Although there are many professional applications for the Giroptic iO, let’s be real—most of you use this camera to have fun and spice up the way you capture and share personal moments. Do you know the little planet mode?

And believe us, that’s a big reason we brought the iO to life: to make photo and video taking and sharing as fun, different, and immersive as possible for you all. That’s why we knew we had to offer different content modes to make the iO even more fun, more one-of-a-kind, and yes, even more immersive!

Introducing iO’s dual content modes: little planet and reverse little planet. If you haven’t already tried them out, the examples below should be of encouragement to you.


Little Planet

Little planet is when you bend the ends of the horizon inward, connecting them together to create a ball (a “little planet”) out of everything below the horizon, i.e. the earth. This can be done inside the iO app or in your Giroptic Share Gallery. Let’s take a look at some examples:


Good Example


The above shot is a great example of “little planet” because open water just looks awesome in this format. I guess there’s just something about a sphere of water that looks absolutely mesmerizing. Also, the open sky always works well for LP photos. Can’t really go wrong there.


Bad Example


It’s not impossible to pull off an indoor “little planet” shot, but it is tricky. The above image is not an appropriate opportunity for this format mainly because we do not have a distinct horizon to work with, and therefore no distinct “planet” is formed. You can also see how the effect distorts the subjects’ faces as they are not correctly framed.


Reverse Little Planet

Reverse little planet is when you bend the ends of the horizon outward, connect them together to create a ball out of everything above the horizon. So instead of making a “little planet” out of the earth, you’re making one out of the sky.


Good Example


Wow, what an incredible shot! Honestly, you’re not going to have many opportunities better than the above one for the RLP format. I think what makes it work so wonderfully is the many different layers: the people comprising “the sky,” surrounding the multi-tiered “planet” of the ascending architecture. The small window of light in the center is the cherry on top. Perfection.  


Bad Example


To be honest, pulling off a good reverse little planet shot is somewhat trickier than pulling off a good little planet shot. The earth naturally conforms to the “little planet” treatment, whereas it is a bit awkward when you attempt to turn the earth into the sky…if you can follow that logic! You can see in the photo above that the terrain is just too gnarly to wrap symmetrically outward, and the people, who were supposed to be the subjects of the photo, are outcasted by the effect. Oh well, it was worth a shot.

As you can see, these content modes are mostly for fun, or artistic expression, if you will. They probably won’t comprise the majority of what you publish and share with your online community.

Also, we almost forgot: the iO has VR Mode for those who have the requisite equipment. And I bet you thought 360° couldn’t get any more immersive!