What is Photosynth?

Photosynth is a powerful set of tools for capturing and viewing the world in 3D. You can share your creations with your friends on Facebook, publish them to Bing, or embed them in your own blog or Web site. Here’s the big picture:

Big Picture

How do I Capture the World in 3D?

Photosynth offers two styles for creating immersive 3D experiences: panoramas and synths. Check out the differences between them, and the tools available for creating them.

Panorama

Panorama Screenshot

Shoot a panorama when you can capture everything from a single location with a single zoom level. Great for giving a sense of what it feels like to be in one particular place. Can be 360° in both directions, but doesn’t have to be.

Simple to navigate - all you can do is go left/right, up/down and zoom in/out.

Make them directly on your mobile phone (Windows Phone and iPhone), or by processing photos in Microsoft Research’s Image Composite Editor.

Synth

Synth Screenshot

Good for capturing different sides or details of an object. Synths were the original experience on this site, and they remain its unique feature.

More complex to navigate than panoramas because you are moving from photo to photo.

Make them by processing your photos in the Photosynth desktop application that runs in Windows XP and above.


Making Panoramas

Panorama Diagram

Making Synths

Synth Diagram

How do I get Started?

First create a Photosynth account. Then download the tool or tools you need: