This is a PoV [Point of View] shot, during Dumbo's initial flight round the Medici Circus.
How realistic is this impression of what an elephant might see?

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    I think this is a fair question, with the [realism] tag. We're very used to seeing human PoV shots, often with the added 'realism' of being jerky & hand-held. So, if someone tries to do an elephant's PoV, why not ask about whether it's realistic? – Tetsujin May 15 '20 at 10:35

It's well-known that elephants have poor vision. Also, like many herbivores, they have their eyes set to the side of the head, not at the front like carnivores. This gives them a broad peripheral vision to watch out for those carnivores.

This gives them a very wide field of view, but not one that is stereoscopic.

I'd call this shot a "fair impression of a wide field of view, with not very good resolution to the edges."
As it would need two cameras to give the true field of view, and also need to be interpreted by humans in a way their brain simply is incapable of processing - as we rely on stereoscopic placement of two very slightly shifted almost identical images, I'd say it's as good an impression as it's possible to convey.

An elephant wouldn't perceive the 'fish-eye' effect that the camera is using to convey that wide field to us, because to it, being able to see 240° at one time is 'normal'

…and, just as a by-the-way… I'm in that shot :-)

I spent approximately 2 months sitting on those benches, day in, day out.
I kept a little souvenir, too. One of my car park passes and a couple of popcorn/peanut bags.

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  • what do you mean? you're one of the actors seating there? – Luciano May 15 '20 at 8:44
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    Indeed I am. I spent approximately 2 months sitting on those benches, day in, day out. – Tetsujin May 15 '20 at 8:52

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