Is this 360 photo the future of virtual tours? I thought this was an impressive photo but it turns out that it wasn’t a photo at all. It’s entirely computer generated.
Even after I read that it was actually created in 3D Studio, I hard a difficult time try to find flaws in it. (Maybe the magazine on top of the table, which seems to lack shadows.)
Given that computers can generate photorealistic virtual tour images, will computers replace 360 cameras for photos? Not for a while longer, I think. First, most properties don’t have highly detailed 3D models. Even buildings that were designed in CAD have 3D models that are too simple to be photorealistic. Second, the time and cost of creating a photorealistic 3D model still greatly exceeds the cost of taking a 360 photo, even with a DSLR panorama. For these reasons, I believe CG will not replace 360 cameras or DSLRs yet, even if they can’t be distinguished from real photos.
Here’s another image. From the comments, it seems like it could also be CGI. If this is CG, it is very interesting that it can emulate even chromatic aberrations and fringing. What do you think?