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This 195 BILLION pixel photograph will blow your mind!

This 195 BILLION pixel photograph will blow your mind
(Image credit: BillionPixel)

If you're ready to have your mind blown by a single photograph, then you're in luck. Chinese creative studio BillionPixel is in the business of creating extreme high-res photographs and has captured a variety of locations around the world, including Reykjavík, Barcelona and Singapore. However, one of the most impressive shots has a staggering 195 billion pixels.

This photograph of Shanghai from above is unbelievably high-res. Taken from the top of the Oriental Pearl Tower, this 360º panorama was captured when the Shanghai News Office invited Jingkun Technology (also known as BillionPixel) to photograph the city.

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When the photograph was first published, it garnered attention from all over the world, achieving 8.2 million visits to the web page in just one year. Some publications claimed that it was the result of a 'quantum satellite' that produced super high-res photos, but the reality is that the final photograph is the result of some highly sophisticated image stitching technology.

Apparently, over 2,000 photographs were captured using a traditional camera and then stitched together to produce this 360º panorama of Shanghai. However, this isn't the only image that Jingkun Technology has created using this technology. You can see photographs of Nice, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Macao Casino, Beijing, the Vatican and more on the official website (opens in new tab).

The 195 billion photograph of Shanghai is one of the largest photographs in the world – although it is pipped to the post by this image (opens in new tab) of Europe's Mont Blanc that has an incredible 365 billion pixels. The team used Canon 70D (opens in new tab) cameras with a Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 II IS (opens in new tab) telephoto lenses and a Canon Extender 2X III (opens in new tab).

Visit the BillionPixel website here and view the 195 billion pixel (opens in new tab) photograph of Shanghai with your own eyes!

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Louise Carey
Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab) and  Digital Photographer (opens in new tab). Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.