25 inches in length. For many years, the negatives from this camera could be blown up to 12 feet long to create spectacular prints. Now these negatives can be scanned on Hasselblad Flextight scanners, with up to 3800% magnification, for use in a variety of print and digital media.

With the advent of Virtual Reality software, Globuscope imagery found a new platform. Rotating 360° within one second, the camera easily captures images other cameras cannot. The result is a high-resolution image on film. Software programming then allows a user to “sew” the ends of the 360° image together to create a rotating panoramic “movie” often referred to as a VR (for virtual reality). These interactive VR images make up the 360° World Atlas!

After 25 successful years, the Globuscope is no longer in production. Everen owns four of these remarkable cameras and will continue to use them until the next generation of high-resolution/high-speed cameras finally meets or exceeds the Globuscope’s capabilities.

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