In this era of vastly evolving technology, photographers are beginning to take photo size to a whole new level with panorama photography. Considering that it only takes 4 megapixels to create a clear 8 x 10 photograph, imagine the size of a photograph with a gigapixel. One gigapixel contains 1,000 megapixels which, when put into practice, will create a photo of epic proportions.
Such photographers have not stopped at one gigapixel though. In fact, the largest photo currently measures at a whopping 272 gigapixels. Here is a collection of some of the most massive photos ever taken to date.
Dresden (26 Gigapixels)
This photo was taken centered on the City of Dresden and is 26 gigapixels in size. It was taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and a 400mm lens. The photo was taken by a photographer robot and took 172 minutes to record the images. The processing of the images took even longer clocking in at over 94 hours. In December of 2009 this was the largest recorded photo on file. However, its size has been dwarfed by more recent works.
Corcovado (67 Gigapixels)
This photograph was taken at the top of the Corcovado mountain in Brazil. This photo is a compilation of 6223 pictures in total and was achieved using a Canon EOS REBEL t2i, a Canon Zoom EF 400mm lens and a 2x extender. It took a total of 2 hours and 25 minutes to take the 6223 individual photographs.
Budapest (70 Gigapixels)
The Budapest image was taken with two Sony’s A900 25MP cameras with a 400mm Minolta lenses and 1,4X teleconverters. This photo was taken from the Observation Tower of János Hill. It took a full two days to process the photo and when the photo was complete it was a 200 GB Autopano KRO file. If you were to print the photo in 300 DPI the photo would be approximately 156 meters long and 31 meters tall.
London (80 Gigapixel)
This epically massive photo is 80 gigapixels in size. To create this masterpiece it required 7886 individual photographs and was taken from the Centre Point Building. The photographer used a digital SLR camera and a 400mm lens to achieve this feat. A custom built robotic camera mount was used as well. Unlike some of the other photos on this page, this is a spherical photo and was taken in 360 degree panorama. This was the largest spherical panorama in the world when it was taken.
Sevilla (111 Gigapixels)
Photographers, José Manuel Domínguez and Pablo Pompa, held the world record for the largest photograph since December 2010 and boasted the first image over 100 gigapixels. The site offers an impressively gargantuan panoramic view of the city; measuring at 613,376px wide by 181,248px high consisting of a total of 9,750 images. A Canon 5D mkII was used to capture this stunning image, along with 400mm lens and duplicator (effectively providing 800mm of focal distance). Printing this image out would measure 13,800 square meters, equating to the size of two football stadiums.
Shanghai (272 Gigapixels)
The sheer size of this photo dwarfs even the massive images mentioned previously. This photograph is over 272 Gigapixels in size and is currently the largest photograph in the world. It consists of over 12,000 photos strategically stitched together, and is so large that it could cover over 7,000 billboards. To create this photo the photographer used a Canon 7D, a Canon 400mm F5.6 lens, and a 2x teleconverter. This photo beat the London spherical panorama image by over 192 gigapixels and now holds the world record. The photo was taken on the roof of the Chinese Academy of Science and took approximately 8 hours to take. These photos are the most epicly massive photos to date and are definitely worth a look.