A firmware and app update to Trisio Lite 2 (reviewed here) has improved image quality. There’s also a new desktop app. Here is an updated review based on the new firmware and app update.
Trisio Lite 2 is a new 360 camera that takes very detailed 8K photos and has excellent stitching. Unlike other 360 cameras, it has only a single lens, then rotates automatically to take four HDR shots which are stitched into a 360 photo. When I tested it, I found that it had many strengths:
- ease of use: Just press the button and it analyzes the scene to set the exposure intelligently, and shoots the photos automatically.
- amazing detail: as much detail as the Theta X and Theta Z1, which cost significantly more.
- excellent dynamic range: excellent highlight and shadow range, with natural-looking contrast.
- accurate colors: many 360 cameras tend to increase saturation to appeal to consumers. Trisio, however, has accurate colors.
- smooth stitching: the Trisio has one of the best stitching that I’ve seen for 360 cameras.
Trisio sample (edited with HQ Lite 10 second curves)
However, the Trisio had some issues:
- images looked flat
- no Raw mode
- no desktop app
- horizon not automatically leveled
- no unstitched photos (can’t stitch manually)
- susceptible to flare
Now a firmware and app update has taken care of most of these issues. First, the image quality has improved. You can see the 360 sample below:
The colors and contrast look quite good to me and are presentable even without editing. My only criticism is that the skin tones can be a little bit saturated, making me look a bit sunburned. But in my opinion, compared to other 360 cameras on the market, this is very good for an unedited photo.
New desktop stitching app
Second, there is now a desktop app for both Windows and Mac. No longer is it necessary to stitch the photos on your phone. It has a very simple no-frills interface. Here is the workflow:
- Connect the Trisio to your PC or Mac via USB.
- Copy the photos from the Trisio (under DCIM/Picture folder) to your hard drive. You’ll notice that the photos cannot be read by your PC or Mac. That’s ok.
- Launch the Trisio app, and specify the directory where you want to save stitched photos.
- Click on “Stitch photos” then select the photos you want to stitch. You can stitch several at the same time.
That’s it. The photos will be stitched and will appear in the directory you selected.
If you wish, you can stitch the Trisio photos yourself. From the Trisio app, click on “Extract Photos” and select the photos you want to work on. Trisio will convert the photos into unstitched photos.
The unstitched photos are cropped fisheye photos, which are ideal for maximizing resolution for a single row panorama. I tried stitching them in PTGui and PTGui’s automatic stitching could not achieve a better stitching result than the Trisio app. It is possible to get a smoother stitch with the manual addition of control points, but since the Trisio app already does an excellent job, I think most people will find it unnecessary to resort to another stitcher.
Trisio sample photos
Here is another sample from the Trisio (edited with HQ Lite vol. 1)
Although the update has taken care of the workflow and the flat-looking photos, we still don’t have Raw photos. Fortunately, because the colors are accurate and the photos already look good without editing, then there is less need for Raw photos.
Trisio claims that the horizon will now be leveled automatically, but so far, I still don’t see that. You’ll need to make sure the camera is level when you shoot, or straighten the horizon manually in post-processing. Finally, the lens is still susceptible to flare.
Summary and Conclusion
Even before this firmware and app update, Trisio was already one of the best 360 cameras for virtual tours. With this update, Trisio has only gotten significantly better, making it an excellent choice for virtual tours for excellent image quality and a lower price, especially if you don’t want to have to edit your photos. If you’d like to get the Trisio, you can get it at a discount here:
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