November 22, 2004

Gigapixel photos

A while back, Max Lyons created what is thought to be the first gigapixel photo. The final image is 40,784×26,800 pixels in size, and contains about 1.09 billion pixels. It was created by merging together 196 individual 6 megapixel photos.

Now, researchers in the Netherlands have created a 2.5 Gigapixel photo. The detail is simply amazing, you just have to go and have a look. You can zoom in on a clock tower miles in the distance and see the time as clear as day. But when viewed in a zoomed out mode the clock tower appears mere millimeters wide.

Now that my photo is up for a free upgrade and I'm hoping to get one of those 1 megapixel cameras…it somehow seems a bit low-res.

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  1. sunny

    this picture isn't real either, look at the bus on the road on the right

    22 Nov 2004, 22:51

  2. How do you mean "isn't real"? It is a stitch of 600 3.5 MP photos. The problem with that bus is clearly a problem with the auto-stitching software that they have used. It is not meant to be one great big single shot from the worlds most amazing camera. It is just showing what a picture that size could look like.

    22 Nov 2004, 22:59

  3. Gaz

    It is real, the site explains your point.

    "The photo's long exposure time of 1 hour and 15 minutes has resulted in several interesting artefacts in the photos. They occur at the edges of the overlapping photos and include:

    A walking torso
    A parked car merging into a bus
    Clocks that show different times: 15:05 and 15:13.

    22 Nov 2004, 23:05

  4. Cathy Young

    I can't see anything wrong with the bus (though I'm probably not looking hard enough), but look at the cyclist on the cycle path right at the bottom of the picture – you can see where a whole corner of another image has been tacked on – I mean, he has a different man's head! The man cycling has a blue shirt, and the man whose head is on his shoulders has a red tshirt with a black vest over it.

    However they did it, it's still quite a cool achievement, but it's not perfect.

    22 Nov 2004, 23:15

  5. Cathy Young

    Sorry if my comment seems redundant in the light of the previous two; I had the page open for a while before I commented and so hadn't seen the two recent comments.

    22 Nov 2004, 23:16

  6. sven

    yo man this is amazing, this guy who took the pic must be a stalker
    but i think its cool though

    04 Dec 2004, 19:18

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