London Subject Of Largest Ever 360 Degree Photo

The largest spherical panoramic photograph in the world is launched today, starring London as viewed from Centre Point.

Jeffrey Martin, a panoramic photographer and the Founder of 360Cities.net, took more than 10,000 photos over 3 days using a 400mm lens (ie. a really, really, super-long lens). Over the next six weeks he stitched 8000 of these photos together into one seamless 360 degree spherical panoramic photo using a special, ultra powerful 12 core, 192GB ram computer (that’s about 100X more RAM than you probably have in the computer you’re reading this on). The image of London, at 360cities.net/london has a total resolution of 80 gigapixels, or 80 billion pixels.

The screenshots give you some idea of the detail in what is the highest-resolution view of any city that has ever been captured. Not only is the sweep and scale of the panorama dizzying, you can zoom in and check out what tourists are wearing at the British Museum and peer into bedroom windows at Central St Giles (is that a Spongebob Squarepants pillow?).

Explore the panorama for yourself at 360cities.net/london.

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  • http://undefined Richard

    Scroll down a few floors from that picture you have of the BT Tower and tell me if I’m going mad: two of the stories, one above the other, look identical, as though the view of one has been doubled to hide what’s visible in the other (its the 4th and 5th ones below the comms dishes). Is there something in BT Tower we shouldn’t be seeing? I know the lift doesn’t stop at all the floors! Sneaky government stuff, no doubt

    On a lighter note, there’s a woman in a blue top following herself outside Pret on Oxford St, which I guess is an inevitable result of the photo stitching but made me laugh anyway.

    • http://undefined M@

      You’re so right – we’ll ask the photographer what the story is.

      • http://undefined M@

        From the horse’s mouth:

        “I cannot confirm or deny the idea that the government might [be] cloning floors of the BT Tower, or asking me to clone floors for them :-)”

  • http://undefined Richard

    Scroll down a few floors from that picture you have of the BT Tower and tell me if I’m going mad: two of the stories, one above the other, look identical, as though the view of one has been doubled to hide what’s visible in the other (its the 4th and 5th ones below the comms dishes). Is there something in BT Tower we shouldn’t be seeing? I know the lift doesn’t stop at all the floors! Sneaky government stuff, no doubt
    On a lighter note, there’s a woman in a blue top following herself outside Pret on Oxford St, which I guess is an inevitable result of the photo stitching but made me laugh anyway.

  • http://undefined M@

    You’re so right – we’ll ask the photographer what the story is.

  • http://undefined M@

    From the horse’s mouth:
    “I cannot confirm or deny the idea that the government might [be] cloning floors of the BT Tower, or asking me to clone floors for them :-)”

  • http://undefined dedomenici

    Never mind that, check what’s happening at the northern end of Charing Cross Road; The Crossrail enabling works appear to have redirected traffic onto a small residential rooftop in Denmark Street. This is bound to cause travel chaos.

  • http://undefined dedomenici

    Never mind that, check what’s happening at the northern end of Charing Cross Road; The Crossrail enabling works appear to have redirected traffic onto a small residential rooftop in Denmark Street. This is bound to cause travel chaos.