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.
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 of Europe's Mont Blanc that has an incredible 365 billion pixels. The team used Canon 70D cameras with a Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 II IS telephoto lenses and a Canon Extender 2X III.
Visit the BillionPixel website here and view the 195 billion pixel photograph of Shanghai with your own eyes!