71-Gigapixel Photo Sets New Record

July 27, 2010 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global | 9 Comments | |
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A group of young Hungarians, sponsored by industry big-shots Epson, Microsoft and Sony, have created the world’s highest-resolution 360° panoramic photograph to date. Shot from a 100-year-old observation tower built on the highest point of Budapest, the stitched panorama is over 590,000 pixels wide by nearly 121,000 pixels tall. In order to take the necessary number of photos in the least amount of time, the creators of the record-breaking image mounted a pair of Sony A900 bodies - each outfitted with a Minolta AF 400mm f/4.5 APO G lens and 1.4x teleconverter - on a sturdy stand complete with a custom-designed robotic head. Even with this setup, the image capturing stage of the project took over three hours to complete. The source images were then stitched with Autopano Giga software on a Dell Precision T7500 Workstation with 2 quad-core Intel Xeon processors, 24 gigabytes of RAM and 6 terabytes of storage capacity. The stitching process took two full days and resulted in a 200GB KRO file, which had to be converted into PPM format and split into three parts for retouching in Photoshop..The final panorama can be viewed at the website below.

Website: 70 Billion Pixels - Budapest (make sure to have the latest version of Silverlight installed)

A 300ppi print of the entire photo would be 156 metres wide by 31 metres high, i.e. a lot wider than a football field is long. While such a print is unlikely to ever see the light of day, Epson has endeavoured to produce a 15m wide print from a downsized, 1.5-gigapixel version, which will be on display at the Erzsébet lookout station in Budapest - where the source images were taken - on 11-12 September 2010. The print was made on an Epson Stylus Pro 11880 large-format printer using Micro Piezo technology and Epson’s Ulta Chrome K3 ink set.

The 71-gigapixel panorama was produced by 360world.

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#1 Mark (WebRotate 360)

The last record I think was a 360 panoramic photograph of Prague by 360 Cities (18.4 billion pixels). Though this one is more impressive. Silverlight Deep Zoom made it look very smooth!

10:01 pm - Tuesday, July 27, 2010

#2 photographerEU

There has been a 45 gigapixel Dubai photo but it was not 360 degree.

This one from Budapest is really great but I doubt it will last long until the record breaks again...

4:43 am - Wednesday, July 28, 2010

#3 Sean

Google Earth is still larger.

6:20 am - Wednesday, July 28, 2010

#4 Johan Boom

"where the source images were taken - on 11-12 September 2010".


6:54 am - Wednesday, July 28, 2010

#5 photographers Canberra

Its really a amazing stuff by young Hungarians this is awesome pic.This is wonderful work has been done by them.They have take fantastic pic.

4:53 am - Thursday, July 29, 2010

#6 Photo Contest

Yep, when it took two full days than what will be the expected time to produce a google earth like 360° panoramic photograph?

2:56 pm - Tuesday, August 3, 2010

#7 sham sunder azad

simly amazing!
beauty of the photograph is that is has bsen
professionaly assigned through eminet photographers& eventually successfully established.
perhaps more closeups cuold have been more inspiring
with sincere greetings-
sham sunder azad mumbai india

9:49 am - Thursday, August 26, 2010

#8 PCN

When you are standing in the middle of a field an think no one is looking, well you can now think again.

12:40 pm - Sunday, September 19, 2010

#9 Matt Smith (PhotoSpherix)

I am still waiting to see a great astronomy shot done with the giga-pixel camera concept. Image the zoom that you could do with computer controlled telescope.

9:02 pm - Monday, October 25, 2010